Syracuse Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

With a 7-1 vote, the Common Council of Syracuse, New York passed legislation creating nondiscrimination protections for gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Syracuse was the last major city in the state to add the transgender protections, joining Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Binghamton, Ithaca, and New York City, as well as Westchester, Suffolk, and Tompkins counties. New York state only provides nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation, as the legislature has failed to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA).