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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights

Dignity for All Students Act

A.3661-C (AM O’Donnell) / S.1987-B (Sen. Duane) – enacts the “Dignity for All Students Act” to prevent harassment and discrimination. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee, Council on Children and Sex & Law Committee, Reissued May 2010.
  • Letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign legislation into law, June 29, 2010.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 482, Approval Memo No. 22 - September 8, 2010
  • Legislative Affairs Blog: "Dignity for All Students Act Signed Into Law" - September 8, 2010

Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act

A.4226-A (AM Gottfried) / S.195-A (Sen. Squadron) - Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender Rights Committee, Civil Rights Committee, Labor & Employment Committee and Sex & Law Committee, Reissued November 2013.

Marriage Equality

Report by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights Committee and Sex & Law Committee, “Why Should New York Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples?”, May 2011.

  • Press Release: "Why Should New York Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples?" - May 3, 2011.

New York Bar Associations Make Legal Case for Same-Sex Marriage, May 17, 2011.

"1,324 Reasons for Marriage Equality in New York State" - a joint publication of the Empire State Pride Agenda and the New York City Bar Association, June 2007.

Statement by City Bar President Sam Seymour on Passage of the Marriage Equality Act, June 24, 2011.

44th Street Notes: "Recap of the Marriage Equality Vote" - July 11, 2011

Signed by Governor - June 24, 2011 (A.8354, Chp. 95; A.8520 / S.5857, Chp. 96)


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Report of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee to Governor Cuomo outlining some of the most significant issues affecting LGBT rights in New York State, May 2011.

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Intro 169-A - Resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass language in the 2011 Defense Authorization Act that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Harass, Don’t Pursue” and to allow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons to serve openly in the military.

  • Testimony by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee before the New York City Council Civil Rights Committee in support of resolution, June 8, 2010.
  • Approved by City Council - June 9, 2010.

NYC Policy Recommendations

Letter to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services outlining key recommendations supported by the City Bar that would protect the social welfare and equal participation of all New Yorkers, February 2014.


Transgender Rights

Report by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee on the need to modernize New York State policy regarding proof required to change gender designation on a New York State birth certificate, March 2013.

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Report by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee calling for the repeal of New York State ’s exclusion of state Medicaid insurance coverage for transgender health services, Updated March 2013.

 


For a full list of committee reports, click here.


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