DNC on the Signing of GENDA in New York
January 25, 2019
Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed GENDA, a comprehensive bill expanding non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ New Yorkers to include gender identity and gender expression among the protected classes. Additionally, Cuomo signed a measure banning the dangerous and unscientific practice of “conversion therapy.” In response, DNC LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta issued the following statement:
“At a time when the Trump administration and Republicans continue to roll back protections for LGBTQ people, Democratic governors and state legislatures are stepping up. After decades of advocacy and hard work by organizers, LGBTQ New Yorkers will now be equally protected under the law.
“All Americans should have equal opportunity to thrive in every aspect of their lives without fear of harassment or discrimination. Now, it is finally clear that in New York, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals cannot be discriminated against in education, housing, credit, employment, public accommodations, or hate crime prosecutions. Further, LGBTQ youth can no longer be subjected to the abusive and inhumane practice of ‘conversion therapy,’ which has been denounced by mental health professionals across the country.
“Thanks to the the leadership of Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats, New York continues to lead in LGBTQ rights. This legislation should serve as a model for other states to follow and a reminder that all Americans, regardless of who they love or how they identify, deserve to be treated equally and live free from discrimination.”