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Cuomo Calls For Strengthened Protections For Transgender People In New York State

June 24, 2018 - 12:45 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he will roll out new measures to protect the rights of transgender people.

Cuomo said New York state needs the order in the face of a federal government that may roll back rights for the transgender community – particularly access to health care with a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“They are now planning a rollback on a President Obama health care protection, which would allow health care companies to discriminate on the basis of gender identity, which means they could discriminate against transgender, and we say again in New York, no how, no way,” he said. “I’m signing a regulation today that says, ‘I don’t care what the federal government says. You do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual identification. You do not discriminate against the LGBTQ community. It will not happen in New York, period.”

Cuomo’s plan orders state health officials to require New York state hospitals to update their patient rights statements to forbid discrimination against transgender people, the New York Daily News reported.

In a rainbow-colored ballroom, Cuomo declared that whenever the Trump administration removes a protection for any group, New York will step up and protect that community.

“They want to impose their view on you, and that’s what makes them frightening, and that’s what makes them dangerous, and that’s why they have to be stopped, and that’s why New York has to be the state to do it,” he said.

“And for every step the Trump administration takes backwards, New York is going to take two steps forward.”

He said New York should be an “alternative reality to Trump’s America.”

“Let them talk about hate. We will talk about love. Let them talk about discrimination,” he said. “We will talk about community and coming together. Let them talk about intolerance. We will show tolerance.”