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2nd Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Fest Opens Thursday

The North Country's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender free film festival opens tomorrow night at St. Lawrence University in Canton. "Out at the Movies" was organized by a consortium of local LGBT groups and friends. The films cover a broad range of issues that include coming out, the lives of LGBT people in the developing world and activism. The festival includes a reception Saturday night in Potsdam and concludes Monday night with a special showing in the Cinema Ten series at the Roxy. Todd Moe talks with Nick Wright, a student at SUNY-Potsdam and one of the organizers of the film festival. NCPR is Media Sponsor for this event.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Unlikely to Consider Gay Marriage

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has forced State lawmakers there to contend with the issue of gay marriage. In New York State there is not much momentum for any changes in the near future. But some predict the courts could decide the matter in New York, as they have in Massachusetts.  Go to full article

Transgenders Fighting for Same Protections as Gays

A bill to grant civil rights to transgendered people was introduced in both houses o the New York State legislature. Activists say they know they have a fight before the proposed protections actually become law. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Hosts North Country's First LGBT Film Festival

The North Country's first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival opens Friday night at St. Lawrence University in Canton. "Out at the Movies" was organized by a consortium of local LGBT groups and friends. The films cover a broad range of issues that include the needs of youth, raising children, transgender issues, LGBT activism and the politics of AIDS. Todd Moe talks with two organizers of the film festival: Travis Babcock, a student at St. Lawrence and member of SLU PRIDES, and Kate Babbitt, president of PRISM, a regional support and social group.  Go to full article

SONDA Debate Draws Variety of Opponents

When the State Senate met to debate and pass the gay equal rights legislation last week, those for and against the measure showed up to lobby and demonstrate. Some of the most interesting debates took place away from the Senate floor, and between groups of people who come from very different cultures. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Expected to Vote Soon On Landmark Gay Rights Bill

The New York State Senate will soon vote on a gay and lesbian rights bill that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and other areas based on a person's sexual orientation. As Karen Dewitt reports, there is lobbying in Albany to kill or amend the bill from two distinctly different groups.  Go to full article

NY Senate to Vote on Landmark Gay Rights Bill

The state Senate will take up a landmark gay rights bill when it meets in special session later this month. The promise of the chamber's consideration of the Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act (SONDA) won Governor Pataki a re-election endorsement from the state's leading gay rights organization. Martha Foley talks with Empire State Pride Agenda's Executive Director Matt Foreman, about the legislation.  Go to full article

Transgendered People Want to be Included in SONDA

The New York Senate is set next month to pass a bill that would give gays and lesbians equal rights in employment, housing and other areas. Now, transgendered groups say the bill should be amended to include them, as well. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Education Dept Refuses to Include Questions about Bullying on Student Survey

A group called Dignity for All Students Coalition wants the state education department to ask students about instances of bullying. But Education Commissioner Richard Mills is refusing to include the questions in a survey distributed to school districts. Karen Dewitt has details.  Go to full article

Gay Rights Bill Delayed

A gay rights group is blaming Gov. Pataki for the state legislature's failure to pass a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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