The New York State LGBT Memorial Commission has begun its search for the artists who will design and build an LGBT memorial that honors victims of hate, intolerance and violence.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the monument and established the commission in the wake of the tragic shootings in Orlando, Florida earlier this year.

"New York has a storied history of being at the forefront of the fight for equal rights and it is essential that we always honor the people who sought to achieve fairness for the LGBT community," Governor Cuomo said. "I invite all experienced New York artists from Buffalo to Montauk to submit their vision and help us create a monument that will serve as an enduring symbol of the sacrifice New Yorkers have played in building a fairer, more just world."

Artists are invited to submit proposals by November 21st.  The Commission will recommend artists to the Governor for his final selection in December.

The budget for the memorial is about $800,000.

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