BK State Lawmakers Pass Legislation Protecting LGBTQ Rights

Originally published in Kings County Politics

State Senators Julia Salzar (D-Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Cypress Hills, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville), Zellnor Myrie (D-Central Brooklyn), Velmanette Montgomery (D-Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Gowanus, Park Slope), Andrew Gounardes (D-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend) and Kevin Parker (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope) yesterday along with the Senate Democratic Majority, passed legislation to change the lives in the LGBTQ communities of New York State.

The bills passed by the Senate Majority will institute the Modern Family Act, eradicate the so-called “Gay Panic or Trans Panic” defense, and constitute a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and young adult suicide prevention task force.

Along with improved demographic data collection, the Senate Majority also passed the New York State Restoration of Honor Act that will correct the records of veterans discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation.

“I am proud to join my colleagues in support of this package of bills to address major inequities in the law as it relates to members of the LGBTQ community and create an opportunity for us to look at how our systems are serving LGBTQ youth across New York State,” said Montgomery.

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