Positive change is taking place this year and it turns out, this time, it involves transgender New Yorkers.
The change which became active as of Wednesday broadens the state’s current anti-discrimination guidelines to protect a transgender person against discrimination in accordance with loans, jobs, schools, and public accommodations.
Although discrimination is already prohibited in New York on the basis of religion, disability, gender, and race; now gender identity, transgender status, and gender dysphoria will be added to the list.
The governor said current laws did not extend far enough to safeguard the rights of all residents in the state. He ordered the state’s Division of Human Rights to distribute a regulation that would translate the anti-discrimination law to forbid discrimination against transgender people.
“It is clear that the fair legal interpretation and definition of a person’s sex includes gender identity and gender expression,” Cuomo said while speaking of the change “It is intolerable to allow discrimination of transgender individuals, and they are one of the most abused, harassed groups in society today.”
Cuomo also said he was correcting the errors that were made when protection for transgenders was dropped in a 2002 gay discrimination act because lawmakers doubted it would pass at that time.
“The law protected lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, but the law left out the T, so to speak,” said Cuomo.
While the change may specifically include the transgender population, it turns out that it’s a positive change affecting the lives all individuals as a whole. As we continue to live, work and thrive together in this state, it is essential that we maintain respect for all who people who continue to add a significant amount of diversity into our world, bringing a level of genuineness and uniqueness in society.
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