Tonight, at the Pride Agenda Dinner, Governor Cuomo announced that he plans to extend protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations to transgender individuals.  The New York City Human Rights Law has long protected transgender individuals, but bills to amend the New York State Human Rights Laws have not secured the necessary votes to pass.  The governor intends to bypass the Legislature to grant transgender people protections through a regulatory process he controls.

“The scourge of harassment and discrimination against transgender individuals is well-known — and has also has gone largely unanswered for too long,” he said at the dinner.