Seven Trans Women of Colors Killed in USA in 2017 - NY LGBT Community To Hold Rally on 3.26.17

Three Transgender Women of Color Murdered in One Week- LGBT Service Providers and Allies Outraged

March 3, 2017 - To date, seven trans women of color have lost their lives this year. All but one was under 35. Violence towards transgender women of color is an epidemic and one that must be addressed immediately. The New York LGBT coalition would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of Ms. Chyna Gibson of New Orleans, Ms. Ciara McElveen of New Orleans, Ms. Keke Collier of Chicago and Ms. Jaquarrius Holland of Monroe, Louisiana. Ms. Gibson, a well-known performer and part of the House and Ballroom community, was gunned down while visiting her family in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. We also express our condolences to the family and friends of Ciara McElveen. Ms. McElveen was stabbed in New Orleans hours after the murder of Ms. Gibson by a man in an automobile, who fled the scene. Ms. Keke Collier was shot dead in Chicago on February 21, 2017. Ms. Holland was killed on February 19th, 2017. Her homicide is only coming to light now, due to local press mis- gendering the victim.

We must be tireless in raising awareness of the ongoing epidemic of physical violence being perpetrated against transgender women of color, even as we are also engaged in protesting the political assault on the protections for transgender youth by the federal administration and other transgender rights. We call for solidarity with our transgender sisters of color. We call attention to the prejudice and discrimination many transgender women, especially those of color, experience on a daily basis, and we especially call on our allies to raise awareness by standing in solidarity with us.  We seek to begin a national discussion about concrete actions we can take to protect our sisters most basic of all human rights: the right to exist.

A rally will be held at Jackie Robinson park in Harlem on March 26, 2017 at 5:30pm. We seek to raise awareness of this epidemic, making our elected officials and community members aware of this crisis while seeking to educate and build allies. We are committed to finding solutions in:

  1. Law—The need for further legal protections for transgender women to keep them safe from violence and discrimination.
  2. Housing—Addressing homelessness and the cofactors that exist that lead to transgender women facing a lack of safe, affordable housing.
  3. Job training—Preparing transgender women of color for employment by offering free skills-building workshops/courses.
  4. Education—Making education a reality for those who wish to attend school free from harassment and bullying.
  5. Social Media—A nationwide campaign to educate and raise awareness about transgender communities of color.
  6. Funding—A recognition that securing funding is essential in order to move our agenda forward. It is essential to put funding dollars behind these goals if we are to succeed.

We sign this letter in solidarity with and for our transgender sisters of color. Our goal is to show that they are not alone in this fight. We will mourn for the lives lost, but fight like hell for the living. (list in formation)

  • Destination Tomorrow
  • Bronx Trans Collective (BTC)
  • Trans PAC
  • Community Kinship Life (CK Life)
  • New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG)
  • Translatina Network
  • The NYC Equality Coalition
  • Harlem Pride
  • Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Ali Forney Center
  • Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
  • Immigration Equality
  • Make the Road NY (MRNY)
  • NYC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
  • NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • Public Advocate Letitia James
  • NYS Senator Brad Hoylman
  • Assembly Member Richard Gottfried
  • Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick
  • Council Member Corey Johnson
  • Council Member Ritchie Torres
  • Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
  • Council Member Daniel Dromm
  • Council Member James Vacca
  • Council Member Carlos Menchaca
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
  • Human Rights Campaign, GNY
  • Hetrick-Martin Institute
  • Transgender Liberation Project
  • Equality New York
  • The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC (SDNYC)
  • GMHC
  • Black Lesbian Conference 2018
  • Black Trans Advocacy - NY 
  • Circle of Voices, Inc
  • Depressed Black Gay Men
  • Gatekeepers
  • Global Network of Black Pride
  • LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
  • NYC Black Pride
  • NYC Pride & Power
  • LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
  • Rivers of Living Water Ministries
  • Under Our Umbrella
  • Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats
  • Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens
  • GLSEN New York City
  • The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP)

TODAY @ 5:30pm - Rally to Oppose Trump-Pence Repeal of Protections for Trans Students

Rally to Oppose President's Repeal of Protections for Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Students

TODAY (2/23) | 5:30pm | Stonewall National Memorial

Yesterday, the Trump-Pence Administration rescinded important protections for transgender and gender non-confirming students in public schools. Click here for more information about the Administration’s actionTODAY at 5:30pm, the LGBTQ Community will hold an emergency rally to make it clear that we will fight to regain these protections for Transgender and gender non-conforming students.

Click here to RSVP & invite your friends on Facebook.

Club Announcement: SDNYC Elects New Club Leadership

Last night, SDNYC elected new Club leadership for 2017. Please join us in congratulating SDNYC’s new President Rose Christ; Executive Vice President Robert Atterbury; Vice Presidents Bryan Ellicott & Melanie La Rocca; Treasurer Rod Townsend; and Secretary Jimmy Rivera!

“I am honored to serve as President of SDNYC,” said Rose Christ, President of SDNYC. “In the current political climate, I believe it is critical that we redouble our Club's efforts to forge new partnerships with all members of the LGBT community as well as our allies across the 5 boroughs and that we use our collective strength to fight discrimination wherever it is found. I look forward to building upon SDNYC’s legacy of advancing equality for all and to working with this Club’s fierce, dedicated Board and Membership.”

LGBT Solidarity Rally Saturday, Feb. 4th!

This Saturday, SDNYC will join with LGBT advocates at a rally to show our community’s solidarity with immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees and all those impacted by Donald Trump's recent executive orders. Join us! 

Click here to RSVP on facebook and invite your friends to join us!


DateThis SATURDAY, February 4th

Start Time2:00pm

LocationStonewall National Monument (Christopher Street between Seventh Avenue South and Waverly Place)

Co-sponsors (list in formation:

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Congressman Jerrold Nadler
  • Public Advocate Letitia James
  • Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Senator Brad Hoylman
  • Assembly Member Deborah Glick
  • Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell
  • Assembly Member Matt Titone
  • Council Member Carlos Menchaca
  • Council Member Danny Dromm
  • Council Member Corey Johnson
  • Council Member Rosie Mendez
  • Council Member Ritchie Torres
  • Council Member James Vacca
  • Council Member James Van Bramer
  • Ali Forney Center
  • Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
  • Audre Lorde Project
  • Bailey House
  • Black Lesbian Conference 2018
  • Brooklyn Community Pride Center
  • CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
  • Caribbean Equality Project
  • Center for Anti-Violence Education
  • Circle of Voices
  • Coming Out Muslim
  • Destination Tomorrow
  • Equality New York
  • Family Equality Council
  • GLID
  • Gays Against Guns
  • GMHC
  • Harlem Pride
  • Heritage of Pride
  • Hetrick Martin
  • Hispanic Federation
  • Hornet
  • Housing Works
  • HRC of Greater New York
  • Immigration Equality
  • Iris House
  • Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
  • Lambda Independent Democrats
  • Lambda Legal
  • Latino Commission on AIDS
  • Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens
  • LGBT Bar Association of Greater NY
  • LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
  • LGBT Network
  • Make The Road NY
  • Muslim Democratic Club of New York
  • National LGBTQ Task Force
  • New York Area Bisexual Network
  • NYLAG LGBTQ Law Project
  • OutRight Action International
  • Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
  • Rivers of Living Water
  • SAGE
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC
  • Swish Ally Fund
  • The Anti-Violence Project: AVP
  • LGBT Community Center
  • The New York Immigration Coalition
  • The NY State Immigrant Action Fund
  • The NYC Equality Coalition
  • The Stonewall Inn
  • Trans Latina Network
  • TransPAC
  • Others TBA

Join SDNYC @ The Women's March on NYC This Sat.

Join SDNYC @ The Women's March on NYC

THIS SATURDAY - January 21, 2017

Meeting Time & Location: 11:25 AM / Meeting Location - TBA

Step Off Time & Location: 11:55 AM / Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th St. 1st & 2nd Ave.)

CLICK HERE SUBMIT THE RSVP FORM TO MARCH WITH SDNYC (please be sure to note SDNYC as your "group" on the form)

This Saturday, SDNYC will join Equality NY, Lambda Independent Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, and other groups TBA at the Women's March on New York City. In marching on Saturday, SDNYC is seeking to highlight the many priorities championed by both the LGBTQI Community and the Women's Rights Movement and to re-enforce our deeply held belief that our voices are loudest and our advocacy most effective when diverse stakeholders work collaboratively to demand equality and respect for all. Please join us!

Click here to invite your friends to join us on Facebook.

Draft SDNYC Constitution & Bylaw Amendment Proposal

SDNYC is contemplating amending the Club's constitution and bylaws to better align these governing documents with the Club's priorities and practices.

Click here to review the amendments under consideration. 

Note -- all proposed amendments are considered draft until approved by the SDNYC Board. If approved, SDNYC members in good standing* will vote on the proposed revised constitution at the next SDNYC  meeting scheduled for January 25, 2017 at 8pm the LGBT Center.


 *SDNYC members in good standing have either been current dues paying members for at least 3 months OR were dues paying members in 2015/2016 and pay their 2017 membership dues prior to voting at the Jan. 25th meeting.

Click here to learn more about becoming a SDNYC member!

SDNYC Endorses Michael Blake for DNC Vice-Chair

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Contact: Crystal Carson







BREAKING NEWS: Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC Endorses Michael Blake for DNC Vice-Chair


NEW YORK, NY – Today, Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC, the largest LGBTQ democratic club in New York State and one of the largest in the country, announced its support of Assemblymember Michael Blake for Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. 


During the Assemblymember's time in Albany, he has had a perfect record supporting policy and voting for legislation that would expand equality for the entire LGBTQ community. Mr. Blake has also been an incredible ally, working with communities across the country ensure their voices were heard in the White House. 


"Assemblymember Michael Blake is a voice we need at the DNC," said Eunic Ortiz, President of the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC. "During his time serving in the Assembly and in the White House, he has been a constant and consistent ally that has stood by our community. The next Vice Chair in the DNC must be someone who - among many things - has real experience working with the LGBTQ community, understands our struggles, and knows what we need to do to achieve 100% equality for everyone - and that person is Michael Blake.”


Assemblymember Michael Blake offered the following response to the Stonewall Democrats statement of support.

“Stonewall is iconic and ever present in the LGBTQ movement, and, I'm honored to have their full support to become a Vice-Chair for the DNC.  We must stand up for our LGBTQ community as too many voices are silent in the face of justice. Whether it's marrying who you love or not facing discrimination for who you are, I will be a consistent advocate for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, and, I'm so grateful and will ensure that your voice is always at the table.”



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Less Than a Week Until SDNYC's FREE Winter Celebration on 12/6!

We hope to see you at our FREE Winter Celebration on Tues. Dec. 6th! See the invite below for more details & RSVP on Facebook (RSVP on Facebook requested but not required) 

Don't forget! You can get access to the open bar at the event while supporting SDNYC's work & our Lew Todd Scholarship Fund by becoming an SDNYC Member / updating your SDNYC Membership for 2017 online at

FYI - Please consider helping us keep the check-in line moving quickly by paying your 2017 SDNYC Membership dues online in advance! Thank you.