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The Working Families Party: Gay for Pay…?

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Jimmy Van Bramer, Tom Duane, Christine Quinn & Danny Dromm When the Working Families Party burst on the scene a decade ago, I was excited to see a new political party in New York that was explicitly committed to pursuing a progressive political agenda. The WFP seemed like a refreshing alternative to politics as usual, […]

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Music for a while shall all your cares beguile

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…an 18th century-style double-keyboard French harpsichord of the sort for which most Baroque keyboard music was written… “Music for a while shall all your cares beguile” (from “Oedipus”) is one of my favorite songs of Henry Purcell, widely considered the greatest of English composers. Music has always been an important part of my life, and […]

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Gov. Paterson signs executive order protecting trans state employees

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Gov. David Paterson, Pauline Park of NYAGRA & Michael Silverman of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) (photo courtesy of Michael K. Lavers) On Dec. 16, Gov. David Paterson signed an executive order (Executive Order No. 33) prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression in state employment. As the chair of the […]

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Iowa: a week of transgender events

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Iowa state capitol in Des Moines In November 2009, Iowa commemorated the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in the history of the state, and I  was honored to have been invited to speak at a number of events that were organized as part of that commemoration. The central event was the TDOR on the steps of […]

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Stonewall Honors 40

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The Stonewall Honors 40 event at the Highline Ballroom on 3 December 2009… The Stonewall Honors 40 event on Thursday could hardly have been better attended: more than 500 people crowded into the Highline Ballroom to honor 40 women as part of the Stonewall Community Foundation‘s commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. I […]

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25 things about me

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One of my favorite places on earth: Frying Pan Creek in Mt. Rainier National Park… Awhile back, a friend of mine suggested I do ’25 Things’ on Facebook, but I was a little reluctant to do that application on Facebook (too much like a chain letter), so I’m doing it my own way, here on […]

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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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The Met’s New Season: Warhorses to Operatic Rarities

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Renée Fleming in Rossini’s “Armida” The Metropolitan Opera’s 2009-10 season is anything if not eclectic, representing a judicious mix of old warhorses and operatic rarities. The new season will feature eight new productions – four of which are being billed as “company premieres” – and 18 revivals. Among the “tried and true” are new productions […]