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Nation's first trans voting center to open in blue state

The first transgender voting center opens Saturday for California's primary election, according to CBS News.

The Connie Norman Center for Transgender Empowerment in Los Angeles County will be available to voters March 2-5, and while it's open to all Californians, the center's primary focus is on creating a safe environment for the LGBTQ community to vote, CBS News reported. Democratic Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis visited the center Thursday and touted it as an “important milestone” for LGBTQ Americans., seconds on KFI, a local media outlet.

“By providing a safe and affirming space for the transgender community to exercise their fundamental right to vote, we are breaking down barriers and ensuring that all Californians have equal access to the ballot box,” Kounalakis said, according to KFI.

The center was named after Connie Norman, also known as the “AIDS Diva,” according to the center's website, and “acts as a home to lift up and empower the next generation of activists and members of our community “. Nearly 120 polling places in Los Angeles County opened last weekend, and 525 more, including the Connie Norman Center, will open Saturday, according to CBS.

The state primaries are Tuesday, March 5, and the polls Close at 8 pm Pacific time. The center will also be open for the November election, according to CBS News.

Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky also paid one visit at the center Thursday and said she “couldn't be more proud” that her district will host the first transgender voting center, local media outlet WEHO Times reported.

“As extremists across the country continue their endless attacks on both the LGBT community and our democracy, Los Angeles must be a beacon of hope,” Yaroslavsky said. “I want to thank CONOTEC for opening this voting center and for the critical work they do every day to support the needs of the transgender and non-binary community in Los Angeles.”

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