LID, Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club will be hosting an LGBT event in support of Marybeth Melendez on Tuesday, August 12th from 6pm - 7:30pm at Statler Grill (136 W. 33rd Street in Manhattan). Marybeth is running to represent the 64th District in the New York State Assembly, which includes parts of south Brooklyn and Staten Island. She has been endorsed by all three of these political clubs.
Suggested contribution: $50
Please RSVP to Michael Czaczkes, email@example.com as space is limited.
About Marybeth - Marybeth Melendez has been a resident of Staten Island and Brooklyn for over twenty years.
As a single mother of three, Marybeth worked as a receptionist, legal researcher and a paralegal until she lost her eyesight to Retinitis Pigmentosa. After becoming unemployed, Marybeth experienced poverty first hand.
While raising three children, Marybeth decided to return to school. She graduated with a triple Bachelor of Arts at College of Staten Island and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Mental Health Therapy.
Marybeth has been an active member of our community for many years. You may recognize her for her leading efforts after hurricane Sandy. But her work in the community began long before Sandy hit our shores.
Prior to Hurricane Sandy, Marybeth worked with many local non-profits, in addition to organizing and spearheading Vision of Hope Initiative.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Four New York City LGBT political clubs Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats and Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens have released the following:
"New York City LGBT political clubs Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, and Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens have released the following joint statement today in response to news about 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.”