Mexico to Japan: LGBTQ rights and recycling expand

1. United States

The New York City Fire Department is led by a woman for the first time in its 157-year history. Laura Kavanagh was promoted to the highest position of Commissioner by Mayor Eric Adams after an eight-month stint as Acting Chief. Ms. Kavanagh now oversees some 17,000 employees, including emergency medical workers and 911 dispatchers, as well as 141 female firefighters, the most in the department’s history.

“The people of the FDNY have given me lasting faith in something that I grew up with and have known to be true for a long time, where you build a community, you create a force multiplier that does extraordinary things,” Ms. Kavanagh said. .

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These are not achievements to achieve alone. But sort your trash into 45 categories like Kamikatsu, Japan does, and you, too, may be close to achieving zero waste in your city. And in Mexico, lawmakers consolidated same-sex marriage rights for the country.

Like other fire commissioners, Ms. Kavanagh comes from outside the ranks: She previously worked for former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and earned praise from several union leaders in her time as acting commissioner. Mayor Adams has appointed several women to senior administrative positions, including First Police Commissioner, Sanitation Commissioner, and Deputy Mayor.

Mexico to Japan: LGBTQ rights and recycling expand 1121 POP NYC Fire Commissioner

New York City Mayor Eric Adams swears in Laura Kavanagh, on October 27, 2022.

Sources: The New York Times, ABC 7

2. Mexico

Same-sex marriage is legal throughout Mexico. Following state-by-state legalization in progress since 2009, Tamaulipas, on Mexico’s northeastern border with the United States, became the latest state where lawmakers voted to recognize same-sex marriage, cementing LGBTQ rights in the whole country.

“Today we and our families are more visible, more equal, and we are a country with more justice,” said activist Enrique Torre Molina.

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