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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Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.

St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

Monday, March 17, 2014
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage. [ Read more → ]
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Guinness cancels sponsorship of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over gay ban

Sunday, March 16, 2014
NEW YORK -- Guinness announced Sunday it is cancelling its sponsorship of Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to allow gay participants to carry signs expressing their LGBT pride. [ Read more → ]
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Historic Stonewall Inn to drop Guinness beer over NYC parade sponsorship

Sunday, March 16, 2014
NEW YORK -- New York's historic Stonewall Inn, site of the Stonewall riots of 1969 which is widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the modern gay rights movement, will drop Guinness beer from its shelves on Monday following the beer company's decision to stand by its sponsorship of the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade. [ Read more → ]
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Heineken pulls sponsorship from NYC St. Patrick’s over ban on gay pride signs

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Heineken announced Friday it has pulled its sponsorship of Monday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to let gay participants carry signs displaying LGBT pride. [ Read more → ]
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Barilla (‘gays can go an eat another brand’) Pasta launches NYC restaurant

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
NEW YORK — Barilla pasta, whose chairman came under fire last year when he said gay “can go an eat another brand” of pasta because his family-friendly company would never feature a same-sex couple in its advertising, has opened a new restaurant in New York. [ Read more → ]
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Victims in NYC subway hate crime say no one came to their assistance

Friday, March 7, 2014
NEW YORK -- The victims of an alleged anti-gay hate crime on a Manhattan subway platform over the weekend are speaking out, and say they are disappointed that none of the more than 50 people nearby called police or came to their assistance. [ Read more → ]
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Gay couple attacked at NY subway by man shouting ‘Are you faggots?’

Thursday, March 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department has issued a sketch of a man accused of an anti-gay hate crime in a Manhattan subway station early Sunday morning. [ Read more → ]
NYC Mayor's OfficeNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) joins the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade in Queens, N.Y., on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

NYC mayor marches in Queens’ gay friendly ‘St. Pat’s For All Parade’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who plans to skip the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because participants are banned from carrying signs or banners identifying themselves as gay, joined the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade Sunday, saying it honors the traditions of the city by celebrating inclusion. [ Read more → ]
Queer Nation NYQueer Nation activist protest outside Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on February 23.

LGBT activists protest Russia’s anti-gay laws at final USOC Olympic event

Sunday, February 23, 2014
NEW YORK — Nearly three dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation held a raucous protest on Sunday at the United States Olympic Committee's final "Road to Sochi Tour" event at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. [ Read more → ]
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Leader of NYC street gang pleads guilty in brutal 2010 anti-gay attack

Friday, February 21, 2014
NEW YORK — The reputed leader of a New York City street gang has pleaded guilty in a beating authorities called one of the worst cases of anti-gay violence in the city's history. [ Read more → ]
Queer nationQueer nation activists protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City on Thursday.

Gay rights activists protest outside NYC Russian consulate

Thursday, February 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- More than 100 members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, marked the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a raucous protest directly in front of the Russian consulate in New York City at noon today. [ Read more → ]
Bill de Blasio

De Blasio to skip NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over ban on gay pride signs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won't be marching in the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers refuse to allow participants to carry gay pride signs. [ Read more → ]
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Suspect arrested in brutal beating of NYC gay journalist

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
NEW YORK — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the beating of a gay journalist on a New York City street. [ Read more → ]
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NYPD investigating brutal beating of gay journalist as possible bias attack

Sunday, January 26, 2014
NEW YORK — New York City police are investigating the beating of an openly gay journalist last week as a possible bias attack. [ Read more → ]
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Lawmakers in Minn., N.Y., introduce bills to ban conversion therapy for minors

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Lawmakers in Minnesota and New York have introduced legislation to prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (second from right), with partner Randy Florke (center) and children (from left) Jesus, Essie and Daley.

U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to marry long-time partner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Freshman U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney plans to marry his long-time partner, who proposed over Christmas. [ Read more → ]
Daniel McClung (left)  and Michael Todd Cohen.

Recently married gay man dies after trying to escape NYC high-rise fire

Monday, January 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- A New York man died and his newlywed husband was critically injured after trying to escape a fire that erupted in their high-rise Manhattan apartment building Sunday morning. [ Read more → ]
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Police investigate alleged anti-gay attack on Brooklyn man by Hasidic Jewish men

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
NEW YORK -- Police are investigating the assault on a gay man who alleges he was attacked by a gang of Hasidic Jewish men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking home in Brooklyn. [ Read more → ]
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Spike in hate crimes prompts N.Y. comptroller to audit reporting

Saturday, December 7, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York comptroller's office announced Friday that it will audit hate crime reporting statewide after a legislator earlier this year cited an apparent spike in such crimes. [ Read more → ]
Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims

Friday, December 6, 2013
NEW YORK -- A New York attorney on Thursday said the life of a murdered transgender woman wasn’t worth the same punishment as if his client had killed someone “in the higher end of the community.” [ Read more → ]
Thomas DiNapoli

N.Y. pushes Sochi Games advertisers to speak out in support of LGBT rights

Thursday, December 5, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Comptroller John Liu are pressuring Olympic advertisers to speak out against Russia's restrictions on gay and transgender rights before the Sochi Winter Games begin in February. [ Read more → ]
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Suspect in fatal attack on transgender woman released

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge against a Harlem man who had been arrested in connection with the fatal beating of a transgendered woman in Harlem. [ Read more → ]
Orlando Cruz (second from left) and Jose Manuel (center).

Orlando Cruz, first openly gay professional boxer, marries partner

Monday, November 18, 2013
NEW YORK — Openly gay professional boxer Orlando Cruz married his partner, José Manuel Colón, in a ceremony in New York's Central Park on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
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West Point in N.Y. hosts first same-sex wedding between two men

Friday, November 1, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- TTwo West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy's first wedding between two men. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy: Queer NationQueer Nation activists protest Russia's anti-LGBT laws in Times Square on Tuesday.

Activists protest Russia’s anti-LGBT laws at Times Square Olympic countdown

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Olympic gold medalists stood on a temporary stage in Times Square talking about training and teamwork when the chants rose up from about 50 feet away. "Homophobia has got to go!" bellowed more than a dozen protesters who unveiled a rainbow banner reading, "Don't Buy Putin's Lies." [ Read more → ]
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