November 22, 2016

What is #GivingTuesday?

Category: Call to Action,General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 11:24 am
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Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

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December 10, 2015

CALL TO ACTION: Support Protections for Trans & Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) New Yorkers

Category: Call to Action — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:46 pm

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Support Protections for Trans & Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) New Yorkers

prepared by NYS Trans Advocates

On Nov. 4, 2015, at Governor Cuomo’s direction, the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), the executive agency that enforces the NYS Human Rights Law (HRL), proposed a new regulation that interprets the existing HRL to protect TGNC people in two important ways:

1)   That gender identity and the status of being transgender are included under the definition of “sex”

2)   That gender dysphoria is included under the definition of “disability”

Note: Disability protections provide a powerful legal framework for addressing TGNC discrimination.

(Entire proposed regulation can be read here at pp. 21-23:


The public has  until Monday, December 21 at 5 PM to submit comments to the DHR in support of the proposed regulation, but we encourage you to submit them now. After reviewing the comments, the DHR will likely issue a final version of the regulation within a few weeks or months.


v How to Support the Proposed Regulations

ANYONE can and should submit a comment in support of the proposed regulation  by Monday, December 21 at 5PM!

  • By Mail: Caroline J. Downey, General Counsel, DHR, One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor, Bronx, NY 10458 (Note: they must receive your comment by Dec. 21 at 5pm.)
  • By Phone: (718) 741-8402
  • By Email:

The length and complexity of your comment is entirely up to you – it can be a very simple story or can cite research and statistics, but either way it’s always a good idea to make it personal to you and your experience with these issues and communities!

Here is a very simple model comment, in case you find it helpful:

My name is [preferred name], and I am  [a TGNC person, friend/family member/ally/colleague of a TGNC person, a medical/legal/social service provider, etc.]. I live in  [city/town, county]. I strongly support the Division of Human Rights’ proposed regulation that clarifies how the Human Rights Law protects people based on their gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, and gender dysphoria diagnosis. Discrimination and harassment in employment, housing, education, access to credit, and public accommodations prevents many transgender and gender-nonconforming people from living full, healthy, and happy lives across New York State.  [Share a brief personal story and reflect on how this new regulation will be beneficial to you or someone you know].

Download the call to action to share on social media and to your email contacts: PDF / JPEG


v Questions?


o  Please email questions and concerns to

Also, feel free to contact these advocates directly for more information:

Juli Grey-Owens  

Noah Lewis

Milo Primeaux 

Rev. Moonhawk River Stone

November 12, 2015

Call to Action: Support Gov. Cuomo’s Action to Protect the Trans* Community

Category: Call to Action — Tags: , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 2:54 pm
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Dear friends,

As you know, the Governor will direct the State Division of Human Rights to introduce regulations to prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender identity, transgender status, and gender dysphoria in the areas of public and private housing, employment, credit, education and public accommodations.

Beginning Nov 4, for 45 days, the public will be allowed to comment on this regulation and we are all encouraged and urged to do so.

Submit comments to:
Caroline J. Downey, General Counsel, Division of Human Rights
One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 741-8402

Public comment will be received until: Monday, December 21st.  (Preferable to submit by Friday, December 18th.)

Please note, it is imperative that your comments include not only praise for the governor’s bold and strategically smart action on behalf of our community but that we also call for the codification of these anti-discrimination measures through the passage of NYS law with the passage of the Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act immediately. While the regulations are strong, legislation is strongest and of course the regulation does not include hate crimes protections and could be overturned by a new governor  (unlikely but possible).

So please consider drafting your own comments and tell your own story. Please include  why this regulation is important in your life and your family and for all Trans and GNC NYers and also include a statement that reflects this:

I strongly urge full support and swift action that endeavors to pass GENDA in 2016, which will strengthen every other measure taken by NYS to protect and bring justice to New York’s Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming community.

Thank you,
Michael Weidrich
Executive Director & CEO