Posts Tagged ‘LGBTQ’

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Kelly Metzgar on LGBTQ Pride Month

stonewall 50th anniversaryJune is LGBT Pride Month, a time when LGBTQI+ community members, family, friends and advocates acknowledge and celebrate the gift of diversity that is unique to each of us. Many municipalities host “Pride Parades” where LGBTQI+ community members outwardly profess their rights to live freely and openly as themselves. This is also a time to acknowledge the many accomplishments of LGBTQI+ community members both past and present as well as mark strides in our current social/political arenas. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Kelly Metzgar On Historic GENDA Legislation

Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance logoHistory was made in New York State recently when the New York State Senate – after 16 very long and often disappointing years – finally passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) granting basic human and civil rights protections to the Transgender and Non-Binary communities.

GENDA had previously passed the NYS Democratic majority Assembly 11 years in a row. Also signed into law was the ban on LGBTQ Conversion Therapy, a controversial practice that attempted to change a child or youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity through highly discredited therapeutic means. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov 18th

transgender day of rememberanceAn observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday November 18th from 1 to 2 pm, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 136 Main St, Saranac Lake.

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on November 20th, and is a day to memorialize those who were murdered as the result of transphobia (the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people).

TDOR, as it is often referred to, was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman to memorialize the murder of her friend Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Local LGBTQ ‘Know Your Rights’ Forums Planned

Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance logoIn the past two years we’ve seen an outpouring of hate, attempts at overt discrimination, attempted role back of basic human rights protections at the federal level. We are facing a potential crisis in the US Supreme Court over settled law in the area’s of women’s health, reproductive rights, marriage equality, and basic LGBTQ civil rights protections.

We’ve seen attempts to ban members of the transgender community from serving openly in the military as well as prohibit their use of public accommodations based on lies and fears of spread by homophobic and transphobic hate groups bent on our elimination from society.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who heads the Department of Justice, issued guidance stating that LGBTQ people are not covered under federal anti-discrimination laws. This opened the gates to discrimination in all aspects of our lives, including housing, employment, medical care and insurance coverage. We’ve see repeated civil rights violations of our immigrant and native neighbors. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kelly Metzgar: LGBTQI Pride in the Adirondack North County

celebrate unity eventOnce again it is time to celebrate the diversity of all people here in the Adirondack North Country. In the past two years we’ve seen an outpouring of hate, attempts at overt discrimination, and attempts to roll back human rights protections on the federal level.

We are facing a potential crisis in a U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn settled law in the areas of women’s health, abortion, marriage equality, and LGBTQI civil rights protections. We’ve seen attempts to ban members of the transgender community from serving openly in the military as well as prohibiting their use of public accommodations. We’ve seen the lies and fear mongering of homophobic and transphobic hate groups bent on the elimination of trans people from society. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pride Parade Set For Plattsburgh Sept 30th

Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance logoAdirondack North Country Gender Alliance has announced their second LGBTQ Pride Event in Plattsburgh, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from noon until 5 pm.

According to an announcement sent to the Adirondack Almanack: “Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance’s goal with this event is to bring members of the LGBTQ community and their allies together to stand hand in hand to promote love, acceptance, respect, and unity, and to promote these values for all people in the area and world regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other expression or identity that makes us special and unique. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Film: ‘The Gender Revolution’ in Plattsburgh April 9th

The Gender Revolution On Sunday, April 9th at 2 pm the documentary The Gender Revolution will be shown at the United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman St. Plattsburgh.

This event is co-hosted by the Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance and the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church. The event is open to the community and free of charge. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Marches Planned for Local Communities January 21st

1924, young suffragists laying flowers on Inez's graveRallies are planned across the region on Saturday, January 21 to show solidarity with those at the Women’s March on Washington. Local marches have been gathering momentum and the national organization says 300 Sister Marches are planned, each with its own program, “from music and speeches to a rally at a suffragist’s grave in upstate New York, to a verbal ‘human mosaic’ of people in Napa Valley sharing their vision for the future.”

“The day after the Presidential inauguration, people from around the country will unite in Washington, DC in the spirit of democracy, dignity and justice,” according to Sandra Weber, co-organizer of a local march. “Some people are travelling to DC, but many of us will not be able to make the trip. When I heard that Seneca Falls was holding a Sister March, I thought it was a great idea for our North Country community to join the movement.” Weber’s in one of three related marches planned for the region. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Saranac Lake Transgender Day of Remembrance Planned

adk diversity advisory council logoTransgender Day of Remembrance is an annual way to memorialize those who have died or were murdered as a result of transphobia, the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Transgender Day of Remembrance serves to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

A Transgender Day of Remembrance observance will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 5 to 6 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 136 Main Street, in Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Plattsburgh LGBTQ Pride Parade Steps Off Saturday

adk diversity advisory council logoAdirondack North Country Gender Alliance is co-sponsoring a LGBTQ Pride Parade in Plattsburgh, on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 1 to 4 pm.

The event begins in Trinity Park and is free and open to the public. It will include musical performances, a variety of guest speakers, and other entertainment. Event participants will then march from Trinity Park to Plattsburgh State University of New York campus for additional speakers before returning to Trinity Park. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Equal Pay for Women in 1870: The Charley Warner Solution

1928 HdlineCWarner01Unequal pay for women ably performing the same jobs as men is unfair and idiotic. Why the sex of an employee reduces their pay should be a mystery to all, especially when most men can relate stories of male co-workers receiving equal pay despite being underperformers, shirkers, or just plain lazy. But the issue is nothing new. Faced with a need for self-supporting income in the 1870s, a northern New York woman didn’t wait for society to grant her equality. She instead chose her own path: going undercover in a man’s world. In doing so, she may have also found more happiness than anyone realized at the time. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

An Adirondack Response To The Orlando Massacre

TMDA Logo NewAll of us reel in horror at the violence in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.  As Coordinator for the Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council I feel it important to respond to this tragedy, just as I feel it important to respond as a human being.  In either capacity I struggle to offer any kind of worthy reaction except to express solidarity with the victims and with all who suffer from the conditions that foster the kind of hate and anger we saw unleashed.

Though it is hard to find meaningful words, I think I know the right question to ask.  Where do we go from here?  How does our society move towards a destination where senseless mass killings, where violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, recedes into history?  Many will say that such a future is unimaginable, that there will always be hatred and bitter, alienated individuals capable of acting with insane malice.  To those doubters I ask how such a future can be more unimaginable than what took place Sunday in Orlando. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Transgender Town Hall Meeting Planned For Plattsburgh

adk diversity advisory council logoA newly formed statewide network of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming advocates is facilitating Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Town Hall meetings across New York State. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 1, 2016, at 4 Palmer Street in Plattsburgh.

The event is planned as a “fact-finding mission” to better understand the needs of these communities and to create connections among transgender and gender non-conforming people, and their allies, advocates and supporters, in order to spark interest in education, outreach, and advocacy and build a legislative agenda. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Program To Highlight LGBTQ And Ally Harassment

Stop Bullying PhotoThe Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh will host local LGBTQ advocate Kelly Metzgar on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7 pm.

Metzgar works with transgender leaders across New York State in securing rights and protections for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Her discussion will center on bullying and harassment of transgender, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay and bisexual students as well as current NYS laws protecting students from this type of behavior. She will also focus on supporting families, students and educators. A discussion will follow. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Diversity Symposium Being Held In Newcomb August 15th

image001(4)Making the Adirondack Park more attractive to youth of all backgrounds and preferences will be the focus of a second Adirondack diversity symposium, which is sponsored by the Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council (ADAC) in Newcomb on Saturday, August 15.

The organization’s second Towards a More Diverse Adirondacks symposium will be held at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) Newcomb Campus, near the park’s geographic center. » Continue Reading.