Advocacy

Working alongside elected officials, community activists, and policy leaders, the NEW Pride Agenda advocates on behalf of the LGBTQ community regarding New York’s budget and legislative priorities.

Budget Priorities

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Develop a separate funding stream for the implementation of Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which extends civil rights protections to all members of the LGBTQ community.

Supporting $1 million in new funding for statewide awareness training and implementation of GENDA. Funding should be directed to CBOs that have a track record of hiring and mentoring TGNC/NB members of our community, in support of Transgender workforce development needs.
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Double the LGBTQ Health and Human Services budget from approximately $5 to $10 million annually in next year’s Executive Budget.

Supporting the LGBTQ Network to expand the Health and Human Services budget in accordance with their identified priorities.
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Create Cabinet Interagency Task Force for implementation of GENDA/DASA across all state agencies.

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Support full implementation of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which encourages schools to share best-practices on bullying prevention.

Supporting the exploration or expansion of existing appropriation of $2 million at the State Education Department to fully implement DASA.

NY State 2020-21 Legislative Priorities

The NEW Pride Agenda submitted memos of support to the state legislature for the following bills:

The Child Parent Security Act

Lifts the ban on compensated gestational surrogacy contracts. New York is one of only two states that bans these agreements. This bill passed the state legislature. 

Hate Crimes Analysis & Review Act

Requires the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to collect demographic data on crime victims and alleged perpetrators. This data would include gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, among other identifiers.

Gay and Trans Panic Defense Ban

Limits a defendant’s ability to use one’s sexual orientation or gender identity as a defense for violent or criminal behavior. This bill passed both chambers of the state legislature and was signed into law by the Governor as Chapter 45 of the Laws of 2019.

Walking While Trans

Repeals the section of the New York State Penal Law that prohibits loitering for the purposes of prostitution, the enforcement of which has consistently targetted cisgender and transgender women of color.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights

Makes it unlawful for a long-term care facility, including residential health care facilities, adult care facilities, and assisted living residences, to discriminate based on an individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or HIV status.  

NY State 2020-21 Legislative Watchlist

The NEW Pride Agenda has the following bills on its State of New York watchlist: 

Gender Recognition Act

Creates a streamlined, non-stigmatized and privacy-protective process for TGNCNB individuals to change the name and gender marker on their identification documents. 

Comprehensive Sex Education

Requires comprehensive sexuality instructions that are age and developmentally appropriate for students in grades K-12. 

Student Suicide Prevention Act

Requires governing body of a local school district, BOCES, school or education department serving students in grades 7-12 to adopt a policy on student suicide prevention, intervention, school safety and crisis response. 

Culturally Responsive LGBTQ Education Standards

Requires the Education Commissioner to promulgate rules for the implementation of a culturally responsive LGBTQ curriculum.

LGBTQ History in NYS Education Curriculum

Instructs the Education Commissioner to establish an age-appropriate curriculum for school districts on the historical treatment of LGBTQ and gender non-conforming individuals.