August 28, 2014 - LID joined Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Assemblymember Daniel J. O'Donnell, Council Member Corey Johnson, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Council Member Hon. Ritchie Torres, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, Empire State Pride Agenda, and the Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association in a letter letting Congressman Rangel know why Council Member Fernando Cabrera is the wrong choice for the NYS Senate District 33 seat.
August 28, 2014
Dear Congressman Rangel
After hearing of your recent endorsement of Council Member Fernando Cabrera in the upcoming Primary election for NYS Senate District 33, we are reaching out to explain why we are supporting NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera in his re-election campaign.
We are proudly standing with NYS Senator Rivera because he stands with all of us in demanding civil rights and full equality for all New Yorkers and he has proven his commitment throughout his tenure in the State Senate.
During the fight for marriage equality in NYS, Senator Rivera stood by the LGBT community, serving as a key ally in Albany and his commitment to our community continues today.
Senator Rivera is an unequivocal supporter of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), pledging to continue to fight to see GENDA approved. He also supports legislation banning so-called "conversion therapy" for minors, eliminating the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution cases and ending the prohibition on using Medicaid funds for gender transition-related health care services - all vitally important issues to our community.
Senator Rivera not only stands up for the LGBT community but serves as an important voice for progressive values including women's equality and reproductive rights.
Council Member Cabrera does not stand with the LGBT community.
In fact, he actively works against all of us and many of his policy positions are in opposition to the long march toward equality seen throughout your career.
Council Member Cabrera advocated against the NYS marriage equality bill as it was pending in Albany and has continued to express discriminatory and regressive views on marriage, protections for the transgender community and women's rights.
By working with the Family Research Council and the American Family Association to undermine the ongoing fight for equality for all New Yorkers, Council Member Cabrera has made it clear that he does not stand with us.
Congressman, your endorsement in this race tarnishes your long history of supporting LGBT rights and illustrious record of supporting progressive candidates for office.
The choice is clear, Congressman. Please join us in supporting the candidate that stands with all of us, NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera.
Senator Brad Hoylman
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick
Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell
Council Member Corey Johnson
Council Member Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Ritchie Torres
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC
Empire State Pride Agenda
Lambda Independent Democrats
Bronx Rainbow Independent Democratic Association
LID, Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club will be hosting an LGBT event in support of Marybeth Melendez on Tuesday, August 12th from 6pm - 7:30pm at Statler Grill (136 W. 33rd Street in Manhattan). Marybeth is running to represent the 64th District in the New York State Assembly, which includes parts of south Brooklyn and Staten Island. She has been endorsed by all three of these political clubs.
Suggested contribution: $50
Please RSVP to Michael Czaczkes, firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
About Marybeth - Marybeth Melendez has been a resident of Staten Island and Brooklyn for over twenty years.
As a single mother of three, Marybeth worked as a receptionist, legal researcher and a paralegal until she lost her eyesight to Retinitis Pigmentosa. After becoming unemployed, Marybeth experienced poverty first hand.
While raising three children, Marybeth decided to return to school. She graduated with a triple Bachelor of Arts at College of Staten Island and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Mental Health Therapy.
Marybeth has been an active member of our community for many years. You may recognize her for her leading efforts after hurricane Sandy. But her work in the community began long before Sandy hit our shores.
Prior to Hurricane Sandy, Marybeth worked with many local non-profits, in addition to organizing and spearheading Vision of Hope Initiative.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Four New York City LGBT political clubs Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats and Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens have released the following:
"New York City LGBT political clubs Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, and Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens have released the following joint statement today in response to news about Rob Astorino's alignment with anti-LGBT activists.
Yesterday, LGBT New Yorkers found out that Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino received nearly $85,000 in campaign contributions from a person that believes that LGBT couples are incapable of being stable, healthy parents and are undeserving of the same legal protections as everyone else. Sean Fieler, a main funder of the City Action Coalition PAC, has consistently donated to Rob Astorino over the past several years. He has also contributed to funding the repeal of transgender rights in California, spearheaded an attack ad campaign in 2013 against some of our greatest leaders in the New York City Council because they are openly gay, and has continued to stand against progressive values that have defined our City and State as a leader for equality.
Does Mr. Astorino agree with his top donor's ultraconservative views that LGBT New Yorkers are morally inferior to others? Does he support Sean Fieler's commitment to rolling back the clock on marriage equality nationwide?
Rob Astorino should return the funds given by Sean Fieler. If he supports these views, he should know that the LGBT community will not let New York be taken back into the dark ages.”