On August 16th, Senator Squadron and his colleagues hosted a symposium titled "After 'I Do': What's Next for LGBT New Yorkers?" Even after the historic marriage equality vote, LGBT New Yorkers still face a number of challenges after they’re married -- including DOMA, GENDA, interstate travel and relocation, adoption, social security, and health benefits. This page features a number of resources from our panelists on remaining post-marriage obstacles, as well as the broader challenges to true equality for all. Click here (or scroll down) for video of the symposium.
The panel discussion featured Ross Levi of the Empire State Pride Agenda, Tom Ude of Lambda Legal, Melissa Goodman of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Everett Lo of the Social Security Administration, and special guests US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Alphonso David, the Senate sponsor of marriage equality State Senator Tom Duane, New York City Comptroller John Liu, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and many others.
The event was sponsored by Borough of Manhattan Community College and co-sponsored by Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler & Nydia Velázquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymembers Deborah J. Glick, Brian Kavanagh, Joseph R. Lentol & Joan Millman, Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, & Rosie Mendez, and the Senate sponsor of marriage equality State Senator Tom Duane.
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