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'New York Times' Urges Passage of Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA): VIDEO

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The New York Times has posted an editorial urging passage of New York's GENDA bill:

GendaA measure to outlaw discrimination based on gender identity or expression — the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or Genda, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Senator Daniel Squadron — passed the Democratic-led Assembly in April for the sixth time. There is a good chance it would also pass the Senate, with nearly all Democrats and some Republicans voting in favor. The challenge is getting the bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote before the end of the legislative session, scheduled on June 20.

Senator Jeffrey Klein, the Democratic leader in the Senate’s coalition leadership, must insist on a vote. He should tell Senator Dean Skelos, the coalition’s Republican leader, that bottling up bills like this one is not part of their power-sharing deal. It would help if Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a supporter of the bill, would commit political capital to enacting the legislation before the session ends. Sixteen states — including New Jersey and Connecticut — and the District of Columbia have enacted anti-discrimination protections covering transgender people. New York should not lag on this important civil rights issue.

Watch a brief spot from the Empire State Pride Agenda explaining the legislation,
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  1. People on the sex registry can be fired/evicted (and not hired at all) even when their alleged targets are nowhere in the vicinity and won't be anywhere in the vicinity.

    But to the matter at hand: gender identity/expression is to protect straight people who act stereotypically gay as well as transsexuals who are transitioning and transvestites (gay and straight), right?

    Is this bill this narrow for a reason?

    Why not cover atheists and goths, as well? (serious question; I assume the wearing of religious garb being the reason why someone is evicted or fired is already covered under religious discrimination)

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 13, 2013 9:26:01 AM


  2. Trans activists attack gay and lesbian people. They oppose marriage equality. And they have transjacked the gay movement. Hope this bill fails again!

    Posted by: Devon | Jun 13, 2013 2:10:16 PM


  3. Gender-Identity and gender-expression: totally important.

    check out Ontario's Bill-33 to see what should happen.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 13, 2013 2:21:33 PM


  4. http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2574

    worthwhile reading, folks.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 13, 2013 2:41:40 PM


  5. Hey Devon! That seems like a fun game. Let me try... trans activists will eat your babies. They know the cure for cancer but won't tell anyone. They orchestrated 9/11 and caused hurricane Sandy.

    Are you training to take over for Pat Robertson?

    Posted by: Sully | Jun 13, 2013 3:16:29 PM


  6. Sorry Sully, but it's no game and I am not making things up. Trans activists have attacked Dan Savage, throwing a heavy glass jar at his head. They stalk the Womyn's Music Festival in MI and have threatened to burn it to the ground. They opposed marriage equality in MD as a way to punish gay families because they didn't get their trans bathroom bill passed. They are horrible people, some of the most homophobic around. LGBs are waking up to the fact that Ts are not a variant of gay and don't have our best interests at heart.

    Posted by: Devon | Jun 13, 2013 4:47:57 PM


  7. Yes, Devon, you're so right.

    I heard that the Trans activists were joining forces with the New Black Panther Party, the Aryan Nation, and reviving the Jewish Defense League. If they ever join forces with the Muslim Brotherhood...well. our society is phucked.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 13, 2013 5:12:31 PM


  8. Devon's not the only LGB with this opinion in NY.
    That's the problem.

    Facts mean nothing to them.

    Transphobia - not just for straights.

    Why do you think GENDA is necessary - why were T's thrown under the bus a decade ago? At least then they *pretended* they'd "come back later". Now the mask is off.

    They're only a minority of LGB people - but they're a minority with a lot of money, and a lot of political power in LGB(t) organisations.

    Posted by: Zoe Brain | Jun 17, 2013 10:24:07 AM


  9. For evidence - look at some of the comments on this thread:
    http://www.towleroad.com/2013/06/pam-spaulding-closing-her-lgbt-site-pams-house-blend.html

    Posted by: Zoe Brain | Jun 17, 2013 10:27:43 AM


  10. Take solace - the cowardly gay men who hate on Transpeople, and gender-nonconformists, and all things Out and Proud and Defiant are such complete and utter wimps that their reach literally only goes as far as an anonymous screen name on an internet messageboard.

    yes, they're hateful. yes, it's ugly. but they know it, and they're pathetic, Zoe, so their comments amount to nothing more than a pile of faceless-nameless death-gasps from folks too weak of character to actually be a positive force of change in this world.

    always remember that the haters simply aren't strong enough to put a face to their hatred. anonymity is all they have left.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 17, 2013 10:45:42 AM


  11. "they have transjacked the gay movement" Yeah, those Trans with their TIME MACHINE going back throughout history and putting themselves side by side with gay people executed by nazis, putting themselves into the work of Magnus Hirschfeld and the organisation he started, sneaking into and taking over the Stonewall Riot and the Compton Cafeteria one.. even going back in time to pose for photos! Because of cause to transjack the movement the historical documents all prove they have ALWAYS been part of they'd need a time machine and to have changed history wouldn't they. It's the only way it could be possible that over a CENTURY of oppression and the fight for equality could have Trans and Gays in the same boat fighting side by side.

    When all that time they could have been using that Time Machine for unselfish purposes... drat those Trans people and their Transjacking Time Machine... except they don't have a Time Machine do they. So then the transjacking notion is... whats the phrase? Oh yes. A Dirty Rotten LIE! Q.E.D.

    So Devon, go get some counseling to get over your bigotry and develop some Integrity to deal with your lying problem.. or some basic research skills if you just blindly believe the lies of other bigots without fact-checking first.

    Posted by: Bayne MacGregor | Jun 23, 2013 4:02:51 AM


  12. Until we get equality for all we won't have equality for anyone. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities are all separate and have their own agendas but we have much more in common than not and it's a no brainier that we have to work together and for each other.

    Devon is following the line of quisling Barney Frank who gutted ENDA by excluding trans folks in 2007 to please antigay employers and in the process launched viscous personal attacks on trans activists and everyone who wanted unity in our common struggle.

    (Comments by a troll named Bill PUrdue are not by me. They are disinformation. My name is spelled Bill PErdue.)

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 24, 2013 2:17:17 AM


  13. Devon, are you related to or employed by quisling Barney Frank?

    (Comments by a troll named Bill PUrdue are not by me. They are disinformation. My name is spelled Bill PErdue.)

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 24, 2013 2:18:39 AM


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