This panel will span from the practical to the personal. We will relay our experiences as transgender New Yorkers and allies, and describe the range of challenges that transgender people face, from employment discrimination to healthcare access to attaining accurate identification documents.

Educators and organizers from the Empire State Pride Agenda will provide concrete ways that you can work for transgender equality & justice in New York State, and specifically how to join the campaign and be an advocate for the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA).

We will provide plenty of time for your questions and an interactive and productive dialogue.

Presented by: Sheilah R. Sable, MS, Director of Upstate Organizing, Empire State Pride Agenda (Moderator); Christopher Argyros, Esq., Transgender Rights Organizer, Empire State Pride Agenda; Karen L. Butt, Trans-Coordinator, Kingston PFLAG, Head of Middle School, Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie, NY; Rex Butt, Trans-Coordinator, Kingston PFLAG, Secretary, Board of Directors, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Bronx Community, College of CUNY