New York Lawmakers Back Bereavement Leave for Gays

June 30, 2010

by Michael Virtanen | Associated Press

New York businesses would have to extend funeral and bereavement leave to unmarried same-sex couples under a bill passed by the Legislature and awaiting Gov. David Paterson’s signature.

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Antibullying Bill Passes N.Y. State Senate

June 23, 2010

by Julie Bolcer | The Advocate

The Dignity for All Students Act, which would protect LGBT students from bullying and harassment in schools, has passed the New York state senate after years of effort. Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign the bill into law, which would mark the first time gender identity and expression are included in state law.

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New York to Conduct Civil Ceremonies for Gay Couples

June 3, 2010

from CNN

The city clerk’s office in New York will begin conducting domestic partnership ceremonies for gay couples starting Thursday.

For more than a decade, the office has handed out certificates for such couplings.

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Court Expands Rights of Gay Parents

May 4, 2010

by Jeremy W. Peters | New York Times

New York State’s highest court ruled in two cases Tuesday that nonbiological parents involved in same-sex relationships have rights similar to those of biological parents.

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Statewide GENDA Call-In Day—Act Now!

March 9, 2010

Last week, the New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). The only remaining obstacle to the bill becoming law is the New York State Senate. Join NCLR and Empire State Pride Agenda in making sure that the Senate votes to end discrimination against transgender New Yorkers.

Here’s what you can do to make sure that we pass GENDA this year:

•    Call Sen. Tom Duane and your State Senator’s office today! You can find your State Senator’s Albany phone number here. After letting them know the urgent need for GENDA, call Senator Tom Duane at (518) 455-2451, and ask him to support GENDA and bring it to the floor for a vote.

•    After your call, please report your results to our partners at the Empire State Pride Agenda at, and let them know which senators you called and what response your received. Your feedback will help us pass GENDA in 2010.

•    Phone bank for GENDA this Thursday. If you have time to spare, you can make a huge difference. Go to the Empire State Pride Agenda offices this Thursday, March 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Joanna at 212.627.0305 x103 or at for more information.

78% of New York voters already support GENDA, and it’s about time that the Senate listens and ends discrimination against transgender New Yorkers. We’re at a crucial moment, and with your help, we can make sure to pass GENDA now.

In Solidarity,

For Transgender People, Name Is a Message

January 26, 2010

by William Glaberson | New York Times

Katherine used to be Miguel. Olin had a girl’s name. And in October, Robert Ira Schnur, 70, became Roberta Iris Schnur, a Manhattan retiree with magenta lipstick and, she noted the other day, chipped silver nail polish.

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Paterson to Extend Protection to Transgender Employees

December 15, 2009

by Jeremy W. Peters | New York Times

Gov. David A. Paterson is preparing to issue an executive order that would include transgender people in antidiscrimination policies that govern state agencies.

The order, which the governor plans to sign on Wednesday, represents the broadest protections ever extended to transgender public employees in New York State. A number of cities throughout the state, including Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and New York City, already prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.

No equivalent state law exists, however, despite repeated efforts by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates to pass one in the State Legislature.

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Join New York State Governor David A. Paterson on Wednesday, December 16th, when he makes the announcement. Click here for more information.