NOW-NYS Council delegates voted unanimously to approve the following proposal which would create the statewide NOW-NYS Task Force on LGBT Initiatives, led by our Westchester chapter:

Purpose of LGBT Task Force

As one of the core principles of NOW, “fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies,” the task force would organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation.

Problems to Be Addressed and General Goals

1.  Address issues of lesbian and transgender violence and sexual assault – to eliminate gender stereotypes and rework how we think about, advocate for, and discuss sexual violence prevention and support that is inclusive of LGBT individuals.

2.  Address issues of discrimination in education, housing, public accommodations, and employment for transgender individuals.

Action Goals

1.  Identify and develop relationships with key coalition partners and resource sources to expand role of NOW.

2.  As New York State works to create uniform sexual assault policies on ALL college campuses, work with key stakeholders to develop robust policies and procedures that are inclusive and sensitive of specific considerations for LGBT victims.

3.  Support and advocate for passage of the following pending New York State legislation:

4.  Coordinate with NOW-NYS and NOW chapter leaders to effectively communicate legislative agenda goals.