During the 2019 legislative session, New York State made history for LGBTQ rights. With support from partners across the state, we mobilized thousands of community members and allies to demand that lawmakers advance LGBTQ-affirming policies, after seven years of inaction.
Prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender identity & expression
Gender identity and expression are now protected classes under our human rights law, and discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public schools and other areas is prohibited.
Required all state buildings, including schools, to have gender-neutral single occupancy bathrooms.
All state-owned or operated buildings, including school facilities, are now required to have gender-neutral, single occupancy bathrooms
Banned the use of conversion therapy on minors
Mental health professionals are now prohibited from using conversion therapy on patients under 18 years old.
Brought state abortion laws up-to-date with Roe v. Wade
New York State’s abortion laws now mirror the federal protections outlined by Roe v. Wade, and abortion no longer resides in the criminal code.
Ended the use of the gay/trans “panic” defense in court
LGBTQ New Yorkers who are victims of hate crimes can no longer be blamed for the violence committed against them.