A newly formed grassroots group, Transgender Advocates of the Capital Region, will push for civil rights and social equality for transgender people. "We decided we should fight for the civil rights we still lack in New York state and try to empower the community as a whole," said Drew Cordes of Albany, a director of the organization along with Sarah Coughtry and Marwin Margolies. Several dozen people have supported the group on a Facebook page. Cordes is a transgender female who was the subject of a 2011 Times Union profile after undergoing gender reassignment surgery in Montreal that year. The all-volunteer group, which announced its formation Wednesday, will initially focus its energies on lobbying the Legislature for passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA. It would extend to transgender people the same legal protections and civil rights that other New Yorkers enjoy. It has passed the Assembly in past sessions but has died in committee in the Senate.
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