In New York City, it is now illegal to discriminate anyone whose gender is male, female, "or something else entirely."
Mayor Bill de Blasio's office last week released a list of 31 genders approved by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
The list is a guide for businesses, which can now be fined as much as $250,000 if establishments refuse to address someone by their preferred pronoun.
"In New York City, it's illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and gender expression in the workplace, in public spaces, and in housing," according a commission's factsheet. "The NYC Commission on Human Rights is committed to ensuring that transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers are treated with dignity and respect and without threat of discrimination or harassment."
According to the commission, gender identity is "one's internal, deeply-held sense of one's gender as male, female, or something else entirely.
"A transgender person is someone whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth," the factsheet says.
The 31 genders listed include "drag king," "drag queen," "butch," "femme queen," "gender fluid," "gender blender," "gender gifted," "gender bender," and "femme person of transgender experience."
In addition, New Yorkers may also use the bathroom or locker room of their choice — based on their "gender identity," without having to show proof or documentation.
"Individuals have the right to follow dress codes and grooming standards consistent with their gender identity expression," the fact sheet says.
In addition, there's a section called "Courtesy 101," which cautions people against making "assumptions about a transgender person's sexual orientation."
"If you don't know what pronouns to use, ask," according to the fact sheet. "Be polite and respectful; if you use the wrong pronoun, apologize and move on."
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