May 17, 2015 – Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke on Sunday at the 2015 AIDS Walk in New York City, his plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. He received the “Hero Award” from the Gay Men’s Health Crisis for the initiative to end the epidemic by 2020.
“Let me say this as we begin today,” said the governor. “I accept this award on behalf of the 130,000 New Yorkers who we lost to this tragedy of HIV and AIDS. And as we start, let us look back and let us look forward and let us never forget the nightmare that we went through – the 35-year nightmare, where generations of New Yorkers lost their lives. Let us never forget the fear and the stereotyping and the negativity and the bigotry that went along with it. And how it stereotyped the LGBT community for decades, literally, and the obstacles we faced and the pain that we faced and the loss that we faced.”
Also over the weekend, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her new LBGTQ bill, “Every Child Deserves A Family Act”, which she says would remove barriers to LGBT adoption & foster care.
“Nationwide, there are an estimated 402,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, and 23,000 children will ‘age out’ before finding a permanent home. The senator says that the legislation she has outlined would bar any entity that receives federal funds and is involved in adoption or foster care placement from discriminating against parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. Companion legislation in the House of Representatives is being introduced on a bipartisan basis by Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).