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N.Y. Assembly votes to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth; Senate passage unlikely

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted once again to prohibit therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. ...

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Gay businessmen apologize for co-hosting Ted Cruz event

Monday, April 27, 2015
Ted Cruz with Mati Weiderpass
Two gay hotel owners who co-hosted an event for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have apologized after many in the LGBT community joined a call to boycott their properties for catering to a conservative politician who is staunchly opposed to same-sex ...

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New York attorney general warns Boy Scouts on state laws prohibiting discrimination

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
New York's attorney general's office wrote this week to the Boy Scouts of America nationally, advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation. ...

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New York, Connecticut governors lift bans on state-funded travel to Indiana

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Saturday lifted their bans on some state-funded travel to Indiana, citing changes made to a religious-objections law that had spurred concern about anti-gay discrimination. ...

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N.Y. Boy Scouts council hires gay Eagle Scout despite national ban on openly gay adults

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Luis M. Alvarez, APPascal Tessier, left, a gay Boy Scout, receives his Eagle Scout badge from Troop 52 Scoutmaster Don Beckham, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Md.
The Boy Scouts' New York chapter has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader in public contrast to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members. ...

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N.Y. governor Andrew Cuomo bans all non-essential, state‑funded travel to Indiana

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned all non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana after that state adopted a religious freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. ...

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Blaze on New York’s Fire Island destroys gay resort landmarks

Friday, March 27, 2015
Scene of a fire in Cherry Grove on Fire Island on March 27, 2015.
An early morning blaze on Fire Island destroyed several structures, including two well-known landmarks in a historic gay resort, and required dozens of firefighters to respond by ferry from the mainland of Long Island. ...

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Transgender civil rights bill gets renewed push in New York

Thursday, March 12, 2015
The bill would include gender identity and expression in the state's civil rights laws affecting housing, employment and education . ...

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New York man charged in 2013 death of transgender woman

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Islan Nettles
James Dixon was arraigned Tuesday on manslaughter and assault charges in connection with the 2013 fatal beating of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman in Manhattan. ...

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Fire Department of New York gets first female, openly gay chaplain

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The Fire Department of New York has sworn in its first female and first openly gay chaplain. The Rev. Ann Kansfield was sworn in on Tuesday. She is the department's eighth chaplain. ...

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