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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: 1999

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Chelsea Goodwin NYAGRA history: 1999 NYAGRA’s first crisis was precipitated by Chelsea Goodwin and Rusty Mae Moore, who joined the working group in early 1999. I had warned Donna, Paisley and David that Chelsea’s membership of the working group would pose a significant challenge for the fledgling organization, but they would not listen to my warning. […]

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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), […]

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Iowa Transgender Day of Remembrance 2009: Speech Text

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…gathering on the steps of the Iowa state capitol in Des Moines to commemorate the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in Iowa… Iowa Transgender Day of Remembrance 20 November 2009 Pauline Park Chair, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) Today, we come together here on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol in […]

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Iowa’s First Transgender Day of Remembrance

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On Friday, November 20, Iowa will commemorate the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in the history of the state. I am honored to have been invited to speak at a number of events that have been organized as part of that commemoration. On Wednesday, November 18, there will be a welcoming reception at The Center, followed […]

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Campus Pride Names Pauline Park One of Top 25 LGBT Favorites

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Campus Pride names Pauline Park to its ‘hot list’ of LGBT speakers I was delighted to receive this message just today: “Congratulations! You’ve been chosen by students, campus activity professionals, and other Campus Pride constituents for the 2009 Campus Pride HOT LIST! The list is made up of the top twenty-five speakers, lecturers, and performers from […]

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Bill Thompson for Mayor

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Pauline Park, Bill Thompson & Bernie Tarver at the LGBT for Thompson fundraiser (October 14) There are two reasons to vote for Bill Thompson for mayor of New York in November 2009: first, because he’s been a good comptroller of the City of New York; second, because he’s not Mike Bloomberg. “Bloomberg’s legacy has been […]

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Stonewall Community Foundation honors 40, including Pauline Park

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The Stonewall Community Foundation is the largest source of funds for organizations in New York City serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT community). My own history with Stonewall goes back to 2000, when I submitted the first grant application on behalf of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), a transgender […]

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Richard Aborn for Manhattan DA

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I am delighted to announce my own personal endorsement of Richard Aborn for Manhattan district attorney. Aborn is running for a position held by Robert Morgenthau since 1975, and when the legendary DA announced that he would not seek a tenth term to the most powerful prosecutor’s office in the country, the open seat immediately […]

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Transgender Health: Reconceptualizing Pathology as Wellness

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Transgender Health: Reconceptualizing Pathology as Wellness Pauline Park, Ph.D. closing keynote speech to the Trans Health Conference Philadelphia 7 April 2007 I’d like to thank all of the hard working members of the organizing committee who put on this wonderful conference and especially Jacsen Callahan, Joe Ippolito and Susan Collins for working with me to […]

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NYAGRA publishes first NYC transgender health care provider directory

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On July 21, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) published the first public directory of transgender-sensitive providers in the New York City metropolitan area. The Gender Identity Project (GIP) of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (208 W. 13th St. in Manhattan) hosted a special event from 7-9 p.m. at which hundreds […]

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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 […]