Protecting the Rights of All New Yorkers

Protecting the Rights of All New Yorkers

Ensuring Equality and Fairness for All

New York has always served as a safe harbor for progressive principles and social justice. To this day, New York remains a beacon of hope and opportunity for all.

In New York, we pledge to provide opportunity for all, welcome immigrants, foster community, provide for the poor, and respect individual and religious freedoms.

We will protect the social progress we have made – such as achieving Marriage Equality; taking immediate action against unfair labor practices; and establishing the first state-level office focused on increasing immigrants’ participation in civic and economic life. And we will continue to push even harder to support the success of - and to ensure equality for - all New Yorkers.

New York will show this nation once again that the greatest success is shared success and that we build our brightest future together.

Protecting LGBTQ Rights

GENDA Signed Into Law

On January 25, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy.

New York State Celebrates Diversity and Religious Tolerance

No Hate in Our State

At a January 2020 Solidarity March, Governor Cuomo announced $45 million in additional funding to protect New York’s religious-based institutions against hate crimes.

Defending Transgender Rights

Governor Cuomo was the first to issue regulations making it illegal for employers, housing providers, businesses and creditors to discriminate based on gender identity or transgender status.

Hate Crimes Task Force

New Yorkers who have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to call New York State's hate crime hotline at 888-392-3644 or text "HATE" to 81336.

Continuing the welcoming spirit and unity that are the bedrock of New York

Governor Cuomo has reaffirmed that he will stand with New York's immigrants and ensure they can access the full protections afforded under the law.

Leading the Fight Against Unfair Labor Practices

Ending Worker Exploitation

Exploitation has no place in the state of New York. Governor Cuomo's Enforcement Task Force works to stop wage theft and prevent unsafe working conditions across multiple industries.

Coming Together to Forge the New York Community

Promoting New York's Equal Rights Destinations

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, Governor Cuomo launched a new campaign designed to promote tourism at historic equal rights attractions across New York.

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Text NEW YORK to 81336

Learn more about what New York State is doing to protect your civil rights.