There are surprises in life. One happened wednesday. At least I never expected to see the Editorial Board of the New York Times endorse Civil Rights for Transgender People.
Note: The original title of the opinion used transgender as a noun (Civil Rights for Transgenders). The paper has acceded to complaints by changing it.
New York stood for equality by approving same-sex marriage two years ago. It is time now for state lawmakers to extend basic civil rights protections to transgender people. The 2002 state statute that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, education, credit and public accommodations does not explicitly cover transgender people.
There’s more about the effort to bring that equality to transgender people on the inside.