Lambda Line: March 2006

Gubernatorial Forum March 21, Attorney General Forum on March 28


This is an important statewide election year, and in the months ahead LID will be making endorsements in the Gubernatorial and Attorney General races, among others. Gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Elliot Spitzer has been confirmed to speak at LID’s gubernatorial endorsement meeting on Tuesday, March 21, at 7pm at the Old First Reformed Church, 126 Seventh Avenue at Carroll Street, Park Slope. Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi has also been invited. Our community will have a chance to hear the Democratic candidates in the AG race at a Greater Voices Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, March 28, at 6pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, in Manhattan. All the announced Democrats are being invited to attend: Assemblymember Richard Brodsky, Clinton administration housing secretary Andrew Cuomo, former New York City public advocate Mark Green, two-time candidate for lieutenant governor Charlie King, former aide to President Clinton Sean Patrick Maloney, and former United States attorney for the Western District of New York Denise O’Donnell. Please join us. A separate LID-only endorsement meeting in this race will be held this spring.

Annual Meeting /11th Congressional District Forum Draws Crowd and Controversy


More than 150 people turned out for LID’s 2006 Annual Meeting and 11th Congressional District Forum, in which all five announced candidates in the race to succeed retiring Congressmember Major Owens participated. Pictured from left to right, they are State Senator Carl Andrews, Assemblymember N. Nick Perry, City Councilmember Yvette Clarke, former School District 13 School Board member Chris Owens, and City Councilmember David Yassky. The forum was cosponsored by OutPOCPAC and District Leaders Alan Fleishman and Joanne Simon from the 52nd Assembly District.

Topics addressed ranged from gay marriage to the war in Iraq, from President Bush’s job performance to the Permanent Partner Immigration Act to Establish Equality in Immigration for LGBT people. Certainly the comments that generated the most discussion among LID members were those of Assemblymember Perry. He suggested he was both anti-choice and anti-gay marriage despite a legislative record of support for both women’s and LGBT rights and equality. The forum drew a who’s who of the Brooklyn political world and generated a front page story (and candidate score card) in Brooklyn Papers as well as reports in Gay City News, New York Blade, and the Park Slope Courier,  among other publications.

At the business part of the meeting, LID elected its 2006 officers and executive board: Co-Presidents Gary Parker and Christopher Murray, Vice President Julie Bolcer, Treasurer Scott Klein, Corresponding Secretary Renée Cafiero, Recording Secretary Harley Diamond and at-large executive board members Jesse Alick, Lisa Badner, Gerard Cabrera, Ken Diamandstone, Peter Fleming, Juliet Howard, Gregory Huang- Cruz, Terrance Knox, Norma Jennings, Sandra Lara, Jonathan Lovett, Kay Mackey, Carol Marker, Seth Slade, Joseph Tanzi, James Whitty, Dan Willson, Miriam Yeung and Bob Zuckerman. LID’s executive board is now 48% women and people of color and therefore more representative of the mighty borough of Brooklyn.

Celebrating Council Speaker Christine Quinn


LID couldn’t be more excited about the election of our community’s own Christine Quinn as Speaker of the New York City Council. LID issued a press release applauding her selection, took out an ad in Gay City News to publicly congratulate her, and sent her a personal letter of congratulations as well. LID was also among many co-sponsors of a community celebration in Christine’s honor hosted by the LGBT Community Center on January 25. Hundreds of people from across the city joined in the celebration of Christine’s and our community’s success. Those who missed the event can read about in the January 26 Gay City News online at www.gaycitynews.com/gcn_504/acommunitycelebrates.html.

Help Honor Our Community’s Finest at 28th Annual Lunch With Lambda


On Saturday, April 8, from noon to 3:00pm, LID will host the 28th annual Lunch With Lambda. The 2006 Honorees are the Rainbow Heights Club, New York State’s first and only government-funded, peer-based mental health organization specifically for the LGBT community; City Councilmember Tish James, who represents Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Bedford Stuyvesant; Bishop Zachary Jones of the LGBT Unity Fellowship Church in Brooklyn; and Community Activist and LID Board Member Jonathan Lovett.

Green, Maloney Meet and Greet


In the hotly contested Attorney General race, a couple of the candidates haven’t waited to come before the club to start making their case. Openly gay candidate Sean Patrick Maloney made the first overture back in November, when he invited leaders from Greater Voices, the coalition of New York City’s progressive LGBT political clubs, to his home so he could introduce himself and talk about his candidacy. Mark Green followed suit in January with a similar event in his home. Clearly the LGBT community’s support is highly coveted and not taken for granted.

LID Members on the Op-Ed Pages


A speech made by LID executive board member Jesse Cameron Alick at the LGBT Center on World AIDS Day ran as an op-ed article in the Courier-Life publications on December 3, 2005. A poet, playwright, actor and Zen master, Jesse illustrated the struggles of a young man with AIDS through poetry and prose, writing, “One day you’re a teenager, the next day you’re middle aged. Health insurance, doctor’s appointments, sick days, nausea, physical weakness, random aches, pains, and meds.” He concluded that whatever their struggles, young people have to work to make the world better for those who come after them. To request a copy of the speech, email Jesse at jcalick@yahoo.com.LID executive board member Gerard Cabrera, an attorney, had an op-ed piece about Mayor Bloomberg and gay marriage in the February 2, 2006, Gay City News. He noted that when Gay City News interviewed Bloomberg in December, and he said he “hopes he loses” at the Court of Appeals on his challenge to last February’s gay marriage victory in Manhattan, it was another example of our mayor’s refusal to lead on the issue of civil rights or LGBT New Yorkers. It can be read online at www.gaycitynews.com/gcn_505/blaminglawyerstocover.html. LID executive board member Dan Willson had an op-ed article in the February 3, 2006, New York Sun on the perpetual repositioning of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He wrote that Schwarzenegger “has made a habit of trying to play the role of different former governors of the Golden State, much like an actor would take on a character. Unfortunately for the governor, none of the roles he’s adopted have won over the public.” The article is available online to NYSun.com subscribers at www.nysun.com/article/27020.

HPV Vaccine Trial for Young Gay Men


Brooklyn community activist Irene Van Slyke brought to our attention a clinical trial for a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that desperately needs to enroll young gay men. As of early January, sites for gay men were only 10% full across the globe, while heterosexual males studies were full and closed. The New York City site, at Laser Surgery Care, 420 West 23 Street, Manhattan, is similarly underenrolled. Though most people aren’t familiar with the virus, at least 50% of the population will be infected at some point. Condoms can’t completely protect against HPV, and there is no cure. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world, and it can lead to genital warts, anogenital warts, and anogenital cancer. If you are a sexually active healthy young man who has sex with men and are willing to make a 3-year commitment to the study, please call Jeff Huyett, NP at (212) 242-6500. More information is available at www.hpvvaccinetrials.com/secure/index.html.

Calendar:


Saturday, March 18, 7 – 11pm

Kolot Chayeinu’s B’nai Mitzvah Celebration of Our Voice & Vision honoring LID’s friends Andrea Bernstein and Steve Banks at Grand Prospect Hall, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For sponsorship, advertising, auction or ticket information, e-mail loudandclear@kolotchayeinu.org.
Tuesday, March 21, 7pm

LID Gubernatorial Endorsement Meeting at Old First Reformed Church, Ground Floor Lower Hall, 126 Seventh Avenue at Carroll Street, Park Slope. For more information contact Gary Parker at garygparker@gmail.com.
Tuesday, March 28, 6pm

Greater Voices’ Attorney General Candidates’ Forum at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Manhattan. For more information contact Gary Parker at garygparker@gmail.com.
Saturday, April 8, Noon – 3pm

LID’s 28th Anniversary Lunch with Lambda. Aunt Suzie’s restaurant, 247 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope. For more information contact christophermurray@nyc.rr.com.
Saturday, April 8, 7pm – midnight

Brooklyn Pride’s 10th Anniversary Gala, including cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, open bar and dancing. Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street, Bay Ridge. Tickets $80, must be purchased by March 22. For more information call (718) 670-3337 or email info@brooklynpride.org.
Saturday, April 15, 8pm

LID Theater Night: Take Me Out, presented by Brooklyn’s premier Off-Off Broadway theatre, the Gallery Players. 199 14th Street (between Fourth and Fifth Avenues), Park Slope. Tickets $15. For more information contact Harley Diamond at harleydiamond@hotmail.com.

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