"Protecting and strengthening LGBTQ rights has been a priority of this administration since Day One. We passed marriage equality my first year in office, enacted GENDA to protect trans and gender nonconforming New Yorkers from discrimination, and launched the boldest campaign in the country to end the AIDS epidemic.
"This year as part of our Justice Agenda we set out to build on these historic achievements by banning the so-called gay and trans panic legal defense, which essentially codified homophobia and transphobia into state law. With the enactment of this measure we are sending a noxious legal defense strategy to the dustbin of history where it belongs.
"At a time when hate crimes against LGBTQ New Yorkers—trans women of color in particular—are on the rise, the urgency to act could not be clearer and we are sending a clear message to this community that we have their backs.
"This is an important win for LGBTQ people everywhere and it is made all the more meaningful as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which set in motion the modern day LGBTQ rights movement."