Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams is inviting the public to join a tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre. Nearly 300 yards of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple fabric have been stretched out outside Brooklyn Borough Hall, on both the Joralemon Street and Borough Hall Plaza sides, for the public to write messages of hope and solidarity. The office will be out collecting messages on the fabric until they are filled, upon which time Borough President Adams will wrap Brooklyn Borough Hall in the fabric as a dynamic memorial to those lost, which includes two Brooklynites. Later, he will share the messages with the families of the victims as well as members of our greater LGBT community.
We hope you can come out and join us in signing a message on this living memorial, as well as share the word with LID.
On Tuesday, June 14th at 7:30PM in Grand Army Plaza, please join Public Advocate Tish James, U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Senator Kevin Parker, Assemblymember Walter Mosley, Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Brooklyn Pride, Inc., Muslim Community Network, South Asian Fund for Education,scholarship &training - safest, South Asian American Voice -SAAVoice, LGBT, Muslim, Hispanic, and anti-gun violence groups for a unity vigil to honor the lives lost in Orlando.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims in this morning’s horrific massacre in Orlando. We must band together and turn our anger into action. We must stand up against hate, intolerance, and gun violence. While the investigation is ongoing, we cannot ignore that the alleged attacker targeted a gay nightclub. We cannot ignore that he supposedly had an assault-style rifle, weapons that are legal in the United States. We not only stand in unity with Orlando, but we stand ready to take action." - Public Advocate Tish James
Monday, June 13th - All New Yorkers are urged to join us outside the historic Stonewall Inn for a vigil to remember the lives of the 50 individuals whose lives were tragically cut short, pray for the survivors, and stand in solidarity following this morning's massacre at Pulse in Orlando, Florida.
The LGBT community in America and around the world is often the target of hate, but time and again has proven that love conquers hate. We will not run and hide, we will not cower to violence and we will continue to love and fight for full equality
Please note the starting time for this event is now at 7 P.M. There will be a short program and please plan accordingly with timing given a large crowd is expected along with a police presence.
LGBT Community Leaders and elected officials
WHEN: Monday, June 13, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street (Between Waverly Place and 7th Avenue South)
Saturday, June 11th, 2016 is Brooklyn Pride!
From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, stop by the LID booth where we will be joined by Stonewall Democrats of NYC and Congressmember Jerry Nadler's campaign. We will be on 5th Avenue, between 5th Street & 6th Streets
Next, join LID and our elected officials from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM for our annual pre pride event at 200 Fifth Restaurant, Bar and Grill (new venue from last year). We will leave at 7:00 PM for the parade!
The parade kicks off at 7:30 PM and you can find LID outside Bhoomki, 158 Fifth Avenue (between Degraw & Douglass Streets, closer to Douglass)
On May 19th, the membership of LID voted to endorse the following candidates for Congress:
- Nydia Velasquez
- Jerry Nadler
- Hakeem Jeffries
- Carolyn Maloney
- Richard Reichard
Brooklyn Elected Officials, LGBT Community Groups Issue Statement in Response to the Attack of a Transgender New Yorker in Park Slope
“Our community is both outraged and deeply saddened to see a hate-fueled anti-LGBT attack in our own backyard, and our hearts go out to the individual who was so brutally attacked in broad daylight on 7th Avenue and 9th Street in Park Slope last Friday. All New Yorkers, of all gender-identities, have the right to express themselves and we refuse to let such horrific intolerance occur on our streets.
Our neighborhood has long been known for embracing the diversity that makes Brooklyn such a vibrant place to live and we will not take lightly any act of violence that threatens the inclusive community we’ve all built together. At a time when transgender individuals face systematic statewide persecution in other parts of the country, horrifying events like this attack stand as reminders of the many intolerances and injustices facing the transgender community right here in New York.
Transgender and gender non-conforming people, particularly transgender women of color, experience extremely high rates of violence and homicide in this country. Already in 2016 we have lost eleven transgender and gender non-conforming people to fatal violence - which we know of. We must stand up against this kind of hatred and accept everyone for who they are. We will not rest until all New Yorkers feel safe on our streets.
The NYPD is doing everything they can to track down the perpetrator, and ensure that justice comes for the victim of this attack, while our community is committed to proving that we are the welcoming neighborhood we’ve long been known to be.
We stand together, in the face of hatred, showing that our respect and appreciation for all New Yorkers, of every gender identity, stands stronger than the intolerance of a few individuals. As is always the case, our love will destroy their hate.”