Great news out of Syracuse, New York today. In a 7 to 1 vote, the Syracuse Common Council passed legislation protecting the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming residents and visitors from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations (i.e. restaurants, hotels, and stores).
It’s an amendment that’s long overdue, and is catching up with the attitude of the people notes Your News Now. We can certianly see it is the people’s will, for every other large city in New York has civil rights protections for its transgender residents and visitors, including: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, Rochester, and New York City.
Barrie Gewanter, director of NYCLU’s Central New York Chapter responded to the good news: “In passing this legislation, the Common Council has reaffirmed our city’s commitment to respecting the civil rights and basic human dignity of all residents. Nobody should be denied service at a doctor’s office or fired from a job because of the way they express their gender. We applaud the Common Council for closing this gap in local anti-discrimination laws across upstate New York.”
So while every major city in New York has these trans and gender non-conforming protections, the State Senate has still manage to block the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) at every turn. However the NYCLU believes the passing of legislature in Syracuse builds “additional momentum” for GENDA.
To the State Senate:
It’s obviously the will of the people. Quit your belly-aching’ and pass GENDA already.