State Bans Transgender ‘Discrimination,’ Treatment for Unwanted Gay Attraction

In a move various media outlets are hailing as “historic,” the New York legislature passed two bills this week that add “gender identity” to the state’s wide-ranging non-discrimination rules and banning medical professionals from treating minors for unwanted homosexual attraction.

The so-called Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) bans “discrimination based on gender identity or expression,” making gender-confused individuals a protected class for the purposes of housing, employment, and public accommodation regulations, and adds “gender identity or expression” to the list of factors that can elevate crimes to the status of “hate crimes.”

GENDA passed the State Assembly 100-40 and the State Senate 42-19 on Tuesday morning, the Daily Beast reported, after eight years of the bill passing the Assembly but dying in the Republican-controlled Senate. Last fall’s midterm elections delivered the Senate to Democrats, all 39 of whom co-sponsored the legislation.

“We are finally welcoming a fairer and more equal New York because of the bold and tireless leadership of trans and gender non-conforming New Yorkers,” LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York executive director Eric Lesh declared.

“This is an issue of basic fairness, and today marks an historic day for those in the LGBTQ community who fought tirelessly for the passage of this bill,” said New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has pledged to sign GENDA. “I applaud the Legislature for acting quickly to pass this critical component of our Justice Agenda.” (Read more from “State Bans Transgender ‘Discrimination,’ Treatment for Unwanted Gay Attraction” HERE)

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