Gov. Cuomo Announces Regulations to Protect Transgender New Yorkers

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October 22, 2015

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.

This is a very welcome step — these rules will provide guidance and help alleviate some of the very real problems transgender New Yorkers experience. We thank the Cuomo Administration for working so hard to make this step happen. There has been a long-standing gap in spelling out explicit protections that bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Transgender people in New York experience high rates of discrimination and violence and are turned away from jobs, rejected by health care providers and are denied a range of services — these new regulations will make clear discrimination is unacceptable.

Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project works to expand and defend protections for transgender people under federal, state and local laws and other policies.

Read the press release.