Gestational Surrogacy is Legalized
The FY 2021 Enacted Budget legalizes gestational surrogacy in New York State once and for all, helping LGBTQ couples and couples struggling with infertility.
Protecting Transgender New Yorkers
GENDA Public Awareness Campaign
On the one year anniversary of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which added gender identity and gender expression as protected categories in New York State’s Human Rights Law, Governor Cuomo kicked off a statewide public awareness campaign to ensure that all New Yorkers know their rights under the law.
Standing Up to the Federal Government
The federal government's proposed rule change would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ families.
The federal government's proposal to expand the definition of "religious exemptions" would give federal contractors license to discriminate.
The federal government's proposed rollback of healthcare protections would undermine protections for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.
Signing LGBTQ Bills
The Restoration of Honor Act gives veterans who were denied an honorable discharge because of their sexual orientation or gender identity the right to apply to have their benefits restored.
On National Coming Out Day, Governor Cuomo signed legislation requiring organizations that care for homeless youth to complete LGBT competency training.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation prohibiting NYS courts from denying child adoptions to petitioners who are already a legally-recognized parent solely on that basis.