Urge New York Legislature to Protect Transgender Rights

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Target: New York state legislature

Goal: To extend nondiscrimination protections to include gender identity and expression under New York law.

The New York state legislature is currently considering a bill that would extend nondiscrimination protections to include gender identity and expression. If it is passed, the law would protect against discrimination of a person’s individual expression of gender identity in areas of employment, housing, and credit, just as race, religion, age, and sexual orientation are currently protected. It could also potentially subject violators to hate crime prosecution. This law would benefit thousands of transgender New York residents who face discrimination everyday simply because of how they express who they are.

Senator Daniel Squadron who is sponsoring the bill in the state Senate explains its necessity, “People are shocked you can lose your job, or your home or be denied a place in a restaurant because of sexual identity. No one thinks that’s what New York should look like.” Indeed, gender identity discrimination runs rampant across the country. According to the Center for American Progress, 90 percent of transgender workers report experiencing workplace discrimination or harassment, which includes being fired or not hired because of sexual identity, not receiving promotions, and verbal and physical abuse from employers and staff. Housing is another key area in which transgender individuals experience unfair treatment whether being evicted or denied a home or apartment because of sexual identity. In fact, 19 percent of America’s homeless population are transgender, which is disproportionately higher than the general population. Law enforcement officials also agree that the nondiscrimination bill would benefit New York residents because it would allow them to act more quickly and decisively in preventing violence.

If the bill is passed, New York would join 16 other states that have laws protecting against gender identity and expression discrimination. Tell the New York state legislature to protect transgender residents by passing this bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear members of New York state legislature,

We are writing to demonstrate support for the bill would extend nondiscrimination protections to include gender identity and expression. This law would benefit thousands of transgender New York residents who face discrimination everyday simply because of how they express who they are.

Sexual identity discrimination runs rampant across the country. According to the Center for American Progress, 90 percent of transgender workers report experiencing workplace discrimination or harassment, which includes being fired or not hired because of sexual identity, not receiving promotions, and verbal and physical abuse from employers and staff. Housing is another key area in which transgender individuals experience unfair treatment whether being evicted or denied a home or apartment because of sexual identity. In fact, 19 percent of America’s homeless population are transgender, which is disproportionately higher than the general population.

We are proud to see government officials like Senator Daniel Squadron stand up for equal rights for all people regardless of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, and now, sexual identity. He explains his support for the bill, “People are shocked you can lose your job, or your home or be denied a place in a restaurant because of sexual identity. No one thinks that’s what New York should look like.” Indeed, many people are shocked to learn the realities that thousands of transgender individuals face everyday. Many people will never experience the frightening world in which one could be thrown on the street, lose their job, or live in fear of being physically abused all because of their gender identity or expression.

We ask that you pass this bill in order to ensure protection from these injustices for transgender individuals in New York.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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