Tag Archives: GENDA

NEW YORK: GOP-Controlled Senate Committee Votes Down Trans Rights Bill For Eleventh Consecutive Year

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Any hopes that New York would join other states this year and enact a law explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity were dashed Tuesday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee voted down a transgender rights measure. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, was defeated in the New York Senate Investigations ...

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Issue Executive Order Protecting Trans Citizens From Discrimination

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve had as New York-based activist has been reporting year after year after year that a transgender rights bill had been rejected by the state Senate despite eight consecutive years of passage in the state Assembly. After much lobbying, finally Gov. Andrew Cuomo comes to the rescue. The New York Times reports: Taking action on ...

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TODAY: Day Of Action To Pass Trans Rights In New York State Senate

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act has passed in the New York Assembly SEVEN times, but shamefully it has never been allowed to come to a vote in the state Senate. Today openly gay Sen. Brad Hoylman (above right) and Sen. Daniel Squadron will attend a rally at the state capitol building. Via press release from the Empire State Pride Agenda: ...

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NEW YORK: State Senate Blocks Trans Rights And “Ex-Gay” Therapy Ban Bills

As expected, the GOP leadership of the New York state Senate has blocked the passage of both GENDA and a bill that would ban the “ex-gay” torture of minors. Openly gay state Sen. Brad Hoylman reacts via press release: “It’s bitterly disappointing that the State Senate bowed to partisan politics and failed to protect our kids in New York from ...

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NY Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell Delivers Epic Rant On Transgender Rights

On Tuesday the New York state Assembly approved GENDA, the transgender rights bill, for the sixth time. But not before openly gay Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell delivered an epic rant against the idiots who characterized the item as a “bathroom bill.”  O’Donnell: “Spare me your lectures about GOD DAMN bathrooms!”

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GENDA Passes In NY Assembly AGAIN

Via press release from the Empire State Pride Agenda: For the 6th time, the New York State Assembly has just passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), basic civil rights protections for transgender New Yorkers. Our pro-LGBT assemblymembers deserve our deep gratitude for continuing to make this bill a priority. Now, we need the State Senate to carry out the ...

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Syracuse Approves Trans Protections

Some great news today from central New York. The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Syracuse Common Council’s passage of legislation amending local civil rights law to protect transgender and gender non-conforming residents from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, such as restaurants, hotels and stores. In an 7 to 1 vote, the Common Council approved a ...

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NEW YORK: Democrats Seek To Expel Renegade State Sen. Simcha Felder

As I noted yesterday, newly-elected Democratic state Sen. Simcha Felder has announced that he will caucus with the GOP, imperiling the chance of Democratic control of the chamber for the first time in many years, not to mention jeopardizing the long overdue Gender Non-Discrimination Act, which has languished for a decade. Now the Democrats say they are exploring how to ...

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NEW YORK STATE: Defection Of Dem Senator May Give Control To GOP

Democratic New York state Senator-elect Simcha Felder, who last week won his seat in Brooklyn’s newly drawn and heavily Orthodox Jewish district, has announced that he will caucus with the Republicans. Felder’s decision may upend the Democrats’ coming (for now) one-seat hold on the Senate majority. The Democrat, Simcha Felder, a former city councilman who is a deputy to the ...

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NY Senate Considers GENDA (Again)

The New York state Assembly has approved the Gender Expression and Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) five times. And four times the bill has died in the state Senate. Will attempt number five be the one? “I believe the votes are there. The challenge is getting a vote in the Senate. Folks are going to support expanded equal rights if they’re forced ...

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HomoQuotable – Ed Koch

“I was truly shocked to read in the New York Times of April 12 that ‘President Obama disappointed and vexed gay supporters on Wednesday with his decision, conveyed to activists by a senior adviser, not to sign an executive order banning discrimination by employers with federal contracts.’ When I was elected mayor of New York City in 1977, taking office ...

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Thank You, Governor Paterson

As his final day in office winds to a close for Governor David Paterson, LGBT New Yorkers should offer him our thanks for being the most relentlessly and loudly pro-gay governor in state and arguably, national history. Our state movement’s two most important pieces of legislation, GENDA and marriage equality, remain unattained, but that, of course, is due to our ...

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Did A National Gym Owners Association Help Kill Trans Rights In New York?

Yesterday New York state’s long-pending transgender rights bill, GENDA, died in the state Senate Judiciary Committee, one vote shy of passage. Many are blaming GENDA’s failure on the bill’s lone dissenting Democrat, the notorious Bronx homophobe Sen. Ruben Diaz. But today we learned that the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), a national gym owners consortium with hundreds of ...

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GENDA Dies In NY Senate Committee Thanks To Arch Homophobe Ruben Diaz

Today the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act failed to move out of the New York Senate Judiciary Committee by ONE vote. And who was the lone dissenting Democratic vote that killed the bill? Our old nemesis, the evil Sen. Ruben Diaz. Via press release from the Empire State Pride Agenda: Today the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination ...

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TOMORROW: New York Senate Judiciary Committee Votes On Genda

Tomorrow the New York state Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) after having been twice passed by the state Assembly. It appears that there are enough votes in the full Senate for GENDA to pass, should it get out of committee. Via Dr. Jillian Weiss at Bilerico, here’s a rundown of the vote and contact ...

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New York Senate May Have Votes To Finally Pass Transgender Protections

In 2002 the New York Senate rejected an amendment to include transgender protections in the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA), which became law that year. Eight years later and after being approved by the state Assembly twice, it appears that we finally have the Senate votes to pass a stand-alone transgender protections bill, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). The ...

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NY Sen. Ruben Diaz Blocking Trans Rights

As expected, this week the New York Assembly passed GENDA, a comprehensive transgender rights bill, for the third time. The bill is now mired in a state Senate committee staffed by the state’s most notorious homophobe, Rev. Ruben Diaz. GENDA currently awaits action in the Investigations and Government Operations Committee chaired by Nassau County Democrat Craig Johnson. Though Johnson is ...

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Action Alert: GENDA Phonebanking In NYC

The Empire State Pride Agenda is looking for volunteers for a phone-banking push to get the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) passed in the New York Senate. The phone banking schedule is as follows: Tuesday, March 2ndThursday, March 4th Tuesday, March 9thThursday, March 11th Phone banks take place at our NYC office at 16 West 22nd St. 2nd floor, between ...

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NY State Assembly Approves GENDA

Via the Empire State Pride Agenda: Today the New York State Assembly voted 102-33 to amend the state’s human rights law to include anti-discrimination protections based upon gender identity and expression. The bill (A.6584a), known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) bans discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, credit, public accommodations, and other areas of everyday life. “The ...

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