NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York is marking Transgender Day of Remembrance by lighting up its landmarks and distributing a “Gender Identity Toolkit” to state agencies, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
The following sites will be illuminated in pink, white and light blue — the colors on the transgender flag — Friday night to recognize the day, Cuomo said in a release:
- One World Trade Center
- The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
- The Kosciuszko Bridge
- The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
- The State Education Building
- The Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
- The New York State Fairgrounds’ Main Gate
- Niagara Falls
- The Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge
- Grand Central Terminal’s Pershing Square Viaduct
- The Albany International Airport Gateway
New York will also give all of its employees a “toolkit” with resources to “ensure transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers receive non-discriminatory, high-quality services when interacting with or while being employed by the state,” the release said.
“Our state is the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement, and as we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance and remember those we have lost to violence, we are doubling down on our commitment to protecting and expanding the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers," Cuomo said in a statement.
“Transgender and gender non-conforming people still face discrimination every day, making it all the more critical to ensure New York’s state workforce has the tools, resources and understanding necessary to ensure New York always upholds the principles of dignity, respect and inclusivity,” he added.