Working with LGBTQI Communities

Several members of Commission staff marching at parade with signs that read “Visible” and “Proud.” Commission staff at NYC Pride Parade, June 2018 (Photo credit: Adrienne Nicole Productions).

The Commission works alongside many advocacy groups and community-based organizations that serve the City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) communities to raise awareness and promote equity through the City Human Rights Law’s provisions prohibiting discrimination based on gender, gender identity, marital and partnership status, and sexual orientation. CRB brings creative and in-depth engagement when working with LGBTQI communities. This includes working with Gender & Sexuality Alliances, hosting roundtables to LGBTQI organizations to create safe spaces for LGBTQI youth, and other impactful initiatives.


Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities

This workshop creates awareness that transgender New Yorkers face discrimination in all areas covered by the City Human Rights Law and that they must be treated with dignity and respect. The workshop covers protections under the City Human Rights Law, briefly addresses federal and state law and reviews in detail correct terminology when addressing the LBGTQI community.

Discrimination: Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation - Workshop for Youth

This workshop for youth creates a space of dialogue amongst GSA students regarding discrimination, harassment, and bullying as experience by LGBTQ youth. It also provides youth with knowledge and resources to support safer and welcoming school learning environments.


LGBTQI brochure, highlighting protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Equal Bathroom Access Campaign Page: Because safe and equal bathroom access is a fundamental human right, as well as the law of the land in New York City, the NYC Commission on Human Rights has launched the nation's first government-led citywide ad campaign affirming every New Yorkers' right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity, regardless of their gender assigned at birth.

Proud, Visible, Unstoppable Campaign Page:  Learn more about LGBTQI protections against discrimination under the NYC Human Rights Law.


Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis discusses her passion for LGBTQ rights

“Transgender Girls and Girls” — In New York City, use the restroom consistent with who you are. No questions asked.

“Ordinary People, Ordinary Lives” — Safe and equal bathroom access is a fundamental human right, as well as the law of the land in New York City.