FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TransPAC Contributes to Seven Key New York Senate Races
New York City, July 18, 2016 -- TransPAC, the only political action committee in New York State dedicated to advancing the rights of transgender people, contributed $5,000 to each of seven candidates for New York State Senate, announced Mel Wymore, who was named Executive Director earlier this summer.
Recipients include the campaigns of Ryan Cronin (NY-6), Christopher Eachus (NY-39), Terry Gipson (NY-41), Adam Haber (NY-7), Todd Kaminsky (NY-9), Sara Niccoli (NY-46), and Amber Small (NY-60). With the exception of the donation to Senator Kaminsky, whom the PAC supported in the April 19th Special Election on Long Island, these are first-time contributions for TransPAC.
The immediate goal of the PAC, which was founded in 2014 by transgender activist Juli Grey-Owens and other members of the Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition, is to elect a New York State Senate that will pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA, A4558B/S61B). GENDA would provide statewide statutory rights to combat discrimination in education, employment, housing, public accommodations, and other areas of daily life. Although GENDA has passed the Democrat-led Assembly nine times since its introduction in 2003, it has yet to reach the New York Senate floor for a vote. Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws barring discrimination based on gender identity.
"Equal rights for all New Yorkers must always be at the top of our agenda," said Senator Kaminsky, in accepting the donation. "TransPAC is at the front lines, making sure our state government works for everyone--and their support is an affirmation of my lifelong commitment to full equality. I thank TransPAC for their support and for their commitment to equal rights.”
"I am proud to have earned the support of TransPAC," said candidate Small. "New York cannot claim to be a state of equality while our Transgender community still faces discrimination each day. I look forward to being TransPAC's partner in Albany so that critical legislation such as GENDA can finally be passed into law.”
Executive Director Wymore said the PAC will continue making contributions during this election cycle to emphasize the importance of its mission. “TransPAC is committed to securing rights for every person on the gender spectrum. After 13 years of non-action, it’s high time we elect a State Senate that will not only pass GENDA, but lead the nation in achieving equality and dignity for all.” Wymore, who ran for New York City Council in 2013, is among a handful of openly transgender candidates who have vied for public office.