First openly gay judge confirmed for New York’s highest court

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York’s highest court has a new member.

The state Senate confirmed Paul Feinman June 21 to serve on the Court of Appeals. He will be the first openly gay person to serve on the court.

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Google gives grant to preserve oral history of Stonewall Inn

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NEW YORK (AP) – The philanthropic wing of the internet search giant Google says it is donating $1 million to preserve an oral history of the 1969 Stonewall riots.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made the announcement June 18 that Google.org, the company’s philanthropy branch, is donating the grant to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center to start the oral history project. Schumer says the purpose of the project is to spread the word and educate future generations about the Stonewall riots.

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NYC activists protest gay Chechnya arrests

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Roughly 60 LGBT rights activists gathered outside the Russian consulate in New York on Saturday to protest the arrest of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya.

RUSA LGBT, a group of LGBT Russian speakers and their supporters, organized the protest that included a memorial. Members of ACT UP New York, Human Rights First, Rise and Resist, the Caribbean Equality Project and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah also took part.

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NY man charged with hate crime attack on transgender women

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NEW YORK (AP) – Police say a man hurled slurs and blows at two transgender women on a New York City street, sending one to a hospital in what authorities are calling a hate crime.

Court records show Patrick O’Meara was being held on $5,000 bond after being arraigned March 18 on hate-crime assault and other charges. A message left for the Legal Aid Society, shown as having represented the Oakdale man, wasn’t immediately returned.

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731 people get gender changes on NYC birth certificates

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NEW YORK (AP)- New York City health officials say they’ve changed the gender listed on 731 birth certificates since January 2015.

Slightly more than half of the changes were from male to female.

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New York subway station has public art rarely seen: A gay couple

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NEW YORK (AP) – The sight of two men holding hands is far from uncommon, but a mural of two men doing just that is showing up in an unusual place – on the walls of a new subway station in New York City.

That depiction of love between gay men is a rarity in public art, experts say.

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Madonna plays surprise concert in New York park for Hillary Clinton

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NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna belted out some of her biggest hits Nov. 7 as she treated people in the city to a surprise outdoor concert in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

About 300 people jammed into Washington Square Park, in the heart of Manhattan, to watch the pop singer perform “Express Yourself,” ”Don’t Tell Me,” ”Imagine,” ”Like a Prayer” and “If I Had a Hammer” while they sang along.

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NY commission seeks artists to create LGBT memorial

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A state commission is searching for artists to design an LGBT memorial honoring victims of hate, intolerance and violence, including those killed in June’s attack in an Orlando gay nightclub.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the memorial and established a commission to create it in the wake of the Orlando shootings that killed 49 people.

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Court: LGBT parents can seek rights for non-biological kids

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York’s highest court has expanded the definition of parenthood by ruling Aug. 30 that former same-sex couples have the right to seek visitation and custody of children even when they aren’t the biological or adoptive parent.

The Court of Appeals decision resolves two cases of former unmarried same-sex couples in which the biological mothers kept the children and their ex-partners sought legal standing to see them. In one case, lower courts ruled the ex-partner had no standing. In the other, the ex-partner pays child support and was later granted visitation.

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Gawker.com dies next week, killed by gay billionaire

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gawker.com, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting down after nearly 14 years, brought low by an unhappy, but deep-pocketed, subject.

The news – appropriately enough, broken by Gawker itself – follows the sale of the site’s parent company to Univision. Founder Nick Denton told staffers Aug. 18 that Gawker.com will come to an end next week. Twitter immediately went berserk in an unholy melange of shock, sadness and Schadenfreude.

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Billie Jean King returns to New York with new Empire team

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NEW YORK (AP) – Billie Jean King and her World Team Tennis league have returned to the venue where she won four U.S. Open singles titles.

The New York Empire are competing in Forest Hills Stadium at the West Side Tennis Club, the former site of the U.S. Open through 1977. The new Empire team is coached by Patrick McEnroe.

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N.Y. Department of Health: HIV testing continues to improve

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Albany, N.Y. (AP) – New York health officials say new data show continuing advances against infections statewide with the virus that causes AIDS.

According to the state Department of Health, 2014 data show an increase from the year before in people whose virus was no longer detectable from 71,000 to 77,000.

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