New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people.
In a letter to Empire State Pride Agenda on Tuesday, Cuomo said the state’s human rights laws should include gender identity and gender expression.
Cuomo cited a survey in the letter that found three-fourths of transgender New Yorkers experience workplace discrimination.
He said if he is elected for a second term, he will push to outlaw discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or expression for things like employment and housing.
In the letter, Cuomo said: “It is not who we are as New Yorkers to permit this type of pervasive discrimination to continue.
“New York is a place where our differences are celebrated and form the foundation for our achievement; they are not a source of division.”