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ALBANY, N.Y. - Legislation that would protect transgender New Yorkers from discrimination in housing, employment and education is getting a renewed push.

Events planned in New York, Albany and Rochester on Thursday are intended to encourage state lawmakers to enact the measure, which has passed the state Assembly repeatedly but faces obstacles in the Senate.

The bill would include gender identity and expression in the state's civil rights law, making it illegal to discriminate against a transgender person when it comes to jobs, loans, schools and public accommodations.

The state already prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, disability and gender.

Thursday's events will feature local elected leaders who support the measure. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his support last year.