Our Fair City: A Comprehensive Blueprint for Gender and Sexual Justice in New York City
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can reduce widespread gender and sexual discrimination against millions of New Yorkers with a series of targeted policy changes—many of them revenue-neutral—according to a report released June 19th, 2014 by the Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.
Our Fair City: A Comprehensive Blueprint for Gender and Sexual Justice in New York City documents everyday incidents of gender and sexual injustice experienced by already vulnerable New Yorkers and can serve as a blueprint to guide the de Blasio administration as it develops a policy agenda on these issues.
The report identifies myriad practices and policies that result in discrimination across issues ranging from education, criminal justice, and housing to immigration, labor, and sexual violence.
For example, despite widespread bullying and sexual harassment in New York City public schools, the Department of Education has only one official responsible for ensuring compliance with the federal law that prohibits sex and gender-based harassment in public education. And, there are only 253 shelter beds reserved for tens of thousands of LGBTQ homeless and runaway youth who routinely resort to trading sex for a place to sleep. Additional such facts can be seen here.
Written in close collaboration with dozens of advocacy and direct-service organizations that work to address the day-to-day manifestations of sexual and gender injustice in New York, the report offers the de Blasio administration:
• A comprehensive analysis of the many ways city policies and practices perpetuate gender and sexual discrimination, as well as recommendations for immediate and near-term actions to eliminate such injustices;
• 10 key facts about gender and sexual injustice that have largely been ignored by previous administrations; and
• 10 revenue-neutral “Fast and Free” ways to confront discrimination immediately by executive order.
Columbia Law School Professor and Center Director Katherine Franke said the center will issue periodic assessments documenting progress made on the recommendations put forth in Our Fair City and will identify additional opportunities for improvement.
“We’ve been encouraged so far by this administration’s commitment to progressive policy reform and expect that Mayor de Blasio will embrace policies that assure justice and fairness for all New Yorkers," said Franke. "This report provides the administration a blueprint for achieving gender and sexual justice in New York City and charts the path for NYC to become a model for dismantling gender and sexuality-based barriers to opportunity."
Read the full press release.
Our Fair City: A Comprehensive Blueprint for Gender and Sexual Justice in New York City (Full report - PDF)
10 Key Facts about Gender and Sexual Injustice in New York City (Fact Sheet - PDF)
Fast and Free: 10 Policy Reforms Mayor de Blasio Can Make with a Stroke of the Pen (Fact Sheet - PDF)
Policy Recommendations Broken Down by City Agency (PDF)