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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Suffolk County PoliceClockwise from top left: Gregory Gilbert, Shane Buckley, Justin Buckley and Nicholas Battaglia are charged with attacking two men while using anti-gay slurs in Suffolk County.

Four men charged in hate crime attack on two men they thought were gay

Monday, July 22, 2013
NEW YORK -- Police in Long Island have arrested four men accused of an anti-gay attack over the weekend in which they severely beat two men while using homophobic slurs. [ Read more → ]
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N.Y. official pushes feds to recognize same-sex marriages

Friday, July 19, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state's $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York. [ Read more → ]
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$1 million government grant to help homeless LGBT youth in N.Y.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
NEW YORK — A $1 million government grant will help homeless gay youths in New York state who've had run-ins with the law get their lives on track. [ Read more → ]
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NYPD seeks assault suspects who hurled anti-gay slurs on subway

Sunday, July 7, 2013
NEW YORK — New York City police are asking for the public's help in locating two men who allegedly hurled anti-gay slurs at a group on a subway train and allegedly shoved a woman to the floor as she videotaped the incident. [ Read more → ]
Seth Wenig, APIn this June 23, 2013 photo, an American flag and a LGBT Rainbow flag are displayed on the ferry dock in the Fire Island community of Cherry Grove, N.Y., where a gay community in has been thriving for at least two decades before the 1969 Stonewall uprising.

Famed Fire Island gay resort community gains historic recognition

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
CHERRY GROVE, N.Y. -- Decades before the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, lesbians and gay men were living freely and openly in a place called Cherry Grove. [ Read more → ]
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New York makes pitch for LGBT visitors with new tourism website

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
NEW YORK — New York state making a pitch for gay visitors with a new "I Love NY LGBT" tourism website. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APJoseph and Tim Ginejko hold their 6-month-old twin daughters while watching San Francisco's pride parade on Sunday. The couple, who traveled from Fresno, Calif. for the celebration, wed in 2008.

PHOTOS: Millions flock to pride events just days after Supreme Court rulings

Monday, July 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Millions of gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and other major U.S. cities to celebrate what once was unimaginable — two Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Craig Ruttle, APEdith Windsor, the 84-year-old woman at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court decision granting gay couples federal marriage benefits, smiles as she cools herself with a fan showing her image during the gay pride march in New York Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Grand Marshall Edith Windsor leads jubilant crowd at NYC pride

Sunday, June 30, 2013
NEW YORK — The 84-year-old woman at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court decision granting gay couples federal marriage benefits is a grand marshal of New York City's gay pride march. [ Read more → ]
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Payroll company Paychex to protect employee gender rights

Friday, June 28, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has leveraged the influence of the state pension fund to prod a company it invests in to spell out its opposition to discrimination and harassment of employees based on gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Jason DeCrow, APMembers of the LGBT community and their supporters gather in New York's Greenwich Village on Wednesday to celebrate two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, one to invalidate parts of the Defense of Marriage Act and another to uphold a lower court ruling that struck down California's controversial Proposition 8.

Edith Windsor, NYC crowd celebrate court’s gay marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NEW YORK — About a thousand people gathered Wednesday on the block where a 1969 riot sparked the gay rights movement to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
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N.Y. Senate adjourns without considering transgender protections bill

Saturday, June 22, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state Senate adjourned early Saturday morning without taking a vote on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), left, and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)

Lawmakers announce bill to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Friday, June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday proposed legislation that would ensure gay and lesbian service members who were discharged for no other reason than their sexual orientation would have their military records upgraded to reflect honorable service. [ Read more → ]
Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.

Man pleads not guilty in New York City hate crime shooting

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
NEW YORK — A man accused of fatally shooting a gay man walking with a companion in New York City’s Greenwich Village afterward claimed that he opened fire because the victim “thought he was tough in front of his bitch,” prosecutors said in court papers Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)

Congressman proposes to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Saturday, June 8, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activist latest victim in wave of attacks on gay men in NYC

Sunday, May 26, 2013
NEW YORK -- A gay rights activist is the latest victim in a recent spate of attacks on gay men in New York City. [ Read more → ]
Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
A man at a rally in Manhattan on Monday displays a sign denouncing anti-LGBT violence. (Source).

NYPD reports two more possible anti-gay attacks in New York

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
NEW YORK — New York City police say there have been two more reports of possible anti-gay attacks, following the killing of a gay man taunted with homophobic slurs. [ Read more → ]
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Thousands march in NYC’s Greenwich Village to protest gay man’s killing

Monday, May 20, 2013
NEW YORK -- A spate of hate-fueled attacks on gay men in New York, including a killing in the heart of one of its most gay-friendly neighborhoods, is stirring up anxiety, disbelief and outrage heading into what is usually a time of gay pride celebration. [ Read more → ]
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