Dozens gathered in front of Syracuse City Hall Monday to mark the start of CNY Pride Week with the raising of the rainbow flag. The annual event gives the LGBT community and its supporters a chance to reflect on progress made on equal rights and the challenges remaining.
Locally, Syracuse has been a leader in recognizing gay rights with others following suit. The city adopted a law in 1990 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, public accommodations, and housing.
New York State’s highest court has agreed to look at an appeal of a lower court ruling that freed a Syracuse man convicted of the state’s first hate crime. Back in July, the State Supreme Court’s 4th Appellate Division tossed out the conviction of Dwight DeLee in the 2008 murder of transgender woman Lateisha Green on a technicality.
Michael Silverman is Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City, and has worked with the Green family for the past five years.