I have been chronicling on the blog the tortured history of New York state’s proposed Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) law that would give trans New Yorkers statewide rights protection and add them to the state’s hate crimes law.
Since 2008 it has overwhelmingly passed in the Democratically controlled New York General Assembly only to die in the Republican controlled NY State Senate without a committee hearing or even a floor vote..
In November, the Blue tsunami flipped eight senate seats and gave Democrats control of the NY State Senate with a solid 39-24 majority.
Now that the NY senate is firmly in Democratic hands, the GENDA bill finally began to move in that chamber instead of hitting the usual Republican legislative roadblock aided and abetted by DINO Democrats
GENDA not only got its first committee hearing in the NY Senate, it passed out of committee and to the NY senate floor yesterday on a unanimous vote.
Today GENDA passed in the New York state senate on a 42-19 vote to send the bill to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature to make it law.
Congrats to all my trans family in New York. This is a day you have been waiting for since you were callously stripped out of the SONDA bill in 1993.
And how apropos that GENDA passed on Dr King’s birthday!
And today, Sylvia Rivera is smiling as the day she fought for on her deathbed has finally come to pass for trans New Yorkers.