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Why do we need DASA?
This New York State bill would prohibit harassment and discrimination against all students in public schools. DASA protects against harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex. DASA mandates that teachers and staff receive the training they need to properly address issues of harassment and discrimination, and requires the monitoring and reporting of such incidents. This bill will make schools safer for all students. The NYCLU is working with youth and advocates from around the state to get this law passed. It has been passed for six straight years in the New York State Assembly but has only come up for a vote in the Senate in a stripped down version that doesn’t protect gender identity or expression.

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  • The Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA):

    This bill would add gender identity and expression to the list of protected classes in the state's existing Human Rights Law. It would protect transgender individuals and those who don’t fit the stereotyped norm of gender, like a feminine man or masculine woman, from being denied or fired from a job, harassed in the workplace, evicted by their landlords, refused service in a restaurant, given inadequate medical care and otherwise treated as second-class citizens solely because of their gender identity and expression.

    •  ACLU Transgender and the Law •  Take Action: Call your Senator and Assembly member today!

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