July 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm EST | by Staff reports
Trans woman to head N.J. advocacy group
Andy Bowen, gay news, Washington Blade

Garden State Equality’s new Executive Director Andrea “Andy” Bowen (Photo courtesy of Garden State Equality)

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — New Jersey’s largest statewide LGBT advocacy group has tapped a transgender rights activist as its next executive director.

“New Jersey has a lot of forward-thinking policy already in place,” said Andrea “Andy” Bowen in a July 23 press release from Garden State Equality that announced her hiring. “But we must continue to press for full equality for the LGBT and ally community, and be vigilant in working to ensure our current laws are implemented and enforced.”

Steven Goldstein, founder of Garden State Equality, and Barbra Casbar Siperstein, director of Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, are among those who applauded Bowen.

“We thank Garden State Equality for ‘walking the walk’ and being the model of a truly inclusive statewide LGBT organization,” said Siperstein.

Bowen spearheaded a number of trans-specific efforts and initiatives in the nation’s capital with the DC Trans Coalition. She most recently worked at the National Center for Transgender Equality as a policy adviser.

Bowen will succeed Troy Stevenson who stepped down in January to become executive director of the Equality Network in Oklahoma.

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