November 15, 2016
On this Transgender Awareness Week, SDWNY stands, as always, with our transgender community members. In a time of great bigotry and uncertainty, we pledge to continue to fight for every American-- transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially-- to be openly embraced, and treated equally under the law.
Together, we will continue to fight against hate, and for legislation, policy and elected officials who will further transgender civil rights. Here in New York State, we stand thankful our Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order establishing transgender rights, and we stand proud with our pro-equality WNY delegation to the state legislature-- including Sen.Timothy Kennedy, Assemblymember Sean M. Ryan and Assemblywoman Crystal People's-Stokes, to continue to push for the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) so that trans rights may officially become the law of our land.
We also pledge to continue to stand with our federal representatives-- Sen.Chuck Schumer D-NY, Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Brian Higgins to support transgender rights in the United States Congress.
In every aspect of life, we pledge to continue to stand with and support civil rights and dignity for our transgender community. We will never give up the fight for transgender rights, and we will contribute to fight against bigotry, ignorance and intolerance wherever it is found.