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ny state assembly member and nyc public advocate candidate michael blake speaks out against ban on transgender military personnel

The supreme court decision undermines national security and human rights.

January 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday, the Supreme Court voted to lift an injunction on the Trump administration’s policy to prohibit transgender people from serving in the military. This policy, which was blocked nationwide by two lower courts, bans transgender people from military service while granting limited exceptions for those already serving and willing to do so in their “biological sex.”

Following the decision Blake said, “As a man of faith, an ally to the LGBTQ community, and a brother to a soldier who served for 29 years in the US Army, I am appalled by the decision made by the Supreme Court. National security and human rights must be a priority, and this decision undermines both.”

“This decision underscores the need for leadership on the local and state level. I'm proud to have co-sponsored GENDA in the state legislature. As Public Advocate, I will without reservation continue to fight for justice and equality for all LGBTQ individuals. Particularly, I commit to fighting to increase access to legal resources for low income LGBTQI people who need help upgrading Other Than Honorable discharge statuses from military service and highlighting pervasive legal issues affecting the community. I stand with the transgender community and will continue the fight to recognize the dignity and worth of all people.”

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New York State Assembly Member and Candidate for New York City Public Advocate Michael Alexander Blake has been elected to represent the 79th District in The Bronx for a third term. Born and raised in The Bronx to Jamaican Immigrants, Blake has helped lead the efforts to create the first and only statewide My Brother’s Keeper education program in the country and helped lead the charge to Raise The Age of criminal responsibility.

As a member of the Housing committee, he has fought to increase funding for New York City public housing and been a consistent advocate for affordable housing, rent stabilization and pushing back against gentrification. Blake has championed legislation for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises and fought for democracy reform throughout the State of New York and the country.

Previously, Blake served as Associate Director of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under President Obama. He has helped expand the electorate nationwide through his work in President Obama’s campaigns and in his current role as one of the Democratic National Committee Vice Chairs. Blake is also a lay minister, a Rodel Fellow in the Aspen Institute and a former Harvard Institute of Politics Resident Fellow.