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Call your NY State senator: pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act!

Today, June 11th, is the statewide call-in day to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State, organized by Empire State Pride Agenda. Polls indicate that 78% of New York State residents support the act, which if passed would prohibit discrimination based on a person's gender identity or expression in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations.

BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down DOMA and returns marriage to California

In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court today struck down the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' or DOMA, a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples, and rejected an appeal that would have protected California's anti-gay Proposition 8 or Prop. 8, a statewide ban on marriage equality.

Marcel Neergaard, 11, talks about taking on state lawmaker, being bullied, and realizing he's gay

Marcel is 11 years old and gay. He’s also become something of a national celebrity for launching an online petition on left-leaning MoveOn.org that garnered more than 55,000 signatures last week. It resulted in StudentsFirst, a national grassroots organization formed to boost education, rescinding an award it gave to state Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, last year as “educational reformer of the year.”

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June 11, 2013

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