It’ll be a decade before we know it, and the promises he made to pass GENDA remain unfullfilled.
Juli Grey-Owens from (LITAC) writes “in 2010, then candidate for Governor, Andrew Cuomo was quoted as saying:”
“New Yorkers believe that their neighbors should be afforded the same rights and privileges under the law that they receive. I will work with our leaders in the legislature to achieve passage of the Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), and with our state agencies to eliminate health disparities for LGBT New Yorkers.”
4 years later, transgender New Yorkers are still without basic civil rights. In the meantime states like Iowa and New Mexico have added transgender protections to their civil rights laws.
It is now 2014, and Governor Cuomo is running for reelection. Here’s what he is saying about GENDA, in a letter to Empire State Pride Agenda:
“I write to reiterate my deep commitment to protect the rights of all New Yorkers, including those in the transgender community. Indeed, New York State has a long history of advancing transformative civil rights laws in an effort to protect disadvantaged citizens. We must continue to advance progressive reforms to protect those who continue to suffer discrimination without recourse.”
ANYONE SEE A PATTERN HERE?
IT’S TIME TO HOLD GOVERNOR CUOMO TO HIS WORDS!
GOVERNOR, IT’S TIME TO STOP USING GENDA AS CAMPAIGN RHETORIC AND BACK UP YOUR WORDS WITH ACTION!
I’ve been amazed at how effectivly and quickly the Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition can organize a action in the past. I have no doubt that they will pull this off in spatuclar style Saterday.
I found out tonight that Governor Cuomo will be appearing at a Democratic Party Rally in Hauppauge this Saturday 10/11, at 1:25 PM!
For months Trans activists around the state have felt some kind of statement needed to be made to our “recently evolved” Governor, and now the opportunity has landed in our lap, right here on Long Island!
I know it is short notice, but:
WE NEED ALL TRANS ACTIVISTS, ALLIES, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS TO STAND WITH US THIS SATURDAY AS WE SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO GOVERNOR CUOMO THAT HE MUST HELP PASS THE GENDER EXPRESSION NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (GENDA) IN 2015!!
PLEASE MEET US:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
11:30 AM- 12 PM
GOVERNOR ARRIVES AT 1:25 PM
IBEW Local 25 Union Hall
370 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
DIRECTIONS: Exit at the Long Island Expressway, Exit 55. Head west on Motor Parkway, approximately 3 blocks. The IBEW Union Hall is on the north side of Motor Parkway.
BRING SIGNS, NOISE MAKERS AND YOUR LOUDEST VOICE!
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS!!
THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!
Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition