NY bans transgender discrimination, conversion therapy

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | New York has enacted a measure adding gender identity and gender expression to the state’s anti-discrimination law, making it illegal to deny people a job, housing, education or public accommodations because they are transgender.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Jan. 25, along with a bill prohibiting conversion therapy. That is when a therapist tries to change a person’s sexual orientation.

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N.Y. advances ‘ex-gay’ therapy ban, long-awaited transgender protections

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With Democrats in control of the New York Senate for the first time in a decade, lawmakers on Jan. 15 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.

The New York Senate approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which amends the New York Human Rights Law to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public spaces and education, by a vote of 42-19. The Assembly later approved the legislation by a 100-40 vote.

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Cuomo vows New York will lead nation with progressive agenda

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NEW YORK (AP) | Sounding like the presidential candidate he insists he is not, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed an energetic attack against President Donald Trump’s policies Jan. 1, pledging New York will lead the nation forward with the most progressive agenda in state history.

The Democrat began 2019 and his third term with the inaugural address on Ellis Island, saying  “America’s only threat is from within.”

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Cynthia Nixon comes up short in campaign against Andrew Cuomo

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Queer progressive activist and “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon came up short in her insurrection campaign against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s primary on September 11.

With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Cuomo claimed 65 percent of the vote compared to the 35 percent won by Nixon. The Associated Press called the race for Cuomo at 9:30 pm.

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Rep. Maloney seeks to take on Trump as first out N.Y. attorney general

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) would be the first openly gay person elected as New York attorney general should he succeed in his campaign for the office — and he sees the role as an opportunity to take on President Trump.

In an interview Wednesday with the Washington Blade, the three-term congressman said he wants to go on offense and after winning the primary on Sept. 13 and the general election would “100 percent” use the office of attorney general to investigate Trump and challenge his anti-LGBT policies.

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Cuomo issues order against anti-trans discrimination in health care

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order against anti-trans discrimination in health care. Washington Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers.

As New York celebrated Pride, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a series of actions to assure transgender people in the state have access to health care, including transition-related care such as gender reassignment surgery.

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Cynthia Nixon reveals her oldest child is transgender

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cynthia Nixon revealed her son Samuel Joseph Mozes, 21, identifies as transgender in a social media post congratulating him on his graduation.

The “Sex and the City” star posted a photo of her oldest child, who she shares with former partner Danny Mozes, on the day of his graduation from the University of Chicago.

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N.Y. trans rights bill killed in Senate committee

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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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.

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, was defeated in the New York Senate Investigations & Government Operations Committee by a 5-4 party-line vote. The measure would have amended the state human rights law to bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression and would have added transgender people to the state human rights law.

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Cynthia Nixon grants Wendy Williams first TV interview as gubernatorial candidate

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cynthia Nixon will appear on “The Wendy Williams Show” for her first national TV interview as a gubernatorial candidate.

Nixon, who is gearing up for a New York election race against two-term Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, will make her appearance on the show on Wednesday.

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‘Sex and the City’ star Cynthia Nixon announces run for New York governor

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Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday via Twitter her decision to run for governor in the upcoming New York Democratic primary. Her decision sets up a race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a two-term Democratic incumbent, in the upcoming September election.

In her announcement video Nixon said, “We want our government to work again. On health care, ending massive incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.”

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Mississippi gay marriage law affects college baseball

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Photo from State University of New York Stony Brook athletics web site

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — College baseball is affected by a Mississippi law that lets government clerks or private business people cite their own religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

The Sun Herald reports the University of Southern Mississippi was supposed to play three games in Hattiesburg in late February against Stony Brook University. The games were canceled because New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned all non-essential state travel to Mississippi after Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law in 2016.

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Elton John celebrates 25 years of AIDS foundation

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NEW YORK (AP) – A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million and telling the audience that they would end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

John’s efforts to raise awareness and fight against AIDS were lauded by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and singer Aretha Franklin, who closed the event with a collection of songs.

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