On March 7, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio passed Executive Order 16 providing transgender and gender non-conforming individuals access to single-sex facilities owned or operated by the City. The purpose of the Order is to ensure individuals are protected against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. As defined in the Order, gender identity is “one’s internal deeply-held sense of one’s gender, which may be the same or difference from one’s sex assigned at birth.” Gender expression is defined as “the representation of gender as expressed through, for example, one’s name, choice of pronoun, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics. Gender expressions may not be distinctively male or females and may not conform to gender based stereotypes society assigns to specific gender identities.” Individuals will not be required to show identification, medical documentation, or any other form of proof or verification of gender when using the facilities.
Agencies must post the Single Sex Facilities Policy Poster in conspicuous locations by June 7, 2016. Agencies must train managers on the policy within one year and frontline staff within two years of the effective date. Furthermore, agencies need to update their annual Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) plans to incorporate the training requirements by June 7, 2016. Steps taken to comply with the Executive Order 16 must be reported to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) pursuant to EEO reporting requirements.
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