LID Endorses Obama for President, Gillibrand for U.S. Senate

For President of the United States, we endorse Barack Obama. President Obama has done more for the LGBT community than any other president in American history.  In addition to winning the repeal of Don'€™t Ask Donâ€'t Tell, President Obama hosted the first White House LGBT Pride Reception, ordered the federal government to extend key benefits to same-gender partners of federal employees, created a National Resource Center for LGBT elders, signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, ended discrimination based on gender identity in the federal government, launched a government strategy to combat human rights abuses against LGBT persons abroad, and declared DOMA unconstitutional and ordered the Justice Department no longer to defend the law in court.  While much more remains to be done, President Obama has demonstrated in his first term that he is committed to LGBT rights and is, therefore, deserving of the LGBT community’s full support.

In 2008, LID endorsed Barack Obama and enthusiastically volunteered for his campaign.  LID members and representatives registered voters, made phone calls, canvassed and traveled to swing states like Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada, Virginia and Ohio for GOTV efforts. LID looks forward to offering our resources to the effort to re-elect President Barack Obama.

For the United States Senate, we endorse Kirsten Gillibrand.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand strongly believes in equal rights for all. She was a leader in the fight to repeal Don'™t Ask Don'€™t Tell, and she worked aggressively behind the scenes last spring to persuade New York State lawmakers to vote in favor of the  marriage equality bill.  Senator Gillibrand became one of the first members of the U.S. Senate to favor full marriage equality, and she is leading the fight to repeal DOMA by sponsoring the Respect For Marriage Act and by launching a national online campaign at In addition to her stellar record on LGBT issues, Senator Gillibrand has also been a strong advocate for women’s rights and has launched a campaign to encourage more women to run for public office.  Over the past three years, Senator Gillibrand has proven herself to be a strong, progressive and pro-equality leader.  She deserves to be re-elected.

In 2010, LID proudly endorsed Senator Gillibrand in both the primary and general elections and worked throughout Brooklyn and New York City to ensure her re-election.  We intend to do the same in 2012.

LID Elects Officers and
Executive Board Members

At the January 26th Annual Meeting, LID's members elected the following individuals to serve as officers and executive board members for 2012:

2012 Officers

Matthew McMorrow, Co-President

Erin Drinkwater, Co-President

Brian Kenny, Co-Vice President

Carlos Menchaca, Co-Vice President

Scott Klein, Treasurer

Renée Cafiero, Corresponding Secretary

Michael Cairl, Recording Secretary

2012 Executive Board Members

Phyllis Brower

Arthur Bouie

Tom Burrows

Mary Cooley

Michael Czaczkes

Ryan J. Davis

Ken Diamondstone

Lisa Fane

Alan Fleishman

Peter Fleming

Dynishal Gross

Jim Harvey

Joanna Hoffman

Terrance Knox

Joe Kopitz

Kay Mackey

Carol Marker

Odile Schalit

Gary Parker

David Shanton

Tom Smith

Jean Stabinsky

Joe Tanzi

Daniel W. Tietz

James Whitty

Executive Board Interns'“ Spring 2012

Bryan John Ellicott Justin Simmons

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