A new law passed in New York will allow transgender people to use bathrooms that match their gender identity in public facilities, and bars people from using public facilities based on gender identity.
But there is a problem with that.
The New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is saying that because transgender people are not the only ones who use restrooms and locker rooms that match the gender they identify with, transgender people cannot be treated the same as cisgender people who use those facilities.
And the state has no plans to change that, according to a statement released by the state’s Health Department on Wednesday.
“New York State is committed to providing the same level of care to transgender people, including in the most vulnerable populations,” the statement said.
“However, the department will not be issuing any new licenses or issuing new regulations until the state of New York, through its Office of LGBTQ Affairs, has identified a comprehensive plan to provide transgender people access to appropriate facilities consistent with their gender identities.”
The state will also prohibit people from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and will not discriminate against transgender people on the grounds of gender identity or expression.
According to the New York Times, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Tuesday.
“It is important to remember that, while this is the most comprehensive anti-discrimination bill that New York has passed in decades, it does not mean that everyone will be treated equally,” the governor said in a statement.
“I am very proud of the efforts that we have made to create a world in which every person has equal rights, regardless of who they are, or what their identity is.
That is what we must do in order to protect New Yorkers.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while the state is “truly a leader” in the fight against hate crimes, the “right thing to do is not to allow the worst forms of discrimination to happen.”
“The city is not changing the law, but we will be working with all levels of government to protect our transgender citizens and to help them find the appropriate accommodations,” de Blasio added.
The law comes as a backlash against anti-LGBTQ discrimination has grown in the United States, and transgender people have become more visible in recent years.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a trans woman who had sued a transgender man who allegedly harassed her in the parking lot of a restaurant.
The woman was able to use the restroom in his restaurant, where she had been waiting to use for several months.
In a decision that was cheered by the transgender community, the justices ruled that the man was entitled to the same access to facilities as the woman and said the plaintiff “was entitled to use a bathroom that corresponded to her gender identity.”
New Yorkers who want to use public facilities in their gender that match gender identity can apply to use gender-neutral restrooms in the state.
If they do, the city will work with them to make sure they have the necessary access, the DHMH said.