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New York Announces Big Statewide Investments in LGBTQ+ Community

New York Announces Big Statewide Investments in LGBTQ+ Community

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Democrats in New York announced that the state will spend millions to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people.

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In New York, the Democratic-led government has announced that millions of dollars will be made available to benefit the LGBTQ+ community in the state.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that $33.5 million would be provided to support LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, particularly transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people, Shore News Network, a New Jersey-area news site, reports.

Some projects benefiting from the funding include senior housing, the American LGBTQ+ Museum, and suicide prevention initiatives.

Twenty million dollars will be allocated to LGBTQ-affirming senior housing projects during fiscal year 2024, with $5 million allocated specifically to projects supporting transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people. Older LGBTQ+ people in New York face unique challenges in finding affordable housing where they can live as part of a community, and this funding seeks to help them overcome those.

The New York State Office of Mental Health has been awarded a $1 million grant to develop a comprehensive suicide prevention program for transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary young people in the state.

It was announced that the state had increased funding for that group of New Yorkers by 50 percent to reduce suicide rates among transgender people.

Furthermore, Hochul’s 2024 budget includes an additional $7.5 million for the American LGBTQ+ Museum to secure its permanent location.

Soon, the museum will be housed within an expanded multistory wing currently being constructed at the New York Historical Society. Investing in this project will help support the ongoing expansion of the museum and its opening in 2026, after which the LGBTQ+ Museum will be opened to the public.

This museum, which has already begun hosting digital programs, will be New York City’s first museum dedicated to the history and culture of LGBTQ+ people. It was previously scheduled to open its doors in 2024.

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Christopher Wiggins is a senior national reporter for The Advocate. He has a rich career in storytelling and highlighting underrepresented voices. Growing up in a bilingual household in Germany, his German mother and U.S. Army father exposed him to diverse cultures early on, influencing his appreciation for varied perspectives and communication. His work in Washington, D.C., primarily covers the nexus of public policy, politics, law, and LGBTQ+ issues. Wiggins' reporting focuses on revealing lesser-known stories within the LGBTQ+ community. Key moments in his career include traveling with Vice President Kamala Harris and interviewing her in the West Wing about LGBTQ+ support. In addition to his national and political reporting, Wiggins represents The Advocate in the White House Press Pool and is a member of several professional journalistic organizations, including the White House Correspondents’ Association, Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists. His involvement in these groups highlights his commitment to ethical journalism and excellence in the field. Follow him on X/Twitter @CWNewser (https://twitter.com/CWNewser) and Threads @CWNewserDC (https://www.threads.net/@cwnewserdc).
Christopher Wiggins is a senior national reporter for The Advocate. He has a rich career in storytelling and highlighting underrepresented voices. Growing up in a bilingual household in Germany, his German mother and U.S. Army father exposed him to diverse cultures early on, influencing his appreciation for varied perspectives and communication. His work in Washington, D.C., primarily covers the nexus of public policy, politics, law, and LGBTQ+ issues. Wiggins' reporting focuses on revealing lesser-known stories within the LGBTQ+ community. Key moments in his career include traveling with Vice President Kamala Harris and interviewing her in the West Wing about LGBTQ+ support. In addition to his national and political reporting, Wiggins represents The Advocate in the White House Press Pool and is a member of several professional journalistic organizations, including the White House Correspondents’ Association, Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists. His involvement in these groups highlights his commitment to ethical journalism and excellence in the field. Follow him on X/Twitter @CWNewser (https://twitter.com/CWNewser) and Threads @CWNewserDC (https://www.threads.net/@cwnewserdc).