Just a few weeks after city council Speaker Christine Quinn announced that the New York City Police Department would step up police presence following the alleged hate-crime slaying of a gay man in Greenwich Village, activists convened in front of NYPD headquarters to protest what they consider growing police violence against the LGBT community.
Multnomah County is jumping to the forefront of a national debate by becoming one of the first in the country to require single-occupancy, gender-neutral bathrooms in all new construction projects for the county.
Today, June 11th, is the statewide call-in day to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State, organized by Empire State Pride Agenda. Polls indicate that 78% of New York State residents support the act, which if passed would prohibit discrimination based on a person's gender identity or expression in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations.
The Association of Transgender Professionals (ATP), an organizaiton serving people with non-conforming gender expressions and identities who seek to advance their professional careers, has been endorsed by a national advisory board of voluntary leaders and allies, and will officially launch this week.