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!

Here Is Your 2014 Pride Calendar!

June 2014 is already a precedent setting pride.  Bill de Blasio became the first standing mayor of New York City to march the Queens Pride this past Sunday, June 1st.  

Pride Month is far from over though and there are ongoing activities in every borough throughout June and into July.  Stonewall Democrats will be at each event and encourage your attendance.

  • June 25th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Queens Borough Hall LGBT Pride Celebration honoring Vice President of SDNYC, Rose Christ! (click link for information about the other lgbt advocates that will be honored at this event)
  • June 26th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Mayor de Blasio's LGBT Pride BBQ at Gracie Mansion 

We'll be adding details as they become available!  Happy Pride!

Stonewall Democrats at Queens Pride

The New York Times agrees with Stonewall Democrats: Espaillat best for NY-13.

This morning, Adriano Espaillat was endorsed by the New York Times! Last month, Stonewall members voted overwhelmingly to support the Senator in his race to win NY's 13th Congressional district seat. You can read the full endorsement here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/opinion/espaillat-for-congress.html?ref=opinion.

With Election Day only five days away, it's time for Stonewall Members to come out to support Adriano Espaillat. Our members are needed every day from now until Tuesday. And this Saturday at noon, join us for a rally and march at the intersection of 135th street and Broadway.

If you want to volunteer over the next five days, please call our Vice President Richard at 347-334-1600, or e-mail r-allman@pacbell.net.

Volunteer Schedule:

Friday
Subway/Hi Traffic Viz: 7am-10am, 4pm-8pm
Phone Banking: 10am-9pm
Door Knocking: 5pm-9pm

Saturday
Subway/Hi Traffic Viz: 10am-4pm, 4pm-8pm
Phone Banking: 10am-9pm
Rally and March: starts at 12 Noon @ Broadway/135
Door Knocking: 2pm-6pm

Sunday 
Subway/Hi Traffic Viz: 10am-4pm, 4pm-8pm
Phone Banking: 10am-9pm
Door Knocking: 2pm-6pm

Monday 
Subway/Hi Traffic Viz: 7am-10am, 4pm-8pm
Phone Banking: 10am-9pm
Door Knocking: 5pm-9pm

Tuesday--Election Day 
Subway/Hi Traffic Viz: 7am-10am, 4pm-9pm
Phone Banking: 10am-9pm
Door Knocking: 2pm-9pm
Poll Site Coverage: 6am-9pm            

Join SDNYC Saturday at the 2014 Brooklyn Pride Parade!

The Brooklyn Pride parade is this Saturday, June 14.  The Brooklyn Parade is a  stroll through Mayor de Blasio's Park Slope neighborhood with a warm, welcoming crowd, sort of like a large line dance through a giant block party!  Start early by exploring the street festival with tons of food, beer gardens and stage entertainment.  Then stay for the fun and join Stonewall Democrats for the parade on Fifth Avenue!  The parade lineup is along Fifth Avenue between Lincoln and Sterling Places (see the map herewith).  We'll meet up around 7:00 p.m.; just find the Stonewall Democrats banner and join us! 

Saturday, June 14
Park Slope, NY

  • Multicultural Festival-- 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 5th Avenue from Third to Ninth Streets
  • Twilight Pride Parade-- 7:30 p.m. Start, 5th Avenue from Lincoln Place to Ninth Street

Grand Marshals--

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Public Advocate Letitia James
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • City Councilman Carlos Menchaca
  • Gay Men of African Descent

For information about other 2014 Pride events go to SDNYC.org/pride !

Robert Pinter Victory Celebration & Rally

ROBERT PINTER VICTORY CELEBRATION AND RALLY

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SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2014 FROM 3:00 - 4:00PM

IN FRONT OF THE STONEWALL INN (53 CHRISTOPHER STREET)

On Friday May 2, 2014, Robert Pinter signed a $450,000 settlement with the City of New York in his federal civil rights lawsuit stemming from his October 10, 2008 false arrest for prostitution outside the Blue Door, an East Village adult video store. In 2008, Pinter and at least forty other men, mostly men of color, were profiled as gay and arrested for prostitution by NYPD male undercover vice squad officers at six Manhattan adult video stores, in an operation reminiscent of the pre-Stonewall era. The arrests were used by the City in legal efforts to close the stores down. By December of 2008, Pinter and other activists had formed the "Campaign to Stop the False Arrests" to put an end to the operation.

Come out to the Stonewall Inn on Saturday June 21 at 3pm and hear from community leaders, activists and elected officials involved in this 6 year struggle, as they celebrate and respond to this victory and what it represents for the LGBT community and beyond.

RSVP on FACEBOOK

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you can arrive early and help set up and/or assist during the rally please contact me asap.

FOR INFORMATION:

Robert Pinter 

917-309-8224 

stopthearrests@aol.com

 

 

 

 

Adriano Espaillat thanks SDNYC

In response to the club's endorsement, Adriano Espaillat has sent the following to the membership:

Dear Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City,

Thank you for your endorsement in the upcoming congressional primary, it means so much to me to have the support of the New York City LGBTQ community. I am proud of my record in Albany, from passing marriage equality in 2011 to advocating for and co-sponsoring the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the banning of conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. I look forward to bringing the LGBTQ reforms that we have been able to pass in New York State to the federal level and being an ally to our nation's LGBTQ community.

Sincerely,

Adriano Espaillat