Sign our petition at and tell the New York Senate to vote on GENDA in 2013 to usher in an era of true equality across the state.

Stand strong with thousands of other New Yorkers who also support the passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA).

  • Kymkym Williams, GENDA Advocate

    “I was born as a twin—my sister’s name is Kassie—and although I was born male, my mother raised us both as little girls, and I always felt like I was a girl. But as I got older, I developed a man’s body, and I realized that I was a woman trapped …

    Read More »

  • Tamia Gholston, GENDA Advocate

    “I’m originally from Michigan, but I consider New York City my home. My mom lives in Connecticut and so I get to see her a lot. Right now I’m trying to find employment, but it’s hard to find when you’re a transgender person living in New York State.
  • Rachael Therien, GENDA Advocate

    “I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, born in 1958, but I’ve spent half of my adult life in New York City. I left home in 1977 as a gay male, enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and after graduating, I pursued a career in acting. Eventually I left acting and …

    Read More »

  • Tanya Walker, GENDA Advocate

    “I went to Staten Island College, and I remember being run off campus by male students, who made threats on my life. That was ’94 and although things have gotten better, I still get pointed out, whispered about. There’s still discrimination, and it’s legal in New York. GENDA is a civil …

    Read More »

  • Reverend Moshay Moses, GENDA Advocate

    Currently I am Housing Works’ harm reduction counselor, but I’ve been a civil rights advocate for years. I’m originally from Virginia, and my advocacy began in the late 60s and 70s in the civil rights movement. I see almost all issues as a question of civil rights because we are all …

    Read More »

  • Kiara St. James, GENDA Advocate

    A native of Beaumont, TX, Kiara has been one of the key organizers with Housing Works to pass GENDA, and has traveled to Albany with Housing Works to speak with legislators about the need for GENDA. Kiara began her transition in 1994, and became HIV-positive in 1995 from being injected with …

    Read More »

  • Marcie Chase, GENDA Advocate

    My name is Marcie Brianna Christian-Chase. I am 49 year-old parent and grandparent, and I am a woman of cis-gender experience. I am of Afro-Caribbean Latina heritage, and I am currently studying to become a Surgical Technician. I have been fighting for the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) since it came …

    Read More »

  • Michelle Ainsworth, GENDA Advocate

    I have lived in New York for most of my life, and the burden of not being the gender I wanted to be was increasingly hard to bear, and so I came out and transitioned to living as a woman. The only dark spot was when a psychiatrist told me that …

    Read More »

  • Justice for All: GENDA Advocate Marcie Chase

    For years, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) has been conceived as a transgender rights bill, but many don’t realize that the bill would provide protections to gender non-conforming individuals as well. In fact, Housing Works advocate Marcie Chase has been fighting for the passage of GENDA since the bill’s inception …

    Read More »

GENDA Protections in NY

What are Public Accommodations?

Sign the Petition

Sign our petition at


Donate Today

Help us advocate for transgender rights