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Committee: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to Mayor de Blasio regarding needed policy changes to establish equal rights and protections for LGBTQ New Yorkers (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Transgender Rights

Report supporting the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA)(Reissued February 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Transgender Rights

Know Your Rights: A Guide to NYC Employment Laws for LGBT Workers (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Employment Law

Know Your Rights: A Guide to NYC Employment Laws for LGBT Workers (Brochure Format) (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Employment Law

Report on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Letter in support for Senator Leahy’s Amendments 6 and 7 to the Boarder Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744 , which would include same sex spouses and permanent partners in family reunification immigration laws (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same Sex Spouses/Permanent Partners, Recognition of in Family Reunification Immigration Laws

Report on the Need to Modernize New York State Policy Regarding Proof Required to Change Gender Designation on a New York State Birth Certificate (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Transgender Rights

Report on Repealing the Medicaid Exclusion of Medically Necessary Health Services for Transgender New Yorkers (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Transgender Rights

Report on the Experience of Lesbian and Gay Law Students in the New York Metro Area Law Schools (March 1996) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Law Students

Letter to President of Ukraine regarding Draft Law No. 8711 which would threaten the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) and Ukrainian individuals and organizations that support LGBT rights (October 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Ukraine

Letter to the President of Nigeria expressing opposition to Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill (January 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Nigeria

Amicus Brief: Atala v. The State of Chile (Inter-American Court of Human Rights, September 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Child Custody

Amicus Brief: Atala v. The State of Chile (Inter-American Court of Human Rights, September 2011) in Spanish ( PDF format )
Subject area: Child Custody

"Why Should New York Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples?" (May 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Report to Governor Cuomo outlining some of the most significant issues affecting LGBT rights in New York State (May 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Employment Discrimination

Amicus Brief: Matter of the Estate of H. Kenneth Ranftle (New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, October 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage, Recognition of Marriages Performed in Other Jurisdictions

Scope of Gubernatorial Authority to Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions and Other Substantial Legal Equivalents of Marriage Contracted Outside of New York State (June 2008) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage, Recognition of Marriages Performed in Other Jurisdictions

Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding visitation rights for same-sex domestic partners and other non-related visitors of hospital patients (Proposed Rules 42 CFR 482.13(h) and 42 CFR 485.635(f) (August 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Hospital Visitation Rights - Domestic Partners

Testimony on the proposed enactment of Section 3-207.1 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York which would require the City Clerk to provide the public with information regarding NYS's recognition of marriages between same-sex couples performed in other domestic or international jurisdictions (June 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage, Recognition of Marriages Performed in Other Jurisdictions

Testimony regarding Intro. No. 169-A urging repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy (June 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Amicus Brief filed in the Columbian Constitutional Court regarding the right to same-sex marriage for citizens of Columbia (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Report regarding the Don't Ask Don't Tell ("DADT") policy (February 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Report urging repeal of the exclusion of state Medicaid insurance coverage for transgender health services (Reissued September 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Transgender Health Services

Amicus Brief: H.M. v. E.K. filed in the New York State Court of Appeals (December 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Child Support

Statement in Support of the Marriage Equality Act (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the ability of health care providers, insurers and health care institutions to refuse to provide health care services (April 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Health Care

Amicus Brief: Merits Brief, Debra H. v. Janice R. filed in New York State Court of Appeals (October 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Child Custody

Letter to Congress urging hearing on Don't Ask Don't Tell ("DADT") (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Amicus Brief: Lewis v. NYS Department of Civil Services filed in New York State Court of Appeals (September 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Testimony before the New York City Council in support of Resolution No. 2172 which would call upon the U.S. Congress to pass the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (October 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Partners, Immigration Benefits

Letter to NYS Senators on the Marriage Equality Act - S.4401 (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Amicus Brief: Debra H. v. Janice R. filed in New York State Court of Appeals, July 2009 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Child Custody

Report on The Uniting American Families Act of 2009 - H.R.1024/S.424 (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Partners, Immigration Benefits

Dignity Now: The Campaign to Stop Bullying and Bias-Based Harassment in New York City Schools ( PDF format )
Subject area: Harassment

Report on the Marriage Equity Act - A.7732/S.4401 (May 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Statement to the Obama Administration's transition team regarding issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (December 2008) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to Governor Spitzer urging greater diversification of New York State’s judiciary through the appointment and election of members of the LGBT and other under-represented populations (February 2008) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Diversity on the Bench

Letter to the Ambassador of Iran concerning human rights violations against sexual minorities in Iran ( PDF format )
Subject area: Iran

Letter to Congress expressing support for H.R. 2015, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Dignity for All Students Act (Reissued May 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Education

Same-Sex Marriage in New York ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

AN ACT to amend the executive law, the civil rights law and the education law, in relation to prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression; and to amend the penal law and the criminal procedure law, in relation to including offenses regarding gender identity or expression within the list of offenses subject to treatment as hate crimes. ( PDF format )
Subject area: Transgender Rights

1324 Reasons for Marriage Equality in New York State ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Letter to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene supporting the Department’s goal of updating and amending Article 207 of City’s Public Health Code ( PDF format )
Subject area: Gender Transition

Amicus Brief: Hernandez v. Robles (filed in the NYS Court of Appeals, April 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Amicus Brief filed with the Intern American Commission on Human Rights in the Matter of Atala. The brief argues that the Chilean Supreme Court's denial of custody to Ms. Atala of her children solely on the basis of her sexual orientation is discriminatory and violates her rights protected by the American Convention on Human Rights ( PDF format )
Subject area: Child Custody

Letter to the City of New York Department of Health supporting the Bureau of Vital Statistics initiation of a process to improve its policy regarding the requirements for changing ones birth certificate sex, and urging the Department to adopt a standard that allows for the applicants medical providers to make the determination of when sex-reassignment care is completed, rather than focusing on specific procedures. ( PDF format )
Subject area: Gender Transition

Amicus Brief: Shields v. Madigan ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Amicus Brief: Samuels v. New York State Department of Health ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Amicus Brief: Hernandez v. Robles ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Letter re: City Council Resolution 0591-2004: Endorsement of Permanent Partners Immigration Act ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration

Letter to City Council re: Resolution 0591-2004, supporting passage of the federal Permanent Partners Immigration Act ( "PPIA" ) of 2003 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same Sex Partners

Testimony Before the New York State Senate Regarding Civil Marriage for Same Sex Couples ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Letter to Congressional Subcommittee on the Constitution Opposing House Joint Resolution 56 Which Would Federalize a Traditional State Function of Defining and Interpreting What Constitutes a Marriage ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples in New York ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage