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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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N.Y. governor Andrew Cuomo unveils plan to end AIDS epidemic

Monday, June 30, 2014
Andrew Cuomo
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state can end its three-decade HIV crisis by the year 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as he announced an ambitious plan to deliver a knockout blow to the epidemic by boosting testing, reducing new infections and expanding treatment. The governor said the state is aiming to reduce new HIV diagnoses to 750 by the end...

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Nine of 12 LGBT candidates advance in Tuesday’s primary

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)
Nine of 12 openly LGBT candidates won their primary races Tuesday, but lesbian Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur was not one them. In a six-person race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor, Mizeur won 22 percent of the vote, two points behind the state attorney general Doug Gansler, with 24 percent, but well behind ...

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In historic first, New York-area Boy Scouts to lead iconic NYC Pride March

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A group of active and former Boy Scouts will be among the groups leading the 44th Annual New York City Pride March on Sunday, June 29, the nation's oldest and largest LGBT pride event. New York-area Boy Scouts and members of the Brooklyn Chapter of Scouts for Equality, an organization of Boy Scouts alumni dedicated to ...

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GOP-led N.Y. Senate blocks reparative therapy ban, transgender protections

Sunday, June 22, 2014
New York state capitol in Albany.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state Senate adjourned Friday without calling a vote on two LGBT-related bills passed by the Assembly -- one that would ban reparative therapy for minors, and another that would have added gender identity to the state's non-discrimination laws.

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New York state sued over lack of transgender Medicaid coverage

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan against the state health commissioner, seeks class-action status on behalf of ...

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Obama promotes gay rights advances at LGBT fundraiser in New York

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in New York.
NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama is telling gay Democratic Party donors that when it comes to advances in gay rights, it's not just laws that are changing but hearts and minds. Obama singled out steps he has taken on behalf of the gay community, including ending the military's "don't ask don't tell" policies, signing a hate crimes bill, appointing gay judges and other measures.

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Brooklyn gay man sues 5 Hasidic men, Shomrim patrol over beating

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.
NEW YORK — A gay man who was attacked and brutally beaten last December by a group of Hasidic men in Brooklyn filed a lawsuit Monday against the five men indicted in the attack and the Shomrim security patrol of which at least two of the assailants were members.

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N.Y. state Assembly approves ban on reparative therapy for minors

Monday, June 16, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's Assembly has passed a ban against health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy.

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Thousands celebrate in Brooklyn’s annual LGBT pride festival

Sunday, June 15, 2014
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Thousands gathered in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood on Saturday to celebrate at the Brooklyn Pride Festival, and its annual parade, led this year by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of the event's four grand marshals and the first NYC mayor to lead a pride parade.

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N.Y. state Assembly to consider ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Matthew Shurka of Long Island, N.Y., says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to "cure" his homosexuality.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A proposed ban against New York health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy comes too late for Matthew Shurka, a 26-year-old Long Island man who says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to "cure" his homosexuality.

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