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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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NYAGRA history: 2002

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed Int. No. 24 into law on 30 April 2002, with lead sponsor Council Member Bill Perkins and the coordinator of the legislative work group Pauline Park at his side; Ariel Herrera, Christine Quinn and Joe Grabarz stand to her left. NYAGRA history: 2002 The year 2002 represents a key turning […]

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New Yorkers Join National Fight for Trans Equality (NY Blade, 5.18.07)

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New Yorkers Join National Fight for Trans Equality By Brett Krutzsch NY Blade Friday, May 18, 2007 Personal stories of harassment and discrimination were a uniting theme Tuesday night at the LGBT Center in Chelsea during a panel titled “Clock In/Speak Out: Gaining Momentum for Workplace Equality in New York and the U.S.” Almost 50 people attended […]

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Trans Health Fair Debuts at Center (NY Blade, 6.1.07)

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Trans Health Fair Debuts at Center By Brett Krutzsch New York Blade Friday, June 01, 2007 Robert Eads, a female to male transsexual, died from ovarian cancer after being turned away by more than two dozen physicians who worried that taking him on as a patient might harm their practices. A documentary released in 2001, […]

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It’s Tranny Time, Says the New York Post

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If you ever wondered why the New York Post is reviled by progressives and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists in New York City, the Rupert Murdoch footprint daily demonstrated why in April 2005, when the tabloid printed an op-ed by Nicole Gelinas of the right-wing Manhattan Institute. In the op-ed, Gelinas inaccurately claims […]

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Al-Fatiha and the First North American LGBTQ Muslim Conference

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Isfahan: Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque First North American LGBTQ Muslim Conference Held in New York By Pauline Park Lesbian & Gay New York (LGNY) 3 June 1999 Think “Islam and homosexuality.” The mind immediately conjures up images of a gay man in Iran being stoned to death by an angry mob while an imam fulminates against the abomination of men […]

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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: 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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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 […]