Celebrating Stonewall 50 & WorldPride with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul

It was an honor to photograph Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul at the 2019 World Pride March in New York City, which marked the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots.

Photographs by Kristen Blush are featured in Kathy Hochul’s Pride Newsletter paid for by Friends For Kathy Hochul.

Photographs by Kristen Blush are featured in Kathy Hochul’s Pride Newsletter paid for by Friends For Kathy Hochul.

New York is leading the way in human rights and equality. Earlier this year, the New York Senate passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). GENDA prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression and adds transgender New Yorkers to those protected by the state’s Hate Crimes Law. At the March on Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Bill A2707 into law banning the so-called “gay panic” defense in New York State, saying it “ends the justification of homophobia.”

Governor Cuomo signs Bill A2707 at the New York City Pride March on Sunday, banning the so-called “gay panic” defense in New York State, as elected officials and members from the LGBTQ cheered alongside him. Photo by Kristen Blush

Governor Cuomo signs Bill A2707 at the New York City Pride March on Sunday, banning the so-called “gay panic” defense in New York State, as elected officials and members from the LGBTQ cheered alongside him. Photo by Kristen Blush

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