LGBTQ Flag Flies Over NY Capitol For First Time

The LGBTQ pride flag is flying over the New York state Capitol for the first time in state history in celebration of Pride Month. The flag went up yesterday.

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When Family, Religion and Sexuality Collide

First-time filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s “Memories of a Penitent Heart” is many things. It’s a love story and a family history. It’s an investigative report and a warning. But first and foremost it is the story of Miguel Dieppa, Aldarondo’s uncle.The life and family legacy of Miguel Dieppa (right) is the subject of “Memories of a Penitent Heart.” His partner of more than 10 years, Robert, is on the left. Photo courtesy of Blackscrackle Films LLC.Conflicting forces were at play in Miguel’s life.

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Governor Nominates First Openly Gay Judge To New York’s High Court

ALBANY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named the first openly gay judge to New York’s highest court. Cuomo has nominated Paul Feinman, an appellate court judge and LGBT rights advocate, to fill a vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals. During an interview on the cable news station NY1, Cuomo praised Feinman’s abilities. “[He] is an extraordinary human being,” Cuomo said. “And would be a great addition to that court.” Gay rights advocates have urged Cuomo to appoint an openly gay judge to the court, which often deals with LGBT issues. State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), the only openly gay member of that chamber, called Feinman an “historic and inspired candidate.” If he’s confirmed by the state Senate, Feinman would replace Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who died earlier this year in what police said was likely a suicide.

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Life Lessons Learned from a ‘Real Boy’

June is unofficially Pride Month in the U.S., a celebration of the LGBTQ community. General acceptance of the community has increased in recent years, but not for everyone. Several states have written and/or passed laws banning transgender people from going to the bathroom that matches their gender identity, and advocates have seen an increase in the number of transgender people being killed in recent years.Despite this, many people have strived to become better allies to the transgender community, and more transgender people are making their presence known in media. A recent example of this is 19-year-old Bennett Wallace, the star of the Independent Lens documentary “Real Boy.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_lynBiuvI0]Bennett’s story is that of sadness, love, hope, and acceptance. The doc starts with excerpts from two videos – a home video from a six-year-old Bennett (who’s birth name is Rachael), and a YouTube video from 19-year-old Ben.

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Transgender Students Face Harassment Despite Anti-Bullying Law

Transgender students in New York continue to face harassment and discrimination at school, according to a recent report from the New York Civil Liberties Union. That’s despite a five-year-old anti-bullying law called the Dignity for All Students act, or DASA. The law bans discrimination based on a whole list of characteristics, including race, religion, gender and gender identity. But when it passed in 2010, the social climate was different. “There was, when DASA was passed, less visibility among transgender students,” says Melanie LeMay, who works at Binghamton’s Identity center for LGBTQ youth.