New York State is on its way to having its first statewide protections based on gender identity and expression! Last night, the New York State Senate passed the Dignity for All Students Act by a whopping 58-3. The Dignity for All Students Act was passed earlier this year by the Assembly and now heads to Governor Paterson's desk. He's been a tremendous friend of the LGBT community, and we urge him to once again show his support by quickly signing this bill into law.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in New York face tremendous amounts of bullying and harassment. One recent survey conducted by GLSEN found that 79% had been verbally harassed in the past year because of their sexual orientation and 62% had been verbally harassed because of how they expressed their gender.