US: New York governor pushes for state to outlaw trans discrimination

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people.

In a letter to Empire State Pride Agenda on Tuesday, Cuomo said the state’s human rights laws should include gender identity and gender expression.

Cuomo cited a survey in the letter that found three-fourths of transgender New Yorkers experience workplace discrimination.

He said if he is elected for a second term, he will push to outlaw discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or expression for things like employment and housing.

In the letter, Cuomo said: “It is not who we are as New Yorkers to permit this type of pervasive discrimination to continue.

“New York is a place where our differences are celebrated and form the foundation for our achievement; they are not a source of division.”

In July, Cuomo launched a statewide task force to collect sexual orientation data on residents as part of efforts to improve LGBT services.

In June, the governor announced the creation of a new HIV task force, aiming to wipe out HIV in the state entirely.