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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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New York radio station fires hosts over transphobic broadcast

Thursday, May 22, 2014
WBZA radio hosts Barry Beck and Kimberly Ray
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Two upstate New York radio hosts have been fired over their on-air, transphobic comments about the city of Rochester's decision to cover gender reassignment surgery for city employees.

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Radio hosts call transgender people ‘nut jobs’ in rant over city health coverage

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
WBZA radio hosts Barry Beck and Kimberly Ray
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A Rochester radio station's morning show hosts have come under fire for a transphobic broadcast in which they mocked a new policy to provide transition-related health coverage to transgender city workers, and insulted a caller who dialed in to tell them they were being offensive.

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Rochester to cover gender reassignment for transgender city workers

Sunday, May 18, 2014
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Officials in Rochester, N.Y., say their city will extend transition-related health coverage to transgender and gender non-conforming municipal employees.

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NYC cabbie wears swastika armband because gays carry ‘big rainbow flags’

Saturday, May 17, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A New York City cab driver who wore a swastika armband while on the job has been suspended for 30 days. The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission suspended Gabriel Diaz's operator's license Friday after a Jewish group and others complained.

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LGBT Arab-Americans find a place of their own in New York City

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Bashar Makhay in his apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Makhay, who is Iraqi-American, Catholic and gay, said he created Tarab, a series of parties, beach gatherings and other events for LGBT Arabs and Middle Easterners in New York City. The Tarab program will celebrate its second anniversary with an event May 10.
NEW YORK -- With a loud hiccup and a hand over her mouth in coy embarrassment, Madame Tayoush mimics Lebanese diva Sabah in her performance of the sultry classic "Atshana" — or "I'm Thirsty" — as Arab-Americans hoot and cheer. The burst of a trumpet vibrato sends her into a dramatic swoon, basking under applause and the warmth of stage lights.

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Gay Men’s Health Crisis names new CEO

Friday, May 2, 2014
Kelsey Louie
NEW YORK -- Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the long-running HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy group, has hired Kelsey Louie as its new chief executive officer.

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New York names Queens street after pioneering gay rights family

Friday, May 2, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A street in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens has been named in honor of the founder of PFLAG and her family. Officials have formally designated 171st Street between 33rd and 35th Avenues as “Jeanne, Jules, Morty Manford PFLAG Way.”

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Advocates say NYC municipal ID card would help transgender residents

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Backers of a proposed New York City municipal ID card said Wednesday that transgender people, immigrants, non-drivers and others will benefit from the city-issued identification card.

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Hasidic ‘neighborhood watch’ members indicted in gang assault on gay man

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.
NEW YORK — Five men who prosecutors said were members with a Hasidic neighborhood watch group in Brooklyn were indicted on Wednesday in connection with a brutal beating of a gay black man in December.

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Brooklyn bar owner fights landlord who forbids him from operating a gay bar

Monday, April 21, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn bar owner says he has been battling his landlord for more than a year to turn his establishment into a gay bar, but that his lease specifically prohibits a gay bar from operating on the premises.

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