Democratic state lawmakers on Tuesday said they will move forward next year with a bill that would add legal protections for gender identity and expression in the state’s anti-discrimination law.

The move would be one of the more significant steps taken to protect the rights of transgender New Yorkers in housing, the workplace and other avenues.

The measure, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, has not received a vote for the last decade in the state Senate, which had majority control under the Republican conference.

“It’s an embarrassment to New Yorkers that 19 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws barring discrimination on the basis of gender expression or identity before us,” said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried. “I am hopeful that this year we can finally honor the Transgender Day of Remembrance by passing the bill in our newly Democratic State Senate.”

But Democrats flipped the chamber on Election Day this month, picking up eight seats and a margin as high as 17 seats in the 63-member chamber.

Lawmakers in the statement noted today is Transgender Remembrance Day.

“It’s time to make the GENDA the law of the land once and for all,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman.

“New York is the only state in the northeast without statutory protections for its transgender citizens, including hate crimes. It’s shameful that the GENDA has been blocked for years by the New York State Senate, where I serve as the only openly LGBTQ senator. As we memorialize transgender New Yorkers who’ve been victims of violence and hatred, we must redouble our efforts to fight the Trump Administration’s rollback of protections for LGBTQ Americans and pass GENDA in the new legislative session, bringing New York’s human rights law into the 21st century.”

The measure has been approved multiple times in the Democratic-led Assembly. In 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo enshrined aspects of the bill into the state’s human rights regulations, though supporters have called for those provisions to have the force of law.

“No one should be killed, abused, mistreated, or degraded simply for being who they are,” said Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the likely majority leader come January. “That is a message we must all take to heart, on Transgender Day of Remembrance and on all days.”