Gender and Sexuality Justice

Capitalism is built upon male and white supremacy, and in the tradition of socialist feminism, we know that to abolish capitalism,  we must fight all forms of oppression—including the patriarchal oppressions pervasive throughout society—in the fight for liberation.

  • Guarantee legal protection against discrimination based on perceived or self-identified gender presentation and sexual orientation for all New Yorkers. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigations in practice do not offer sufficient protection against employment discrimination, which must be fixed.

  • Allow for a third, “X” option on birth certificates and driver’s licenses to ensure that state statute legitimizes and supports the growing non-binary population of New York State.

  • Remove barriers to obtaining government-issued identification for trans people that aligns with their gender identity in New York State.

  • Add “gender identity and expression” to be added as a new category to the list of protected categories in New York State human rights law to ensure that state law explicitly prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on gender identity and expression.

  • Set aside a minimum of 10% of beds in state-funded and state-regulated homeless shelters for LGBTQ people, including for homeless LGBTQ youth and young adults.

  • Expand public funding medical care for resources for transgender/gender non-conforming people, including hormone therapy and surgery

  • Decriminalize sex work (See the End the Carceral State plank for more details)

  • Universal eldercare, daycare, and the expansion of social welfare, including food stamps, shelter allowances, and financial assistance. 

  • Equal pay, regardless of gender. 

  • Increase protections and increase wages to a living wage for traditionally female work, including domestic labor which is often done by women of color and immigrants. 

  • Develop measures for accountability for sexual assault, harassment, and rape, particularly in the workplace and schools, as well as provide medical and therapeutic survivor treatment, including a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) available 24 hours at every hospital. 

  • Guarantee free abortion and contraception, on demand, provided routinely in all hospitals and outpatient OB/GYN practices as part of a comprehensive universal health care system.

  • Provide free and universal childcare and pre-kindergarten as well as better pay and more structural support for overburdened childcare workers and educators.

  • Mandate paid parental and family leave.

  • Guarantee universal access to the full range of evidence-based medical professionals—such as doulas, midwives, physicians, and nurses—who provide prenatal and postpartum care to patients, ensuring a continuity of care from pregnancy through childbirth and the months after, which is key to addressing the maternal and infant mortality epidemic in New York.

  • Establish a maternal mortality review board to revise and implement protocols that have been shown to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

  • Allow trans minors access to transition related care without parental consent.

  • Remove barriers to changing legal gender marker including the requirement of getting a letter from a doctor or other healthcare professional.

  • Prioritize the funding of trans health centers.

  • Mandate insurance companies cover transition related care including hormone replacement therapy and surgeries. Ensure any single payer alternative also covers trans related healthcare.

  • Mandate insurance companies cover transition related care to those outside the gender binary and gender non-conforming people.