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New York

New York is the 11th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on July 26, 1788. Its largest city is New York City, the most populous city in the U.S.; its capital city is Albany.

Marriage Equality: Same-sex marriage became legal in New York on July 24, 2011, under the Marriage Equality Act, which was passed by the state Legislature on June 24, 2011 and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the same day.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo urges civil rights law for transgender New Yorkers

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says in his state of the state speech Wednesday that the Legislature should pass a bill to add "gender identity or expression" as a protected class. [...]

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Transgender inmate sues N.Y. prison over sexual assault

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Prison-Inmate
The federal suit, filed by the Cardozo Civil Rights Clinic on behalf of Leslieann Manning, says she was attacked in an unmonitored classroom by an inmate with a history of violence. [...]

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New York officials propose coverage for transgender healthcare under Medicaid

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
New-York-state
Proposed regulations would cover hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery for low-income New Yorkers under the state's Medicaid program. [...]

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New York City’s Barnard College may adopt transgender student policy

Saturday, December 13, 2014
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Barnard President Debora Spar says the time has come for the all-female institution to examine how it defines "women." [...]

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New York regulators tell insurers to cover transgender treatment

Thursday, December 11, 2014
New-York-state
Officials say commercial insurers may not deny needed treatment for gender dysphoria when someone's gender at birth is contrary to his or her identity. [...]

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New York City drops surgery requirement for birth certificate changes

Monday, December 8, 2014
New-York
New York city has dropped its requirement for sex reassignment surgery to change the gender designation on an individual's birth certificate. [...]

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New HIV diagnoses hit all-time low in New York City

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
New-York
NEW YORK -- The number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City has reached an all-time low. The city's Department of Health released the news on Monday - World AIDS Day. [...]

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N.Y. court says state can seek new indictment in overturned hate crime case

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's highest court on Monday said prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they said was a hate crime. [...]

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N.Y. venue pays fine for refusing to host lesbian couple’s wedding, files appeal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Liberty-Ridge-Farm
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A rural New York wedding venue's owners have paid a $13,000 fine for refusing to host a lesbian couple's wedding, and have since stopped booking marriage ceremonies while their case is appealed. Liberty Ridge Farm's owners, citing constitutional rights to free speech and religious freedom, have appealed [...]

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New York City considers easing birth certificate gender changes

Monday, November 10, 2014
New York City Hall
NEW YORK -- Transgender New Yorkers on Monday called for the passage of city legislation that would eliminate a requirement that they have gender-reassignment surgery to change their designated gender on their birth certificates. [...]

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