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NYC rally calls for trans protection

By Deirdre 'Al Dente' Sinnott

New York

Trans groups and individuals rallied outside City Hall here on May 4 to support the introduction of progressive legislation.

The law, introduced into the New York City Council that day, would protect all transsexual, transgender and gender-variant New Yorkers from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations in the five boroughs.

If passed, the law would amend the New York City human rights law to include protection against discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.

Groups whose members took part in the demonstration included Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, Metropolitan Gender Association, Positive Health Project, Metropolitan Community Church, Empire State Pride Agenda, Housing Works Transgender Advocacy Group and the International Action Center. City Council member Christine Quinn also participated.

The demonstration was dedicated to the memory of STAR co-founder Marsha P. Johnson, Bambi LaMore, Bubbles, Amanda Milan and other trans people who have died or been murdered by bigots.

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