The New York Times has posted an editorial urging passage of New York's GENDA bill:
A 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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Yesterday we posted video of what the New York Anti-Violence (AVP) is calling a bias-motivated assault and arrest of three gay men by NYPD officers in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn on June 3.
This afternoon, the AVP held a press conference with the men and LGBT community advocates about the incident, calling for an investigation.
According to WPIX, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the NYPD is looking into the allegations.
“I’ve seen the video, and I think it’s appropriate to have it investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau,” Kelly said.
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1983. Wasn't so long ago, but looking at this footage it feels like an eternity.
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