State and City of Rochester leaders are demanding action on a bill that would protect the rights of the transgender community.
According to a memo obtained by the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is being directed to define sex as the biological traits one is born with and not leaving room for changing it.
The president addressed the controversy before departing for a rally in Texas. “We are looking at it. We have a lot of different concepts right now. They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender. You know that as well as I do and we are looking at it very seriously, you know, what I’m doing, I’m protecting everybody.”
In, Rochester, there was an effort to push a bill that would increase the rights of transgender people.
Assemblyman Harry Bronson is sponsoring the bill, which is called the “Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act” or GENDA. It has passed in the Assembly before, but died in the Senate. Bronson, a Democrat, urged state lawmakers to take it up again.
He noted the City of Rochester already has these protections in place and it should be expanded statewide.
“Just because of how you express yourself, just by being your authentic self, you can be fired or refused housing or a bank loan and we as New Yorkers don’t believe that,” said Bronson. “We believe everyone should have dignity and with that equality.”
There is an online petition in support of the GENDA bill. Bronson hopes to bring it to the first day of the 2019 legislative session.