By FOX 40 Staff.

Governor Cuomo has announced new regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, taking effect Wednesday.

Governor Cuomo announced that the New York State Division of Human Rights has adopted new regulations that ban discrimination and harassment against transgender people. The regulations are effective January 20th, and affirm that transgender individuals are protected under the state’s Human Rights Law.

All public and private employers, housing providers, businesses, creditors and others should know that discrimination against transgender persons is unlawful and will not be tolerated anywhere in the state of New York.

Governor Cuomo introduced these regulations in October. This was the first time that any Governor has issued statewide regulations to prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender identity, transgender status or gender dysphoria.

“Today we are sending the message loud and clear that New York will not stand for discrimination against transgender people,” said Governor Cuomo. “It is intolerable to allow harassment or discrimination against anyone, and the transgender community has been subjected to a second-class status for far too long. This is an issue of basic justice and I am proud that New York is continuing to lead the way forward.”