LGBTQ Rights in New York
The Stonewall Riots of 1969 were a testament to the bravery of our community against injustice during the early years of the LGBTQ rights movement. Nearly 50 years later, our struggle for full equality continues.
When marriage equality passed in New York in 2011, our state stood out as a model for progressive change. It was the culmination of decades of LGBTQ activism and advocacy. But since then, there have been no statewide laws enacted to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community. We still see disparities in access to basic services and the quality of life for LGBTQ New Yorkers, particularly for LGBTQ people of color, transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers, immigrants, women and youth. Too many still face issues like housing insecurity, economic instability, and the constant threat of violence.