Daniel was the first out gay man elected in the New York State Assembly!
Daniel O’Donnell, the first out gay man elected to the New York State Assembly, and has been a progressive voice in Albany since he was elected to represent the 69th District in 2002. He wrote and passed the NYS Marriage Equality Act, which, when it passed in 2011, made New York State the largest in the nation at the time to allow same-sex marriages. This historic moment was a turning point for the State and the Nation, setting the stage for us to address a range of other critical issues facing the LGBTQ community. Since then Assembly Member O’Donnell has continued to pass crucial and impactful legislation supporting the LGBTQ community, including NY’s anti-bullying legislation, the Dignity for All Students Act (2012), several bills fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the bill Banning Gay/Trans Panic Defense (2019), and the Gender Recognition Act (2021), creating a gender neutral “X” designation on State identity documents.