Eighteen SDNYC Endorsed Candidates Win Races in Sept. 2016 Primary Election

SDNYC congratulates the following endorsed candidates on winning primary election races yesterday!

  • NYS Senate District 16 - Toby Ann Stavisky
  • NYS Senate District 18 - Martin Dilan
  • NYS Senate District 25 - Velmanette Montgomery
  • NYS Senate District 33 - Gustavo Rivera
  • NYS Senate District 38 - Jamaal Bailey
  • NYS Assembly District 29 - Alicia Hyndman
  • NYS Assembly District 42 - Rodneyse Bichotte
  • NYS Assembly District 44 - Robert Carroll
  • NYS Assembly District 46 - Pamela Harris
  • NYS Assembly District 55 - Latrice Walker
  • NYS Assembly District 66 - Deborah Glick
  • NYS Assembly District 67 - Linda Rosenthal
  • NYS Assembly District 69 - Danny O'Donnell
  • NYS Assembly District 72 - Carmen de la Rosa
  • NYS Assembly District 78 - Jose Rivera
  • NYS Assembly District 85 - Marcos Crespo
  • NYS Assembly District 86 - Victor Pichardo
  • NYS Assembly District 87 - Luis Sepulveda

Click here to view the New York Times's report on all the results from yesterday's primary.

SDNYC Statement re: Council Member Cabrera


Contact: Eunic Ortiz, President, Stonewall Democrats of NYC
646-588-8483 | eunicortiz@gmail.com

NYC Council Member Fernando Cabrera Continues History of Anti-LGBTQ Antics

Cabrera Caught Making Public Statements Against Transgender Community and
Comparing Same-Sex Marriages to Child Marriage

New York, NY – Council Member Fernando Cabrera made international news in 2014 when a video of him praising Uganda’s anti-LGBT laws became public YouTube. Time and time again, after the video was widely viewed, the Council Member pleaded that he was not against the LGBT community and that he supported his LGBT constituents.

The Council Member continues to use his public personal Facebook page to consistently say and share anti-LGBT and anti-abortion comments and articles. Cabrera went as far to defend anti-equality legislation, including calling for the shutdown of Planned Parenthood, lambasting Caitlyn Jenner’s transition, and equating same-sex marriage to marrying children.

“The consistent stream of anti-LGBT and anti-abortion comments and views by Council Member Cabrera are disgusting and do not represent the views of all New Yorkers,” said Eunic Ortiz, President of Stonewall Democrats. “Fernando Cabrera’s social media posts confirm his oppressive views towards our community. As a citywide LGBT Democratic organization in New York City, we believe that Cabrera’s positions on marriage equality and other progressive issues, including reproductive healthcare and choice, make him an unacceptable and dangerous choice for our community. His values are not New York values.

“The Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC is urging Bronx residents in the 33rd state senate district to reject candidate Fernando Cabrera, who has made it clear that he is not in favor of equality for LGBT, women, or New Yorkers of color.”

In June 2015, Cabrera posted an article titled “Former Johns Hopkins Chief of Psychiatry DESTROYS ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner”. In the comments on Facebook, Cabrera goes as far as to compare the concept of homosexuality with incest and pedophilia: “Redefinition of marriage has no logical stopping point. Its logic leads to the effective elimination of marriage as a legal institution. If marriage is just between person(s) who just love each other, why not polygamy or marrying a daughter/son or a thirteen year old?”

Cabrera has also continued rhetoric on his public personal Facebook page that “Redefinition of marriage has no logical stopping point...why not polygamy or marrying daughter/son or a thirteen year old?”“Equality’ is an insufficient argument in support of SSM” (referring to same-sex-marriage), and that “there is no research to support the biological original of homosexuality”. He has also compared Planned Parenthood to the Nazis, and called for the organization to be shut down.  

 All of these statements indicate an attitude that is not only hateful, but downright dangerous for the LGBT individuals and other members of the community that he claims to represent.


See below for documentation of Cabrera's recent use of offensive language and endorsement of Anti-LGBT practices.
(click thumbnails below to enlarge images)

SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship Annoucement!

Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC is pleased to join with The LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center at CUNY’s Hunter College to announce that Dean Gailey has been selected as the recipient of SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year! 

The SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship was created in memory of SDNYC founder, Lew Todd and is awarded to an undergraduate student at CUNY who has demonstrated commitment to improving LGBT lives through engagement in research, policy, volunteerism, or advocacy. To learn more about the scholarship, visit SDNYC.org/scholarship.

Each year this scholarship is made possible in large part thanks to generous supporters like you. See below for two ways you can help support the SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship today!

1) Donate directly on Hunter College's website (You must select the SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship Fund from the “Designation” drop down menu to ensure the contribution gets to the correct scholarship)

2) Donate via SDNYC's paypal account (Click the “special instruction” button to note that the contribution is for our scholarship or send us an email with date of the contribution and the amount donated.)

About This Year’s SDNYC Lew Todd Scholarship Recipient: Dean Gailey is a senior at Hunter College, double majoring in Women and Gender Studies and Human Biology. They are a JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar and a fellow with the LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center at Roosevelt House, researching nursing education policy for LGBTQ populations. Dean has presented on nonbinary and transgender representation in undergraduate health curricula and restructuring medical documentation to better accommodate trans and nonbinary patients. In the future, Dean hopes to utilize their multidisciplinary studies in social justice, human rights, and public health to support a future role as a leader in LGBTQ healthcare, advocacy, and education.


Volunteer with SDNYC to help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and support the progressive Democrats our club is proud to have endorsed in the upcoming elections! 

Sign up below to join us at SDNYC's upcoming GOTV events!

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Day Trips to P.A. to GOTV for Hillary Clinton!

Saturday, Sept. 17th | 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM | Bus Leaves & Returns from Union Square*
Saturday, Sept. 24th | 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM | Bus Leaves & Returns from Union Square*
*RSVP online for detailed pick up / drop off instructions

Click here to reserve your seats on the Sept. 17th & Sept. 24th buses before space runs out!

As voters in a Democratic State, we know that this election the best thing New Yorkers can do is go to our neighboring battleground state of PA to GOTV for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign and for Democratic Candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress. SDNYC is a proud sponsor of these trips. We hope to see you on the bus and look forward to working with you to make sure that this election P.A. Goes. Blue.


Can't make it to any of these GOTV events but still want to help? 

Volunteers Needed TODAY to Get Out The Vote!

Federal Primary Election – TODAY – June 28, 2016

The below candidates have been endorsed by SDNYC, are facing Democratic challengers in today's primary election, and need our help to GET OUT THE VOTE!

See below for When/Where to Volunteer to Get Out The Vote for SDNYC Endorsed Congressional Candidates TODAY:

Jon Kaiman (CD 3)


5-9pm (phone bank)



Offices of Zimmerman Edelson, 5 Bond St., Great Neck, NY (walking distance from the LIRR)


Nydia Velazquez (CD 7)





Subway Station Locations:

2nd Ave (F Train)

Delancey St (F Train)

Essex St (J/M/ZTrains)

1st Ave (L Train)

  Campaign Office:

  228 E 3rd Street

Jerry Nadler (CD 10)


NOW until the polls close at 9pm



40 west 75th St (between Amsterdam & Columbus) or

  80 8th Ave, Suite 1802 (entrance on 14th street)

Carolyn Maloney (CD 12)





1st Ave & 20th St. 

1st ave and 16th St. 

Keith L.T. Wright (CD 13)


NOW until the polls close at 9pm






Subway Station Locations:

125th St. & Broadway

145th St. & Broadway

157th St. & Broadway

Polling Locations:

PS 153 (1750 Amsterdam Ave)

HCCL (267 W 152nd St)

PS 57 (176 E 115 St)

Sources are reporting very LOW turnout and there is still time to make a difference before polls close -- So please don’t wait, join SDNYC in supporting these candidates NOW! 


About Voting In Today's Election: Click the following links to learn more about the candidates, confirm that you are registered to vote in today's primary, and check your polling place.



March with SDNYC This Sunday!

March in the NYC Pride Parade this Sunday, June 26th!

Join SDNYC at the NYC Pride Parade this weekend & show your LGBT Pride all the way down 5th Ave!


See below for information about when/where to meet SDNYC to march with us on Sunday!

Section: Elected Officials (in front of section #1)
Group: #17
Meeting Location
38th St, between Madison and 5th Ave -- you must enter 38th St. at Madison Ave. on the East side. (look for the SDNYC signs when you arrive at 38th St.)


Meeting Time: We will begin meeting at 10am -- please arrive NO LATER than 11am
Parade Start Time: 12pm

*NYPD/parade organizers may not allow you to meet our group if you arrive after 11am.*

If there are any changes to this information, we will post an update on Facebook BUT to ensure you our updates please RSVP to march with SDNYC on the Pride page of our website or email us.

See below for a map of the parade route that also includes information about when/where to meet SDNYC to march with us on Sunday:



Join SDNYC at Vigil Tonight for the Victims in Orlando

Please join us this evening at a vigil to remember the lives lost and to stand with the survivors of the shooting in Orlando. Additional information and details about tonight are below and avialble on Facebook. Please note, we are encouraging attendees to bring LED candles for this evening’s vigil.

If you want to support the families of the victims, please visit www.WeAreOrlando.org for information about the go-fund-me account that has been set up.

For Immediate Release

Date: June 13, 2016

Contact: StonewallDemocraticClubNYC@gmail.com


New York, New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Stonewall Democrats, and leaders of the New York LGBT community will come together to stand in solidarity with the survivors and the victims of the senseless attack in Orlando. The LGBT community in America and around the world is often the target of hate, but time and again has proven that love conquers hate. We will not run and hide, we will not cower to violence and we will continue to love and fight for full equality for all Americans.

WHO: LGBT Community Leaders and elected officials

WHAT: Vigil for the lives lost in Orlando

DATE: Monday, June 13, 2016

TIME: Remarks scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM

WHEREThe Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street (Between Waverly Place and 7th Avenue South)

WHY: To bring together leaders in the LGBT community to both remember those we lost, and stand with the survivors of this senseless terrorist attack. Additionally, members of the LGBT community will call on Congress to stop standing in the way of reasonable gun control laws.


Puerto Rican Day Parade


Join Stonewall Democrats of NYC as we march in the Puerto Rican Day Parade this Sunday, June 12!

This year, the parade organizers have dedicated the march to the fight for LGBT equality on the island and SDNYC is proud to join our sisters and brothers in the Puerto Rican community this Sunday. SDNYC will meet at 11am on Sunday (location TBA) and we will join the larger LGBT contingent to march in the parade. 

Please RSVP below - we hope you can join us!

NOTE - You must RSVP by by this Saturday, June 11 to be registered to obtain a wristband to join the parade.

RSVP For Puerto Rican Day Parade
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