2016 Lunch with Lambda





How to Help Hillary in NYC!

Dear friends,

Tuesday, April 19th is when New Yorkers go to the polls to cast their votes. LID proudly endorsed Secretary Hillary Clinton for President, and many of you have asked how you can get involved in the final days of the primary.

Since you asked, LID, Stonewall Democrats of NYD, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats (GLID), and The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens are joining forces to host two phone banks at the LGBT Community Center (208 W. 13th Street in Manhattan) on Wednesday, April 13 and Monday, April 18 beginning at 6:00 PM both nights.

To RSVP for Wednesday, April 13th, click here
To RSVP for Monday, April 18th, click here 

   LGBT for Hillary Phone Banks

Wednesday, April 13 and Monday, April 18

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Location: LGBT Center 208 W 13 St New York, NY 10011

RSVP: Preferred but not required. 

LID Votes to Endorse Clinton for President

January 23, 2016
Contact: LIDBrooklyn@gmail.com



On Thursday night, the membership of the Lambda Independent Democrats (LID) voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. While the membership appreciates the courageous and historic stances taken by Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Martin O'Malley,  we felt that Hillary was the better choice at this time.

As Brooklyn’s LGBT political club, we support Hillary’s plans for the LGBT community, which aligns with the hard work LID has been doing since 1978. We know that Hillary, as President, will fight to end conversion therapy for minors, protect transgender rights, combat youth homelessness, protect LGBT elders against discrimination, and secure treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Many thanks to the representatives of the campaigns who attended our meeting: Sean Patrick Murphy for Bernie Sanders, Dom Leon-Davis for Martin O'Malley campaign and New York City Councilmember Corey Johnson for Hillary Clinton.  

LID's 2015 Fall Curtain Call

Join us in celebrating the election of Supreme Court Judge Debra Silber and honoring Frank Seddio, Kings County Democratic Chairman 
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Excelsior - 563 5th Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets) in Brooklyn


For more information, contact lidbrooklyn@gmail.com



At this evening's Empire State Pride Agenda Dinner, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced executive action intended to protect transgender people from discrimination. The Governor will direct the State Division of Human Rights to issue regulations that would extend existing protections against discrimination so that they cover “gender identity, transgender status and gender dysphoria.”

Following this announcement, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn released the following statement:

"We are encouraged that Governor Andrew Cuomo and his team successfully found a way to protect transgender New Yorkers through the use of executive action; however, we are disappointed that the governor is not putting the same political capital into the protection of transgender New Yorkers as he once did marriage equality. For years, LID, advocacy groups and elected officials including Brooklyn's own Senator Daniel Squadron have been fighting to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act in order to add gender identity and expression to the categories already included in our state’s anti-discrimination laws.

Today, a New Yorker could move from New York City to Nassau County and be fired from a job, denied housing, and mistreated in restaurants merely because of their appearance or gender identity. Transgender New Yorkers should not have to navigate piecemeal local protections to determine where they will and won’t be discriminated against.
We call on the governor to think long term - 20 states currently extend protections based on gender expression and identity in their state laws. The protections advanced through executive action must be enshrined into New York State law and thus not subject to the political leanings of future governors. Further, we call on all progressive New Yorkers and political clubs across the state to redouble their efforts to take back the Senate, ensuring that issues such as GENDA, the Dream Act, No Condoms As Evidence and the NY/NY IV agreement are signed into law."

LID Discusses Criminal Justice

On September 24, 2015, LID met to have a discussion focused on criminal justice. We know that the way the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV and AIDS are treated by law enforcement is of great concern. From police profiling of trans women of color as sex workers and the use of condoms as evidence to the violence LGBTQ people face in custody, criminal justice reform is important for the LGBT movement.


In all but two states, voting age citizens convicted of a felony are barred from voting for some period of time. Laws vary in each state. While many states restore voting rights to individuals automatically after they exit jail or prison, others permanently disenfranchise people with a past felony conviction or require they petition the government to have their right restored. Visit Nonprofit Vote for more info.

A yearlong NPR investigation found that the costs of the criminal justice system in the United States are paid increasingly by the defendants and offenders. It's a practice that causes the poor to face harsher treatment than others who commit identical crimes and can afford to pay. Some judges and politicians fear the trend has gone too far.

  • In at least 43 states and the District of Columbia, defendants can be billed for a public defender.
  • In at least 41 states, inmates can be charged room and board for jail and prison stays.
  • In at least 44 states, offenders can get billed for their own probation and parole supervision.
  • And in all states except Hawaii, and the District of Columbia, there's a fee for the electronic monitoring devices defendants and offenders are ordered to wear.

In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing. They are missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars. Check out more from the NYTimes


Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families? A national led community-driven report led by the Ella-Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design.

Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV.

Millions to the Polls: The Right to Vote for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

  • Nearly six million people are denied the right to vote due to felony offenses, even if they have completed their sentences.
  • One out of every 13 eligible African Americans of voting age has lost their right to vote.
  • States should not permanently take away the freedom to vote from any citizen. At a bare minimum, the right to vote should be automatically restored once a person is released from incarceration.


The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. 

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Their work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. The organization is outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and responds through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.

New York City Jails Action Coalition is a coalition of activists that includes the formerly incarcerated, currently incarcerated, family members and other community members working to promote human rights, dignity and safety for people in New York City jails.

Fortune Society was founded in 1967 to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society. The organization does this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision. Fortune serves approximately 4,500 men and women annually.

Join LID in Greenpoint

Join LID for our next panel discussion where will focus on criminal justice.

We will be meeting on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm at Ascension Church Parish Hall (122 Java Street) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Afterwards, join us for some social time at Brew Inn, 924 Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint.

Our panelists include (list in formation):

Five Mualimm-ak of Jails Action Coalition and the Director of Incarcerated Nation Corp.

Mik Kinkead - Staff Attorney & Prisoner Justice Project Director of Sylvia Rivera Law Project

LGBTQ Taskforce Launch for Brooklyn

Senator Jesse Hamilton and Councilmember Carlos Menchaca to Co-Chair New LGBTQ Advisory Board

First meeting will be this Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 6:30pm at 1669 Bedford Avenue #2 in Brooklyn

The purpose of the advisory board will be to provide counsel, both on state and local issues in order to keep moving the LGBTQ agenda forward to create full equality and acceptance. 

This launch comes after 4 anti-LGBTQ hate crimes rocked Brooklyn, three in Crown Heights and one in Flatlands. The Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn will be a part of this task force. 

The anti-LGBTQ hate crimes demonstrate that we have more work to do to ensures no one faces harassment, intimidation, and outright violence because of who they are, who they love or where they live. 

The task force meeting is open to the public. We encourage you to join us.

Contact Raul Rothblatt, Director of Community Affairs for Senator Hamilton at 718-284-4700 or rothblat@nysenate.gov

LID's July General Meeting on Thursday!

Please join the Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn (LID) for our upcoming General Membership meeting to hear from members of our community on issues that are important to you!!!

After all, the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage was a HUGE win but there is still more work to do.

When: Thursday, July 16 @ 6:30PM
Where: The Brooklyn Community Pride Center (corner of Willoughby St. and Gold St., downtown Brooklyn)

Speakers covering a range of topics including supportive housing, separation of church and state, GENDA and community led development include:

Reginald T. Brown, M.Ed - Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) and Unity Fellowship of Christ Movement

Andy Humm - co-host of GAY USA and activist for 40 years. Full bio at www.gayusatv.org

Matthew McMorrow - Empire State Pride Agenda

Councilmember Carlos Menchaca and Councilmember Daniel Dromm

Join the board and club members after the meeting for a drink and more conversation at Dining Room Brooklyn, 56 Willoughby St.