Gender Identity Equality

Gender Identity Equality

A newly adopted New York State regulation now formally prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender identity and transgender status under the New York State Human Rights Law.  The regulations (9 NYCRR §466.13) are effective as of January 20, 2016.  See below for a summary of the regulation and its impact.


Laws and Regulations

Law

New York State Executive Law Article 15, Human Rights Law, HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, §§290 - 301

Regulation

Sub-Regulatory Guidance

Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students, May 13, 2016
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a joint Dear Colleague Letter on Title IX and Transgender Students. 
The guidance provides clarity to institutions on the application of Title IX rights to transgender students by providing "information and examples to inform recipients about how the Departments evaluate whether covered entities are complying with their legal obligations.”  The letter outlined an institutions obligations to transgender students with respect to specific issues, including:

Related SUNY Policies and Procedures

Summary of New York State Regulations Protecting Transgender New Yorkers from Discrimination

On January 20th, 2016, the New York State Division of Human Rights adopted new regulations that prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender identity and transgender status under the New York State Human Rights Law.  The regulations (9 NYCRR §466.13) are effective immediately.  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a press release the day the regulations took effect to affirm that “discrimination against transgender persons is unlawful and will not be tolerated anywhere in the state of New York.”

References to Best Practices and Other Supplemental Material

Note to SUNY Campuses: Before implementing any of the programs and best practices contained within the best practice documents, please contact your campus counsel to discuss various approaches.

SUNY Guidance

Federal 

New York State

External Sources

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