Transgender 101

The guiding principle of the Working with Transgender Communities workshop is to combat discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and create awareness about treating all persons with dignity and respect, including transgender and gender non-conforming persons. Transgender New Yorkers face discrimination in all areas covered by the NYC Human Rights Law: employment, housing, public accommodations, as well as discriminatory harassment and bias-based profiling by law enforcement. In the workshop, basic terminology is explained.

Also discussed are issues and challenges faced by transgender and gender non-conforming persons; protections under the NYC’s Human Rights Law; the Commission’s legal guidance on protections for gender identity and gender expression; and, the recent Mayor’s Executive Order 16, mandating City facilities to provide bathroom access to people consistent with their gender identity.

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