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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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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
New-York
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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N.Y. state assembly passes gender expression non-discrimination act, again

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New York state capitol in Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Assembly on Tuesday again approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. It is the seventh time the measure has passed in the Assembly, but has never come to a vote on the floor of the State Senate.

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N.Y. eases birth certificate change policy for transgender individuals

Thursday, June 5, 2014
New-York
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state will no longer require transgender people to offer proof of surgery when they ask to change the gender on their birth certificate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Thursday, though the change won't apply to certificates issue in New York City.

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Transgender man sues NYC after being booted from male locker room

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Bryan Ellicott
A transgender man who said he was harassed and then humiliated after he was booted from a male locker room at a public pool has sued New York City. Bryan Ellicott said that after he entered the Staten Island changing room last July, Parks Department workers got what he called a "complaint" about his presence and ordered him to leave...

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Buffalo Pride Week capped off with record parade attendance

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Participants in Sunday’s Pride Parade, dressed in colorful clothing and waving rainbow flags, march down Buffalo’s Elmwood Avenue.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A record 20,000 people, up from 15,000 last year, took part in Buffalo’s annual Pride parade on Sunday, reports the Buffalo News. “It grows every year, and with this phenomenal weather, we’ll see a much bigger turnout,” said Jorien Brock, senior director of the Pride Center of Western New York, which organizes the event.

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Fired Rochester radio show hosts apologize for transphobic broadcast

Friday, May 23, 2014
Kimberly-and-Beck
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Former WBZA radio hosts Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck, who were fired from their Rochester, N.Y., morning radio show following a segment in which they mocked and ridiculed the transgender community, have issued a statement of apology.

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