California opens first-ever transgender facility vote center

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In a groundbreaking development, the Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Center (CONOTEC) located in Los Angeles has secured official designation as a Vote Center for the upcoming March 5th California primary and the November 2024 general/presidential election. This marks a historic milestone as CONOTEC becomes the first-ever nationwide Transgender facility to take the role of an official election Vote Center.

The center will be accessible to all Los Angeles County voters from March 2 to March 5, focusing on serving as a secure and empowering venue for Trans, Non-Binary, and other LGBTQA+ individuals, along with their allies. This initiative gains significance against escalating verbal, political, and physical threats faced by these communities across the country. This is especially timely as the Trans, Gender Non-Conforming (TGI) community mourns the tragic loss of Nex Benedict, a non-binary teenager in Oklahoma.

CONOTEC has extended its invitation to the Trans and Non-Binary communities across the county, urging them to exercise their voting rights. Los Angeles County typically hosts Vote Centers with either 10-day or 4-day voting periods, both offering early voting options ending on March 5. CONOTEC operates as a 4-day Vote Center.

This momentous achievement is the result of a strategic partnership between FLUX, an affinity group of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) dedicated to creating safe spaces for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming individuals, the Unique Woman’s Coalition (UWC), which centers on the narratives and needs of Black Trans culture, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ political and advocacy organization.

Named in honor of Connie Norman, renowned as the ‘AIDS Diva,’ a fearless Transgender and AIDS activist who succumbed to the disease in 1996, CONOTEC officially commenced operations on September 10, 2021. This recent development reflects a significant stride in promoting inclusivity and accessibility in the electoral process.

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