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NYC Human Rights Commission Adds 31 Genders to Civil Rights Protections

New York City

The law protects everyone from “bi-gendered” to “androgynous.”

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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