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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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New York regulators tell insurers to cover transgender treatment

Thursday, December 11, 2014
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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
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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
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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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U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney wins re-election to U.S. House

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York secured a second term representing the state's 18th district in the House of Representatives Tuesday night, fending off a strong challenger in a close contest. [...]

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GOP’s Gibson beats gay challenger Sean Eldridge to keep U.S. House seat

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Sean Eldridge
NEW YORK -- Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson has turned back a well-financed challenge from openly gay Democrat Sean Eldridge to keep his House seat in a sprawling upstate New York district. [...]

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Election preview: Top 10 races to watch for LGBT candidates

Saturday, November 1, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could [...]

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GOP challenger to gay incumbent uses her gay son to prove she’s ‘no extremist’

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Nan Hayworth
WASHINGTON -- The openly gay son of Republican congressional challenger Nan Hayworth says his mother -- who's trying to unseat New York's only openly gay congressman -- is "no extremist" in a new ad. CNN reports that the ad is an attempt to insulate Hayworth against Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick [...]

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