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Erie County legislators Thursday banned a controversial technique called gay conversion therapy. The widely discredited program claims it can "cure" a gay child and turn them straight.

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Athletes like Team USA's Adam Rippon are breaking barriers for LGBTQ athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics. A record number of 14 openly gay athletes are participating in this year’s games, twice as many in the 2014 games.

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No one showed up for an Erie County Legislature public hearing Thursday night to support conversion therapy. The county is considering a proposal to ban the controversial therapy aimed at "curing" homosexuality.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order that bans all New York State agencies and authorities from conducting business with companies that tolerate or promote discrimination.

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"Together we resist. Together we rise up. Together."

Activist and college professor Tanya Loughead led the chant, early in Sunday's Women's Solidarity March in Buffalo. The event drew thousands to the steps of City Hall, marching through downtown and then back to City Hall for more speeches - an outgrowth of the national march in Washington, D.C. exactly a year before and a protest against the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Second Women's March planned in Seneca Falls

Dec 12, 2017
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In January, a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, an estimated 10,000 people flocked to Seneca Falls for a women’s march and rally. Organizers are planning a similar event on January 20, 2018.

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Following a federal court ruling, the Pentagon has confirmed it will allow openly transgender individuals to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1. The Trump administration had resisted that deadline in court, seeking to have its ban on new transgender troops reinstated — but on Monday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld an earlier decision to temporarily block President Trump's ban.

Trudeau talks of Canada's shame in decades-long 'gay purge'

Nov 30, 2017
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This week on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized. He spoke of the "shame" Canada brought on itself by persecuting gays and lesbians and members of the LGBTQ community. That official policy of harassment and bigotry came to be known as the "gay purge."

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New York State is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.

A transgender woman has won a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates. Danica Roem defeated an incumbent who had sponsored a bill earlier this year that would have restricted which bathroom transgender people could use.

It's the first time someone who's said they were transgender has been elected to a state legislature.

Roem, a Democrat, decisively defeated Republican Del. Bob Marshall in a Northern Virginia district near Washington, D.C. Marshall had held the seat since 1992 and had been a prominent religious conservative in Virginia politics.

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President Trump's would-be ban on transgender service members in the military has been blocked from going into effect for the foreseeable future.

A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., decided on Monday that trans members of the military have a strong case that the president's ban would violate their Fifth Amendment rights. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted a preliminary injunction to keep the policy from going into effect while the court case moves forward.

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The first openly gay member of New York state's highest court is being sworn in.

LGBTQ lawsuit with McKinley HS settled

Sep 5, 2017
WBFO's Mike Desmond

The New York Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday morning the settlement of a federal lawsuit against the Buffalo City School District for what it charged was "the open and systematic discrimination of LGBTQ students at McKinley High School."

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During the Obama administration, at least four federal agencies, including the Justice Department, asked the Census Bureau to add questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to the American Community Survey, NPR has learned.

Besides the Justice Department, those agencies include the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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A year to the day after 49 lives were lost in an act of terrorism in Orlando's Pulse nightclub, their lives were recognized in a church memorial service Monday night.

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Buffalo Pride Week officially kicked off Tuesday with a celebration and a demonstration.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

The diva of downtown dance clubs is holding a grand re-opening Friday beginning at 10 p.m. Club Marcella is celebrating Buffalo's renaissance with a renaissance of its own.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

International Women's Day protestors marched from Buffalo City Hall to Tupper Street Wednesday, seeking a variety of legal changes and more equality in hiring and promotions.

Raven Hillyard

Members of Allentown's LGBTQ community met behind closed doors Thursday night to talk about solutions to the apparent gay-bashing incident early Saturday morning in Allentown that left several people hurt outside a popular pizza business.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Social media isn't always the best place for political conversations, but Sunday afternoon hundreds showed up at Niagara Square in unity because of it.

Human Rights Campaign

The City of Buffalo supports LGBTQ people who live and work here, but can do better. That is according to the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which gave the city a score of 95 out of 100.

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The FDA announced Tuesday it would begin a review of its policy on blood donations from gay men. But many members of the LGBTQ community are still upset about being turned away when they tried to donate blood following the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library

The early history of Buffalo’s gay and lesbian community is lost, mainly because same-sex affection was so thoroughly stigmatized by society at large. It was, in the famous phrase of the 19th century, the love that dare not speak its name. But luckily, the city’s later LGBTQ history is known to us – largely through the remarkable efforts of two scholars who reconstructed what queer life was like in Buffalo from the 1930s to the early ’60s.


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Indiana's controversial religious freedom law has inspired a tasty response from a Buffalo pastor.