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NEW YORK, NY (January 15, 2019)—Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) on Tuesday applauded the New York State Legislature for its landmark passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which will expand New York State’s Human Rights Law to include gender identity and gender expression.

This was the first time the bill had been brought to the floor of the New York State Senate for a vote, after having passed the New York State Assembly nearly a dozen times. The bill was introduced in the Senate by State Senator Brad Hoylman, who represents GMHC’s Manhattan Senate district, and was co-sponsored by 39 State Senators, including Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins.

The passage of GENDA will now mean that discriminating against transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and more will be against the law.

 “The long-sought passage of GENDA is a victory for all people who cherish equality and fairness, and it’s a victory that advocates should celebrate. GMHC has been proud to support GENDA since we know that any kind of discrimination—especially against a vulnerable population like transgender people—helps fuel the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “Thanks to the members of the Assembly, who continued to support GENDA despite known opposition. Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo for forcefully supporting this agenda. And thanks especially to our State Senator, Brad Hoylman, for introducing this bill and for supporting our shared mission for so many years.”

Legislation that would ban conversion therapy, also introduced by Senator Hoylman, was also passed. This new law will prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual-orientation change efforts with patients under the age of 18.

 “Next Monday, we will commemorate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on January 15. Dr. King was a man who understood the power of discrimination and its adverse effects on people everywhere,” Louie said. “With the passage of these two bills, New York State is moving closer to becoming a place where compassionate, evidence-based lawmaking is helping to create understanding, foster dialogue, and improve the health of all New Yorkers.”

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to more than 13,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health, and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state, and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit www.테니스 베팅 팁 www.prestigewsiwebsolutions.com.