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Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights addresses legal and policy issues as well as employment rules and procedures in legal institutions and in the court system affecting lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender individuals. Recent projects of the Committee include: “Why Should New York Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples,” a report that was used to help lobby New York State legislators to vote in favor of the Marriage Equality Act in June 2011; a report to Governor Cuomo highlighting the most significant issues facing LGBT New Yorkers; a public forum addressing religious exemptions in same-sex marriage legislation; and a public forum addressing the impact of bullying on LGBT youth. The Committee is comprised of a diverse group of attorneys from private practice, the corporate sector, public interest, government and academia.

Recent Reports

Comments on Proposed Rule to Amend NYC Health Code §207.05 (re: changing gender markers on birth certificates) (November 2014)
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Subject area: Transgender Rights

Letter to Mayor de Blasio regarding needed policy changes to establish equal rights and protections for LGBTQ New Yorkers (April 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies (March 2013) ( PDF format ) 
Subject area: Transgender Rights

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.


What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum - 10/4/11 Event Materials

Of Interest

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

New York City Bar Association Hosts Public Forum on LGBT Rights in Africa (April 2012) (Blog)