GENDA

Dominic LoVallo / WBFO News

The LGBTQ community is celebrating a new state law that went in to effect this week. GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, adds protections for gender identity and expressions. They are now a protected class in New York State’s human rights and hate crime laws.

Matthre Crehan Higgins / Pride Center of Western New York

Fear of discrimination is an everyday reality in the lives of transgender individuals. The question of whether or not the state Senate will help alleviate that fear with a vote on protection for the rights of transgender individuals remains to be seen.