Law Includes Transgender Rights (News from Beyond)

On April 30 the New York City Human Rights Law was
amended to add statutory language that ensures that
people of transgender experience are protected from discrimination.
The bill’s purpose is “to make clear that all genderbased
discrimination—including, but not limited to,
discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived sex,
and discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity,
self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression—constitutes a
violation of the City’s Human Rights Law.” The legislation
defines gender to include “actual or perceived sex and shall
also include a person’s gender identity, self image, appearance,
behavior, or expression, whether or not that gender identity,
self image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different
from that traditionally associated with the legal sex assigned to
that person at birth.” CLAGS board member Paisley Currah
was among many transgender activists who worked hard to
get this bill enacted into law, which covers over 8 million city
residents, including the City University of New York’s 230,000
students, staff, and faculty.