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New York: New York City – The new definitions for sexual orientation and gender in the city’s human rights law go into effect

May 11, 2018

On January 11, 2018, the New York City Council passed Int 1186-2016. This ordinance redefines the definitions of the terms sexual orientation and gender in its human rights law.

The term sexual orientation now means, “an individual’s actual or perceived romantic, physical or sexual attraction to other persons, or lack thereof, on the basis of gender. A continuum of sexual orientation exists and includes, but is not limited to, heterosexuality, homosexuality, [or] bisexuality, asexuality, and pansexuality.”

The term gender now means, “actual or perceived sex [and shall also include a person’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the legal], gender identity, and gender expression including a person’s actual or perceived gender-related self-image, appearance, behavior, expression, or other gender-related characteristic, regardless of the sex assigned to that person at birth.”

The new law becomes effective on May 11, 2018.

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