Standing Up to Hate in #CrownHeights

Despite a victory in the Supreme Court on Marriage Equality, the reality on the streets is that acceptance will come at a much slower pace. A recent anti-gay hate crime in Crown Heights is yet another reminder that LGBTQ and HIV-affected people face hate motivated violence on a regular basis. It is also a reminder that we must all work even harder to foster a culture citywide that accepts everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

On Thursday, July 9, 2015 elected officials including Senator Jesse Hamilton, Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Eric Adams, Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, Assemblymember Maritza Davila and District Leaders Geoffrey Davis and Cory Provost gathered to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and denounce this heartless crime along with an amazing group of organizations including Empire State Pride Agenda, Gmad Brooklyn, CHUTNEY PRIDE LGBT NYC, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) and Kolot Chayeinu.

A huge thank you to Senator Hamilton for convening everyone in a standing of solidarity along with his announcement to create an LGBTQ Advisory Committee to provide counsel regarding issues of concern to the community on issues including discrimination, civil rights, and public health. 

The LGBTQ Advisory Committee will also serve as a forum for exchanging information and developing ideas as a platform for engaging in outreach to raise awareness and as a community catalyst to encourage participation so everyone’s voice is heard.

#LoveWins Whats Next? July 2015 Meeting

#LoveWins right? So what's next?

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, 2015 @ 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

Matthew McMorrow - Empire State Pride Agenda

Councilmember Carlos Menchaca

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

Join LID for Brooklyn Pride

On Saturday, June 13th, join LID for Brooklyn Pride's Street Fair along 5th Avenue in Park Slope followed by New York City's night time parade, the Twilight Parade.

Parade kickoff is at 7:30pm from 5th Avenue and Sterling Place

And, join us between the street fair and the parade at Beauty Bar (249 5th Avenue)!

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.