Lambda Line: October 2005

Endorsement Meeting, Forum on Bloomberg’s Failings Set for October 17


Despite a strong second-place showing, LID’s endorsed candidate for Mayor, Anthony Weiner, lost the Democratic primary to Fernando Ferrer. Ferrer will attend our October 17 general membership meeting, where we will vote on whether to endorse him and also whether to endorse the winners in a couple of races where LID made no endorsement in the Primary. Other candidates we will consider endorsing include Charles Hynes for Brooklyn District Attorney, Betsy Gotbaum for Public Advocate, and Darlene Mealy for the 41st City Council District (Ocean Hill and Brownsville). In addition to considering endorsements we will address the topic “Why Bloomberg is Bad for the LGBT Community.” Along those lines, Andy Humm had an excellent column in the September 29 Gay City News (gaycitynews.com/gcn439/ferrervbloomber.html) comparing Bloomberg’s disgraceful record on LGBT issues with Ferrer’s longtime record of support. We hope you’ll join us at 7:30pm on the 17th at Park Slope Methodist Church at the corner of 8th Street and 6th Avenue in Park Slope.

Margarita Lopez Torres Fights to Hold Slim Lead in Surrogate’s Race


After two recounts in the race for Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court Judge, the Board of Elections ruled that LID’s endorsed candidate Margarita Lopez Torres had a 121-vote lead over Diana Johnson. But Johnson’s supporters, including convicted felon Assemblymember Clarence Norman, didn’t accept the count, and in early October, 2,360 disputed paper ballots will be reviewed before witnesses for both campaigns at the Brooklyn Board of Elections. At press time the Lopez Torres campaign still needed volunteers from 9 am to 9 pm weekdays, 9 am to 5pm Saturdays, and 10am to 5pm Sundays through October 12 to help out at the Brooklyn Board of Elections, 210 Joralemon St (across from Borough Hall). If you’re interested, please contact Matt Chachère at 718-415-3239.

This Columbus Day, Protest Parade Grand Marshall Antonin Scalia


LID and other members of the Greater Voices coalition of progressive LGBT Political Clubs have organized a demonstration against Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who has been chosen Grand Marshal of the NYC Columbus Day Parade. Please join us at the parade at noon on Monday, October 10, to protest Scalia’s shameful record on reproductive rights, civil liberties, affirmative action and LGBT rights. We will be meeting in front of the Plaza Hotel at 5th Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan. As we demonstrate, we will be distributing a flyer detailing some of Scalia’s most  appalling decisions during his tenure on the court.

LID Raises Funds for Lesbian Cancer Initiative’s Lapel Pins


This summer, Liz Margolies of the LGBT Community Center’s Lesbian Cancer Initiative wanted to get rainbow pins for the staffs of women’s health centers that deal with cancers. That way, women who go those centers could see that staff members are supportive of lesbian health concerns. The only problem was that she didn’t have money in the budget for the $200 it would cost for 100 pins. After Liz approached LID Vice President Christopher Murray, LID came to the rescue, raising $200 in donations for the pins in just a matter of days. More info on the Center’s Lesbian Cancer Initiative can be found at: www.gaycenter.org/program_folders/LCI/program_view.

Norma Jean Places Second in Civil Court Contest


Despite a vigorous campaign, LID’s own Norma Jean Jennings fell short in her race for Countywide Brooklyn Civil Court Judge. After all the precincts’ votes were reported, Sylvia Ash was declared the winner with 43% of the vote. Norman Jean had 35% and Sandra Roper 22%. This was Norma Jean’s first election, and she made a strong showing. We hope to see her run again in the near future.

Stewart Opponent Taitt Subject to Anti-Gay Smear


As Errol Louis of the Daily News reported on September 23, Sam Taitt, who has several times mounted strong but unsuccessful challenges to Councilmember Kendall Stewart (45th District—East Flatbush and Flatlands), was the victim of the Democratic primary’s “foulest smear.” According to Louis, “Shortly before Primary Day, anonymous flyers and letters began appearing in the neighborhood that said ‘Sam Taitt Is Homosexual, Cannot be Councilman.’ Stewart denies any involvement in what Taitt calls ‘a bald-faced lie’ and ‘an appalling display of hateful, gutter politics.’” Members will recall that LID made no endorsement in the 45th City Council District in the Primary. Many members of our executive committee lined up behind Taitt when he entered the race after our endorsement process was completed.

Forum on Lesbians in the Jewish Community…How Far We’ve Come


On September 22, LID was a co-sponsor with the Park Slope Jewish Center, Kolot Chaiyeneu, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah and the LGBT Center of a Hadassah-sponsored panel titled “Overcoming Challenges: Gay Women in the Jewish Community.” The panel presentation was the brainchild of longtime community activist Gail Hammerman, mother of Community Board 6 District Manager and LID member Craig Hammerman. Told of the forum, longtime community activist and LID Executive Board member Renée Cafiero recalled that, “about 40 years ago, when Mattachine was the only game in town, we were trying to arrange a panel discussion on ‘Religion and the Homosexual’ and contacted some rabbi to see if he’d be on the panel. He replied that it sounded like an interesting topic but didn't see how he could contribute anything to it, because ‘there are no Jewish homosexuals.’” The fact that Hadassah, the Zionist Women’s organization, set up this panel is yet another sign of how far we’ve come.

Gary and Hillary Meet Again, This Time with Christopher


In our last issue we pictured LID President Gary Parker lobbying New York’s junior senator, Hillary Clinton, for LGBT social services at a June fundraiser. As the picture at the left shows, Gary was at it again, this time aided by LID Vice President Christopher Murray at yet another Clinton fundraiser in mid-September. Always persistent, Gary and Christopher took the opportunity to encourage the senator to support social services programming for LGBT families and to reconsider her position on same-sex marriage.

A Whole Lot of Outreach Going On


LID members may remember summer 2005 for the unprecedented number of outreach events we did to encourage Brooklyn’s LGBT community at large to get involved in our club—and even more important, to vote. Following on the great success of David Shanton and Randy Sandlin’s July Summer Soirée in Greenpoint, Executive Board members Kay Mackey, Sandra Lara and Julie Bolcer spearheaded several additional initiatives. These included a wildly successful late-August beer bash at Ginger’s Bar, celebrating the Brooklyn Women’s Softball League; a pre-Primary Day presence at Cattyshack the Saturday before the election; and an LID table at the 31st annual Atlantic Antic street festival and bazaar in late September. All the outreach provided great visibility for the club, resulted in dozens of new names for our mailing list and allowed us to spread the word about our endorsed candidates and the issues we care about. Kudos Kay, Sandra and Julie and thanks to the many members who helped out at the events.

We’re continuing our outreach efforts this fall. Executive Board member James Whitty is organizing an LGBT Family Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, October 23, from 2 to 5pm at J.J. Byrne Memorial Park, 5th Avenue and 4th Street, Park Slope. This free event, where kids can paint pumpkins and families can socialize, is being cosponsored by LID, Center Kids, and OutPOCPAC, New York’s LGBT people of color political action committee.

LID Goes to the Theater


While LID worked hard this summer campaigning for our candidates and reaching out to new members, we also managed to have two successful theater outings; members could see a show and socialize afterward. More than 50 members and friends joined us for the August 14 performance of Oedipus at Palm Springs by The Five Lesbian Brothers. After it many of us headed to Dempsey’s Pub around the corner. Pictured at the bar are (front L–R): Kay Mackay, Brother Dominique Dibbell, Sandra Lara, and James Whitty, (rear L–R): Brothers Peg Healy, Lisa Kron and Maureen Angelos , and Christopher Murray.Executive Board Member Harley Diamond coordinated a second theater event on September 23, a performance by Park Slope’s Gallery Players of Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project. More than two dozen members and friends attended the moving docudrama about the events surrounding the murder of Matthew Shepard and the aftermath.

Calendar:


Monday, Oct. 10, Noon

Protest Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day Parade. Meet in front of the Plaza Hotel at 5th Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan. For additional information email garyparker@nyc.rr.com.
Monday, Oct. 17, 7:30pm

LID General Membership Meeting. Endorsement vote for Mayor, Brooklyn District Attorney and City Council seats. Forum: “Why Bloomberg is Bad for the LGBT Community.” Park Slope Methodist Church at the corner of 8th Street and 6th Avenue in Park Slope.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6pm to 8pm

Major Donor Fundraiser for the Lesbian and Gay Victory Fund hosted by LID VP Christopher Murray at the home of Doug Wright and David Clement, 140 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. Tickets begin at $250.00 each. For more information contact christophermurray@nyc.rr.com.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2pm to 5pm

LID, Center Kids and OutPOCPAC sponsor a “Family Pumpkin Patch” at J.J. Byrne Memorial Park, 5th Avenue and 4th Street, Park Slope. For more information contact James Whitty at 917-434-2246.
Tuesday, No. 8, Polls open 6am-9pm

Election Day. To find out where you vote call 212-NYC-VOTE. For a list of LID’s endorsed candidates visit www.LIDBrooklyn.org.
Sunday, Nov. 13, Noon-3pm

LID’s Fall Curtain Call, a fundraiser and celebration of everyone who worked hard during the municipal elections. Excelsior, 390 5th Avenue (5th & 6th Streets) in Park Slope. Suggested contribution is $25, which can be paid or at the door or in advance. For more information email garyparker@nyc.rr.com.

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