SDNYC Meeting - November 18, 2015

On November 18, we will hold our final general membership meeting of the year with an expert panel discussion by Transgender & Gender Non- Conforming advocates and leaders from across the five boroughs. The meeting will take place two days prior to the nationally recognized Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), where we remember those we have lost to senseless violence and look forward to the work we have to do to achieve full equality for our community. 

Our panelists will discuss topics including employment, health, education, violence and more. They will also discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and the continued uptick in violence against the Transgender community, specifically Transgender Women of Color.

Panelists Include: 

Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA
(Patients Services Manager, Community Health Network)

Antwone (Mississippi Infiniti) Sewell
(Co-facilitator of Self-Defense for CAE (Center for Anti-Violence Education) & Promotional Event Coordinator

Sean Coleman
Executive Director
Destination Tomorrow

Melissa Sklarz
Co-Chair for Empire State Pride Agenda
Board of Directors
Former President of Stonewall Democrats NYC
Current Stonewall Board Member

Moderated by:
Bryan Ellicott
Corresponding Secretary of Stonewall Democrats NYC

SDNYC October 2015 Meeting

Inmigración y la Comunidad LGBT de Nueva York / Immigration and NYC's LGBT Community

October 28, 2015 - 8:00 PM - LGBT Center

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more information & to RSVP.

On October 28th, SDNYC will host an panel discussion immigration issues in NYC and their impact on the LGBT Community including NYPD's involvement in immigration issues, asylum in NYC, detention facilities and how City agencies can help address LGBT immigration issues.

Un panel de expertos discutirá cuestiones relacionadas con inmigración en la cuidad de Nueva York y su impacto en la comunidad LGBT incluyendo la participación NYPD en cuestiones de inmigración, asilo político en la cuidad de Nueva York, los centros de detención y como agencias de la cuidad pueden trabajar con la comunidad LGBT en cuestiones de inmigración.

Opening remarks will be provided by special guest:
--Hon. Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Immigration

The following guest panelists will join us for this important discussion:
-- Bianey D la O, LGBTQ Justice Project Organizer, Make the Road New York
-- Clement Lee, Staff Attorney - Detention Program, Immigration Equality
-- Michael Schreiber, Esq., Immigration Attorney
-- Hollis V. Pfitsh, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Commission On Human Rights - Law Enforcement Bureau

We will also be joined by Aaron Soriano, LGBT Community Organizer -IDNYC Program, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs who will share a brief update on efforts of the City’s Municipal ID program (ID NYC) to reach LGBT Immigrant New Yorkers.

Upcoming SDNYC Meetings & Events!

Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party!

In less than a week, candidates will take the stage for the first 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary debate!

Join SDNYC next Tuesday for a FREE watch party at the Stonewall Inn where we will be cheering for our favorite candidates, assessing Anderson Cooper’s moderating skills and enjoying two-for-one drink specials!

Date: Next Tuesday, October 13th

Time: Watch Party & Drink Specials Start at 7:30pm + Debate Starts at 9pm

Location: The Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014)

You can RSVP for the watch party and find the most updated information on the Facebook Event Page or by completing the RSVP form below:

Next SDNYC General Membership Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, September 30th at 8:00 PM at the LGBT Center in Manhattan for our next meeting. We are excited to share that SDNYC will be joined by NYC's Human Rights Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis who will share an update on the Commission’s work to ensure that the NYC Human Rights Law is enforced Citywide and on the Commission’s ongoing efforts to serve the LGBT Community. 

Visit the Facebook Event Page to share with your friends and we look forward to seeing you on September 30th! 




Support Rebecca Lynch for City Council District 23!

On Sunday, August 16th SDNYC is heading to Queens to join the Progressive Caucus Alliance and other supporters to volunteer for SDNYC's endorsed candidate for City Council District 23, Rebecca Lynch!

Please Join Us!

When: Sunday, August 16th at 1 PM

Meet-Up Location: 61-43 186th St. Suite 206, Fresh Meadows, NY

RSVP: by email or on Facebook

If you are not able to make it on the 16th, join us a few days before at a reception for Rebecca to support her run for City Council!


Next General Membership Meeting – September 30th

SDNYC's next general membership meeting will be at 8PM on Wednesday, September 30th at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. We will be joined by NYC's Human Rights Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis to hear about the Commission’s work to ensure that the NYC Human Rights Law is enforced and the Commission’s ongoing efforts to serve the LGBT Community.

Share information about this meeting with your friends and RSVP on Facebook! We look forward to seeing you there!


First Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party

Save The Date – October 13th

Join Stonewall Democrats on October 13th to watch the first democratic presidential debate!

Location and details will be announced in the upcoming weeks on our website, on Facebook and in our regular email newsletters.

We hope to see you on October 13th!

SDNYC Endorsement Annoucement

At the SDNYC July meeting, over 100 club members voted to endorsed the following candidates in 2015 elections:

City Council District 23: Rebecca Lynch

District Leader, 71st Assembly District Part A: Juan Rosa 

Bronx District Attorney: Rob Johnson 

Staten Island District Attorney: Michael McMahon

Judges: Genine Edwards, Lyle Frank, Michael Gerstein,            

Ta-Tanisha James and Tanya Kennedy

Congratulations to all of the endorsed candidates!

NYC Pride Events

Celebrate NYC Pride with SDNYC This Weekend!

This Saturday, join SDNYC at Harlem Pride!

Saturday, June 27th

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Jackie Robinson Park (Entrance on Bradhurst Avenue at West 148th Street – Harlem)

RSVP on Facebook to attend with SDNYC!  (RSVP Optional)

This Sunday, march in the Manhattan Pride Parade with SDNYC!

Sunday, June 28th,

Our lineup starts at 11:00 AM & you must arrive by 12:00 PM to march with SDNYC!

39th St. between 5th and 6th Ave.

RSVP on Facebook & March with SDNYC!  (RSVP Optional)


Plus Don’t Forget About These Pride Celebrations Happening Throughout the City!

June 26th - NYC Pride Rally 

June 30th - Queens Borough President Event - SDNYC Board Member Melanie LaRocca will be honored at this event!

July 11th - SI Pridefest ● RSVP on Facebook to attend with SDNYC! (RSVP Optional)

July 14th - Bronx LGBTQ Community Services Center – Pride Awards Dinner SDNYC Board Member Lewis Goldstein will be honored with the Stormé DeLarverie Memorial Award!

July 18th - Bronx Pride & Health Fair 

Upcoming Pride Events!

Join SDNYC this Saturday, June 13th at the Brooklyn Pride Parade! Please meet SDNYC no later than 7:15pm at 5th Ave. & Lincoln Pl. no later than7:15pm. Look for the SDNYC banner to find us when you reach the intersection.

RSVP to join us at Brooklyn Pride on Facebook and be sure to check out our other upcoming Pride celebrations on our Facebook events page and our website.

We hope to see you on Saturday at 7:15pm in Brooklyn!

Join us THIS THURSDAY at the SDNYC 2015 Annual Event!

We hope you will join us THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 4 from 6:00 - 8:30PM at the Union Square Ballroom as we celebrate LGBT pride and recognize the following honorees for their activism for the LGBT Community:

Hon. Ruben Diaz Jr.Bronx Borough President

Stuart AppelbaumPresident, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

Octavia LewisEducational Specialist for Transgender Programming, The Hetrick-Martin Institute

Mark ThompsonEVP, Capalino + Company

Buy your tickets and sign up to be listed a sponsor TODAY!

General Admission for One: $100

Bronze Sponsorship Includes General Admission for One: $175

Silver Sponsorship Includes General Admission for One: $250

Gold Sponsorship Includes General Admission for One: $500

Superstar Sponsorship Includes General Admission for Two: $1000

Thank everyone who has already generously agreed to sponsor our event and purchased tickets!

Your contribution enables us to continue to advocate on behalf of the City’s LGBT community, to work to elect progressive Democratic candidates in all 5 boroughs, and to support a LGBT CUNY student studying politics, public service or related field through SDNYC’s Lew Todd Scholarship! 

Additional information is available on the Facebook Event Page or our website.

SDNYC May Meeting: Supporting the Racial & Ethnic Diversity of NYC's LGBT Community

On Wednesday, May 27th at 8:00 PM at The LGBT Center, please join SDNYC for a conversation about supporting the racial & ethnic diversity of NYC's LGBT community.

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RSVP on Facebook to join SDNYC next Wednesday for a discussion on “Supporting the Racial & Ethnic Diversity of NYC's LGBT Community” and invite your friends to participate this important conversation.

We hope to use this meeting as an opportunity to underscore the importance of ensuring discussions about the LGBT community include a diverse range of voices that speak to the full spectrum of unique and varied needs of LGBT New Yorkers as well as to discuss how organizations, and we as individuals, can support and amplify the work of those advocating for minority constituencies within NYC's broader LGBT community.

The following panel will lead this discussion:

  • LaLa Zannell, Community Organizer, New York City Anti-Violence Project
  • Bianey Garcia, Community Organizer, Make The Road New York
  • Terrance Knox, Executive Board Member of Brooklyn Community Pride Center & Business Development Director at Vodafone America
  • Moderated by: Juan Rosa, West Harlem Democratic District Leader, SDNYC Board Member and Government & Community Affairs Manager at Neighborhood Housing Services of New York Cit

In addition, attendees will be encouraged to engage in positive dialogue about coming together to support and recognize the importance of celebrating the racial and ethnic diversity of NYC's LGBT community.