Transgender rights are not about men wanting to go into women’s restrooms – Daniel J. O’Donnell – Member, New York State Assembly

I had to speak up.

During the lengthy debate in the State Assembly last week about New York’s Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), I hadn’t planned to comment and had hoped for a fast, uneventful end to the repetitive discussion.

The need for the bill, which would protect transgender New Yorkers from discrimination (in employment, housing, and education, etc.), has long been recognized by the State Assembly as a whole, and shortly following the debate on April 30, we passed it for the sixth consecutive year.