Hochul approves inclusive ballot bill, trans equity fund

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Governor Kathy Hochul marked Pride Sunday in New York City by signing a pair of bills steering resources to the state’s trans community and establishing the right of non-binary individuals to run for party positions.

The hard-fought Lorena Borjas Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund — named after a beloved trans leader who passed away in 2020 — brings funding to organizations serving trans and non-binary folks at a time when advocates have stressed that existing allocations have often failed to reach the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ community. California was the first state to implement such a fund — but that state managed to secure significantly more money.

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