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Matthew Skinner has taken over as executive director of The Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York State Courts and Joanne Winslow, an appellate judge in the Fourth Department, has become the commission’s new co-chair.

Winslow, who was already a member of the commission, is taking the place of Elizabeth Garry who Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed presiding justice of the Third Department on Jan. 1. Garry is giving up the co-chairmanship but is not leaving the commission. The change is being made because of her increased workload, said Lucian Chalfen, director of public information for the state courts.

Milo Primeaux, a staff attorney for the LGBTQ Rights Project at the Empire Justice Center, is being appointed to the commission. Marcy Kahn, an appellate court judge in the First Department, remains as the commission’s other co-chair.

The commission is dedicated to promoting equal participation and access throughout the court system by all persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Skinner said the commission has proposed a new rule that would also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression by the court system. The public comment period ended Feb. 2, and the rule is now before the administrative board.