New York is losing a LGBT civil rights organization. Yesterday, 12 December, the Empire State Pride Agenda announced it will end major operations next year.
The group, which is 25 years old, will keep its Political Action Committee (PAC) so to keep a hand in local elections. However, it will soon start the process of identifying work that can be partnered with other organizations.
The decision followed an unanimous vote by Pride Agenda’s boards of directors.
According to its press release, the organization is closing down because the group ‘has achieved its top policy goals.’ This past October, ESPA announced its ‘remaining policy priority,’ protecting transgender New Yorkers from housing, employment, credit, education, and public accommodation discrimination was met. The new regulations were put in place by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
‘Over the years this organization has made a difference in – and no doubt saved – countless lives,’ Cuomo said in the release. ‘Together we have restored New York’s status as a progressive beacon for the nation, from securing marriage equality to helping ban transgender discrimination and bringing the end of the AIDS epidemic within reach.’
Since 1990, ESPA has been instrumental in pushing for laws, from marriage equality to hate crime laws.
‘The strides we have made toward equality and justice have been nothing short of extraordinary,’ said Nathan Schaefer, Pride Agenda’s executive director.