Save the Date - 2015 Lunch with Lambda!

LID's Annual Lunch with Lambda will be on May 9th, 2015 from 11am to 2:30 at Woodland (242 Flatbush Avenue) in Brooklyn. Mark your calendars!

Honorees to be announced shortly!


LID Supports Rally to Protect Our Kids & Public Schools


Governor Cuomo has put forth a controversial education scheme that remains a huge sticking point in negotiations over a new state budget, which the legislature and the governor have until March 31 to adopt.

Concerns have been raised over several components of the governor's education agenda, including proposals for stricter teacher evaluations and to seize struggling schools

LID invites you to join public school parents, students, community members, principals, and teachers for a rally to:

  • Fully fund our public schools
  • Support struggling schools
  • Reduce high stakes testing.
  • Cap charter schools, not raise the current cap

Saturday, March 28 at 12pm
Outside Governor Cuomo's office

622 Third Avenue at 41st Street
New York, N

Wear green for funding for our public schools.

Hashtags for Saturday
#All Kids Need
#Invite Cuomo
#Protect Our Schools

LID ELects 2015 Leadership

March 19, 2015
Contact: Michael J. Murphy,

Lambda Independent Democrats Elect New Leadership

At its general members’ meeting last night, the Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn (LID) voted to approve new officers for the organization, as well as affirm the composition of the Executive Board. LID’s new officers are:

President: Michael J. Murphy
Executive Vice President: Robert Atterbury
Treasurer: Scott Klein
Corresponding Secretary: Renée Cafiero
Vice President of Technology: Arthur Bouie
Vice President of Marketing and Social Media: Michael Czaczkes
Vice President of Outreach: Kay Mackey

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Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn is Brooklyn’s largest LGBTQ political organization. LID was founded by a group of activists in Boerum Hill in early 1978 and has grown to become one of the state’s largest LGBTQ political clubs.

March with LID: Statewide Day of Action for GENDA & LID General Meeting

Thursday, March 12, at 12pm on the steps of City Hall
Empire State Pride Agenda will be holding a press conference on the steps of City Hall to call upon the state legislature to pass the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA) in 2015. The Pride Agenda will be joined by members of the LGBT Caucus of City Council, community leaders, and allies to call for the long overdue passage of GENDA to secure basic civil rights for transgender New Yorkers. Similar events are being held on the same day across the state. 

Vote on our Officers and Board, hear updates from elected officials and LID, and more!
March 18th
Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street at 6th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Rally for Homeless Youth

State Senator Brad Hoylman invites you to
A Rally for Homeless Youth

Thursday, February 12
1:00-1:30 PM
on the Steps of City Hall
Enter from Murray Street and Broadway
Call on New York State to increase funding for homeless youth to $4.75 million this year.
In 2012, kids were turned away from shelters more than 5,000 times because there wasn’t enough space – a tenfold increase since 2008 when funding was cut by 66 percent. This winter alone, more than 400 kids have been turned away. Our kids deserve a safe place to sleep.
Share this flier with anyone who may be interested!
RSVP to or 212-633-8052

LID Supports Council Member Menchaca

February 5, 2015


"We are dismayed to hear reports that Carlos Menchaca, the first Mexican-American New York City Council Member and the first openly-gay Council Member from Brooklyn, has been removed from his position as Co-Chair of our borough’s council delegation. Council Member Menchaca’s accomplishments are undeniable, notably his role championing the wildly successful IDNYC program. But perhaps the best example of his outstanding service to his constituents, as well as his service to the city as a whole, is his fight for a democratic and representative approach to development in Sunset Park. Instead of doing the easy thing, going along to get along, Carlos faced down overwhelming pressure and insisted on a fair compromise that would better serve his constituents. That kind of courage is the change Brooklyn needs—and should set an example for the entire city.

The Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn believe Council Member Menchaca will continue to be a leader in the Council and we continue to stand with Carlos."

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LID Reacts to Brooklyn Community Pride Center Leadership Transition

JANUARY 12, 2015

Brooklyn, NY: Last week, Brooklyn Community Pride Center (BCPC) Executive Director Erin Drinkwater announced her resignation. Erin is also a former President of LID and has served on the organization’s board. Following this news, LID President Michael Czaczkes released the following comment:

“On behalf of LID, I would like to thank Erin for all of the amazing work she has accomplished on behalf of Brooklyn’s LGBTQ community. She helped put our borough’s pride center back on the map and achieve milestones that were just visions when she started three years ago. BCPC has gone from a 600 square foot walk up to a 1,600 square foot, ground floor space providing greater access for programs and services; there has been a 65% increase in program participation; and the operating budget has increased almost 38%.

And those are just a few of the accomplishments that happened under her tenure. I wish Erin all the best luck in the future and look forward to continue working with BCPC.”

Following the news, BCPC announced a leadership transition and plan in consultation with Erin and the Board of Governors.

LID's 2014 General Election Endorsements

Polls open 6am to 9pm on Tuesday November 4, 2014

U.S. Congress, House of Representatives

New York Statewide Office

New York State Senate:

New York State Assembly:

LGBT Phonebank in Support of Governor Cuomo

Cuomo 2014 Phone Banking!


Thursday, October 23
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cuomo 2014 Campaign Headquarters
750 Third Avenue (at 46th St.)

Chelsea Goldinger,, 212-551-9441

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

LID Joins Fight to Keep Boycott on NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

LID joined organizations and individuals from across the city in a letter urging for the continued boycott of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan until all LGBTQ groups are allowed to march. For the latest updates, be sure to visit Irish Queers.

Oct. 9, 2014

Dear Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito,

"Last year, your public boycott of the anti-gay NYC St. Patrick's Day parade finally paved the way for corporate sponsors to drop the parade. Their departure created pressure on NBC, one of the last remaining sponsors and the broadcaster of the parade, who put pressure on the parade organizers to finally end their ban on Irish LGBTQ groups.

Instead of that pressure leading to Irish LGBTQ groups taking their rightful place in the community's parade, OUT@NBCUniversal has jumped into the space it created. OUT@NBCUniversal is the gay employee/marketing group of the parade's sponsor. The Irish LGBTQ community is still excluded from the parade. The “lifting of the ban” is a sham.

Parade organizers have said that Irish LGBTQ groups may “apply” to march in future St. Patrick’s Day Parades from 2016 on, claiming that there is no room for another group in 2015. This is the same ruse they used in 1991 when they wanted to exclude the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization. When Mayor Dinkins called their bluff and offered to expand the march to allow ILGO in, the organizers came out in the open with their anti-gay reasons for excluding them. This year, when Irish LGBTQ groups applied, parade organizers quickly declared that applications were closed. In the fallout from this gay-panic response, the Catholic League also dropped out of the 2015 march, leaving the parade short of one large contingent. As before, parade organizers simply refuse to let Irish LGBTQ groups march in the newly-opened space.

State and national LGBTQ advocacy groups, as well as groups in Ireland, are supporting the demand for Irish LGBTQ groups to march openly and freely, rather than seeking to march themselves or supporting OUT@NBCUniversal's participation.

Irish LGBTQ groups have also asked OUT@NBCUniversal to withdraw from the parade until Irish LGBTQ groups are part of the parade.

We write to ask that you continue to publicly boycott the parade until Irish LGBTQ groups are accepted into the line of march, and march openly, as full and respected members of the Irish American community.

Because the parade organizers have made misleading claims like “gays are welcome to march, just not to be identified” and now “the ban is lifted, but only for NBC employees”, it's important to be clear about what constitutes inclusion. Irish LGBTQ groups must be able to march just like other contingents: with the group name on a banner identifying the contingent as Irish LGBTQ people. Last year in Boston, parade organizers tried to negotiate with an LGBTQ contingent to march under the word “equality.” But the organizers refused to allow a banner to say “LGBT” or “gay”, as if those were dirty words. So the LGBTQ group rightly declared that parade organizers were not actually willing to lift the ban, and they refused to march. New York City also cannot accept such pretenses at inclusion.

We deeply appreciate your support. Please be in touch with your response, or if we can answer any questions.


Gaby Cryan, Emmaia Gelman, & J.F. Mulligan - Irish Queers

Kate Barnhart, Executive Director - New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth

Mary E. Bartholomew, Esq.

Sandy Boyer

Rev. Pat Bumgardner - Metropolitan Community Church - NY

Suzy Byrne

Leslie Cagan

Kailin Callaghan, Lead Organizer - Rockaway Wildfire

Fidelma Carolan, Regional Officer (N. Ireland) - UNISON

Kelly Cogswell, Author of Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger

Michael Czaczkes, President - Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn

Kara Davis, Queer Activist

Bill Dobbs, Gay Civil Libertarian

Erin M. Drinkwater, Executive Director - Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Ronnie Eldridge, Former New York City Councilmember

Jennifer Flynn, Executive Director - VOCAL-NY

Kathleen Gaul - Community Leader at TUSLA, Ireland

Emily Jane Goodman, New York State Supreme Court Justice, Ret.

Marie Honan

Tony Hoffmann, President, Village Independent Democrats*

Stephanie Hsu, Secretary - New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)

Andy Humm and Ann Northrop, Co-Hosts - Gay USA

Esther Kaplan

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

Marjorie Dove Kent, Executive Director - Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

SL Korn, Queer Activist

Gareth Lee - Queer Space Collective Belfast

Bertha Lewis, Executive Director - Black Institute

Mark Libkuman, Open Flows Community Technology Cooperative

Scott Long, Human Rights Activist

Amanda Lugg, Director of Advocacy - African Services Committee

Alan Levine, Civil Rights Attorney

Father Bernárd Lynch, London, Chair of Camden LGBT Forum

Anne Maguire, ILGO

Eileen Markey, Writer

Malachy McCourt

Lucy McDiarmid

Matthew McMorrow, Manager of Government Affairs - Empire State Pride Agenda

Zenaida Mendez, President - National Organization for Women-NYS

Megan Mulholland - QUEEROCRACY

Dr Tina O'Toole, Founder member of LINC Cork - University of Limerick, Ireland

Pauline Park, Executive Director -Queens Pride House

Edward Pass

Allen Roskoff, President - Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, City University of New York College of Staten Island

Arthur Z. Schwartz, President of Advocates for Justice and Democratic District Leader for Greenwich Village

Tom Shanahan, Civil Rights Attorney

Brad Taylor

Zephyr Teachout, former candidate for Governor, Professor Fordham Law School, and author of Corruption in America

Jay Toole -Jay’s House

Andy Velez

John Voelcker

Urvashi Vaid, Senior Fellow, Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School*

Maxine Wolfe, Professor Emerita, City University Graduate School

Joan Wile, Author, and Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

Tim Wu, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor/Professor Columbia Law School

Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

Lesbian Herstory Archive

MIX NYC: Queer Experimental Film Festival

Queer Nation NY

*Asterisk indicates organization listed for identification purposes only.