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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Shooter is taken into custody.Image via The New York Post

UPDATED: Police call fatal New York City shooting an anti-gay hate crime

Saturday, May 18, 2013
NEW YORK — Police say a gunman used anti-gay slurs before fatally shooting a gay man in New York City's Greenwich Village. [ Read more → ]
The two victims in the Friday morning attack in New York. (Names withheld.)

Police arrest two men in beating of gay men in New York City

Saturday, May 11, 2013
NEW YORK — Two men were arrested in connection with the beating of two gay men in Manhattan early Friday and police are investigating whether there is a link to an earlier anti-gay attack in the same area on Sunday. [ Read more → ]

Transgender rights are not about men wanting to go into women’s restrooms

Sunday, May 5, 2013
New York State’s transgender residents have suffered severe discrimination, harassment, and even violence. But, listening to the general debate, you would think the only thing this bill did was allow men to go into women’s bathrooms and showers. As is the case every time GENDA comes up for a vote (or even just discussion), some argued that this would endanger women’s safety in bathrooms, with men who are not actually transgender claiming to be women just to invade women’s private spaces... [ Read more → ]
New York state capitol in Albany

New York state assembly passes gender expression non-discrimination act

Friday, May 3, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Assembly this week approved 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 → ]

N.Y. state lawmakers introduce bill to ban reparative therapy for minors

Monday, April 29, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y -- Two New York City state lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill that seeks to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight "conversion" therapy, also known as reparative therapy. [ Read more → ]
Lisa Winters

Head of N.Y. LGBT center sentenced to 2-6 years in prison for embezzlement

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The former head of a New York LGBT community center has been sentenced to at least two years in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from the organization. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality supporters mark historic week with candlelight vigil in Times Square

Sunday, March 24, 2013
NEW YORK -- Several hundred marriage equality supporters turned out for a candlelight vigil in New York's Times Square on Sunday evening, in a peaceful demonstration to mark this week's historic events in which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans and the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
David Rangel

New York police announce arrests in murder of gay man

Thursday, March 21, 2013
NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department says it has arrested two men in connection with the murder of a gay man earlier this year in his Queens apartment. [ Read more → ]
Christine Quinn Seth Wenig, AP

Quinn’s rising political prominence highlights NYC parade dispute

Friday, March 15, 2013
She's a leading candidate to be New York's next mayor. She's already one of its top Irish-American officials. Christine Quinn is also a lesbian and proud of it. And that's why the City Council speaker won't be marching in Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade, an event so entrenched in New York tradition that it's older than the United States. [ Read more → ]
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

New York AG: NFL must investigate whether recruits were asked their sexual orientation

Thursday, March 14, 2013
ALBANY, New York -- New York state's top legal official urged the NFL on Thursday to investigate whether potential players were improperly asked about their sexual orientation during the league's annual skills exhibition for incoming college players, which he said would be illegal in New York. [ Read more → ]
Christine QuinnPhoto: Seth Wenig, AP

Openly gay city council speaker launches New York City mayoral bid

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Long seen as a leading contender, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn formally launched Sunday what she hopes will be a history-making mayoral bid. A veteran of city politics, Quinn would be a groundbreaking mayor across two personal dimensions: She would be the first female and first openly gay mayor to lead the nation's largest city. [ Read more → ]

Report: Lawmakers who support marriage equality overwhelmingly win re-election

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
WASHINGTON – A new report released Tuesday by Freedom to Marry and Third Way, found that state legislators who vote in favor of marriage for same-sex couples overwhelmingly win voter support when running for reelection. [ Read more → ]
Pamela Ki Mai Chen

U.S. Senate confirms openly lesbian federal prosecutor for U.S. judgeship

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed confirmed the nomination of Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Ki Mai Chen to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. [ Read more → ]

New York state legislature to consider transgender rights bill

Saturday, February 23, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A bill making its way in the New York state legislature would protect gender identity or expression from discrimination and subject violators to a potential hate crime prosecution. [ Read more → ]
Crown Motor Inn, Elmhurst, N.Y.

Man charged in murder of New York gay man at Queens motel

Thursday, February 14, 2013
NEW YORK -- A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, a 54-year-old gay man who was found strangled on Saturday in a Queens, N.Y. motel. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Drommvia: New York Daily News

New York City lawmaker warns that killer may be targeting gay men

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
NEW YORK — The New York police department is investigating the strangulation deaths of three gay men in Queens and Manhattan in recent weeks. [ Read more → ]
Ed Koch, in a 1987 file photo. AP

Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of New Yok City, dies

Friday, February 1, 2013
Ed Koch, the mayor who became a symbol of New Yok City, died at 2 a.m. Friday from congestive heart failure. He was 88. [ Read more → ]

Two brutal murders of gay men in New York City concerns LGBT community

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) said Wednesday that it has learned of two brutal murders of gay men in New York City that occurred over a three-day span of time. [ Read more → ]
Mark Krolikowski (via ABC/Splash News)

Transgender teacher called ‘worse than gay’ sues Catholic school over firing

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
A transgender teacher is suing a New York City Catholic school claiming he was fired after notifying school officials that he was transitioning from male to female. Mark Krolikowski -- who, according to his attorney prefers male pronouns and to be referred to as Mr. K by his students -- alleges in a lawsuit filed late last year, that he was called "worse than gay" before being wrongfully terminated. [ Read more → ]
Renato Seabra

Seabra sentenced to 25 years-to life for grisly murder of celebrity journalist

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
A judge in Manhattan has sentenced Renato Seabra, a former Portuguese underwear model, to 25 years to life in prison for the the grisly murder of celebrity journalist Carlos Castro in a New York hotel last year. [ Read more → ]

Time Warner Cable donates learning lab to shelter for homeless LGBT youth

Monday, December 24, 2012
NEW YORK -- Time Warner Cable has selected the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest services and advocacy organization working with LGBT runaway and homeless youth, to be the recipient of a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab. [ Read more → ]
Renato Seabra

Portuguese model convicted in grisly murder of celebrity journalist

Sunday, December 2, 2012
A jury in New York has convicted Renato Seabra, a former Portuguese model, of the grisly murder of celebrity journalist Carlos Castro in a New York hotel last year, just after the victim had ended their relationship. [ Read more → ]

Syracuse adds protections based on gender identity to ‘Fair Practices Law’

Monday, November 19, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Common Council on Monday approved a bill to amend the existing Syracuse Fair Practices Law -- which was passed in 1990 to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation -- to include gender identity and expression as protected categories. [ Read more → ]
Sean Patrick Maloney

New York sends openly gay candidate to U.S. Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sean Patrick Maloney has become the second openly gay non-incumbent to win election to Congress tonight.  He beat Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican who is serving in her first term in the House. [ Read more → ]
Lou Rispoli

N.Y. gay rights leader, victim of brutal attack, dies after being removed from life support

Friday, October 26, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. -- A prominent figure in the local gay community died Thursday after being removed from life support. Lou Rispoli, 62, died from injuries sustained in a savage, early morning attack last week. [ Read more → ]
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