NYAGRA’s mission is to advocate for freedom of gender identity and expression for all.
The New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) is currently involved in a number of major initiatives at the state and local level:
1) legislation & public policy
Transgendered and gender-variant people face pervasive discrimination, harassment, abuse and violence in this society. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (A.7438/Gottfried)(S.4794/Duane) was introduced in the New York state legislature in 2003 to amend state human rights law to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression. NYAGRA is a co-founding member of the GENDA Coalition (coordinated by the Empire State Pride Agenda, which is working to enact this important law. The bill has passed the Assembly several times but has yet to make progress in the state Senate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein all need to commit publicly to moving the bill to the floor to the Senate and passing it expeditiously.
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was enacted by the New York state legislature in 2010 and prohibits discrimination and bias-based harassment in public schools throughout the state. The legislation requires the creation of programs such as student and teacher training to foster a harassment-free environment in schools, and a reporting mechanism that will allow the state to compile data on the occurrences of harassment in schools. NYAGRA is a co-founding member organization of the Dignity Coalition, which secured enactment of the legislation and which is now working on implementation of the statute.
2) transgender sensitivity training
NYAGRA has conducted transgender sensitivity training for a wide variety of organizations, including health care and social service providers, government agencies, corporations and community-based organizations. To inquire about a training for your organization, contact NYAGRA chair Pauline Park.
3) public education
NYAGRA strives to educate the public in New York City and state on the pervasive discrimination, harassment, abuse and violence that transgendered and gender-variant people face in this society; we do this through mainstream and social media, public forums and other events.
For more info. about all of these important initiatives, contact:
Pauline Park, Chair
New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)
Pauline Park was chosen to be grand marshal of the
2005 New York City Pride March, the first
openly transgendered grand marshal in the history of that event.