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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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Barilla (‘gays can go an eat another brand’) Pasta launches NYC restaurant

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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NEW YORK — Barilla pasta, whose chairman came under fire last year when he said gay “can go an eat another brand” of pasta because his family-friendly company would never feature a same-sex couple in its advertising, has opened a new restaurant in New York.

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Victims in NYC subway hate crime say no one came to their assistance

| Friday, March 7, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The victims of an alleged anti-gay hate crime on a Manhattan subway platform over the weekend are speaking out, and say they are disappointed that none of the more than 50 people nearby called police or came to their assistance.

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Gay couple attacked at NY subway by man shouting ‘Are you faggots?’

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department has issued a sketch of a man accused of an anti-gay hate crime in a Manhattan subway station early Sunday morning.

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NYC mayor marches in Queens’ gay friendly ‘St. Pat’s For All Parade’

| Sunday, March 2, 2014
NYC Mayor's OfficeNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) joins the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade in Queens, N.Y., on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who plans to skip the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because participants are banned from carrying signs or banners identifying themselves as gay, joined the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade Sunday, saying it honors the traditions of the city by celebrating inclusion.

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LGBT activists protest Russia’s anti-gay laws at final USOC Olympic event

| Sunday, February 23, 2014
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NEW YORK — Nearly three dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation held a raucous protest on Sunday at the United States Olympic Committee's final "Road to Sochi Tour" event at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

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Leader of NYC street gang pleads guilty in brutal 2010 anti-gay attack

| Friday, February 21, 2014
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NEW YORK — The reputed leader of a New York City street gang has pleaded guilty in a beating authorities called one of the worst cases of anti-gay violence in the city's history.

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Gay rights activists protest outside NYC Russian consulate

| Thursday, February 6, 2014
Queer nationQueer nation activists protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City on Thursday.
NEW YORK -- More than 100 members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, marked the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a raucous protest directly in front of the Russian consulate in New York City at noon today.

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De Blasio to skip NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over ban on gay pride signs

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won't be marching in the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers refuse to allow participants to carry gay pride signs.

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Suspect arrested in brutal beating of NYC gay journalist

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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NEW YORK — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the beating of a gay journalist on a New York City street.

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NYPD investigating brutal beating of gay journalist as possible bias attack

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
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NEW YORK — New York City police are investigating the beating of an openly gay journalist last week as a possible bias attack.

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