NEW Pride Agenda's 2021 Legislative + Policy Priorities
NEW Pride Agenda’s 2021 Legislative + Policy Priorities are rooted in our mission of advocating for LGBTQIA New Yorkers across the state, particurarly Black and Brown trans sisters and brothers. Among the many important lessons we’ve been reminded of this year is that Black and Brown queer communities have beem on the frontlines of movements for social change for decades. It is precisely because of this reality that the NEW Pride Agenda is pushing forward with a bold list of policy priorities that center these narratives and identities. NPA’s 2021 legislative agenda is also informed by our recent citywide LGBTQIA survey, conducted in partnership with Columbia University, which you can read more about here.
– In collaboration with network partners, advocate for and secure $5.4 million in LGBTQIA Health & Human Services funding
– Advance implementation of Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
– Work with the Governor’s Hate Crimes Task Force to eradicate LGBTQIA-based violence, particurarly gender identtity and expression-based violence
– Supporting an eviction moratorium and rental assistance, along with other COVID-19 related bills, that would serve as a lifeline for Black and Brown queer communities
– Release and provide adequate healthcare and resources to Transgender, Non-conforming, Non-binary individuals in prison who are at risk of contracting COVID-19
– Establishing an HIV rental assistance pilot
– Reversing the pharmacy carve out language included in the FY21 state budget
– Increasing access to PrEP and LGBTQIA affirming health care services, particularly for trans women of color and Black and Brown queer males
LEGISLATIVE + ADVOCACY PRIORITIES
– Repeal Walking While Trans statute
– Codify Gender Recgonition Act into law
– Codify Stop Violence Against Sex Trades Act into law
– Codify Sex Workers Protection Act into law
– Codify the Decriminalize Condoms Act into law
– Codify the Student Suicide Prevention Act into law
– Codify LGBTQIA History in School Curriculum Act into law
– Codify Comprehensive Sex Education Act into law
– Codify Hate Crimes Analysis and Review Act into law
– Codify LGBTQ-Long Term Care Facility Bill of Rights into law
THANK YOU Governor Cuomo for signing AM Danny O’Donnell’s single-occupancy bathroom bill into law, along with a bill that ensures the confidentiality of COVID-19 related contact-tracing!
Police Reform Policy Watchlist
Repealing Section 50-A (A10611/S8496) PASSED
Makes complaints against officers, as well as transcripts and final dispositions of disciplinary proceedings available to the public. Passed the Legislature on 6/10/2020.
State Troopers and Body Cameras (A8674A/S8493) PASSED
Requires state police wear body cameras.
Duty to Provide Medical Attention (A8226B/S6601B) PASSED
Police officers and other law enforcement representatives or entities have a duty to provide attention to the medical and mental health needs of individuals who are under arrest or otherwise in their custody.
Reporting Discharged Weapons (A10608/S2575B) PASSED
Requires a law enforcement officer or peace officer who discharges his or her weapon under circumstances where a person could be struck by a bullet to immediately report the incident to his or her superiors.
Office of Special Investigation (A1601C/S2574C) PASSED
Creates an office of special investigations within the Attorney General’s Office.
Law Enforcement Misconduct Office (A10002B/S3595C) PASSED
Establishes the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office within the Attorney General’s Office.
Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act (A6144B/S6670B) PASSED
Establishes the crime of aggravated strangulation for police officers who use chokeholds or similar restraint that cause serious physical injury or death.
Right to Monitor Act (A1360A/S3253A) PASSED
Affirms that a person not under arrest or in custody has the right to record policy activity and to maintain custody and control of that recording and of any property or instruments used to record police activities.
Penalty for Biased Misuse of Emergency Services (A1531B/S8492) PASSED
Amends civil rights law to makes it a hate crime when people calling 911 make a false accusation based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Senate and Assembly passed different versions of this bill.
STAT Act (A10609/S1830C) PASSED
Enacts the Police Statistics and Transparency (STAT) Act which requires courts to compile and publish racial and other demographic data of all low-level offenses including misdemeanors and violations. The bill also requires police departments to submit annual reports on arrest-related deaths for submission to DCJS, the Governor and the Legislature.
Single Occupancy Bathrooms (A5240A/S6479A)
Makes all single-occupancy bathrooms gender-neutral in school districts, charter schools, SUNY, CUNY, community colleges, restaurants, bars, commercial establishments, and state-owned or operated buildings.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing (A10500C/S8450C)
Provides for the confidentiality of contact tracing information