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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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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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Transgender Equality: a profile of Pauline Park (6.19.00)

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Pauline Park: a profile from Transgender Equality: A Handbook for Activists & Policymakers As coordinator of a legislative work group that includes city council members, transgender-supportive allies, and other members of  the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, Pauline Park is one of the key players in the initiative to amend New York City’s […]

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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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NYAGRA history part one: the founding

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On the steps of City Hall at the press conference on 29 February 2000 announcing the public launch of the campaign for Int. No. 24, the New York City transgender rights bill. Front row: Council Member Margarita Lopez, Council Member Philip Reed, Juan Figueroa (executive director of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund), […]