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NY AG Demands Nassau County Rescind Transgender Order

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is demanding Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman immediately rescind his executive order that illegally banned transgender women and girls from participating in women’s and girls’ teams at county-run sports facilities. The executive order entitled “An Executive Order for Fairness for Women and Girls in Sports” establishes new requirements that prohibit the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums from issuing permits to any women’s or girls’ sports team with transgender players. James claims the executive order discriminates against transgender women and girls simply for being who they are, and against teams that include transgender women and girls on their rosters, in clear violation of New York’s Civil and Human Rights Laws. In a cease-and-desist order sent Friday, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) demanded that Nassau County rescind the order in five days or else face additional legal action.

“The law is perfectly clear: you cannot discriminate against a person because of their gender identity or expression. We have no room for hate or bigotry in New York,” said Attorney General James. “This executive order is transphobic and blatantly illegal. Nassau County must immediately rescind the order, or we will not hesitate to take decisive legal action.”

According to James, under New York law, it is illegal to discriminate against an individual based on their sex or gender identity or expression. In addition to violating basic civil and human rights, the executive order will impose undue increased scrutiny on women’s and girls’ teams and leagues and will also subject all athletes on women’s and girls’ sports teams to intrusive and invasive questioning and other verification requirements

 

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