Today, Tonight, Tomorrow: Advocacy and Activism!

Brooklyn was a great time this past Saturday.  Thanks to those of you that tabled at the street fair, attended the pre-march gathering, and marched in Park Slope.

This week, let's turn our energy to advocacy and activism:

Join Andy Cohen, Advocates, and political leaders to rally in support of legislation to legalize gestational surrogacy in New York State and to ban the gay and trans panic defense.  
The Center
208 West 13th St. Room 101
12:15p (lunch time)
Rsvp to

Attend a rally hosted by the Anti-Violence Project and many other organizations calling for justice for Layleen Polanco Xtravaganza:

100 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
6pm - 7pm

From the organizers:

On Monday, community will come together to demand justice for Layleen Polanco Xtravaganza, an Afro-Latinx transgender woman, who was found dead in her cell at Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers last Friday evening.  NYC’s Department of Corrections established a trans housing unit to reduce violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people at Rikers. But “better” incarceration is still incarceration, and trans people are deeply unsafe in this system.  This tragic loss of yet another member of the trans community comes just days after the start of Pride season. There is no Pride to be had while trans folks continue to face an epidemic of fatal violence.  Enough is enough. We know that trans and gender nonconforming folks are not safe in the system. It's past time to close Rikers.  We demand a full investigation to into the death of Layleen Polanco Xtravanganza and transparency with community.

Albany Lobby Day in Albany is support of Surrogacy with the Protecting Modern Families Coalition
Details and RSVP:

From the organizers:
Join us for a press conference in the Capitol with Andy and then to lobby our state legislators in support of ending New York’s ban on surrogacy and modernizing New York’s family formation laws across the board. It’s time to make New York a national leader in supporting modern families while protecting surrogates, intended parents and their children.