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Transgender civil rights bill gets renewed push in New York

Transgender civil rights bill gets renewed push in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — A measure to protect transgender New Yorkers from discrimination in housing, employment and education is getting another push, but the idea still faces opposition in the Senate.

New-York-stateAdvocates held events in New York, Albany and Rochester Thursday to support the bill, which would include gender identity and expression in state civil rights law and prohibit discrimination against a transgender person when it comes to jobs, loans, schools and public accommodations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the measure, which has repeatedly passed the Assembly but has never received a Senate vote.

The state now prohibits discrimination based on factors including race, religion, disability and gender. Cities including New York, Buffalo and Albany already ban discrimination based on gender expression.

Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos says the bill remains under review.

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