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ESPA goes out with a whimper without having passed GENDA

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ESPA goes out with a whimper not the bang of having passed GENDA by Pauline Park On Dec. 12, the Empire State Pride Agenda abruptly announced it would be shutting down the Pride Agenda — which so many people over the years have called ‘ESPA’ — and its Foundation, though its political action committee will […]

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Trans-Form the Occupation (Occupy Wall Street, 11.13.11)

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Trans-Form the Occupation Pauline Park at Occupy Wall Street 13 November 2011 Thank you for the opportunity to speak here. I’m Pauline Park, chair of NYAGRA, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, and president of the board of directors of Queens Pride House, an LGBT community center in the borough of Queens. I’m […]

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NYAGRA on TG inclusion in SONDA (2002)

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SONDA and Transgender Inclusion in Pending State Legislation by Pauline Park Member, NYAGRA Board of Directors January 2002 Recently, there has been much discussion within the transgender community in New York City about the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA), the ‘gay rights bill’ currently pending in the New York state legislature. I would like to take this opportunity to […]

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Bloomberg veto of NYC DASA bill (GCN letter to the editor, 9.21.04)

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Gay City News LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Protecting Youth and Trans New Yorkers September 21, 2004 To the Editor: Nicholas Boston’s excellent report on the enactment of the Dignity in All Schools Act (“Council Overrides Very Glib Bloomberg,” September 16-22) quotes Mayor Michael Bloomberg referring to the Dignity for All Schools Act (DASA) as a […]

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Council to Vote on Harassment Bill (GCN, 4.29.04)

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Council to Vote on Harassment Bill Legislation mandates staff training, reporting on bullying, gender identity, queer issues By Nicholas Boston Gay City News 29 April 2004 David Mensah, executive director of the Hetrick Martin Institute, was among those who testified for a city student dignity bill on April 26. (Pictured at September 2003 rally for […]

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Long Island Transgender Day of Remembrance 2006 speech

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Transgender Day Of Remembrance Long Island 19 November 2006 Pauline Park Chair New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) I’d like to begin by thanking Eileen Novack and everyone else who helped put this event together, as well as the Rev. Paul Ratzlaff and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington for hosting the second […]

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OutPOCPAC calls for expulsion of Senator Hiram Monserrate

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In 2009, Sen. Hiram Monserrate was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his girlfriend, Karla Giraldo. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pauline Park OutPOCPAC co-president paulinepark@earthlink.net Doug Robinson OutPOCPAC co-president doug@outpocpac.org New York, NY, January 21, 2010 – The Out People of Color Political Action Club (OutPOCPAC) today endorsed the unanimous report of the New York […]

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NYAGRA history: 2000

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Tom Duane Melissa Sklarz NYAGRA history: 2000 With the crisis over Chelsea Goodwin’s membership — and that of her partner, Rusty Mae Moore — resolved in December 1999, the new year brought new opportunities to re-establish a firmer foundation for the organization. And so in January 2000, I proposed to the board that we incorporate […]

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Christine Quinn’s record on LGBT issues

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Christine Quinn’s record on LGBT issues as Speaker of the New York City Council25 June 2009–– As Speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn declined to take the administration to court over the New York City Department of Education’s refusal to fully implement the Dignity in All Schools Act (DASA), enacted over Mayor […]