Shea Coulee & Scott Studenberg
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NYC Human Rights Commission Adds 31 Genders to Civil Rights Protections

New York City

The New York Commission on Human Rights recognizes at least 31 more genders that are protected under local anti-discrimination law.

The December 2015 ordinance prevents gender-identity discrimination in employment and housing. Penalties can range from a maximum of $125,000 to $250,000 if the discrimination is willful and prolonged.

The original ordinance defended residents along the lines of gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, and intersex status.

The commission recently provided a list of new terms included under the law. Among the 31 categories are genderqueer, Two Spirit, hijra, androgynous and third sex.

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