The Pride Agenda has a track record of producing - not just promising - for New York State's LGBT community. With the support and participation of people and community groups all across New York, we have won over 60 separate victories on the local and state levels. Many of these advances recognize our relationships and benefit our families and provide direct recognition by government that LGBT families need and deserve the same support that all other families receive. These victories include:
- The New York State Assembly passes GENDA for the fifth time. (April 30, 2012)
- The Dignity for All Students Act, which protects students from harassment based on traits such as race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, physical and mental ability and sexual orientation goes into effect. (July 1, 2012)
- Pride Agenda leads a successful lobbying effort to secure level funding in the state budget for the New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network. The budget also includes a slight increase in funding for shelter beds for runaway and homeless youth, 40% of whom are LGBT.
- The NYS Assembly passes marriage equality, GENDA and Dignity legislation all in the same year for the first time ever, adding to the pressure on the State Senate to take action before the end of session in June.
- $9.128 million in state funds from the 2009-10 fiscal year for LGBT non-HIV health and human services programs. This brings the total number of state dollars for these programs to over $47 million since 1998.
- A record $8 million in state funds from the 2007-2008 fiscal year for LGBT non-HIV health and human services programs. This brings the total number of state dollars for these programs to $30.156 million since 1998.
- Passage of fair housing ordinance by the City of Buffalo Common Council to prevent discrimination based upon gender identity and expression in housing. (May 2, 2006)
- Passage of a Control of Remains bill in New York State with an improved definition of “domestic partner” to make it uniform with the rest of state law. (April 27, 2006)
- $3.746 million in state funds from the 2006-2007 fiscal year for LGBT non-HIV health and human services programs. This brings the total number of state dollars for these programs to $22.156 million since 1998.
- Statement by New York City that marriages of same-sex couples performed elsewhere will be treated as 100% legally valid in the provision of all city services where marital status is a factor. (April 7, 2005)
- $2.844 million in state funds from the 2005-2006 fiscal year for LGBT non-HIV health and human services programs. This brings the total for these programs to $18.41 million.
- Passage of "The September 11th Victims and Families Relief Act" in New York State, which included language in the legislative intent section of the bill specifying that it is the legislature's desire that domestic partners be eligible for federal fund awards. This provision was included to provide Special Master Kenneth Feinberg an additional basis in state law to award federal fund compensation to gay partners of 9/11 victims. (May 6, 2002)
- Revision of the Hate Crimes Incident Report form to include a reporting category for "Anti-Gender Identity Expression," thereby providing explicit recognition that transgender people are covered under New York's hate crimes law. This form put out by the NY State's Division of Criminal Justice Services is used by local law enforcement agencies to report hate crimes and provides the basis for tabulating statewide data on hate crimes. (January 2002)
- Attorney General Spitzer's compilation of a Hate Crimes Manual and its distribution to all of New York's District Attorneys for use as an orientation and resource guide. The manual highlights concerns specific to the gay and lesbian community in terms of recognizing and prosecuting a hate crime. It also includes the AG's opinion that under the new law the category "gender" provides protections for transgender people. (July 2001)
- Passage of a law extending nondiscrimination protections to gay men, lesbians and transgender people in the City of Rochester. (May 16, 2001)
- $1.0 million in state funds from the 1998 - 1999 fiscal year for LGBT health and human services programs beyond HIV/AIDS. This $1.0 million represents the first year of funding for a network of what is now over 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health and human service groups across the state that provide essential services for LGBT youth, seniors and people of color. These dollars were awarded through a Request For Proposal (RFP) process, which was the first ever RFP in the history of the state directed toward non HIV/AIDS LGBT health and human services.
- Passage of a comprehensive domestic partnership law in New York City. Passage of this bill ended a 10-year struggle to achieve equal recognition of couples in domestic partner relationships. It set a new national benchmark by covering all areas under city jurisdiction, extending to registered domestic partners equal access to services and responsibilities currently extended to spouses. Heretofore most other cities addressed domestic partnership only in the context of municipal employee benefits. (July 7, 1998)
- Preservation of rent succession rights for same-sex domestic partners in the state's rent regulation law. (June 11, 1997)