Assemblymember Deborah Glick is the first openly LGBTQ member of the New York State Legislature.
Born in New York City, Glick graduated from CUNY’s Queens College and received her MBA from Fordham University. She was first elected to the Assembly in 1990 and, as the representative for Assembly District 66, has focused on civil rights, reproductive freedom, health care, the environment, housing, higher education, social justice, animal rights, and funding for the arts.
Glick has successfully worked toward expanding LGBTQ rights during her 14 terms in the Assembly. She helped to pass the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which protects transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers from discrimination. Glick was also the lead sponsor on an Assembly bill to ban conversion therapy, which passed in 2019.