LID joined organizations and individuals from across the city in a letter urging for the continued boycott of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan until all LGBTQ groups are allowed to march. For the latest updates, be sure to visit Irish Queers.
Oct. 9, 2014
Dear Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito,
"Last year, your public boycott of the anti-gay NYC St. Patrick's Day parade finally paved the way for corporate sponsors to drop the parade. Their departure created pressure on NBC, one of the last remaining sponsors and the broadcaster of the parade, who put pressure on the parade organizers to finally end their ban on Irish LGBTQ groups.
Instead of that pressure leading to Irish LGBTQ groups taking their rightful place in the community's parade, OUT@NBCUniversal has jumped into the space it created. OUT@NBCUniversal is the gay employee/marketing group of the parade's sponsor. The Irish LGBTQ community is still excluded from the parade. The “lifting of the ban” is a sham.
Parade organizers have said that Irish LGBTQ groups may “apply” to march in future St. Patrick’s Day Parades from 2016 on, claiming that there is no room for another group in 2015. This is the same ruse they used in 1991 when they wanted to exclude the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization. When Mayor Dinkins called their bluff and offered to expand the march to allow ILGO in, the organizers came out in the open with their anti-gay reasons for excluding them. This year, when Irish LGBTQ groups applied, parade organizers quickly declared that applications were closed. In the fallout from this gay-panic response, the Catholic League also dropped out of the 2015 march, leaving the parade short of one large contingent. As before, parade organizers simply refuse to let Irish LGBTQ groups march in the newly-opened space.
State and national LGBTQ advocacy groups, as well as groups in Ireland, are supporting the demand for Irish LGBTQ groups to march openly and freely, rather than seeking to march themselves or supporting OUT@NBCUniversal's participation.
Irish LGBTQ groups have also asked OUT@NBCUniversal to withdraw from the parade until Irish LGBTQ groups are part of the parade.
We write to ask that you continue to publicly boycott the parade until Irish LGBTQ groups are accepted into the line of march, and march openly, as full and respected members of the Irish American community.
Because the parade organizers have made misleading claims like “gays are welcome to march, just not to be identified” and now “the ban is lifted, but only for NBC employees”, it's important to be clear about what constitutes inclusion. Irish LGBTQ groups must be able to march just like other contingents: with the group name on a banner identifying the contingent as Irish LGBTQ people. Last year in Boston, parade organizers tried to negotiate with an LGBTQ contingent to march under the word “equality.” But the organizers refused to allow a banner to say “LGBT” or “gay”, as if those were dirty words. So the LGBTQ group rightly declared that parade organizers were not actually willing to lift the ban, and they refused to march. New York City also cannot accept such pretenses at inclusion.
We deeply appreciate your support. Please be in touch with your response, or if we can answer any questions.
Gaby Cryan, Emmaia Gelman, & J.F. Mulligan - Irish Queers
Kate Barnhart, Executive Director - New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth
Mary E. Bartholomew, Esq.
Rev. Pat Bumgardner - Metropolitan Community Church - NY
Kailin Callaghan, Lead Organizer - Rockaway Wildfire
Fidelma Carolan, Regional Officer (N. Ireland) - UNISON
Kelly Cogswell, Author of Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger
Michael Czaczkes, President - Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
Kara Davis, Queer Activist
Bill Dobbs, Gay Civil Libertarian
Erin M. Drinkwater, Executive Director - Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Ronnie Eldridge, Former New York City Councilmember
Jennifer Flynn, Executive Director - VOCAL-NY
Kathleen Gaul - Community Leader at TUSLA, Ireland
Emily Jane Goodman, New York State Supreme Court Justice, Ret.
Tony Hoffmann, President, Village Independent Democrats*
Stephanie Hsu, Secretary - New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)
Andy Humm and Ann Northrop, Co-Hosts - Gay USA
Marjorie Dove Kent, Executive Director - Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
SL Korn, Queer Activist
Gareth Lee - Queer Space Collective Belfast
Bertha Lewis, Executive Director - Black Institute
Mark Libkuman, Open Flows Community Technology Cooperative
Scott Long, Human Rights Activist
Amanda Lugg, Director of Advocacy - African Services Committee
Alan Levine, Civil Rights Attorney
Father Bernárd Lynch, London, Chair of Camden LGBT Forum
Anne Maguire, ILGO
Eileen Markey, Writer
Matthew McMorrow, Manager of Government Affairs - Empire State Pride Agenda
Zenaida Mendez, President - National Organization for Women-NYS
Megan Mulholland - QUEEROCRACY
Dr Tina O'Toole, Founder member of LINC Cork - University of Limerick, Ireland
Pauline Park, Executive Director -Queens Pride House
Allen Roskoff, President - Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, City University of New York College of Staten Island
Arthur Z. Schwartz, President of Advocates for Justice and Democratic District Leader for Greenwich Village
Tom Shanahan, Civil Rights Attorney
Zephyr Teachout, former candidate for Governor, Professor Fordham Law School, and author of Corruption in America
Jay Toole -Jay’s House
Urvashi Vaid, Senior Fellow, Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School*
Maxine Wolfe, Professor Emerita, City University Graduate School
Joan Wile, Author, and Founder, Grandmothers Against the War
Tim Wu, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor/Professor Columbia Law School
Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
Lesbian Herstory Archive
MIX NYC: Queer Experimental Film Festival
Queer Nation NY
*Asterisk indicates organization listed for identification purposes only.
At the Fall General Membership meeting on October 1st, LID voted to endorse the Vote No on Prop 1 NY campaign. Proposition 1 is a referendum that will appear on the ballot in November. The amendment would create a 10 member Redistricting Commission—with appointments by legislative party leaders—that is not independent or impartial.
According to the campaign, "this Commission of legislative proxies is almost guaranteed to deadlock, leaving final control of district lines with legislators who will continue to stack the deck to favor incumbents as they do currently. This plan will roll back the ban on prison-based gerrymandering that we fought so hard to achieve."
You can learn more on the campaign here.
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Empire State Pride Agenda
Jamie is running against Marty Golden who is one of the greatest opponents of marriage equality in New York. Prior to marriage equality being passed in July of 2011, Senator Golden proposed the Defense of Marriage Act, which would have voided former Governor Paterson’s executive order to recognize marriages performed in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
Jamie Kemmerer organized with MoveOn and Bay Ridge Democrats for the passage of marriage equality. It’s time for us to come together and hand Senator Golden one more defeat this November.
August 28, 2014 - LID 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, Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, 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.
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
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.”