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Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Older Adults

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation to assess the needs of traditionally underserved LGBT elders and to provide technical assistance to the organizations that serve LGBT older adults.

Outcome Buffalo has the report:

Recognizing the importance of understanding and assisting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) aging population, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Thomas K. Duane (D -Manhattan) and Assemblymember Micah Kellner (D -Manhattan) (S1303/A880) which will require the New York State Office of the Aging (NYSOFA) to assess the needs of traditionally underservered elderly populations ? including those in LGBT communities. The new law will also provide technical assistance and grants-in-aid to organizations that provide services to LGBT seniors.

“Governor Cuomo has once again shown his commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have equal rights and protections under the law,” said Senator Duane. “This legislation is groundbreaking. For the first time, New York will recognize the unique needs of the ever growing segment of aging lgbt New Yorkers ? and the services they may require in the years to come. Over the past decade, this State has gone from all but ignoring the lgbt community to enacting comprehensive lgbt hate crimes protections, providing a Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, protecting our students with strong anti-gay bullying protections in the Dignity For All Students Act, insuring our right to marry the ones we love with a Marriage Equality law, and now today taking major steps to assist elderly lgbt New Yorkers. I am proud at how far we have come in such a short amount of time.”

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