Jun 26, 2014 — 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
Dec 23, 2002 — 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
Mar 21, 2001 — A critically acclaimed photo exhibit of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their children goes on display this afternoon at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. Called "Love Makes a Family", the exhibit of photos allows family members to speak candidly about their lives, relationships and the way they deal with the pressures of homophobia. Photos and text from more than 20 families are included in the exhibit, which was first shown last weekend in the Hosmer Gallery on the SUNY Potsdam campus. It's sponsored by a number of local groups that support so-called nontraditional families - PFLAG - Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays, Northern New York Families, PRISM, and the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. Todd Moe caught up with the Reverend Anne Marsh, co-minister at the UU Church in Canton, yesterday afternoon, just as volunteers finished putting up the "Love Makes a Family" display. Go to full article