Transgender NYers Need GENDA Protections! Join the Fight!
  • Petitioned New York State Senate

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New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Transgender NYers Need GENDA Protections! Join the Fight!

    1. Petition by

      Housing Works

The Empire State is severely falling behind in LGBT rights. Sixteen states and over 160 cities and counties nationwide have gender expression non-discrimination protections, but New York State does not.

In fact, it is still legal to discriminate against people because of their gender expression or identity in places of employment, education, housing, and public accommodations, which include banks, bus stations, dentist offices, hospitals, funeral parlors, libraries, hotels, restaurants, and more. Over half of transgender New Yorkers have reported being verbally or physically harassed in public accommodations, which means that thousands of New Yorkers are being persecuted, intimidated, or discriminated against and can be fired, evicted or refused service because of their gender identity.

Passing the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State is the first step toward ending the discrimination that transgender and gender non-conforming people still face.  GENDA is sponsored by NY State Senator Daniel Squadron and NY Assemblymember Richard Gottfried.

While the New York State Assembly has supported the bill in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the New York State Senate Republican Leadership has refused to bring GENDA to a full vote, despite not costing taxpayers a single dime.  

The Senate’s stand-still position has resulted in unchecked discrimination across New York, and it is time that The Empire State put an end to legal discrimination against transgender people.

Tell the New York Senate that all transgender New Yorkers deserve equal protections in education, employment, credit, housing, and public accommodations.  Let's fix New York State's failing record on transgender rights. Please sign and share and follow our progress at

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. We Will Continue to Fight for the Rights of Transgender New Yorkers

      On Friday, June 21st, the New York State Senate went out of session, declining to bring the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) to a vote. Despite this political lethargy, Housing Works and its partners will continue to fight for the rights of transgender New Yorkers and that their voices will never be silenced.

      N.Y. Senate adjourns without considering transgender protections bill

      ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York state Senate adjourned early Saturday morning without taking a vote on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. US Senators Chuck Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand Pen Letter Supporting GENDA

      US Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have publicly announced their support behind the effort to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act this year.

      GENDA continues to be a top priority for LGBT communities across New York state.

      In their joint letter, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand strongly urge the three Senate leaders – Jeff Klein, Dean Skelos and Andrea Stewart-Cousins – to pass the civil rights bill, stating that the passage of GENDA would “once again position New York as a beacon of civil and human rights.”

      You can read the letter here:

    5. Times Union newspaper pens letter urging NY Senate to vote on GENDA!

      Over the weekend, the Times Union Editorial Board published a letter about the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), calling for the same action that Housing Works has been calling for in our own petition: “It’s time for Senate Republicans to stop holding up a vote on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.”

      This letter and its bold criticism of the New York Senate for blockading GENDA is remarkable not only because it comes from a news outlet, but also because the paper’s main audience is the state’s Capitol Region—Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Rensselaer and Saratoga—cities that have generally been reluctant to pass the bill in years past.

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    6. GENDA Passes NY Assembly for the 6th Time!

      Yesterday, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act passed the NY Assembly for the 6th time. This means, again, transgender and civil rights advocates all across NY are facing a battle with the NY Senate.

      Don't let the NY Senate block this bill again! We have waited far too long for equality and the same protections for transgender New Yorkers!

      Please share this petition with your friends, family, coworkers, and allies, and help usher in a new and improved Empire State.

      Let's show that equality and justice can prevail over fear!

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. NY State Senators to Show Their Support at April 23rd Press Conference

      Next Tuesday, the Gender Expression Non-Discriminatin Act (GENDA) bill sponsors NY State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, and Housing Works will host a press conference to unveil a new campaign to pressure NY Senate Republican leaders to bring GENDA to a floor vote.

      In addition, we are proud to report that New York State Senator Eric Adams, New York State Senator Brad Holyman, New York State Senator Bill Perkins, New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, New York State Senator Diane Savino, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and New York State Senator Kevin Parker will also join the press conference in support of the bill. Stay tuned for more information.

    9. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Harley Rose EULESS, TX
      • 8 months ago

      Simple. Discrimination is wrong. People say they want to go by the "All-Mighty-And-Powerful" Bible, but doesn't the bible say to love everyone? Don't try to correct me anyway. I know what I'm talking about. I've read it thousands of times

    • Jennifer Garcia AVONDALE, AZ
      • 12 months ago

      Equality is a right. Transgender people need to have that right, too.

    • Nicolette Lennert BROOKLYN, NY
      • 12 months ago

      All human beings deserve equal opportunities to live to their fullest potential. This is a matter of human rights, of civil rights, pure and simple.

    • Elizabeth Kolodney FAYETTEVILLE, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      People are people. Let's give each one the dignity all human beings deserve.

    • Claire Robinson WOODSTOCK, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      People of all genders and gender expressions should be able to live a life free of unnecessary discrimination and social hardship, myself included!


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