Lambda Line: October-November 2004

November 2nd is Election Day – Don’t Forget to Vote


While we’re all focused on efforts to turn out the Kerry-Edwards vote in the swing states, we mustn’t forget to vote here at home. Our votes are needed not only in the presidential race, but also for our endorsed candidates for Congress and the State Legislature. Following is a complete list of L.I.D.’s endorsed candidates. Candidates with asterisks after their names face strong Republican challengers. Remember, polls are open from 6am to 9pm. Don’t know where to vote? Call 212-VOTE-NYC.
President/Vice President

John Kerry/John Edwards*
U.S. Senate

Chuck Schumer
House of Representatives

8th District: Jerrold Nadler
9th District: Anthony Weiner
11th District: Major Owens
12th District: Nydia Velázquez
13th District: Frank Barbaro*
State Senate

18th District: Velmanette Montgomery
19th District: John Sampson
20th District: Carl Andrews
21st District: Kevin Parker
23rd District: Diane Savino*
25th District: Martin Connor
State Assembly

44th District: James Brennan
46th District: Adele Cohen*
52nd District: Joan Millman

The Final Phone Banks


Since May, LGBT volunteers have made thousands of calls to identify pro-Kerry voters in Swing States. Now we’ve got to make sure they get out and vote! Please sign up for one or more three-hour Get Out the Vote Phone Bank shifts on the following days: Saturday, October 30 (11am-9pm), Sunday, October 31 (11am-9pm), Monday, November 1 (11am-9pm) and Election Day, Tuesday November 2 (9am-9pm). Please contact Laura Morrison at (212) 206-0033 to reserve your space.

On November 14th, Celebrate our Electoral Efforts at L.I.D.’s Fall Brunch


On Sunday, November 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm, L.I.D. will hold a fundraiser and celebration of everyone who worked hard during the Presidential election. The event will take place at Excelsior, 390 5th Avenue (between 5th and 6th Streets) in Park Slope. The suggested contribution is $25, which can be paid at the door or in advance. Mail checks payable to L.I.D. to Gary Parker, 466 15th Street, #8, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Meeting Senator Schumer


Senator Chuck Schumer has agreed to meet with representatives of New York City’s largest Democratic LGBT political clubs on issues of concern to the community. This meeting, spearheaded by Lambda Executive Board member Gary Parker, will be the first time Senator Schumer has met collectively with the clubs. Parker stated, “New York’s LGBT community appreciates his leadership in helping to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. However, many crucial civil rights battles remain to be fought. We look forward to hearing an update from the Senator on federal legislation such as the Marriage Protection Act, judicial appointments, civil rights, social and economic justice and other topics of importance in this year’s presidential election.” This is the first in a series of meetings with high profile elected officials. The same group will be meeting next month with Elliot Spitzer.

The Return of Outing


On October 12, L.I.D. joined Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, and Stonewall Democratic Club in sponsoring “Outing the Hypocrites: Exposing Right Wing Closeted Politicians in Election 2004.” The forum, moderated by Gay City News editor Paul Schindler and featuring panelists Mike Rogers of www.blogactive.com, Ann Northrop of Gay USA, and Michelangelo Signorile of the Advocate and Sirius radio, discussed the recent surge in homophobic politicians being exposed as homosexual, as well as the history and impact of reporting public figures’ sexual orientation. For details of what transpired see the Gay City News article by Duncan Osborne at http://gaycitynews.com/gcn_342/debatingoutingasa.html and the editorial by Schindler at http://gaycitynews.com/gcn_342/letterfromtheeditor.html.

L.I.D.’s Poet Laureate


We were pleased to learn that L.I.D. Executive Board member Christopher Murray was the featured poet on National Public Radio’s “The Writer's Almanac” program in late August. Host Garrison Keillor read his poem “I Got Beat Up A Lot in High School,” from the Soft Skull Press anthology Bend, Don't Shatter: Poets on the Beginning of Desire, edited by T. Cole Rachel and Rita D. Costello. The book features LGBT writers’ poems about adolescence. To read/listen to Christopher’s poem go to http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/docs/2004/08/23/index.shtml and scroll down to August 24th.

Forum on the International Struggle for LGBT Equality


On Thursday, October 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the LGBT Rights Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) are co-sponsoring “Crossing The Border” a forum on a number of critical, and rapidly evolving, areas in the LGBT rights movement, with particular attention being paid to developments outside the U.S. and at its borders. The panelists will consider, among other topics, the emergence of marriage and quasi-marriage rights for same-sex couples in Canada, Europe, and South Africa; efforts to monitor and reduce human rights violations against LGBT persons worldwide; and U.S. political asylum and same-sex partner immigration policies. The panel will take place at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 W. 44th St. For more information, email Larry Moss at lmoss@moss-law.com.

Recognizing One of our Own


L.I.D. congratulates club member Laura Morrison, who is being honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation for her tireless commitment to promoting the well-being of LGBT individuals and strengthening the LGBT community. Congrats Laura! We are proud of you!

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