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Empire State Pride Agenda  
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In 20010, Ross D. Levi, who had served the Pride Agenda in a number of capacities, including Legislative Counsel and Director of Public Policy and Education, succeeded Van Capelle as Executive Director.

At Levi's direction, the Pride Agenda joined a coalition of glbtq groups assembled by Governor Andrew Cuomo in March 2011 to work on securing marriage equality as one of the new governor's chief priorities.

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The coalition raised money and agreed on a concerted and coherent strategy to increase public support for marriage equality. As a result of the campaign, polls in early June 2011 showed that almost 60% of New Yorkers supported same-sex marriage.

The state Assembly once again passed the marriage equality bill, but the Republican-controlled state Senate remained an obstacle; it was not even certain that the chamber would permit a vote. However, after intense lobbying by Governor Cuomo and the coalition, the Senate majority leader agreed to allow the marriage equality bill to come to a vote.

On June 24, 2011, after the adoption of an amendment specifying religious exemptions, the marriage equality bill was passed by a vote of 33 to 29. That very night Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law.

With marriage equality having been achieved, the passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, becomes the Empire State Pride Agenda's top legislative priority.

Claude J. Summers

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Lyall, Sarah. "Playing, and Winning, by the Rules; Office by Office, Lobbyists for Gay Civil-Rights Bill Gain Support in Albany." New York Times (June 24, 1992):

Mixner, David. "In Your Own Words: Van Capelle on an Amazing Victory in New York." (February 16, 2007):


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    Entry Title: Empire State Pride Agenda  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
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