SDNYC Meeting - February 24th

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24th at 8pm at the LGBT Center. We will be joined by the Community Outreach Coordinator for the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), Brian McCullough, who will share a presentation about CCRB and answer our members' questions.

CCRB's presentation will provide detailed information about the workings of the largest civilian oversight agency and will:

• Outline the structure and authority of the CCRB

• Describe how to file a complaint against a police officer

• Explain the processes of investigation and mediation

• Discuss civilian rights and responsibilities during police encounters such as stop-question-and-frisk

• Investigative process and techniques

• Overview of interviews and evidence collection

• The jurisdiction of the criminal, civil, and administrative court systems

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more information and to share this meeting with your friends.

SDNYC Endorsements

At our meeting last Wednesday, January 27th over 100 members of the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC voted to endorse the following candidates with upcoming elections:

Democratic Presidential Primary Election

Hillary Clinton

In NY, the Presidential Primary Election is scheduled for April 19, 2016

Special Election for NYS Assembly District 65 (Manhattan)

Paul Newell

Special election date for NYS Assembly District 65 is scheduled for April 19, 2016

Special Election for NYC Council District 17 (Bronx)

Rafael Salamanca Jr

Special election for NYC Council District 17 scheduled for February 23, 2016

Thank you to everyone that voted. Please keep an eye out for SDNYC updates with information about how to support SDNYC’s  endorsed candidates in the weeks leading up to their elections.

Presidential Endorsement Meeting

Presidential Endorsement Meeting:

SDNYC’s presidential endorsement meeting will take place on January 27, 2016 at 8pm at the LGBT Center.

Click Here to share this event with your friends and RSVP on Facebook!

To be eligible to vote in our endorsement process, you must register as an official member of Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC by paying your 2016 SDNYC Membership Dues. 

Eligibility Requirements for Jan. 2015 Endorsement Meeting:

Returning SDNYC members* must register and pay 2016 membership dues any time before voting at the January 27th meeting and are permitted to pay in person at the endorsement meeting.  

If you are NOT a returning SDNYC Member*, unfortunately, you are not eligible to vote at SDNYC's January endorsement meeting. To be eligible, new SDNYC members were required to register and pay 2016 membership dues before January 1, 2016.

* Returning SDNYC members include 2014 and/or 2015 registered, dues paying members

If you need to check the status of your membership or have any questions, please email us at or fill out the contact us form on our website.

SDNYC 2016 Membership Dues:

Your support is critical for SDNYC to continue in its commitment to electing progressive democratic candidates to public office, serving NYC's LGBT community, and fighting for equality for all. In addition, your dues help to support SDNYC's Lew Todd Scholarship for CUNY undergraduates.

Membership for 2016 is just $35.00 for individuals. 

Discounted membership is available for families, students, and retired and disabled individuals. 

To pay dues online or to download the 2016 Membership Form with instructions to pay by check/money order go to:

SDNYC Statement re: Hate Crime in Jackson Heights on Nov. 29, 2015

On Sunday night in Jackson Heights, yet another transgender woman was violently attacked in what is being investigated as a hate crime. Then on Monday evening, as the victim lay in recovery at a local hospital, she was re-victimized by ABC News 7 NY's report on the violence perpetrated against her. This second assault although verbal in nature, is egregious and the reporters' blatant misgendering and dehumanizing a victim of violence cannot be ignored. 

See below for the full SDNYC statement:

2015-2016 SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship Annoucement!

We are pleased to announce El Schneider as the recipient of the 2015-2016 SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship! 

The SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship was created in memory of SDNYC founder, Lew Todd and provides a year full scholarship to an undergraduate student at Hunter College who has demonstrated a firm commitment to and active engagement with LGBT issues, has maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher throughout their college enrollment, and envisions a future that includes continued advocacy for LGBT equity.

The Lew Todd Scholarship is supported by SDNYC and by donations from generous supporters like you! To donate to the Lew Todd Scholarship fund please visit: and select SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship from the drop down "designation" list (see image below for more instructions).


Please join us in congratulating El on today’s exciting announcement!

SDNYC Meeting - November 18, 2015

On November 18, we will hold our final general membership meeting of the year with an expert panel discussion by Transgender & Gender Non- Conforming advocates and leaders from across the five boroughs. The meeting will take place two days prior to the nationally recognized Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), where we remember those we have lost to senseless violence and look forward to the work we have to do to achieve full equality for our community. 

Our panelists will discuss topics including employment, health, education, violence and more. They will also discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and the continued uptick in violence against the Transgender community, specifically Transgender Women of Color.

Panelists Include: 

Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA
(Patients Services Manager, Community Health Network)

Antwone (Mississippi Infiniti) Sewell
(Co-facilitator of Self-Defense for CAE (Center for Anti-Violence Education) & Promotional Event Coordinator

Sean Coleman
Executive Director
Destination Tomorrow

Melissa Sklarz
Co-Chair for Empire State Pride Agenda
Board of Directors
Former President of Stonewall Democrats NYC
Current Stonewall Board Member

Moderated by:
Bryan Ellicott
Corresponding Secretary of Stonewall Democrats NYC

SDNYC October 2015 Meeting

Inmigración y la Comunidad LGBT de Nueva York / Immigration and NYC's LGBT Community

October 28, 2015 - 8:00 PM - LGBT Center

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more information & to RSVP.

On October 28th, SDNYC will host an panel discussion immigration issues in NYC and their impact on the LGBT Community including NYPD's involvement in immigration issues, asylum in NYC, detention facilities and how City agencies can help address LGBT immigration issues.

Un panel de expertos discutirá cuestiones relacionadas con inmigración en la cuidad de Nueva York y su impacto en la comunidad LGBT incluyendo la participación NYPD en cuestiones de inmigración, asilo político en la cuidad de Nueva York, los centros de detención y como agencias de la cuidad pueden trabajar con la comunidad LGBT en cuestiones de inmigración.

Opening remarks will be provided by special guest:
--Hon. Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Immigration

The following guest panelists will join us for this important discussion:
-- Bianey D la O, LGBTQ Justice Project Organizer, Make the Road New York
-- Clement Lee, Staff Attorney - Detention Program, Immigration Equality
-- Michael Schreiber, Esq., Immigration Attorney
-- Hollis V. Pfitsh, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Commission On Human Rights - Law Enforcement Bureau

We will also be joined by Aaron Soriano, LGBT Community Organizer -IDNYC Program, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs who will share a brief update on efforts of the City’s Municipal ID program (ID NYC) to reach LGBT Immigrant New Yorkers.

Upcoming SDNYC Meetings & Events!

Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party!

In less than a week, candidates will take the stage for the first 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary debate!

Join SDNYC next Tuesday for a FREE watch party at the Stonewall Inn where we will be cheering for our favorite candidates, assessing Anderson Cooper’s moderating skills and enjoying two-for-one drink specials!

Date: Next Tuesday, October 13th

Time: Watch Party & Drink Specials Start at 7:30pm + Debate Starts at 9pm

Location: The Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014)

You can RSVP for the watch party and find the most updated information on the Facebook Event Page or by completing the RSVP form below:

Next SDNYC General Membership Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, September 30th at 8:00 PM at the LGBT Center in Manhattan for our next meeting. We are excited to share that SDNYC will be joined by NYC's Human Rights Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis who will share an update on the Commission’s work to ensure that the NYC Human Rights Law is enforced Citywide and on the Commission’s ongoing efforts to serve the LGBT Community. 

Visit the Facebook Event Page to share with your friends and we look forward to seeing you on September 30th! 




Support Rebecca Lynch for City Council District 23!

On Sunday, August 16th SDNYC is heading to Queens to join the Progressive Caucus Alliance and other supporters to volunteer for SDNYC's endorsed candidate for City Council District 23, Rebecca Lynch!

Please Join Us!

When: Sunday, August 16th at 1 PM

Meet-Up Location: 61-43 186th St. Suite 206, Fresh Meadows, NY

RSVP: by email or on Facebook

If you are not able to make it on the 16th, join us a few days before at a reception for Rebecca to support her run for City Council!


Next General Membership Meeting – September 30th

SDNYC's next general membership meeting will be at 8PM on Wednesday, September 30th at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. We will be joined by NYC's Human Rights Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis to hear about the Commission’s work to ensure that the NYC Human Rights Law is enforced and the Commission’s ongoing efforts to serve the LGBT Community.

Share information about this meeting with your friends and RSVP on Facebook! We look forward to seeing you there!


First Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party

Save The Date – October 13th

Join Stonewall Democrats on October 13th to watch the first democratic presidential debate!

Location and details will be announced in the upcoming weeks on our website, on Facebook and in our regular email newsletters.

We hope to see you on October 13th!