New York City Mayor de Blasio signed an Executive Order mandating City agencies to ensure that employees and members of the public have access to City single-sex facilities aligned with their gender identity, without being required to show any type of gender-proving identification or document.

Mayor de Blasio stated how all “New Yorkers should feel safe and welcome in our city – and this starts with our City buildings. Access to bathrooms and other single-sex facilities is a fundamental human right that should not be restricted or denied to anyone. ” As a response, New York City takes pride in enforcing one of the strongest human rights laws in the country, protecting the rights of transgender individuals to live with respect.

Because of Mayor de Blasio’s recent Executive Order, New York City leading in protecting transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from discrimination. The Executive Order protects the right of every New Yorker to use City single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity. In March, Mayor de Blasio signed an Executive Order mandating city agencies to ensure that public employees are given access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity, without being required to show identification, medical documentation, or any other form of gender verification.

Myth: The New York City Human Rights Law was amended in 2015 to include protections for gender identity and gender expression.

Fact: The New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) was amended in 2002.

2. Myth: If a man pretends to be a woman so he can use the woman’s room (or vice versa) in order to harass members of the opposite sex, there is no legal recourse for the victims of the harassment.

Fact: Since the law was passed in 2002, there have been no documented cases of men in NYC pretending to be women in order to harass women in the bathroom.

3. Myth: Transgender women are not “real” women, and transgender men are not “real” men.

Fact: Gender identity is not based on one’s sex assigned at birth.

4. Myth: The gender identity/gender expression statutes of the NYC Human Rights Law protect only transgender individuals.

Fact: The NYCHRL protects all people against discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

5. Myth: The New York City Human Rights Law allows men to enter the women’s bathroom and vice versa.

Fact: If an individual identifies as a man, he is not permitted to use the women’s room.

6. Myth: Allowing transgender people to use facilities consistent with their gender identity threatens women and children, and will increase the likelihood of violence and crime in those facilities.

Fact: Crime statistics show that transgender people are disproportionately more likely to be the victims, not the perpetrators, of violence in bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.

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