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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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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Man arrested in Tenn. in shooting death of renowned gay equestrian

Thursday, October 10, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- An arrest was made Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Service in connection with the shooting death of renowned, openly gay Long Island equestrian riding instructor Ross Reisner. [ Read more → ]
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Renowned gay equestrian killed by unknown gunman as he sat with partner

Saturday, September 28, 2013
EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. -- A renowned openly gay New York equestrian riding instructor died earlier this week after an unknown gunman fired multiple rounds into the victim's home, killing him as he sat next to his partner of 26 years. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights protesters disrupt Met Opera gala over Russia’s anti-gay laws

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
NEW YORK -- Four members of the advocacy group Queer Nation NY on Monday disrupted the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala, demanding that pro-Putin Russian performers at the Gala — and the Met itself — end their silence on the Kremlin’s attacks on LGBT Russians. [ Read more → ]
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Husband of Facebook co-founder announces bid for U.S. House

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sean Eldridge, a former political strategist for Freedom to Marry and husband to Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder and owner of The New Republic, has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress to represent New York’s 19th congressional district in the U.S. House. [ Read more → ]
Mary Altaffer, APDemocratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio (center) and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn during a news conference joining Democrats together Tuesday.

Quinn gives hearty endorsement to fellow Democrat de Blasio for NYC mayor

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
NEW YORK — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, once the most bitter of foes, stood side by side in front of City Hall on Tuesday as she backed him for mayor, sealing the endorsement with a hearty hug. [ Read more → ]
WABCMichael Felenchak (left) and Peter Nortman after the attack.

NYPD makes arrest in Chelsea hate crime attack on two gay men

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a bias attack on a gay couple leaving a movie theater last month. [ Read more → ]
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Man charged with murder in anti-gay hate crime in Queens

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has charged a 22-year-old man with an anti-gay hate crime in the stabbing death of a man found under an elevated subway line in Queens. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT city council candidates score historic wins in NYC election

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
New Yorkers across the city voted to send a record number of LGBT candidates to the city council, electing three incumbents and three newcomers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. [ Read more → ]
WCBS-TVChristine Quinn concedes Democratic Mayoral Primary. Her wife, Kim Catullo (left) is at her side.

Quinn falls short in bid to become first female, first LGBT mayor of New York

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- Lesbian city official and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn fell far short Tuesday of her goal to win at least a run-off spot in the New York City mayoral race’s Democratic primary. [ Read more → ]
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Judge rejects motion by Catholic school that fired transgender teacher

Monday, September 9, 2013
NEW YORK -- A judge in New York on Monday refused to dismiss a complaint by a former teacher at a Catholic school was fired after notifying school officials that he was transitioning from male to female. [ Read more → ]
Mary Altaffer, APNew York City Democratic mayoral hopeful and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn greets a voter during a campaign stop in the Bronx borough of New York, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

NYC mayoral hopefuls begin final campaign sprint to Tuesday’s primary

Saturday, September 7, 2013
NEW YORK -- The candidates for New York City mayor blanketed television programs with commercials, gave interviews to nearly anyone holding a microphone and relied on old-fashioned retail politicking as they embarked on the frantic stretch run of the primary campaign. [ Read more → ]
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Cuomo gives GOP senator who voted for N.Y. marriage equality $90K job

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given a former Republican senator who was a key to the legalization of gay marriage a $90,000-a-year job in a move a religious conservative group called payback for the critical vote. [ Read more → ]
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NY Times endorses Christine Quinn as Democratic choice for mayor of New York

Sunday, August 25, 2013
The New York Times on Saturday endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to be the next Mayor of New York. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender woman dies after brutal assault in Harlem

Friday, August 23, 2013
NEW YORK -- Hate crimes task force detectives were investigating Friday the death of a transgender woman who was assaulted last week on a New York City street and later died. [ Read more → ]
The NYPD released these sketches of individuals wanted in connection with Tuesday's anti-gay assault.

NYPD releases sketches of two men sought in anti-gay hate crime

Friday, August 16, 2013
NEW YORK — The new York Police Department has released sketches of two suspects wanted in an anti-gay bias attack in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
WABCMichael Felenchak (left) and Peter Nortman after the attack.

Police investigating alleged anti-gay attack on two men in NYC

Thursday, August 15, 2013
NEW YORK — Police are investigating an alleged anti-gay bias attack in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, the latest in a spate of attacks on gay men in New York City over the past several months. [ Read more → ]
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Gang member sentenced in brutal anti-gay beating, torture of three men

Monday, August 12, 2013
NEW YORK -- A Bronx gang member has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a brutal beating and torture of a new recruit he thought was gay, and two other men in separate, gruesome assaults in October 2010. [ Read more → ]
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Settlement announced in N.Y. school district anti-gay bias lawsuit

Friday, August 9, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. — A northern New York school district has agreed to a series of measures to combat bullying as part of a settlement of a former student's anti-gay bias lawsuit. [ Read more → ]
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Hate crime conviction in murder of transgender woman overturned

Thursday, August 8, 2013
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An appeals court has overturned the hate crime conviction of a central New York man in the 2009 slaying of a transgender woman, ruling that jury verdicts in the case were contradictory. [ Read more → ]
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NYC bar owners dump Russian vodka in latest protest against anti-gay laws

Monday, August 5, 2013
NEW YORK -- New York City bar owners poured bottles of Russian vodka into the streets of Manhattan on Monday in a protest against Russia's crackdown on the gay community. [ Read more → ]
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Activists dump Russian vodka in street outside Russian Consulate in NYC

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
NEW YORK -- To protest recent anti-gay laws passed in Russia, two dozen gay rights activists gathered in front of the Russian Consulate in New York City on Wednesday to pour bottles of Russian vodka in the street to demonstrate how they are boycotting the purchase of Russian products. [ Read more → ]
Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.

Suspect accused of gay man’s murder may plead ‘temporary insanity’

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
NEW YORK -- A judge in New York on Tuesday ordered a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect charged with murdering a gay man in New York City’s Greenwich Village in what authorities say was an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT groups urge N.Y. city council to defend ban on ‘stop and frisk’ policy

Monday, July 29, 2013
NEW YORK -- More than two dozen national and international LGBT advocacy organizations on Monday urged New York City legislators to defend legislation banning police profiling against a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying the infamous "stop-and-frisk policy" unfairly targets LGBT people of color. [ Read more → ]
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