The state Conservative Party is opposing a bill that passed the Assembly for the fifth year in a row that would protect transgender people under the state Human Rights Law.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week said that he was skeptical the GENDA bill would pass the Senate this year.
In its party position, the Conservative Party said the bill “is yet another expansion of hate-crime legislation that seeks to ‘protect’ transgendered persons from violence when, in fact, all necessary laws are already in place protecting everyone from violent physical attacks or verbal threats to do bodily harm.”
The Empire State Pride Agenda has made the GENDA bill its top priority this year.
But the Conservative Party said in its statement that “this bill is an Orwellian thought-crimes bill and assumes that if you disapprove of cross-dressing or transgender behavior you are morally repugnant and should be ostracized in the same manner as members of the KKK or Nazi groups. It is unfortunate that this bill, while proposing to protect a specific class of people from being victims of crime – albeit they are already protected – in its zeal to protect actually promotes hate – hatred toward those opposed to transgendered behavior.”