Bill de Blasio knows that every New Yorker deserves respect and dignity. As Mayor, he has worked to protect all New Yorkers from discrimination.
Mayor de Blasio created IDNYC to give all New Yorkers—including veterans, gender nonconforming individuals, and immigrants—a simple way to access government services, open bank accounts, and provide ID to local law enforcement. The largest municipal ID program in the country, IDNYC now has over 1 million cardholders.
To help ensure equal pay for equal work, Mayor de Blasio’s administration helped NYC become one of the first cities in the country to ban public and private employers from asking about salary history during the hiring process.
Under Mayor de Blasio, NYC is one of the first cities in the nation to offer lactation rooms for new moms at City social services agencies, helping create more family-friendly environments for members of the public.
Mayor de Blasio signed legislation making feminine hygiene products free in all public schools, homeless shelters, and jails, recognizing tampons as a necessity for our city’s women—not a luxury.
All public employees and visitors to public buildings now have access to City single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity, thanks to an executive order signed by Mayor de Blasio. By January 2018, all NYC public schools will have at least one single-stall restroom.
Standing Up for Transgender Rights
The de Blasio administration created the country’s first citywide public ad campaign affirming all individuals’ right to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.
Transgender Housing Unit
Under Mayor de Blasio, the Department of Correction opened a 30-bed housing unit for transgender women, including specialized housing and services.
Under Mayor de Blasio, the City launched NYC At Work to expand employment for those with disabilities, set a goal of making 50 percent of taxis accessible by 2020, and released AccessibleNYC—the first-ever report on New Yorkers with disabilities.
Enhanced Services to Address Youth Homelessness
Under the Mayor’s leadership, the city has seen unprecedented growth in services for runaway and homeless youth, including a 24-hour drop-in center for the LGBTQ community and the first-ever City-funded facility specifically for transgender youth.
LGBT Liaison and Gender Equity Coordinator
For the first time, New York City schools now have a liaison for LGBT issues and a Gender Equity Coordinator who focuses on gender-based violence as well as pregnant or parenting students.
NYC Plan to End the Epidemic
Mayor de Blasio has committed $23 million per year to increase HIV prevention and health care programming. The Mayor also announced affordable housing protections for thousands of low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
Commission on Gender Equity
In 2015 the Mayor announced the formation of the first-ever Commission on Gender Equity to help use City government to create more opportunity for New Yorkers to succeed, regardless of their sex, gender, or sexual orientation.