There is hope that the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) has enough votes to pass in the New York State Senate and Assembly in the upcoming weeks.
The time is now to get active and push for the bill to come up for a vote. Empire State Pride Agenda urges you to...
1. Call Senator Tom Duane, lead sponsor of GENDA, at (518) 455-2451. Ask Senator Duane to bring the bill to the floor for a vote in February.
2. Call your own Senator to tell them that you expect them to bring GENDA (S.2406) to the floor and vote in support of it. You can find your State Senator's Albany phone number here.
Here are some talking points for your calls:
-Due to difficulty with job discrimination, one-fifth of transgender New Yorkers have incomes below $10,000 a year.GENDA has widespread support, 78% of New York voters, Unions representing 2.1 million working New Yorkers, 30 Fortune 500 companies based in cities like Rochester, Corning, New York City and White Plains, and 547 clergy and lay leaders representing over 20 different denominations.
-28% of transgender New Yorkers have experienced a serious physical or sexual assault motivated by hate.