NY moves forward with transgender protection

Posted at 8:24 AM, May 11, 2016

The New York State Assembly has voted again to outlaw discrimination against transgender people amid the national debate about proposals in other states to restrict bathroom access.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year signed an executive order including gender identity and expression in the state's civil rights law, making it illegal to discriminate against a transgender person when it comes to jobs, loans, schools and public accommodations.

But that order could be reversed by a future governor. The bill passed by the Assembly on Monday would go further by putting the policy in statute.

It's the ninth time the Assembly has passed the measure, which remains hung up in the state Senate.

The state already prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, disability and gender.