Advocacy

My Advocacy Background

I have been a strong advocate for non discrimination since my high school days.
I started seriously in the 60's advocating for African American rights: through my church and working with Saul Alinski.
This continued through to Johnson's civil rights act; I continued working on voting rights for the poor and people of color.
Even though I was in the service, I have been a war protester from Vietnam through the current imbroglios in the Middle East.
For the past two years I have focused on transgender rights and prison reform.

The transgender work includes gaining anti-discrimination legislation in Albany County,
several presentations to local government agencies, and participating in University panels.
I was also an organizer of a transgender workshop in Philadelphia this year.

Finally, I am a co-founder of a Times Union of Albany blog, Transgender Talk and a Facebook page, Affirming Transgender Rights, offering a wide range of transgender topics.

Affirming Transgender Rights

RSS Times Union – Transgender Talk

  • She’s a doll February 18, 2017
    There is so much bad news for transgender people and those of us who believe that everyone is entitled to the same Human and Civil Rights. Many of the gains in legal rights of transgender people are being undone by at the national level. Many states are moving to bar transgender people from their gender correct
    Byrgen Finkelman
  • Why we should pass GENDA now: human rights given by executive order are not protected (a guest post by Kate T) February 13, 2017
      As you may or may not know, Governor Cuomo announced in October of 2015, that his administration will now interpret the term sex in 1945 Civil Rights Law to mean sexual identity as well.  The law states that people are entitled to equal opportunities for employment, education, medical treatment, housing, and more regardless of
    Byrgen Finkelman
  • You never stop coming out (a guest post by Kate T) December 14, 2016
        I hate the term coming out when it is applied to a transgender person such as myself. I am not coming out of a closet from which I was hiding, but instead I’m dropping the mask I have been holding. I have performed a role that I thought was required of me (a
    Byrgen Finkelman