LID Endorses the Vote No on Prop 1 Campaign

At the Fall General Membership meeting on October 1st, LID voted to endorse the Vote No on Prop 1 NY campaign. Proposition 1 is a referendum that will appear on the ballot in November. The amendment would create a 10 member Redistricting Commission—with appointments by legislative party leaders—that is not independent or impartial.

According to the campaign, "this Commission of legislative proxies is almost guaranteed to deadlock, leaving final control of district lines with legislators who will continue to stack the deck to favor incumbents as they do currently. This plan will roll back the ban on prison-based gerrymandering that we fought so hard to achieve."

You can learn more on the campaign here

LGBT Evening in Support of Jamie Kemmerer for State Senate

LGBT Evening in support of Jamie Kemmerer for State Senate
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

497 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY

7-9 PM

Price: $50 (includes FREE open bar)

RSVP Online now or email LID President Michael Czaczkes at

Hosted by:
Empire State Pride Agenda
Scott Klein
Bill Thomas

Jamie is running against Marty Golden who is one of the greatest opponents of marriage equality in New York. Prior to marriage equality being passed in July of 2011, Senator Golden proposed the Defense of Marriage Act, which would have voided former Governor Paterson’s executive order to recognize marriages performed in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

Jamie Kemmerer organized with MoveOn and Bay Ridge Democrats for the passage of marriage equality. It’s time for us to come together and hand Senator Golden one more defeat this November.

Letter to Congressman Rangel from the LGBT Community


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

Young Professionals for Jo Anne Simon - August 19, 2014

Join Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, CBID - Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats and Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club for a Young Professionals event in support of Jo Anne Simon. JoAnne is our candidate for the 52nd District in the State Assembly. Remember, primary day in NY is September 9th. 
Where: 200 Fifth Restaurant, Bar and Grill at 200 5th Ave between Union Street and Berkeley Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn 
When: Tuesday August 19th from 7:30 to 9pm
Suggested donation: Friend - $50, Supporter: $75, Patron: $100 and Sponsor: $150. Donate online 
Disclaimer: "Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine" - Joan Collins

LGBT Political Clubs to Hold Event in Support of State Assembly candidate Marybeth Melendez

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, 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.

NYC LGBT Political Clubs Respond to Rob Astorino's Alignment with anti-LGBT activists


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.”

36th Anniversary Lunch with Lambda

Join us for our
Annual Lunch with Lambda
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM
WoodLand in Brooklyn, New York



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