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New York Assembly backs gender anti-discrimination

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Assembly has voted 91-51 to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The measure was approved Tuesday by the Democrat-controlled Assembly for the seventh time. It hasn't advanced in the Senate controlled by a coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats.

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Sponsors say 18 states, the District of Columbia, and 157 cities and counties in the U.S. have adopted measures to extend civil rights protections to transgender people. They include the cities of Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton and Suffolk and Tompkins counties.

The bill would extend those legal protections statewide in housing, employment, and public accommodations, also classifying crimes against transgender individuals as hate crimes.

Sen. Daniel Squadron, a Manhattan Democrat, and 23 co-sponsors have introduced a companion bill.

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