New York City

NYAGRA testimony on the NYC transgender rights bill

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Int. No. 754 public hearing 4 May 2001 testimony on behalf of NYAGRA by Pauline Park Coordinator of the Legislative Work Group on Gender-Based Discrimination to the New York City Council General Welfare Committee Hon. Stephen DiBrienza Councilmember and Chair Mr. Chairman, I am testifying today in these hearings on Int. No. 754 on behalf of the New […]

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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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Diversity, Race & the Pursuit of a Progressive LGBT Agenda

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Diversity, Race & the Pursuit of a Progressive LGBT Agenda for Social Justice & Social Change Pauline Park keynote speech to the 27th Annual Convention of the National Association of Black & White Men Together (NABWMT) Cleveland 4 August 2007 I feel deeply honored to be asked to keynote the 2007 Annual Convention of the […]

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NYAGRA on LGBT-inclusive 2010 Chinese lunar new year parade

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Patrick Cheng‘s mother reads a statement in Chinese in support of her son and the LGBT/queer API community at the QAPI press conference in Chinatown on Jan. 30.  At left: lead organizers Irene Tung & Aries Liao. NYAGRA statement on the participation of LGBT/queer APIs in the 2010 Chinese lunar new year parade in Chinatown […]

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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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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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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 […]

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“Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman”

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In 2005, filmmaker Larry Tung approached Pauline Park about doing a documentary about her life and work. Over the course of the next three years, the two collaborated on the film, traveling to Milwaukee and Chicago to shoot footage for the 32-minute documentary. “Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman” tells the story of […]