Our 2022 Legislative Agenda

In partnership with our allies, NEW Pride Agenda has lead advocacy efforts that resulted in the NYS Executive Branch mandating over 340,000 state employees to receive a first in the nation Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) cultural competency training and ensured the repeal of the “Walking While Trans” ban was included in the 2021 Executive Budget. Here’s our 2022 Legislative Agenda — fighting Beyond Equality, Towards Equity.

BEYOND EQUALITY, TOWARDS EQUITY • 

BEYOND EQUALITY, TOWARDS EQUITY • 

BEYOND EQUALITY, TOWARDS EQUITY • 

BEYOND EQUALITY, TOWARDS EQUITY • 

BEYOND EQUALITY, TOWARDS EQUITY • 

BEYOND EQUALITY, TOWARDS EQUITY • 

BEYOND EQUALITY • TOWARDS EQUITY

Our 2022 Legislative Agenda

Economic Justice

The LGBTQ+ community continues to suffer high rates of poverty and unemployment. The COVID-19 pandemic especially hit our community hard. National data shows that LGBTQ people are more likely to report living in households with Food and Economic Insecurity than non-LGBTQ respondents. The poverty rates are even more alarming when factoring in our BIPOC Transgender and Gender Non-Binary siblings. NPA is fighting to ensure our community receives the economic justice we deserve by pushing those in power to intentionally create targeted workforce development programs and equitably invest in our community.

Legislative/Budgetary Priorities:
  • Advocate for A Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Wellness and Equity Fund
  • Advance An LGBTQ+ Specific Targeted Hiring Program
  • Advocate for an increase in the LGBTQ Health and Human Services Budget

Health & Wellness

Racism, transphobia, & homophobia are a trifecta of public health crises that deepen health disparities among LGBTQIA+ people. NPA supports a reversal of the 340B Medicaid carve-out to support safety net providers who offer care to the most vulnerable communities; HIV prevention & treatment outreach to communities of color aimed at ending the epidemic; & guaranteed comprehensive healthcare for all New Yorkers regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay.

Legislative/Budgetary Priorities:
  • Mandate Insurance Coverage for PrEP/PEP (A807/S688)

  • Protecting Gender Affirming Care in Self-Funded Plans (S8061) 

  • Educating Medicaid Recipients about benefits of PrEP/PEP (A8819/S7618)

Dignity In Schools

LGBTQIA+ students deserve safe and supportive school environments free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination. NPA advocates for new state funding to fully implement the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and to ensure New York state public schools require an LGBTQIA+ inclusive curriculum that highlights historical contributions to society by LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Legislative/Budgetary Priorities:
  • Comprehensive Sex Education (A6616/S2584A)
  • LGBTQ+ History in NYS Education Curriculum (A817/S1729)
  • New Deal For CUNY (A5843/S4461)

Housing Justice

Far too many New Yorkers are housing insecure or severely rent-burdened, paying up to 50% of their income towards rent. There are cracks in the foster and shelter systems that perpetuate homelessness, especially for queer communities. NPA
advocates for increased public investment in permanently affordable housing options for homeless New Yorkers and fully funded Runaway and Homeless Youth programs.

Legislative/Budgetary Priorities:
  • Housing Voucher Access Program (A3701A/S2804B)
  • Good Cause Eviction (A5573/S3082)
  • LGBT Long Term Care Facilities Bill of Rights (A7807/S85)

Criminal Justice

LGBTQIA+ people are disproportionately impacted by mass incarceration. Transgender women in particular are notoriously profiled and harassed by law enforcement. NPA advocates for alternatives to incarceration for all people and supports the decriminalization of sex work between consenting adults.

Legislative/Budgetary Priorities:
  • Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act (A849/S3075)
  • Gender Identity Respect, Dignity and Safety Act (A7001A/S6677)
  • Fair and Timely Parole (S1415/A4231)
  • Elder Parole (S15/A3475)
  • Clean Slate (S1553A/A6399)