Lambda Line: January 2005

L.I.D. Annual Meeting


Please join us for L.I.D.’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. at Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves), Park Slope. We will be electing 2005 officers and at-large executive board members, as well as voting on a number of amendments to the LID By-Laws. The proposed amendments can be reviewed prior to the meeting at www.lidbrooklyn.org.

Following are the nominees for L.I.D.’s 2005 Executive Board: President - Gary Parker; Vice President - Christopher Murray; Corresponding Secretary - Reneé Cafiero; Recording Secretary - Harley Diamond; Treasurer – Scott Klein; At-Large Members - Ken Diamondstone; Peter Fleming; Kevin Huang-Cruz; Sandra Lara; Jonathan Lovett; Kay Mackey, Carol Marker; Seth Slade; Joe Tanzi; James Whitty.

In addition to our elected members of the Executive Board, L.I.D. past presidents Alan Fleishman, Bethany Joseph and Dan Tietz have agreed to serve as non-voting, ex-officio Presidents Emeriti.

After our club business, Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, will talk about next steps for achieving same sex marriage and sign copies of his book Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry. Marriage Equality New York is co-sponsoring Evan’s presentation, and is promoting the meeting through its meetings, newsletters and web site.

Thank You Liz Daly


Liz Daly, who stepped down last February as Female Democratic District Leader and State Committeewoman for the 52nd Assembly District (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, DUMBO, Gowanus, parts of Park Slope and Vinegar Hill), gave L.I.D. a $200 check from her campaign committee when she closed out the account.

We are very grateful to Liz for her support of L.I.D. and her many years of service standing up for our community, advancing the principles of democracy, and pushing to reform Brooklyn Democratic Party politics.

Democrats Petition Against Gay Marriage Ban, Bush Backs Off


The week of January 10, the Democratic Party launched a petition drive on the LGBT section of its web site urging the White House to cease its push for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The lead item at www.democrats.org/glbt urges readers to Take Action: “Last July, President George W. Bush suffered an embarrassing defeat when a measure to write discrimination into the U.S. Constitution was soundly defeated in both the Senate and the House despite Bush's adamant public support for it. It is time for Bush to move America forward and come out publicly against this amendment. Join with the Democratic Party and sign our petition today asking Bush to tell Republicans in Washington to stop discriminating against millions of American families.”

Thousands did so, and on Sunday, December 16, President Bush said that he would not press the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. 365Gay.com reported that Bush told the Washington Post he remains opposed to gay marriage but believes there aren’t the votes in the Senate to ensure the amendment would be adopted.Paul Johnson, 365Gay.com Washington Bureau Chief, noted, “By dropping his push for a constitutional amendment Bush will likely incur the wrath of social conservatives within the GOP, but avoid a confrontation with Democrats when he needs their support in the Senate to confirm dozens of appointments.”

2005 Lunch with Lambda Honorees


As we look towards our annual Spring fundraising lunch, we welcome suggestions of potential honorees. There are three kinds of awards: Brooklyn Lambda Awards, which are given to individuals, businesses or organizations that have done something to make our lives better; the Clyde Moss Service Award, presented to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary volunteer commitment to the club; and the Peter B. Vogel Award, given to an individual who has displayed outstanding political leadership in the LGBT community. Please e-mail your nominees for any of the awards to Gary Parker at garyparker@nyc.rr.com.

Keep the Memberships Coming


Dozens of expired members responded to our appeal in the last newsletter to renew their memberships and we the rest of you will help keep that momentum alive in the coming weeks. With the second Bush administration getting under way this month and critical New York City elections taking place this fall, L.I.D. needs to be as large and strong as we’ve ever been.

Calendar


Thursday, January 27, 7pm

L.I.D. Annual Meeting. Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves), Park Slope.
Wednesday, February 2, 3:30pm March, 4:30 pm Rall7

March and Rally for Affordable Housing for all New Yorkers, assembling at Cadman Plaza and marching over the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall. For more info contact Jennifer at NYCAHN toll free at (877) 615-2217 or Flynn@nycahn.org.

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