One World Trade Center, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Kosciuszko Bridge, SUNY Central Administration Building, and State Fair Main Gate to be Illuminated
Iconic Landmarks Will Shine in Colors of Transgender Flag Thursday and Friday and Colors of the LGBTQ Pride Flag Throughout the Weekend
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced landmarks across the state will be lit in honor of Pride Week and the LGBTQ community, including the spire of One World Trade Center, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge, the SUNY Central Administration Building, and LED boards featured at the State Fair Main Gate. The structures will be illuminated in the colors of the transgender flag today and tomorrow, June 22, in recognition of Trans Day of Action, and in the colors of the pride flag on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 in celebration of Pride in New York.
“This state is the proud home to some of the most pivotal moments in LGBTQ history, and we will continue to protect and fight for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “The lighting of these landmarks sends a clear message that New York continues to welcome all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has been a national leader in advancing and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community. In 2011, the Governor passed the historic Marriage Equality Act, allowing same sex couples to legally marry in New York State, bringing an end to end one of society's greatest inequities. In 2015, Governor Cuomo implemented regulations affirming that all transgender individuals are protected under the State's Human Rights Law, prohibiting all public and private employers, housing providers, businesses, creditors and others from discriminating against transgender persons. Last year, the Governor established a Hate Crimes Task Force and a hotline for individuals to report bias or hate crimes, and implemented new regulations to ensure fertility treatment for all women—regardless of sexual orientation or marital status. The Governor also named the first openly gay judge, Paul Feinman, to the New York Court of Appeals.
Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced the inaugural New York State LGBTQ Fellowship to serve in the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer to ensure inclusivity and fair representation in state government. The inaugural fellowship will be named in honor of the legacies of Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Edie Windsor in recognition of their groundbreaking work in the fight for equal rights. The Governor also announced the 2019 World Pride Ambassadors Competition to highlight the diversity of New York's LGBTQ community prior to the event next year.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo issued a proclamation designating June 20 as Edie Windsor Day in New York in honor of the LGBTQ rights hero who succeeded in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court. Her 89th birthday would have been yesterday.
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