LGBTQ

Joshua Duttweiler and Amy Coon

The mention of sex or sexuality doesn’t usually get much of a reaction on many college campuses, but for many Houghton College students, the topic is still considered taboo.

New York State Education Department

Discrimination issues haven't gone away, even in these COVID-19 days of remote work and school. That is why the New York State Division of Human Rights held an information session virtually Thursday evening.

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When the coronavirus pandemic first spread to Rochester, Penny Sterling wanted to know how she would be counted if she contracted the virus. The data tracking who has contracted COVID-19 is broken down by male or female. Sterling doesn’t fit that mold. She’s a transgender woman.

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Counting the transgender population is tricky, as many avoid revealing their sexual orientation for fear of discrimination or worse. Transgender women of color, for example, remain the most abused and murdered group in America. So it takes a special kind of courage and compassion to dedicate your adult trans life to helping others on the same journey.

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A Western New York couple who decided to turn a moment of hate into a celebration of diversity is being honored by a state lawmaker for their actions.

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New York’s LGBTQIA+ community has celebrated a string of victories over the last decade, but state and federal lawmakers still have a long list of priorities they’d like to see accomplished to benefit those individuals.

The Allies for Black Justice organization is hosting a march on Saturday to celebrate support the Black Lives Matter movement within the LGBTQ community, and to celebrate their allies who have shown solidarity.

“We wanted to highlight not only that black lives matter, but we wanted to also give thanks to our allies,” said David Hall, one of the coordinators of the march.

Hall said that this march is not meant to take the attention away from the black community, but to illustrate that the movement also applies to people of color within the LGBTQ community.

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday saying federal law bars discrimination against LGBTQ people drew praise from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Updated at 5:52 p.m.

In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. The ruling was 6-3, with Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's first appointee to the court, writing the majority opinion. The opinion was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's four liberal justices.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again condemning hate crimes and discriminatory policies targeting gay, lesbian and transgendered people. He made the comments during an address Saturday night at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala in New York City.

LGBTQ History Project displays at Karpeles

Nov 11, 2019
Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project

The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project unveiled its "Gay Liberation NOW!" exhibition at Karpeles Museum Sunday. It culminates the History Project's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the founding of Buffalo's first gay rights organization.

Buffalo Niagara Concert Band

The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band is holding a collaborative concert with the Buffalo’s Gay Men’s Chorus tonight to benefit Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York. Val Czamara, vice president of the band and tuba player, spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on the group’s progression and how this event came together.

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October 11 marks the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day for members of the LGBTQ+ community. For the first time on the campus of D’Youville College on Buffalo’s West Side, faculty and students celebrated with an unveiling of a mural by the steps of its College Center building. The event dubbed "From the Closet to the Sidewalk" encourages inddividuals to come out of the closet in a environment which is safe and friendly.

Office of the Governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that would bar people who attack or kill a gay person in the state from arguing they panicked over their victim's sexuality.

Buffalo's Stonewall moment, 50 years later

Jun 27, 2019
Buffalo Niagara LGBTQ History Project

It's been 50 years since the uprising at the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village, an event widely considered to be the catalyst for the LGBTQ civil rights movement. It's also the 50th anniversary of Buffalo's first gay rights organization, founded out of a Stonewall moment of our own.

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Alphonso David, a civil rights lawyer who has been serving as chief counsel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was named Tuesday as the new president of the largest LGBTQ-rights organization in the United States.

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Buffalo's Pride Parade began in the rain at Buffalo State College, but by the time it moved down Elmwood Avenue toward Allen Street, the sun was coming out. It really came out later for a party at Canalside.

Savvy Over 60: Patti Jones

Mar 20, 2019

Patti Jones has considered herself a typical female since she was a very young boy named Peter. She earned her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, joined the family machine and tool design company, taught skiing and snowboarding, raced sailboats, was "happily married to a wonderful woman" for 24 years and had a daughter. It was at the age of 50 - in 2004 - she formally transitioned and has since been dedicated to Western New York's LGBTQ communities as an activist and mentor. Jones shared her journey with WBFO.

More than a dozen student-athletes from three SUNY colleges have qualified to compete in the NCAA Division III national swimming and diving championships. There's just one problem. The games are being held in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a ban on New York State-sponsored non-essential travel to that state remains in effect. A local State Senator is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift that ban.

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The LGBTQ community is celebrating a new state law that went in to effect this week. GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, adds protections for gender identity and expressions. They are now a protected class in New York State’s human rights and hate crime laws.

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A fight between a McKinley High School teacher and a student has put the teacher out on Workers Compensation and the student facing felony charges.A

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Toronto’s police service could be marching in next year’s Pride Parade. After excluding officers for two consecutive years, the organization says it will welcome the force back.


Stonewall Democrats

He's currently the Erie County Comptroller but has dropped hints of an interest in running for Erie County Executive next year. County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, in the meantime, has offered numerous critical comments about County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Remarks published earlier this week have upset leaders in the LGBTQ community.

The Canadian Press

A federal judge has approved a landmark deal to compensate members of the Canadian military and other agencies who were investigated and sometimes fired because of their sexual orientation between 1955 and 1996.

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Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay Congress member from New York, says he is running for state attorney general.

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Rosalyn Colligan, 40, of Buffalo, was arrested early Sunday and charged with making terroristic threats in connection with Buffalo's Pride festival. She is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court June 8. If convicted on the charge, Colligan faces a maximum of 7 years in prison.

Buffalo Police say it was residents who alerted them to the numerous threats she made on social media, including murder. With quick work, the annual Pride Fest uneventfully went from a long afternoon march down Elmwood Avenue from Buffalo State College and concluded with a massive picnic and party at Canalside into the evening.

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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.

Team USA

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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