With support from partners across the state, RiseOut has mobilized thousands of community members and allies to demand that lawmakers advance LGBTQ+ affirming policies.
The creation of a Transgender & Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) Wellness and Equity Fund to support organizations led by TGNC individuals and to help foster new leadership through capacity building.
Passed The Gender Recognition Act, reducing the unnecessary barriers and expenses that prevent people from updating New York State-issued birth certificates and drivers’ licenses, and making legal name changes that further affirm their identities and keep them safe.
Passed The Hate Crimes Analysis and Review Act, which requires New York State to accurately collect and report data on the sexual orientation, gender identity, racial and ethnic identity of alleged perpetrators and victims of hate crimes.
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.
Protected LGBTQ+ families by legalizing gestational surrogacy
Removed outdated barriers to parenthood, bringing state law in line with modern medical science and legal best practices that have been adopted across the country.
Broadened the accessibility of gender neutral bathrooms statewide
Ensured all New Yorkers can access public accommodations without fear of discrimination or harassment, regardless of their gender expression or identity.
Repealed the ‘Walking While Trans’ ban
Ended a discriminatory statute used to target, harass, coerce, and arrest cisgender and transgender women of color as well as gender-expansive people for how they dress, or for simply existing in public spaces.
Secured funding for the LGBT Health & Human Services Network, which supports 70 organizations that provide free and low-cost, affirming health care services to LGBTQ+ people statewide.