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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NY college debates whether to display rainbow flag alongside national banners

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013
LONG ISLAND CITY -- A debate over display of the rainbow "pride" flag has broken out at a Long Island City college.

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Transgender city council candidate could become a first in NYC

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013
NEW YORK -- If Mel Wymore wins a New York City council seat in the upcoming election, he would be the first openly transgender person elected to public office in America's biggest city and one of only a handful ever in the U.S.

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NYC health officials warn of meningitis risks ahead of gay pride weekend

| Monday, June 17, 2013
NEW YORK -- New York City officials have issued a warning given ahead of the upcoming gay pride weekend, advising visitors to consult their physicians about receiving a meningitis vaccination.

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Gay man claims he was attacked, called gay slurs by homophobic NYPD cops

| Monday, June 10, 2013
A gay man claims he was accused of public urination, called anti-gay slurs, violently attacked, and thrown against a squad car by a New York City police officer in an incident last week outside a Brooklyn precinct that was captured on video by the victim's roommates.

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Congressman proposes to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

| Saturday, June 8, 2013
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. -- An estimated 100,000 gay and lesbian service members were issued dishonorable or "undesirable" discharges between World War II and 1993 due to their sexual orientation, losing their military benefits as a result.

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‘Cutest couple’ at New York high school is two boys

| Monday, June 3, 2013
CARMEL, N.Y. — The duo voted "cutest couple" in the senior class at a suburban New York high school say they're getting teased about it - but not because they're both boys.

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NYC LGBT Caucus to offer self-defense classes in response to anti-gay attacks

| Monday, June 3, 2013
NEW YORK — New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the council's LGBT Caucus will host free self-defense classes following a recent spate of hate crimes.

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Two more anti-gay hate crimes reported in New York City this week

| Saturday, June 1, 2013
NEW YORK -- Police in New York City have arrested five men — ranging in age from 16 to 21 — in the latest in a series of attacks on gay men in the city.

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Gay rights activist latest victim in wave of attacks on gay men in NYC

| Sunday, May 26, 2013
Eugene Lovendusky
NEW YORK -- A gay rights activist is the latest victim in a recent spate of attacks on gay men in New York City.

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Attorney implies suspect’s child sexual abuse was a factor NYC killing

| Thursday, May 23, 2013
Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.
NEW YORK -- The attorney for the man accused in the murder of a gay man in New York's Greenwich Village on Saturday says his client is not guilty, and implied that his anti-gay bias is the result of being sexually abused as a child.

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