This year more than ever, transgender people were the focus of media attention. Transition stories and true and fictional narratives about trans lives exploded into the American consciousness like never before. This is a hopeful development.
Today, news outlets announced that Governor Cuomo has directed the New York State Human Rights Division to issue rules protecting transgender New Yorkers in housing, employment, credit and public accommodations.
The transgender health care crisis is not only well-documented in national surveys in the last few years, but is revealed in story after story of transgender people who have been refused care by health care providers and refused medically-necessary coverage by the health insurance industry.
Lambda Legal applauds Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and his administration for removing the surgical requirement for New Yorkers to obtain a gender marker change on their birth certificates. This change brings New York in line with a number of federal agencies and a growing number of states that are modernizing their standards for gender marker change.