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

July Meeting: State Endorsements

Join us Wednesday, July 25th for our Federal Endorsement meeting.  We'll hear from the campaigns of candidates for state-wide office as well as Assembly and Senate from all five boroughs, review their questionnaire answers, and members will vote to endorse those candidates that will be the best for the LGBTQ community.

(If you are a candidate seeking endorsement, you have until July 23rd to fill in the questionnaire. Let us know, and we'll send the questionnaire our to you!)

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Pride 2018 in Pictures

In every borough and at every event possible, SDNYC made it known that LGBTQ Democrats are active and proud.  Our outreach reached thousands from tabling and marching to interacting within our communities as the month progressed.

A City Budget to be Proud of!

Write here…The Mayor and City Council passed a City budget last week that shows progress overall for the LGBTQ Community.  Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson, Finance Chair Danny Dromm and full City Council hammered out a budget of which LGBTQ New Yorkers can be proud

Here are some of the highlights of line items:

Initiatives from the Office of the Mayor & City Agencies (over $9,500,000 total allocation:

  • Youth Shelter for Youth Up to Age 24:  This funding is for the city’s first ever youth shelter for young people up to age 24, a population disproportionately high in LGBTQ individuals.
  • Youth Drop-In Hours:  This expands the operation of three youth drop-in center hours to 24/7 service which will serve an additional 400 young people annually at each center and ensures 24 hour service in all five boroughs. 
  • Peer-to-Peer Advocate Training:  Training for parents and caregivers to become peer-to-peer advocates on the importance of family acceptance with other families of LGBTQ youth is greatly expanded. 
  • ProjectLIFT:  This clinical training program, Project LIFT, which provides training to clinicians working with ACS-involved families to support them in supporting their LGBTQ family members,  to serve 600 families annually in partnership with the LGBT Community Center of New York will grow under the next budget.
  • NEW:  Bilingual Spanish-speaking support services for LGBTQ Latinix youth:  Bilingual, Spanish-speaking family support services for families of LGBTQ Latinx youth, will be offered in partnership with CAMBA Project Accept LGBTQ Youth (ALY).
  • NEW:  LGBTQ Youth Led Research Project:  A youth-led participatory action research project will seek to identify youth-driven goals and priorities for LGBTQ family acceptance work.
  • PrEP Site:  Two new PrEP for Adolescents clinical sites in Harlem and Central Brooklyn, where LGBTQ young people are more likely to seek services and HIV transmission rates are high, will be added.

Initiatives from City Council:

  • NEW:  LGBT Community Centers Initiative:  $2,000,000     This funding supports the Outer Borough LGBT Services Consortium, which works to increase coordinated delivery of health and human services for LGBT people and families in the outer boroughs of NYC.
  • NEW:  Trans Equity Programs Initiative:  $1,775,000     This funding supports a range of services to help empower the transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) community. Funding may support education programs, employment services, workforce development, healthcare navigation, legal guidance, community workshops, or academic research, among others.
  • LGBT Senior Services in Every Borough: $1,500,000     This allocation provides LBGT culturally competent services for seniors through Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) sites located across the City.
  • LGBTQ Youth All-Borough Mental Health:  $1,200,000     This allocation supports comprehensive mental health services for vulnerable LGBTQ youth, focusing particularly on youth of color, youth in immigrant families, homeless youth, and youth who are court-involved.
  • LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum:  $660,000     This allocation will fund the DOE’s effort to support the needs of LGBTQ youth and address the intersectionality of race, sexual orientation and gender identity through DOE’s general curriculum, support professional development for public school teachers, and integrate LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum into literacy and history classes.

All for the above new and expanded initiatives, in combination with increased discretionary funding for LGBTQ initiatives by individual Councilmembers underline support for our community and highlight 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 budget represents today.

The 2018 Pride Kick-Off and Annual Event

Thank you to all the Stonewall Democrats who came together last night to kick off Pride at our record-smashing annual event honoring Corey Johnson, Earl Fowlkes, Cecilia Gentili, Kris Kohler and Rose Christ!

All photos by Donna Aceto Photography!