New York City Issues New Transgender Protections

New York City’s government has issued a set of guidelines protecting transgender individuals from discrimination. The guidelines elaborate on prior legal protections.

The new guidelines include misgendering, enforcing gender-specific dress codes, and barring access to gendered facilities under the definition of discrimination, effectively making the practices illegal. Employers in New York must also assure that their employees receive gender-affirming healthcare and access to gender-related healthcare. Those who are found to be “willful, wanton, or malicious” in their discrimination can be fined between $100,000-$250,000.

The guidelines are in sharp contrast to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which provided protections for many groups of people, but failed to pass based on a campaign to convince Houston residents that allowing transgender people to use gender-affirming restrooms would put children at risk of molestation (really).

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was enthusiastic about the new guidelines, saying that they ”strengthen [non-discrimination] laws by ensuring that every transgender and gender non-conforming person in New York receives the dignity and respect they deserve.”

[h/t PinkNews]
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