Not the First Openly Transgender Executive Director, and That’s Awesome

Garden State Equality
Posted by Garden State Equality on July 24, 2014

Lesson of the week: always check your facts, even when you’re super-excited. A Message from Executive Director Andy Bowen: Yesterday, Garden State Equality published a press release announcing my appointment as Executive Director. While the opening paragraph of the press release was correct in saying that I am “one of the nation’s first openly transgender Executive Directors of a statewide organization for LGBT civil rights” (emphasis mine), later quotes in the piece claimed that I ...

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  • Transgender Rights Leader Named New Executive Director of Garden State Equality

    Garden State Equality
    Posted by Garden State Equality on July 23, 2014

    Montclair, New Jersey — After a national search, Andrea “Andy” Bowen, a transgender activist with a proven record of nationally notable policy victories, has been named the new Executive Director of Garden State Equality (GSE). Andy is one the first openly transgender Executive Directors of a statewide organization for LGBT civil rights. Andy is honored to be the next leader of GSE. She recognizes that GSE has been on the forefront of civil rights issues for the LGBT and ally community ...

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  • GARDEN STATE EQUALITY CELEBRATES 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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    Posted by Garden State Equality on July 10, 2014

    Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Garden State Equality. Garden State Equality was founded by Steven Goldstein in 2004.  Best known for our successful campaign to win marriage equality in 2013, Garden State Equality has fought for and won a wide range of civil rights milestones over our 10 year history and grown to become New Jersey’s largest civil rights organization, representing over 140,000 members.    In addition to marriage equality, our other notable recent victories ...

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  • Garden State Equality is looking for state youth caucus co-chair leaders

    Garden State Equality
    Posted by Garden State Equality on July 8, 2014

    YOUTH CAUCUS CO-CHAIRS Garden State Equality is looking for state youth caucus co-chair leaders for the 2014-2015 school year. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply to be state of New Jersey Youth Caucus Co-Chair representing Garden State Equality. Garden State Equality Youth Caucus serves students 13-20 across the state of New Jersey who meet to discuss anti-bullying, youth empowerment, local needs and ways to take action.  As Garden State Equality Youth Caucus Co-Chair ...

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  • Garden State Equality Founder Appointed Democratic Committee Vice Chair

    Garden State Equality
    Posted by Garden State Equality on May 20, 2014

    (Montclair,  New Jersey) – The Founder and Chair Emeritus of Garden State Equality, Steven Goldstein, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Vice Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.  Members of the NJDSC voted on the new position at their annual conference on Friday, May 16th in Atlantic City.  Democratic State Chairman John Currie announced the promotion of Goldstein, along with 3 other party activists,  yesterday. “I am thrilled to name these four ...

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