Lambda Line: May 2006

Leading the Way at Brooklyn Pride!


LID co-Presidents Gary Parker and Christopher Murray were honored to get a letter from Jean Amboise, Co-Chair of Brooklyn Pride, Inc, asking if they and the club would accept the honor of being Grand Marshals for the 10th Annual Brooklyn Pride Celebration on June 10, 2006. According to the letter, Gary, Christopher and LID were “nominated for this prestigious honor because of your involvement in the community.” Gary and Christopher are gratified by the recognition and hope all LID members will participate in the Grand Marshal ontingent at this year’s parade. See the calendar on page two or www.brooklynpride.org for details.

LID Endorses Spitzer for Governor, Maloney for Attorney General


On Wednesday, April 26, LID held its endorsement meeting for Attorney General and uncontested New York State races. We also revisited the gubernatorial endorsement, which had been tabled in March after neither Attorney General Eliot Spitzer nor Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi appeared before the club. The no-shows by the candidates and LID’s decision to table the endorsement were noted in papers including The New York Sun, Park Slope Courier, and Gay City News.

The second time around, Spitzer appeared before the club to make the case that he deserves the support of the LID and LGBT voters in part because of his support for gay marriage. After making prepared remarks and answering questions, Spitzer easily captured the club’s endorsement over Suozzi, who again failed to appear. Several incumbents running unopposed were endorsed as well: Comptroller Alan Hevesi, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (18th SD), Assemblymember Joan Millman (52nd AD), and Assemblymember James Brennan (44th AD).

In the most competitive race of the night, Sean Patrick Maloney, an openly gay former aide to President Clinton, won LID’s Attorney General nod. With five opponents, Maloney faces a difficult challenge getting on the ballot and will probably need to collect thousands of signatures beginning une 6th. To volunteer, please contact Erika Danford at maloneycampaign@hotmail.com or visit Maloney's
website www.seanmaloney.com In other endorsement news, at the March Executive Board Meeting, LID’s own Debra Silber was unanimously endorsed for Supreme Court. One of LID’s founding members, Debra was elected to the Civil Court county-wide in November 1997 and was appointed an acting justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, in 2004.

Congressional Endorsement Meeting May 25; Statewide and Civil Court June 8


On Thursday, May 25, at 7:30pm, LID will hold its endorsement meeting for the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The meeting will take place at the Brooklyn YWCA, 30 Third Avenue (at Atlantic Avenue), 1st Floor Community Room. Hear from the candidates in the hotly contested 10th and 11th CDs and vote on whom LID should endorse. Two weeks later, on Thursday, June 8, at 7:00pm, LID will hold its endorsement meeting for State Legislative and Judicial seats. The meeting will take place at Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) in Park Slope. Pizza and refreshments will be served.Endorsement rules: All LID members who are Kings County residents and have joined by paying their membership dues no later than 45 days prior to the meeting (April 10 for the May 25 meeting and April 24 for the June 8 meeting) are eligible to vote. Memberships that have expired in the last year can be renewed at the door, and those members are immediately eligible to vote. Members who live outside the county or join too late are welcome to participate in the discussion. We will have a list on hand of all current members and those that have expired in the last year.

Guilty Verdict in Trial of Dwan Prince's Attacker


In late March, the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) announced that Steven Pomie was found guilty on all counts for the brutal anti-gay attack on Dwan Prince last June. Prince was savagely beaten by three men screaming anti-gay slurs outside his apartment in Brownsville. Pomie was found guilty of five charges, including Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the First Degree as a hate crime, and was sentenced by Brooklyn State Supreme Court judge Deborah A. Dowling to a maximum of 25 years in prison. Just after Prince was assaulted, AVP sent staff and volunteers into Brownsville to flyer the neighborhood to solicit information and witnesses and held a City Hall press conference to raise visibility around the case. AVP also had staff monitoring the trial, which lasted about a week. AVP Executive Director Clarence Patton said, “We are pleased with the excellent work of the police investigators and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in bringing some justice to Dwan; so often the perpetrators of anti-LGTB hate violence are never apprehended, let alone tried and found guilty.” Nonetheless, he added, “We do have some additional questions about why some of the individuals who were involved in the attack with Pomie were not or have not been brought to trial or charged, and do plan to follow up with the District Attorney’s Office on that issue.”

Lunch with Lambda Draws a Who’s Who of the New York Political World


The 28th Anniversary Lunch with Lambda on Saturday, April 8, was a resounding success. Honorees Bishop Zachary Jones of the Unity
Fellowship Church (pictured below with LID Exec Board member Jesse Alick); the LGBT community-based organization Rainbow Heights Club; City Councilmember Letitia James; and LID Executive Board member and community activist Jonathan Lovett drew a huge crowd of politicians, activists and community members. Those in attendance included Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn, New York City Comptroller William Thompson, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (pictured at left with LID Co-President Gary Parker and VP Julie Bolcer), Congressmember Major Owens , Councilmembers Bill de Blasio , David Yassky, Yvette Clark and Lew Fidler; Assemblymembers Adele Cohen, Joan Millman, Nick Perry and James Brennan; State Senators Velmanette Montgomery, Martin Connor and Carl Andrews . Also present were several Brooklyn Civil Court judges, including LID’s own Debra Silber, Karen Rothenberg, Ellen Spodek, Shawndya Simpson, Delores Thomas , Jack Battaglia, Loren Bailey Schiffman, Betty Williams and Michael Gerstein, and leaders of other political clubs, including Harry Weider and Pamela Bates from 504 Democratic Club. Courier Life newspapers not only covered the event but also ran a profile of the Rainbow Heights Club, which noted the role LID and local politicians played in restoring the club’s funding.

ESPA Launches “New Yorkers for the Freedom to Marry”


On March 21, the Empire State Pride Agenda announced that Attorney General Spitzer, Comptroller Hevesi and 44 other elected officials from across New York State voiced their support for marriage equality in an initiative that brings together local and state leaders from many different backgrounds to speak out in support of marriage for same-sex couples. Brooklyn has four elected officials on the list: ongressmember Jerrold Nadler (8th CD), State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (18th SD), State Senator Kevin Parker (21st SD), and Assemblymember Adele Cohen (26th AD).

Nadler Introduces Equal Access to Social Security Act


In mid-April Congressmember Nadler introduced the Equal Access to Social Security Act, H.R. 5152, which would amend the Social Security Act to afford same-sex couples the same benefits, responsibilities, and obligations as others who pay into Social Security. Nadler explained, “Same-sex couples are denied more than 1,000 federal benefits that other taxpayers are entitled to.” His bill, which adds the term “permanent partner” to the Social Security Act, addresses this inequity. So far 17 members of Congress have co-sponsored Nadler’s
resolution, but no one else from the Brooklyn delegation. LID has written to our borough’s Representatives and urged them to sign on to H.R. 5152 now.

Calendar:


Friday, May 5, 7pm

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGENYC) will host a variety show, “Family Values,” in the performance space of the Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Place (between 7th and 8th Avenues.), Park Slope. The cost of admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 years old, payable only at the door. For more information, contact Dori Kavanagh at dori@colagenyc.org.
Thursday, May 25, 7:30–10pm

LID Congressional Candidates Endorsement Meeting at the Brooklyn YWCA, 30 Third Avenue (at Atlantic Avenue), 1st Floor Community Room.
Friday, June 2 ,7–9pm

Celebrate nine years of The Audre Lorde Project at “The Power We Have: An Evening of Cultural Resistance,” at the Quaker Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place (entrance on 15th Street), Manhattan. To purchase tickets contact Mark A. Reyes, Development Coordinator, at 718-596-0342 x11.
Saturday, June 3, 11am

Marriage Equality New York’s 3rd Annual Wedding March across the Brooklyn Bridge, co-sponsored by LID among others. Assemble at Cadman Plaza to march across the bridge. On the other side, marchers are invited to gather in Battery Park for a picnic and performances by various artists.
Thursday, June 8, 7:30–10pm

LID State Senate, State Assembly and Brooklyn Civil Court Endorsement meeting. Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) in Park Slope.
Saturday, June 10, Festival: 11am – 5pm, Parade: 8pm

Join LID as Grand Marshal at the 10th Annual Brooklyn Pride. The Festival takes place at Bartel Pritchard Square and along Prospect Park West from 15th Street to 9th Street. The Parade begins at Bartel Pritchard Square (Prospect Park West at 15th Street) and travels along 15th Street to Seventh Avenue, continuing north on Seventh Avenue to Lincoln Place.

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