N.Y. becomes eighth state to ban ‘gay panic’ defense

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ABOVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a ban on gay panic defense. Photo courtesy of the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Amid celebrations of WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure banning the use of trans and gay panic as a legal defense.

Cuomo penned his name to the legislation Sunday during a signing ceremony with LGBT advocacy leaders who supported passage of the ban on gay and trans panic defense in court.

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Human Rights Campaign taps Alphonso David as next president

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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After a nearly seven-month search, the Human Rights Campaign announced Tuesday its next president will be Alphonso David—marking the first time a person of color will lead the nation’s largest LGBT organization.

David, a 48-year-old gay black man with an extensive career in New York as a civil rights lawyer, legal advisor and law professor, is named after the board of directors launched an extensive search to replace Chad Griffin, who announced in November he’d leave the organization. David is set to start in August.

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Connecticut governor signs bill banning ‘gay panic defense’

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | Connecticut’s governor signed legislation June 21 banning use of the so-called “gay or trans panic” defense in criminal cases.

The defense is a controversial legal strategy that seeks to use a victim’s sexual orientation or identity as justification for a violent crime. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said that implies the life of a gay or transgender person is valued less than others and Connecticut won’t allow homophobia and transphobia to justify violent crime.

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New York Gov. Cuomo: Eliminate ‘gay panic’ defense

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants lawmakers to pass a new law ensuring people who attack or kill a gay person can’t beat the charge by arguing they panicked because of their victim’s sexuality.

Under current law, defendants can attempt to excuse violent attacks by arguing they were under extreme emotional distress.

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Recent wins for LGBTQ families

By : Dana Rudolph OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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March arrived like the proverbial lion with a wave of good news for LGBTQ families.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill Feb. 19 expanding the state’s paid family leave law in a number of ways, including by expanding the definition of “family” to include chosen families and expanding the definition of “parent” to include foster parents and those who become parents via gestational surrogacy.

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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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