East River State Park to Be Renamed in Honor of Marsha P. Johnson
February is Black History Month, and 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village which are widely considered to have started the movement for LBGT+ rights in the United States. On February 1st, Gov. Cuomo announced that New York will be renaming East River State Park in Williamsburg in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, making it the first state park to honor the life and contributions of a transgender woman.
Johnson was a renowned fighter for LGBTQ civil rights and a leader of the Stonewall gay rights uprising who died in 1992.
Cuomo also renewed his push to end the state’s ban on paying surrogate mothers, which he said would help LGBTQ couples start families. He also wants to create a bill for the surrogate moms and guidelines for contracts between surrogates and biological parents.
The governor also vowed to streamline the process of allowing LGBTQ people or others to adopt their partner’s children and become legal parents. So-called Second Parent Adoption is most common in the case a gay or lesbian couple who uses a surrogate parent to carry the biological child of one of them.
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