(New York, NY, Wednesday, June 29, 2022) – The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”) applauds Governor Kathy Hochul for signing A.7933-C/S.6901-B (Gonzalez-Rojas/Myrie) and A.9418-A/S.8884-A (Cruz/Hoylman). These laws will allow the state to financially support organizations that aid New Yorkers who are transgender and gender non-conforming and will allow a person running for party positions to select a non-binary gender “X”. This important legislation promotes equality and equity for New York’s LGBTQ+ community, at a time where several other states have undertaken a broad assault on these rights. WBASNY’s mission includes the fair and equal administration of justice, and WBASNY is grateful that New York State is taking concrete actions to ensure equality for all people.
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The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is the professional membership organization of choice for nearly 4,000 attorneys throughout New York State and the largest statewide women’s bar association in the country. For more than four decades, WBASNY has been a singularly important resource for women lawyers, providing professional networking, continuing legal education programming, leadership training, and advocacy for the rights of women, children, and families. Through involvement with WBASNY’s 20 regional chapters and its 40-plus substantive law committees, WBASNY’s members collaborate with one another on a variety of issues and perform public and community service, in furtherance of its mission to promote the advancement of the status of women in society and women in the legal profession; to promote the fair and equal administration of justice; and to act as a unified voice for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significance to women generally and women attorneys in particular. WBASNY holds United Nations NGO status with the U.N.’s Department of Public Information, and Special Consultative status in association with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). WBASNY is also a founding member of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.