Effective January 1: Gender Markers on NYC-Issued Birth Certificates Can Be Edited Via Self-Attestation

This afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio will sign legislation sponsored by Speaker Corey Johnson that will "allow individuals to change the sex designation on their birth record to conform to the individual’s gender identity" and allow people not identifying as male or female to obtain a gender-neutral “X” on their New York City birth certificates through self-attestation. Under current law individuals correcting their birth certificate gender must submit affidavits from doctors/medical professionals which presents unnecessary financial and bureaucratic hurdles. Introduced by the Mayor and Speaker in June and passed by the Council in September, the new law will go into effect on January 1, 2019 and is an important step forward for the city at a time when non-binary and all LGBTQ people are seeing regressive, threatening moves on the federal level.

We applaud the work of the Mayor and Speaker to help all New Yorkers live their best and healthiest lives as well as the community advocates whose work and testimony helped move this into law. We further applaud the bill co-sponsors: Karen Koslowitz, Ben Kallos, Carlina Rivera, Brad S. Lander, Daniel Dromm, Helen K. Rosenthal, Costa G. Constantinides, Stephen T. Levin and Health Committee Chairperson Mark Levine. It should be noted that this bill did not pass unanimously and that there are Democrats that voted against the bill. To see how your Councilmember voted, click here, then click "Action Details" in the "Approved by Council" line.

There is more work to do on this issue on the state and federal levels. Legislation to improve the process for New York Driver's Licenses remains unpassed by the Senate in Albany, and the progress made under President Obama for US Passports has stalled under the current administration. All the more reason to flip them Blue in November.

This progress set in motion by the Mayor, Speaker, and Members of the Council underlines support for our community and highlights the amazing work by advocates in these arenas. While there will always be more needs for the future, let's be proud of the progress and promise this legislation represents today.

State Primary 2018: The Slate

Statewide

Senate

Assembly

Choose Your Own Adventure!

 

The days leading up to Thursday, September 13 are going to rush by.  What will you do to change New York for the better? 

From canvassing to phone-banking, from donating money to giving time, from shared posts to retweets: our possible methods to support our endorsed candidates are as varied as the candidates themselves.  As a club, we reach thousands of people who share in the commitment to LGBTQ Equality making our potential for impact incredibly strong when we take action.  So take part in our progress: pick one candidate or pick many, give minutes or hours, but don't sit this one out.  Join on this adventure to equality.  Pick your path:

Support the IDC Challengers:  Our members made it clear with their endorsement vote:  SDNYC supports the candidates running against the IDC.  For too long crucial bills for the LGBTQ community have passed in the Assembly and lingered in the Senate.  Our membership voted to endorse candidates that will move us forward.  

John Liu
Queens, Senate District 11
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Jessica Ramos 
Queens, Senate District 13
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION - September 9

Zellnor Myrie
Brooklyn, Senate District 20
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION - September 8

Robert Jackson
Manhattan, Senate District 31
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Alessandra Biaggi
Bronx, Senate District 34
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter


Support SDNYC's Melissa Sklarz:  Melissa Sklarz is a former President of SDNYC, but that isn't why we endorsed her in her run for State Assembly.  As a life-long progressive New Yorker and fierce advocate for equality, Melissa Sklarz has dedicated her life to fighting for civil rights protections and justice in New York State. Throughout her career, she has fought to break down barriers and overcome adversity in critical issues including housing, civil rights, women’s reproductive health, and policing.  Melissa has been working for us for years.  Now let's work for her!

Melissa Sklarz
Queens, Assembly District 30
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION - September 9

 

Support New Voices in Albany:  Our endorsements in the New York State Assembly and Senate would help create the most diverse legislative body New York State has ever seen.  From Staten Island to the Bronx, these candidates need your help!
 

Blake Morris
Brooklyn, Senate District 17
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Andrew Gounardes
Brooklyn, Senate District 22
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Catalina Cruz
Queens, Assembly District 39
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Mathylde Frontus
Brooklyn, Assembly District 46
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Charles Fall
Staten Island, Assembly District 61
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Adam Baumel
Staten Island, Assembly District 64
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Karines Reyes
Bronx, Assembly District 64
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter


Take It Statewide:  Our members voted for statewide candidates with proven experience in delivering for the LGBTQ community. The races are statewide, but NYC plays a heavy hand in choosing the winner!

 

Andrew Cuomo
Governor
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Kathy Hochul
Lieutenant Governor
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
 

Tish James
Attorney General
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
LGBTQ Phone Bank for Tish James TONIGHT!

Tom DiNapoli
Comptroller
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

Above are just a sampling of activities to support our endorsed candidates in the coming days!  There are multiple opportunities to GOTV every day up to and including Primary Day, Thursday, September 13!  We're compiling events on Facebook to plug you directly into the campaigns and get you involved!  CHECK IT OUT:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/sdnyc/events/

SDNYC in Action, Week of August 19

 

Our membership voted to endorse candidates that will move the LGBTQ community forward.  The Primary Election is September 13, just 25 days away, and the time to connect with these campaigns is now!  Below find links for actions from SDNYC, from campaigns themselves, and from progressive partners to get our endorsed candidates elected:

  • Monday 8/20, 5 - 8 p.m.
    • Postcard Making for Mathylde Frontus, Assembly District 46
      • Join Assembly candidate Mathylde Frontus to make postcards to get out the vote on Thursday, September 13th! Pizza, drinks, music, and campaign updates too!  RSVP on Facebook!
      • Can't make it Monday?  Support Mathylde Frontus in other ways:  Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
  • TUESDAY 8/21, 6 - 9 p.m.
    • LGBTQ Phone Bank for Tish James, New York Attorney General
      • We're teaming up with our friends from Lambda Independent Democrats (Brooklyn) and Lesbian & Gay Democrats of Queens to get out the vote for Tish James in two different locations.  RSVP on Facebook for details or see flyer below.
      • Can't make it Tuesday?  Support Tish James in other ways:  Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter

 

These are just a sampling of activities to support our endorsed candidates in the coming week!  There are multiple opportunities to GOTV all week long. We're compiling events on Facebook to plug you directly into the campaigns and get you involved!  CHECK IT OUT:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/sdnyc/events/

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Support the IDC Challengers!

Our members made it clear with their endorsement vote:  SDNYC supports the candidates running against the IDC.  For too long crucial bills for the LGBTQ community have passed in the Assembly and lingered in the Senate.  Our membership voted to endorse candidates that will move us forward.

The Primary Election is September 13, less than one month away.  The time to connect with these campaigns is now!  Below find links that will help you volunteer, donate and link up to the social media for each of the IDC challengers:

John Liu
Queens, Senate District 11
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION - August 26

Jessica Ramos 
Queens, Senate District 13
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION - September 9

Zellnor Myrie
Brooklyn, Senate District 20
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION - September 8

Robert Jackson
Manhattan, Senate District 31
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION - August 19

Alessandra Biaggi
Bronx, Senate District 34
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION - August 25


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Send Melissa Sklarz to State Assembly!

Melissa Sklarz is a former President of SDNYC, but that isn't why we endorsed her in her run for State Assembly.

As a life-long progressive New Yorker and fierce advocate for equality, Melissa Sklarz has dedicated her life to fighting for civil rights protections and justice in New York State. Throughout her career, she has fought to break down barriers and overcome adversity in critical issues including housing, civil rights, women’s reproductive health, and policing.  Melissa has been working for us for years.  Now let's work for her!

Melissa Sklarz
Queens, Assembly District 30
Volunteer - Donate - Facebook - Twitter
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION I - August 26
SDNYC DAY OF ACTION II - September 9

 

ENDORSEMENTS: 2018 STATE PRIMARY

The Members of Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC (SDNYC) have voted to approve the following endorsements for the NYS primary elections scheduled for September 13, 2018:

Governor -- Andrew Cuomo
Lt. Governor -- Kathy Hochul
State Comptroller -- Tom DiNapoli
State Attorney General -- Letitia James
State Senate District 11 -- John Liu
State Senate District 12 -- Michael Gianaris
State Senate District 13 -- Jessica Ramos
State Senate District 14 -- Leroy Comrie
State Senate District 16 -- Toby Ann Stavisky
State Senate District 17 -- Blake Morris
State Senate District 18 -- Martin Malave Dilan
State Senate District 19 -- Roxanne Persaud
State Senate District 20 -- Zellnor Myrie
State Senate District 22 -- Andrew Gounardes
State Senate District 23 -- No endorsement
State Senate District 25 -- Velmanette Montgomery
State Senate District 27 -- Brad Hoylman
State Senate District 28 -- Liz Krueger
State Senate District 29 -- Jose M. Serrano
State Senate District 30 -- Brian Benjamin
State Senate District 31 -- Robert Jackson
State Senate District 32 -- Luis Sepulveda
State Senate District 33 -- Gustavo Rivera
State Senate District 34 -- Alessandra Biaggi
State Senate District 36 -- Jamaal Bailey
Assembly District 25 -- Nily Rozic
Assembly District 28 -- Andrew Hevesi
Assembly District 29 -- Alicia Hyndman
Assembly District 30 -- Melissa Sklarz
Assembly District 34 -- Michael DenDekker
Assembly District 36 -- Aravella Simotas
Assembly District 39 -- Catalina Cruz
Assembly District 40 -- Ron Kim
Assembly District 42 -- Rodneyse Bichotte
Assembly District 44 -- Robert Carroll
Assembly District 46 -- Mathylde Frontus
Assembly District 52 -- Jo Anne Simon
Assembly District 55 -- Latrice Monique Walker
Assembly District 57 -- Walter T. Mosley
Assembly District 61 -- Charles Fall
Assembly District 64 -- Adam Baumel
Assembly District 65 -- Yuh-Line Niou
Assembly District 66 -- Deborah Glick
Assembly District 67 -- Linda Rosenthal
Assembly District 68 -- Robert J. Rodriguez
Assembly District 69 -- Daniel O'Donnell
Assembly District 70 -- Inez Dickens
Assembly District 71 -- Al Taylor
Assembly District 72 -- Carmen De La Rosa
Assembly District 73 -- Dan Quart
Assembly District 74 -- Harvey Epstein
Assembly District 75 -- Richard Gottfried
Assembly District 76 -- Rebecca Seawright
Assembly District 77 -- Latoya Joyner
Assembly District 78 -- Jose Rivera
Assembly District 79 -- Michael Blake
Assembly District 80 -- Nathalia Fernandez
Assembly District 81 -- Jeffrey Dinowitz
Assembly District 83 -- Carl Heastie
Assembly District 84 -- Carmen E. Arroyo
Assembly District 85 -- Marcos Crespo
Assembly District 86 -- Victor Pichardo
Assembly District 87 -- Karines Reyes