New York State Senate Republicans Kill Trans Protections Bill For 11th Year

For 11 years in a row, the New York state Assembly has approved legislation prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.

And for the 11th year in a row, the Republican-controlled NY state Senate has killed that bill in committee. The legislation failed today on a party line 5-4 vote.

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, was defeated today in the New York Senate Investigations & Government Operations Committee.

GENDA would add “gender identity or expression” to the language of the existing NYS Human Rights Law that prohibits discrimination in the areas of employment, health care, housing, public transportation, public accommodations, and credit.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, the only openly LGBT member of the New York state Senate and the ranking Democrat on the committee, was disgusted.

“In 21st century New York State, it’s appalling that Senate Republicans would vote along party lines against GENDA,” said a statement from Hoylman’s office. “Human rights shouldn’t be a partisan issue – and they aren’t in other states.”

Hoylman lost no time pointing out that New Hampshire’s GOP-controlled legislature passed protections for LGBT folks this month. It’s now possible that New York will be the only state in the northeast without statewide protections for trans people.

"As the Trump Administration continues to roll back protections for LGBT Americans, New York has the obligation to protect its transgender citizens from discrimination and hate crimes,” Hoylman added. "Unfortunately, the State Senate failed miserably in its duties. Moving forward, I’ll continue to fight for passage of GENDA in a new State Senate after the midterms.”

The Openly Gay Coach Who Was Suspended For A LGBTQ Charity Event Is Now Running For Office

Get ready New York voters to support a potential LGBTQ representative that’s trying to do good for the community.

As Lohud reports, Anthony Nicodemo has announced that he’s running for State Assembly.

If you haven’t heard of Nicodemo before, that’s ok, but know that he’s already done a lot of good for the LGBTQ community and for youth in his area.

Anthony Nicodemo is currently a teacher at Saunders Trades and Techincal High School in Yonkers, New York. He also spends his time being the head coach for the boys’ basketball team.

Earlier this year, Nicodemo was one of two coaches who were suspended for organizing an LGBTQ charity basketball game. The event raised $800 to support a local chapter of LGBTQ youth charity group GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”). Also, former Brooklyn Net player Jason Collins spoke about being gay in the NBA.



At the time, the coaches were suspended because New York’s Section One Athletic Council said they had failed to file the paperwork to sanction the fundraiser. No homophobic bias led to the suspension.

“This event,” tweeted Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, “allowed student athletes to support inclusion and diversity, which is what the city of Yonkers is about. My hope is that Section One reconsiders their position and a coach is not admonished over a technicality.”

At the time, Nicodemo also shared that he was worried that Section One's targeting the event would mean he couldn’t put it on in a following year.

“Next year when I try to host this event again, am I going to have schools say ‘no thank you’ because they’re worried they’re going to be targets of Section One?” Nicodemo asked. “That’s the chilling effect here.”

But, it looks like Nicodemo is taking matters into his own hands by running for office.



Anthony Nicodemo has announced that he’ll be running for the vacant seat in the 90th District of the state, which covers most of Yonkers.

“I’ve been representing Yonkers for years, and the City of Yonkers has been so supportive of my endeavors and what I’ve done,” Nicodemo says. “Shelly Mayer did such a great job of representing Yonkers and our kids, and who I thought can do a better job of replacing her than me?”

Nicodemo hopes to focus on the issues of education, gun reform, union labor, and LGBT rights, according to his website.

“It seems that human rights are attacked on a daily basis in our country,” he says in a campaign video. “Marginalized communities need an elevated voice in our society. No one should be discriminated against for being themselves. I plan on listening to these folks and helping create a better culture for everyone.”

Good luck to Nicodemo in this coming fall’s election.

h/t: LoHud, Outsports, NewNowNext

Miranda To Address Political Run On Wendy Williams!

Miranda To Address Political Run On Wendy Williams!

The Future Governor of New York, Cynthia Nixon, Speaks Out!

#GoGetOurGirl. If you aren’t savvy with the trailblazing HBO series, Sex and the City, you may not recall Cynthia Nixon’s legendary plea to have Chris Noth’s character rescue Sarah Jessica Parker’s iconic Carrie Bradshaw: Go get our girl. Well, it turns out, my favorite Talk Show Host, Wendy Williams, snags the first television interview with Nixon as she begins her campaign for Governor of New York. We recently reported of the Actress’ run for Governor and it collectively had the entire LGBTQ community – and the Mirandas of the world losing their minds!

According to Variety, Nixon will appear on Williams’ hit show today, Wednesday, April 4th. Ahh! This is going to be an interview to not be missed. While Williams is infamous for throwing shade, we can certainly expect her to get down to the nitty gritty of Nixon’s political run. People may believe Williams is only good for celebrity gossip – but she has repeatedly proven she can snag the truth out of anyone. I’m going to be sitting there with my eyes glued to the screen!

I was first introduced to Nixon as being one of the leading ladies of Sex and the City. She was seemingly an introvert, fiery Lawyer who had a justified opinion on everything, including her friend’s love lives. I am one of the people who most closely identified with Miranda compared to the other characters- seriously, a girlfriend of mine still tags me in Miranda memes which frequently fly around on social media. Nixon has appeared on Williams previously, so I’m happy she’ll be in good company as they discuss the political run. I mean, if a Billionaire-Reality Television Star can be the President, what says Nixon cannot? I’m typically against someone with a face being involved in politics, but hell- we’re living in a new era. This appears to be the new normal.

Check out a preview of Nixon’s exclusive interview with Williams below:


Is "Sex And The City's" Cynthia Nixon Running For Office in New York?

You probably know Cynthia Nixon from her time as Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, but you might soon know her as the governor of New York.

That’s right, news reports are flying that actress Cythia Nixon is interested in running as a candidate for the governor of New York State.

Reportedly, Nixon has talked to political strategists Bill Hyers and Rebecca Katz, two former advisors to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, about her chances of winning.

While Nixon is an acclaimed actress, who holds an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony award, she has not held a political office position before.

That said, she is constantly talking about political affairs and has openly opposed New York state’s current governor Andrew Cuomo on many of his political stances.

For instance, while accepting a Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s New York Gala, Nixon decided to give a speech about wealth inequality and “corporate Democrats.”

In addition, Nixon has also openly criticized President Donald Trump over his immigration and transgender bans.

Plus, Nixon criticized and called Vice President Mike Pence the “poster boy for anti-LGBT rhetoric, legislation and conversion therapy.”

That said, Nixon hasn’t officially announced that she’s running for office yet.

As the New York Times reports, Nixon’s publicist Rebecca Capellan fielded off questions with the following statement:

“Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it.

“If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public.”

If she were to run for office and win, Cythia Nixon would become the first openly bisexual Governor and the first woman in the role as well.