For transgender actress, ‘Vagina Monologues’ role is more than acting – Meg Barone

Testifying before the state General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, one person talked about her transgender friends who lost their jobs when they transitioned genders — male to female or female to male.

There’s little they can do about it, however, because state anti-discrimination laws do not include the transgender population. State law forbids discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion and age, but does not protect anyone on the basis of gender identity or expression.