Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (the Bathroom Bill) (S.1047 – Hoylman/A.747 – Gottfried)

The Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA), also known as the Bathroom Bill, makes “gender identity or expression” a protected category under New York’s Human Rights Law. GENDA requires New York’s shopping malls, stores, universities, restaurants, and recreational facilities—along with many other public places—to accommodate crossdressing and so-called gender transitions by allowing biological males to access women-only spaces such as restrooms and locker rooms. GENDA also requires New York’s employers to accommodate employees who wish to dress and identify as members of the opposite sex. NYCF opposed this measure because males should not be allowed to enter women-only space, and because employers should not be forced to allow behavior by their employees that is disruptive to the work environment. Persons suffering from gender dysphoria should be accorded equal treatment under the law, but equality before the law does not require the forced accommodation of a person’s confusion about his or her gender identity.

GENDA was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on January 25, 2019.