Lambda Line: September 2004

September 14th is Primary Day – Don’t Forget to Vote

While most folks are focused on the Presidential election, there are still a number of important contests in Brooklyn that will be decided in the September 14th Democratic Primary. Those L.I.D. endorsed candidates facing primary challenges are listed on the enclosed palm card. A complete list of candidates endorsed at L.I.D.’s June 3rd meeting appears before the calendar in this issue. Remember, on Primary Day polls are open from 6am to 9pm. Don’t know where to vote? Call 212-NYC-VOTE.

Help Harley in the Home Stretch

One of L.I.D.’s endorsed candidates in a contested primary is L.I.D. member and former treasurer Harley Diamond, who is running for Kings County Civil Court Judge. If elected, Harley would be the first openly gay male to be elected to Brooklyn’s Civil Court. Harley has been running a strong campaign, having won the support of dozens of elected officials and community leaders as well as innumerable Democratic voters he has met campaigning in all corners of the borough. Harley’s campaign was further bolstered by the endorsement of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which encourages its members nationwide to make contributions to its endorsed candidates. Financing is critical in a race that hinges on multiple mailings, calls, literature distribution and direct contacts with registered Democrats throughout the borough. Harley still needs our donations and our volunteer efforts. To help out in the home stretch, call the campaign at (866) 273-5065 or check out

Brooklyn Congressional Dems Do Right on “Marriage Protection Act”

On July 22 the House of Representatives passed the so-called “Marriage Protection Act” (HR 3313) by a vote of 233-194. However, we can thank the Democratic members of the Brooklyn Congressional delegation – Jerrold Nadler, Anthony Weiner, Ed Towns, Major Owens and Nydia Velázquez – for uniformly rejecting this homophobic attack on constitutional principles.

Likewise, New York’s Democratic Senators, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, helped rally opposition that sent the Federal Marriage Amendment to embarrassing defeat in the Senate on a procedural vote.

Unfortunately Brooklyn’s lone Republican Representative, Vito Fossella, voted with the majority in support of HR 3313 – one more reason we need to elect Democrat Frank Barbaro in November.

Head to Ohio for Kerry-Edwards

L.I.D. member Imogen Taylor wrote to let us know, “There’s some big, gay get-Kerry-elected shenanigans planned for Columbus Day weekend (October 9-11) in Ohio.” Brooklyn’s own Jill Harris ( and Chris Goeken ( are coordinating the effort. Email Imogen at if you’d like go. If we get enough takers we’ll arrange car pools or group transportation.

Kerry Pride Fundraiser A Smash Success

“Kick Off Pride by Kicking Out George Bush,” the June 17th fundraiser spearheaded by L.I.D. executive board member Gary Parker, and co-sponsored by all of the city’s LGBT Democratic clubs as well as OutPOCPAC, exceeded even the lofty expectations set by organizers. More than 200 people packed into the lounge at Avalon on West 20th Street in Manhattan, raising $5,000 for the Kerry campaign and $500 for the National Stonewall Democrats. A number of those who attended were not already affiliated with an LGBT club. In order to keep these newcomers engaged, the executive committee voted to extend a free one-year L.I.D. membership to every Brooklyn attendee not already on the rolls. Welcome to the new members, and thanks to Gary, Avalon owner John Blair, and everyone who turned out for this great fundraiser.

Next up: Senator Schumer

Following on the success of the June 17th event, Gary is harnessing the City’s leading LGBT political clubs, along with Gay City News and the LGBT Community Services Center, to host a fall “town hall forum” with Senator Chuck Schumer. In late July, the club presidents sent a letter to the Senator inviting him to address the community at the Center on a mutually agreeable date. The structure of the evening should include twenty minutes for Senator Schumer to speak freely on current events in Washington and the remaining forty minutes for questions from the audience and the media. We are optimistic that Senator Schumer will embrace this opportunity to connect one-on-one with the frontlines of the LGBT Democratic community in New York City and look forward to having a firm date set soon.

Sunset Park Pastor Leads “Marriage Preservation” Movement

Lest we thought the hysteria over same-sex marriage had died down, the August 2nd Park Slope Courier reported that Dr. Joseph Mattera, senior pastor at Sunset Park’s Resurrection Church and director of the City Covenant Coalition, coordinated Traditional Marriage Renewal Sunday at City Hall on July 25. The event featured a network of tri-state ministers and thousands of heterosexual congregants who reaffirmed their own vows and denounced same sex unions. Speakers also criticized the City Council for passing the Equal Benefits Bill. L.I.D. President Dan Tietz was right on point when asked by the Courier reporter for comment. “Folks are certainly entitled to their views,” Dan said. “But when it comes to the drafting of laws and public policy, religious views don’t have a place in that discussion.”

Results of L.I.D.’s June 3rd Endorsement Meeting

Following are L.I.D.’s endorsed candidates for Civil Court, Congress, State Legislature and District Leader:
Civil Court (Borough Wide)

Harley Diamond
April Newbauer
Civil Court, 1st District

Sarah Krauss
Civil Court, 2nd District

Robin Kelly Sheares
Civil Court, 6th District

Bernard Graham
House of Representatives

8th District: Jerrold Nadler
9th District: Anthony Weiner
11th District: Major Owens
12th District: Nydia Velázquez
13th District: Frank Barbaro
State Senate

18th District: Velmanette Montgomery
19th District: John Sampson
20th District: Carl Andrews
21st District: Kevin Parker
23rd District: Diane Savino
25th District: Martin Connor
State Assembly

44th District: James Brennan
46th District: Adele Cohen
52nd District: Joan Millman
District Leader

44th District/Male:
Jake Gold
44th District/Female:
Lori Knipel
52nd District/Male:
Alan Fleishman
52nd District/Female:
Jo Anne Simon
55th District/Male:
William Boyland, Jr.
57th District/Male:
Francis Byrd
57th District/Female:
Freddie Hamilton
60th District/Female:
Joanne Seminara


Monday, September 13, 2004, 7pm

“Out @ the Ballgame,” a night for lesbian and gay fans at Shea Stadium. Watch the Mets play the division-rival Atlanta Braves from a designated infield section of the Mezzanine Reserved seats. The special discounted group price of $20 per ticket covers admission and a Mr. Met bobblehead pin. For individual and group tickets, e-mail your order with your name, the number of tickets, your address and your credit card information (number and expiration date) to: or call 212-268-2701, x. 31.
Tuesday, September 14, 6am-9pm

Primary Day. To find out your polling place, call 212- NYC-VOTE.
Saturday, October 9

Monday, October 11 – Road trip to Ohio to campaign for Kerry-Edwards. Contact Imogen Taylor at

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