VICTORY! Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law Passes In NY

(Photo: Eric Lesh)

After 16 years of attempts, the New York State Legislature has finally passed a bill that protects transgender people from discrimination, reports The Daily Beast.

In 100-40 and 42-19 votes on Tuesday morning, respectively, the State Assembly and the State Senate voted to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, which adds gender identity as a protected class in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.

“This is truly an historic day,” Eric Lesh, executive director of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, told The Daily Beast. “We are finally welcoming a fairer and more equal New York because of the bold and tireless leadership of trans and gender non-conforming New Yorkers.”