Letter to Congressman Rangel from the LGBT Community

August 28, 2014 - SDNYC joined Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Assemblymember Daniel J. O'Donnell, Council Member Corey Johnson, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Council Member Hon. Ritchie Torres, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Empire State Pride Agenda, and the Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association in a letter letting Congressman Rangel know why Council Member Fernando Cabrera is the wrong choice for the NYS Senate District 33 seat.

Join us in supporting SDNYC's endorsed candidate for NYS Senate District 33, Gustavo Rivera by volunteering with us on Sept. 6th. Click Here for more information and to RSVP.

August 28, 2014

Dear Congressman Rangel,

After hearing of your recent endorsement of Council Member Fernando Cabrera in the upcoming Primary election for NYS Senate District 33, we are reaching out to explain why we are supporting NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera in his re-election campaign.

We are proudly standing with NYS Senator Rivera because he stands with all of us in demanding civil rights and full equality for all New Yorkers and he has proven his commitment throughout his tenure in the State Senate.

During the fight for marriage equality in NYS, Senator Rivera stood by the LGBT community, serving as a key ally in Albany and his commitment to our community continues today.

Senator Rivera is an unequivocal supporter of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), pledging to continue to fight to see GENDA approved. He also supports legislation banning so-called "conversion therapy" for minors, eliminating the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution cases and ending the prohibition on using Medicaid funds for gender transition-related health care services - all vitally important issues to our community.

Senator Rivera not only stands up for the LGBT community but serves as an important voice for progressive values including women's equality and reproductive rights.

Council Member Cabrera does not stand with the LGBT community.

In fact, he actively works against all of us and many of his policy positions are in opposition to the long march toward equality seen throughout your career.

Council Member Cabrera advocated against the NYS marriage equality bill as it was pending in Albany and has continued to express discriminatory and regressive views on marriage, protections for the transgender community and women's rights.

By working with the Family Research Council and the American Family Association to undermine the ongoing fight for equality for all New Yorkers, Council Member Cabrera has made it clear that he does not stand with us.

Congressman, your endorsement in this race tarnishes your long history of supporting LGBT rights and illustrious record of supporting progressive candidates for office.

The choice is clear, Congressman. Please join us in supporting the candidate that stands with all of us, NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera.


Senator Brad Hoylman

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick

Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell

Council Member Corey Johnson

Council Member Carlos Menchaca

Council Member Ritchie Torres

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC

Empire State Pride Agenda

Lambda Independent Democrats

Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association

Back to School! A panel on LGBT policies for students, teachers & families in NYC

SDNYC's next meeting will be September 17th at 8 pm at the LGBT Center (208 W 13 St).

With September marking the start of the 2014-2015 school year, SDNYC's September meeting will be all about LGBT policies for students, families and teachers in NYC.

We are excited to welcome Special Guest Speaker, NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

We will also be joined by Council Member Danny Dromm, Chairman, NYC Council Education Committee; Jared Fox, NYC Chapter Chairman, Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network; Michael Silverman, Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and a Senior Official from the NYC Department of Education for a panel discussion of LGBT policies in NYC schools moderated by Paul Schindler, Editor, Gay City News.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP on Facebook to get the latest updates and to share information about this panel with your friends. All are welcome!

TODAY is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the September 9, 2014 Primary

August 15 (TODAY) is the LAST DAY TO REGISTER to vote in the State and Local Primary Election on September 9th.

In Person Registration for State/Local Primary Election:

Today is the last day to register in person for the State/Local Primary Election.

To register in person visit your local County Board of Elections Office (See below for NYC County Board of Elections Offices) or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act.

Mail Registration for State/Local Primary Election:

Today is the last day to postmark mailed voter registration applications.

The NYS Board of Elections must receive your registration application via mail by Aug. 20.

To register by mail, download the voter registration form and mail the completed form to your local County Board of Elections Office (See below for NYC County Board of Elections Offices).

Download Voter Registration Form (English)

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NYC County Board of Elections Offices

Bronx County

Bronx County Board of Elections

1780 Grand Concourse-5th Floor, Bronx, NY 10457

Phone: 718-299-9017

Fax: 718-299-2140

Kings County (Brooklyn)

Kings County Board of Elections

345 Adams Street - 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-797-8800

Fax: 718-246-5958

New York County (Manhattan)

New York County Board of Elections

200 Varick Street - 10th Floor, New York, NY 10014

Phone: 212-886-2100

Queens County

Queens County Board of Elections

126-06 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Phone: 718-730-6730

Fax: 718-459-3384

Richmond County (Staten Island)

Richmond County Board of Elections

1 Edgewater Plaza, Staten Island, NY 10305

Phone: 718-876-0079

SDNYC Endorsement Announcement - NYS & Civil Court Judge

This evening, July 23, over 100 members of the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC (SDNYC) voted to endorse candidates in the November 2014 elections.

SDNYC proudly endorses the following candidates:


  • Governor of NYS: Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Lieutenant Governor of NYS: Kathy Hochul
  • NYS Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli
  • NYS Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman   

NYS Assembly:

  • Assembly District 25 (Queens): Nily Rozic
  • Assembly District 34 (Queens): Michael DenDekker
  • Assembly District 40 (Queens): Ron Kim   
  • Assembly District 51 (Brooklyn): Cesar Zuniga   
  • Assembly District 52 (Brooklyn): Jo Anne Simon
  • Assembly District 55 (Brooklyn): Lori A. Boozer   
  • Assembly District 60 (Brooklyn): Chris Banks   
  • Assembly District 61 (Staten Island): Matthew Titone   
  • Assembly District 64 (Staten Island): Marybeth Melendez   
  • Assembly District 66 (Manhattan): Deborah Glick   
  • Assembly District 67 (Manhattan): Linda Rosenthal   
  • Assembly District 69 (Manhattan): Daniel O'Donnell   
  • Assembly District 71 (Manhattan): Herman "Denny" Farrell Jr
  • Assembly District 72 (Manhattan): Guillermo Linares 
  • Assembly District 73 (Manhattan): Dan Quart   
  • Assembly District 75 (Manhattan): Richard Gottfried   
  • Assembly District 76 (Manhattan): Rebecca Seawright
  • Assembly District 77 (Bronx): Latoya Joyner   
  • Assembly District 78 (Bronx): Jose Rivera   
  • Assembly District 79 (Bronx): Marsha Michael
  • Assembly District 81 (Bronx): Jeffrey Dinowitz   
  • Assembly District 86 (Bronx): Victor Pichardo   
  • Assembly District 87 (Bronx): Luis R. Sepulveda

NYS Senate:

  • State Senate District 11 (Queens): John Liu
  • State Senate District 12 (Queens): Michael Gianaris
  • State Senate District 16 (Queens): Toby Ann Stavisky   
  • State Senate District 14 (Queens): Leroy Comrie
  • State Senate District 18 (Brooklyn): Debbie Medina
  • State Senate District 19 (Brooklyn): Dell Smitherman  
  • State Senate District 24 (Staten Island): Gary W. Carsel   
  • State Senate District 26 (Manhattan): Daniel Squadron   
  • State Senate District 27 (Manhattan): Brad Hoylman   
  • State Senate District 28 (Manhattan): Liz Krueger   
  • State Senate District 29 (Manhattan): Jose M. Serrano   
  • State Senate District 31 (Manhattan): Robert Jackson  
  • State Senate District 33 (Bronx): Gustavo Rivera   
  • State Senate District 34 (Bronx): Oliver Koppell  

NY Civil Court Judge:

  • Arlene Bluth

In addition, this evening SDNYC's Board voted to add Juan Rosa to the Board and to add Rod Townsend and Melanie La Rocca to the SDNYC At-Large Board. Please join us in congratulating Juan, Rod and Melanie!

Click the endorsement tab at the top of the page to view all of SDNYC's endorsed candidates in the November 2014 elections.

SDNYC State & Local Endorsement Meeting - July 23

SDNYC's State & Local Endorsement Meeting This Wednesday, July 23

Join us this Wednesday, July 23 at 8:00 PM at the LGBT Center located at 208 W 13 St. to vote to determine which candidates in the November 2014 elections will receive SDNYC's endorsement.

Many of the candidates seeking SDNYC's endorsement have completed our 2014 State Candidate Questionnaire. See below to view or download candidate responses. Please note, some candidates have recently addressed our membership at SDNYC meetings or have been previously endorsed by our club and therefore are not required to complete the 2014 questionnaire to appear on SDNYC's endorsement ballot on July 23.

Please plan to join us on July 23 - SDNYC's endorsement is highly regarded in NY's political community and your vote is important!

Go to the Facebook event page to RSVP and share this meeting with your friends.

Click Here for more information, including eligibility requirements for voting at the July 23 meeting.

Rob Astorino's Alignment With Anti-LGBT Activists

July 16 - New York City LGBT political clubs Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, and Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens released the following joint statement in response to news about republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's alignment with anti-LGBT activists.

“Yesterday, LGBT New Yorkers found out that Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino received nearly $85,000 in campaign contributions from a person that believes that LGBT couples are incapable of being stable, healthy parents and are undeserving of the same legal protections as everyone else. Sean Fieler, a main funder of the City Action Coalition PAC, has consistently donated to Rob Astorino over the past several years. He has also contributed to funding the repeal of transgender rights in California, spearheaded an attack ad campaign in 2013 against some of our greatest leaders in the New York City Council because they are openly gay, and has continued to stand against progressive values that have defined our City and State as a leader for equality.

“Does Mr. Astorino agree with his top donor's ultraconservative views that LGBT New Yorkers are morally inferior to others? Does he support Sean Fieler's commitment to rolling back the clock on marriage equality nationwide?

“Rob Astorino should return the funds given by Sean Fieler. If he supports these views, he should know that the LGBT community will not let New York be taken back into the dark ages.”

Come visit Stonewall Democrats at Staten Island Pride Fest, Saturday, July 12.

Staten Island Pride Fest is Saturday, July 12 and the only city-wide LGBT Democratic club will be represented.  SDNYC members will be at our booth at the Pride .  Come by to discuss candidates, campaigns, and current status of LGBT issues in New York.  Come out to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, North Meadow any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  See you there!


NYC Heritage of Pride March Photos & Thank You!

Thank you to the more than forty people who joined SDNYC at the NYC Heritage of Pride March and to the amazing spectators for cheering us on as we danced/marched our way down 5th Ave. and into the West Village!

SDNYC is proud to march in the parade and to honor the real reason for the day - remembering those who fought for our right to march openly and committing to continue to fight for full equality for the entire LGBT community!

Check out the gallery to see more of SDNYC's photos!