New York City Investigating 31 Cases Of Gender Identity Discrimination

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New York City is investigating 31 cases of gender identity discrimination under the city’s Human Rights Law, which prohibits acts of discrimination such as misusing a person’s gender pronouns, a spokesperson for the city’s Commission On Human Rights told The Daily Caller.

The city did not elaborate on any of the case specifics. As reported by TheDC three months ago, individuals living in New York City can choose from a minimum of 31 different gender identities, many of which allow the person to fluctuate between some version or combination of male or female identities.

[dcquiz]Businesses that don’t respect and accommodate an individual’s chosen gender identity risk incurring six-figure fines under rules implemented by the city’s Commission on Human Rights. One of the aspects of respecting an individual’s gender identity is using their preferred pronouns, even if they prefer gender neutral pronouns like “ze.” Businesses found in violation of the law face up a fine of up to $250,000.

Transgender people in NYC also have the right to “Use the bathroom or locker room most consistent with their gender identity and/or expression without being required to show ‘proof’ of gender.”

The city defines gender identity as “One’s internal, deeply-held sense of one’s gender as male, female, or something else entirely.”

Identities protected by the city include genders such as “pangender” and androgyne.”

Someone who is “pangender,” according to the University of Wisconsin, is a “person whose gender identity is comprised of many gender identities and/or expressions.”

The university gives three definitions of androgyne: “1) A person whose biological sex is not readily apparent; 2) A person who is intermediate between the two binary genders; 3) A person who rejects binary gender roles entirely.”

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