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NY agencies collecting more gender data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.

A new report Wednesday identifies eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.  Go to full article
"I like when I look in the mirror. I like who's looking back," says Kelly Metzgar. Photo: Zach Hirsch
"I like when I look in the mirror. I like who's looking back," says Kelly Metzgar. Photo: Zach Hirsch

For Kelly Metzgar, being a woman is a work in progress

As the New York legislative session came to an end, the LGBT community waited to see how lawmakers would handle the Gender Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, which would make it illegal to discriminate against transgendered people.

There are laws in New York State protecting people on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity, but not gender expression. For the seventh time, Republican leaders blocked GENDA from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.

"We're not asking for more rights. We're not asking for special rights. As I say in all my columns, we are only asking for equal rights, and equal protections as every other person enjoys," says Kelly Metzgar, an activist from Saranac Lake and a transgendered woman herself.

Kelly says she's been doing advocacy for a couple of years on the state, national, and even international levels - but she says the toughest battles have always been right at home: two divorces, depression, and hiding her true identity from her employer.

We first met Kelly last fall, not long after she first came out to her sister. Here's an update on her search for acceptance.  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Assembly passes conversion therapy ban for kids

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Assembly has passed a ban against health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy.

On Monday the Democratic-led Assembly passed the ban 86 to 28. It would prohibit licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health practitioners and physicians from using conversion therapy on anyone under 18. Clergy would not be included.  Go to full article

New York weighs kids' gay conversion therapy ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Democratic-led Assembly is set to take up a bill Wednesday banning licensed health officials from administering therapy to minors attempting to change their sexual orientation.

Mathew Shurka, of Long Island, describes himself as emotionally scarred from five years of therapy to "cure" his homosexuality. The 26-year-old began the therapy at age 16.  Go to full article

New York Assembly backs gender anti-discrimination

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Assembly has voted 91-51 to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The measure was approved Tuesday by the Democrat-controlled Assembly for the seventh time. It hasn't advanced in the Senate controlled by a coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats.  Go to full article
NY State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. has won a rare endorsement by Gov. Cuomo due to his swing vote on same-sex marriage. Photo: nysenate.gov
NY State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. has won a rare endorsement by Gov. Cuomo due to his swing vote on same-sex marriage. Photo: nysenate.gov

Gay marriage vote a factor in fall elections

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a rare endorsement in a state Senate contest on Monday, backing Democratic incumbent Joseph Addabbo.

Addabbo was one of a handful of Senators who provided swing votes to pass same-sex marriage last year. Now he's locked in a tight race with a Republican challenger, one of several legislators who may pay a price for that vote at the ballot box.

And that's only one way the repercussions from the historic vote last year are shaping in this fall's elections.  Go to full article

Marriage bill headed for uncertain fate

There are mixed signals coming from the state Senate on a bill to legalize same sex marriage. Some say passage is imminent. Others say it won't see daylight before the legislative session ends in three weeks. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Could Democrats legalize same-gender marriage in New York?

Now that Democrats have taken control of the State Senate, the chances for the legalization of same sex marriages are greater, say gay rights advocates. But there are still not enough Senators, both Democrat and Republican, on board with the bill right now to pass it in the Senate. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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

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

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