New York State Gender Diversity Coalition

The New York State Gender Diversity Coalition is comprised of a group of 32+ organizations that believe in prioritizing legislation that centers and advances the life of those who identify as Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and/or Non-Binary. This coalition brings together activists from New York City to advocate for policies that will lead to a more equitable NYC for all LGBTQI New Yorkers. The coalition is managed by the New York Transgender Advocacy Group.

The following principles guide all the work we do as part of a coalition:

  • There is no single agenda that can represent all identities and cultural variances in New York. We acknowledge the LGBTQI communities of New York are intersectionality diverse. 

  • We aim to have a thoughtfully diverse, equitable and inclusionary coalition that works to implement mechanisms by which those who choose to be involved can gain access and inform our decisions and priorities;

  • We support each others organizations and efforts, recognizing  partnerships are valuable, as we work towards building a powerful voice for LGBTQI people and organizations throughout the state;

  • The challenges of the LGBTQI community are at the intersection of multiple identities: racism, classism, sexism, disability, economic issues and many more are central to supporting LGBTQI people;

  • We recognize the barriers to equal public representation and will endeavour in all actions to be representational of our diverse population, to platform those who are underrepresented, and to raise up the voices of our communities.

2020 New YORK STATE Policy Priorities

The New York Coalition for Preventing Gender Identity Discrimination’s Policy Committee leads the development of our annual policy priorities.

Key Priorities at a Glance:

  • Dignity Safety for all Drivers

  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education in New York State

  • and much more:

The document below will center the coalitions work in Albany, NY from January 2020 - June 2020.


Current Co-Presidents

Tanya Asapansa Johnson Walker

Tanya Asapansa Johnson Walker is an honorably discharged Army Veteran. She is the Co-founder of New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) Bishop C. Asapansa-Johnson. She has worked than more than 28 years as an organizer in New York City, currently works as Trans Women’s Group Facilitator at SAGE Midtown, Tanya has fought at the College Of Staten Island, for Gay Rights in the 90s. She was trained as Fundraiser by Gift Grassroots Fundraising She worked as a Play Consultant. Currently a member of the Stonewall Democrats, Tanya, Studied Social Work, the College of Staten Island. She also went to Empire State University for a year. A member of A Wider Bridge, New York. Ms. Walker is a former Community Follow-Up Worker, and Case Manager, at Housing Works She also took part in, The Legend in My Living Room. A telling of life stories from LGBTQI Elders Of Color, in Harlem at the Schomberg.



J. Leigh Brantly

At the intersection of advocacy, research, and creativity is where you will find multiracial genderqueer J. Leigh Brantly. They are a GLBTQIAP, sexual, and disability rights advocate, working in social justice through direct action, community-based organizing, research, as an artist, filmmaker, media consultant, and a queer trans sex worker who does multi-gendered fetish work. As an advocate, they serve as the Alternative Sexuality Advisor for the Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights (SOAR) Institute, as the Gender Non-Conforming Non-Binary Advisor for Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS), and with Decriminalize Sex Work, all of which are organizations dedicated to the safety and rights of sex workers and survivors of trafficking. They have presented at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on sex worker filmmaking, queer safer sex education, and harm reduction in sex work and at the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom’s Consent Summit. They are a strategist for international sex work decriminalization coalitions, teach alternative sexuality education for BDSM/fetish organizations, and have worked on an Amicus brief to fight the anti-sex work legislation SESTA/FOSTA in the U.S. courts. J. Leigh has also been an alternative sexuality consultant and dominatrix performer for US television programs such as SHOWTIME's BILLIONS and FOX's THE FOLLOWING and been featured in TIME Magazine, VICE News,, and TimeOUT NY. They have plans to pursue a PhD in human sexuality research, focusing on LGBTQIAP, sex work, BDSM/fetish, and physical disability.

2020 Coalition Members

Gender Equality New York (GENY)



Housing Works

Mocha/Gay Alliance

National Assoication of Social Workers

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

National LGBTQ Task Force

New York Transgender Advocacy Group

SOAR Institute

The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School

The Legeal Aid Society

In Our Own Voices Inc.

Transgender Law Center

Amida Care
Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance
Association of Legal Aid Attorney (ALAA), UAW 2325, LGBTQ+ Caucus

Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice

Bowen Public Affairs

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Center for Anti Violence Education

CK Life (Community Kinship Life)

Community Healthcare Network

Cyrus Golestan Photography

Dutchess County Pride Center

Empire Justice Center

Equality New York

Fordham University

Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute

Become a Coalition member

If you are interested in being part of the coalition fill out the form below and you will get invited to the next call. 

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