Statewide Poll Confirms GENDA Support


A statewide poll conducted by the Global Strategy Group from February 20th to 24th demonstrates that New Yorkers overwhelmingly support passing a law that provides transgender people with protections from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and other areas of everyday life.  The survey found that 78% of New Yorkers favor such a law while just 13% do not.

The survey was commissioned by the Empire State Pride Agenda, one of TLDEF’s partners in the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) Coalition.  Besides asking where New Yorkers stand on a law, respondents were also asked whether they would support their state legislators if they voted to end discrimination against transgender people.  37% said they would be more likely to support their legislator and 51% said voting for a bill would have no impact on their support.  Only 9% of New Yorkers said they would be less likely to support their Assembly member or State Senator. 

GENDA (A.6584/Gottfried, S.3753/Duane), would amend the state’s human rights law to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit.  It has 71 co-sponsors in the Assembly and 17 in the Senate.