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Local Laws and Government Policies Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Gender Identity in New York

  • Author(s): Mallory, Christy
  • Liebowitz, Sarah
  • et al.

Amending New York’s Human Rights Law to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity would extend protections to an estimated 41 percent of New York’s population, including 23,800 transgender people. Currently, 59 percent of New Yorkers are covered by 12 local ordinances that are inconsistent, limited and, at times, weaker than the state human rights law. Five ordinances do not provide protection in all areas covered by the state human rights law.

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