New York

  • Hate Crime Charge Dropped in Case of Torched Church Bench

    OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a hate crime charge against a man accused of torching a bench that a northern New York church had painted in rainbow colors to show its support for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Hate Crime Charge in Burning of Church Bench Supporting LGBT

    OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (AP) - Police say they've have charged a 47-year-old man with a hate crime for torching an outdoor bench that had been painted in rainbow colors by members of a northern New York church to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

  • Joe Biden Not Running For President

    (CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden ended months of intense speculation about his political future on Wednesday by announcing he wouldn't seek the presidency, abandoning a dream he's harbored for decades and putting Hillary Clinton in a stronger position to capture the Democratic nomination. With President Barack Obama at his side in the White House Rose Garden, Biden said the window for a presidential campaign "has closed."

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  • Lesbian Parents Given Custody Over Sperm Donor

    An Albany, New York appeals court ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who were looking to block a sperm donor from trying to take custody of their child.

  • LGBT Rights at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York

    The sixty-second session for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) was recently held at the United Nations in New York from March 12 through the 23.

  • Madonna to Appear at WorldPride in New York

    (WB) NYC Pride, organizers of WorldPride NYC 2019 and Stonewall 50, announced Monday that Madonna will make an appearance, and is expected to perform a few songs, at Pride Island on Sunday, June 30. 

  • N.Y. Advances ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy Ban, Long-Awaited Transgender Protections

    (WB) With Democrats in control of the New York Senate for the first time in a decade, lawmakers on Tuesday sent to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo two long-awaited pro-LGBT measures — one banning widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy, the other banning anti-transgender discrimination.

  • N.Y. Trans Rights Bill Killed in Senate Committee

    (WB) Any hopes that New York would join other states this year and enact a law explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity were dashed Tuesday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee voted down a transgender rights measure.

  • New York City Allows Third Gender Option on Birth Certificates

    The New York City Council and Board of Health have voted to include a gender-neutral “X” category on birth certificates starting the first day of 2019.

  • New York City Hosts World Pride

    In just a few days we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots — a defining moment in history in which LGBT people took to the streets to protest oppression and injustice at the hands of the police and the larger reality of inequality they were forced to live every single day. 

  • New York City Unveils New Rules on Gender Discrimination

    NEW YORK (AP) — City officials are establishing what advocates called some of the most powerful guidelines nationwide on gender-identity discrimination, releasing specifics Monday to flesh out broad protections in a 2002 law.

  • New York Firefighter Suing FDNY For Alleged Homophobic Discrimination, Hazing

    A former FDNY firefighter is suing the department over claims he faced discrimination because of his race and perceived sexuality.

  • New York Governor Inserts Gender Identity in Anti-Bias Rules

    NEW YORK — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his executive power Thursday to expand the state's anti-discrimination rules to safeguard transgender people, creating a protection advocates had been fighting for years to try to receive.

  • New York Legislators Want Stonewall Inn To Be A National Park

    NEW YORK — Two New York legislators are leading a campaign to designate Stonewall Inn as the first national park honoring LGBT history.

  • New York Proposes Transgender Hormone Medicaid Revision

    (AP) New York officials have proposed authorizing coverage for transgender hormone therapy for patients under 18 in the state's Medicaid program for low-income New Yorkers.

  • New York State Adding $200M More to $2.5B Fight Against AIDS

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York will dedicate $200 million more to its effort to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

  • New York Weighs Kid’s Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

    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.

  • New York's LGBT Center Celebrates LGBT Immigration With New Photo Exhibit

    Now underway, award winning photographer Stephen Laxton and New York City's LGBT Community Center have launched "Free to Be Me," a photography and essay exhibit which preserves and celebrates the stories of LGBT immigrants to the United States. The exhibition was put together in conjunction with Immigration Equality, the country's leading LGBT immigrants' rights organization.

  • NY Agencies Collecting More Gender Data

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.

  • NY Commission Seeks Artists to Create LGBT Memorial

    (AP) A state commission is searching for artists to design an LGBT memorial honoring victims of hate, intolerance and violence, including those killed in June's attack in an Orlando gay nightclub.