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Stonewall Still Rages

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Stonewall must still rage, until all Americans are protected against discrimination. Until our nation lives the truth that Black lives matter, Brown lives matter and Trans lives matter. We are all connected in the struggle and we did not get to this place of victory alone.

Suicide Prevention Month: Because One Life Lost Is Too Many

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Our community remains so susceptible to depression and suicide because, although we've made great progress towards equality, we still remain vulnerable to discrimination, harassment and rejection because of who we are and who we love.

Five Ways You Can Help Pass GENDA

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Together we can shape this election season to produce the best possible outcome to position us for success in the 2015 legislative session in New York.

Why Pride Is Not a Choice, But Necessary to Our Survival

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

As we pull ourselves back up and wipe off the loss, we are held up by those before us who took to the streets that fateful night at Stonewall and refused to remain victims. We are leap years closer to equal rights because of their brave sweat and tears and we carry on the fight in their honor.

The Time Is Now for Transgender Equality

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

It is time for the New York State Senate to do the right thing and stop transgender New Yorkers from being treated like second-class citizens. It is time for Gov. Cuomo to become an integral part of this historic moment in transgender rights and call for the Senate to bring GENDA to a vote. It is time for GENDA to become law.

Trans Is The New Fight: Laverne Cox and America's Real Life Transgender Drama

Monica Gray | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Monica Gray

The general population should tune in at this critical juncture in the policy debate, as we so enthusiastically do for Laverne Cox on Netflix. The time is now for New York to step up and finally help transgender citizens.

GENDA: How the Fight for a Basic Civil Rights Law Inspired A Movement in New York State

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

The momentum was unmistakable. Surely, this would be the year GENDA would finally make it to the Senate floor. Surely this was the year it would finally pass. It didn't pass.

Top 10 LGBT Wins for New York in 2013

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

2013 was a huge year for LGBT equality and justice and we're proud of the Pride Agenda's role in helping to share a more equitable New York and United States.

Honoring Transgender New Yorkers

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

This summer alone, we saw numerous attacks on trans New Yorkers, including the murder of 21-year-old Islan Nettles in Harlem. We must do more to end this hate.

We're Not Safe Until All LGBT People Are Safe

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Paola moved to New York from Puerto Rico to further her education and make a better life for herself. What she wasn't expecting was the discrimination she encountered.

GENDA: Another Step Toward Full Equality

Hon. Richard Gottfried | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Hon. Richard Gottfried

Would you believe that in 2013, in the progressive state of New York, discrimination is still legal? It's true. One group of New Yorkers can be fired from their jobs, turned away from services and even evicted from their homes -- simply for being who they are: transgender New Yorkers.

When Will Transgender New Yorkers Gain Acceptance in Hospitals?

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sunny Bjerk

In the state of New York, it is still legal for a doctor to refuse to treat a transgender or gender-nonconforming person. Unfortunately, because New York has yet to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, individuals have no legal recourse to challenge this discrimination.

Transgender Freedom Riders: The Fight For Transgender Equality In New York State

Laverne Cox | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laverne Cox

On Tuesday, March 12, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to meet with a group of representatives from Housing Works who, every Tuesday from January to June, travel to Albany, N.Y., to speak with New York state legislators to encourage them to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.

Transgender Politics: Michael Long And The New York Conservative Party Are Short On Tolerance

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steven Kurlander

There's a new law being proposed in Albany, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which calls for protections against discrimination for New York's transgender population. It passed the Assembly last week, but New York's Conservative Party is blocking it in the Senate.

Daniel Squadron, Melissa Sklarz and City & State's 40 Under 40 on Yetta Kurland LIVE! Oct. 10, 2012 (AUDIO)

Yetta Kurland | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week I spoke about the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act with the bill's prime sponsor, New York state senator Daniel Squadron, and transgender activist Melissa Sklarz. Then I talked with City & State managing editor Jon Lentz about their 2012 Rising Stars: 40 Under 40.

Everybody's Trans: Gender Oppression Hurts All Of Us

Laverne Cox | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laverne Cox

Many of us are constantly putting ourselves and others in gender boxes that we just don't fit into, whether or not we identify as trans. This is not to negate the specific discrimination that trans-identified people experience daily and systemically, but gender oppression affects everyone.

Beyond Second-Class Citizenship For Transgender People (VIDEO)

Laverne Cox | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laverne Cox

While I am a huge supporter of marriage equality, as a transgender woman of color, I recognize that there are arguably bigger issues for my trans brothers and sisters, like employment and health-care discrimination and violence against transgender people.

Matt Sledge

Marriage Equality On The Books, But Transgender New Yorkers Still Waiting

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Nine years ago gay and lesbian activists made a decision. To get a non-discrimination bill they desperately wanted past New York's state legislature, ...