The New York Times reports today that New York’s Governor Cuomo has  announced that he would “direct the State Division of Human Rights to issue regulations that extend protections against discrimination found in a 1945 law [NYS Human Rights Law] to cover gender identity, transgender status and gender dysphoria.”

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The protections in these regulations would extend to, among other things, employment.

As the Times noted, “Mr. Cuomo said the move was overdue, noting that transgender people had been left out of previous antidiscrimination laws protecting gay and bisexual men and women.”

Although almost 20 states have laws protecting transgender people, the New York legislature failed last June to pass such a law, known as the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (“GENDA”).