Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that mandates the New York State Office of the Aging (NYSOFA) survey the needs of underserved elders, including LGBT senior citizens, and that provides tech support and grants to nonprofits that assist gay seniors.
Said out New York Senator Thom Duane, who co-sponsored the bill with bisexual Assemblymember Micah Kellner:
“Governor Cuomo has once again shown his commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have equal rights and protections under the law. This legislation is groundbreaking. For the first time, New York will recognize the unique needs of the ever growing segment of aging LGBT New Yorkers—and the services they may require in the years to come. Over the past decade, this State has gone from all but ignoring the LGBT community to enacting comprehensive LGBT hate-crimes protections, providing a Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, protecting our students with strong anti-gay bullying protections in the Dignity For All Students Act, insuring our right to marry with a Marriage Equality law, and now today taking major steps to assist elderly LGBT New Yorkers. I am proud at how far we have come in such a short amount of time.”
Maybe we should change the motto to “Gray is Good”?
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