May 1, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Trans rights bill advances in New York
New York State Capitol, transgender, gay news, Washington Blade

New York State Capitol (Original photo by wadester16 via Fotopedia, altered)

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York Assembly on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban discrimination against transgender New Yorkers.

The 84-46 vote is the sixth time the chamber has approved the measure known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.

State Assemblyman Dick Gottfried (D-Manhattan,) who sponsored GENDA, applauded the vote.

“No New Yorker should fear losing a job or a home because of their gender identity,” he said.

Sixteen states and D.C. have enacted trans-inclusive non-discrimination laws. New York City, Buffalo, Ithaca and Suffolk and Tompkins Counties are among the New York jurisdictions that have passed these statutes.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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