<![CDATA[Stonewall Democrats of Western New York - News]]>Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:45:56 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Pat Burke for NYS Assembly District 142]]>Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/pat-burke-for-nys-assembly-district-142Picture


 Stonewall Democrats of WNY is proud to announce our endorsement of Pat Burke for the NYS Assembly District 142, in the upcoming special election to be held on Tuesday, April 24. 

"Pat Burke is among our best legislators and allies," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "In the Erie County Legislature, Pat Burke has proven to be an independent, results-oriented representative. Because of Pat Burke's leadership on his bill to ban anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy, that bill is now a law and countless numbers of our children will be protected from that horrendous practice of child abuse. Our organization and LGBTQ community are forever grateful to him. On the issue of conversion therapy and many others, Pat has shown himself to be a pro-active man of the people, and one of our most effective and successful legislators in government. 

 In the New York State Assembly, Pat Burke will take his track record of results and build upon it, by serving as the voice we need in the state legislature. Stonewall Democrats of WNY is beyond proud to support Pat Burke  for election to the NYS Assembly." 

For more on how you can get involved and help elect Pat Burke to the NYS Assembly in the upcoming special election, contact us at info@sdwny.org. 

<![CDATA[Take Action: Let EC Executive Poloncarz Know WNY Supports Banning Conversion Therapy!]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:26:48 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/take-action-let-ec-executive-poloncarz-wny-supports-banning-conversion-therapyHey   Two weeks ago,the Erie County Legislature made history when our Legislators unanimously and bipartisanly voted to pass the bill to ban conversion therapy on minors.

 This followed a powerful public hearing before the Legsialture, in which local and national survivors, advocates, faith leaders, elected officials and allies testified to the damaging, abusive effects of this long discredited practice. 

WE NEED YOU TODAY. Now that the bill has moved on to County Executive Poloncarz’s desk, we need the public to email and call CE Poloncarz and thank him for his great support of the LGBTQ community, and let him know you support him signing this bill into law! 

 County Executive Mark Poloncarz can be contacted:

by email at Countyexecutive@erie.gov

or by phone at 716-858-8500

If emailing and comfortable, please make sure to include your name and address.

SDWNY thanks you for taking action today to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy!
<![CDATA[SDWNY 2017 General Election Voter's Guide]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 03:50:31 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-2017-general-election-voters-guidePicture
<![CDATA[Mike Quinn for Erie County Legislature, District 9]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 03:38:36 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/mike-quinn-for-erie-county-legislature-district-9Picture
 Stonewall Democrats of WNY is proud to endorse Mike Quinn for Erie County Legislature District 9. 

 "Mike Quinn is the best kind of public servant," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "Mike Quinn is drawn to government out of a sense of service and duty to his community. We our proud to support Mike Quinn for Erie County Legislature, who will be a strong voice for the LGBTQ community, in an office where there currently is no such voice, and help ban anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors in Erie County." 

<![CDATA[Brian Kulpa for Amherst Town Supervisor]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 02:59:22 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/brian-kulpa-for-amherst-town-supervisorPicture
 Stonewall Democrats is proud to announce our endorsement of Brian Kulpa for Amherst Town Supervisor. 

​"Brian Kulpa is an expertly qualified, smart and dedicated public servant," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "He is the kind of elected official we need more of, and he will serve all of Amherst's constituents community based solutions to help the Town of Amherst thrive." 

<![CDATA[SDWNY Statement on Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard Sexual Harassment Suit]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 03:27:52 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-statement-on-erie-county-sheriff-tim-howard-sexual-harassment-suitStonewall Democrats of WNY is- again- condemning the actions of Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard. 

 "We commend Jacqueline Kretzmon, former employee of the Erie County Holding Center, for her bravery in coming forward and speaking out against sexual harassment and employment discrimination in Sheriff Howard's administration," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "The abuse suffered by Ms. Kretzmon is reprehensible and intolerable, and Stonewall Democrats of WNY stands with her--and all victims of anti-LGBTQ discrimination-- and we will work for justice, and an Erie County Sheriff's department where no employee faces anti-LGBTQ discrimination, sexual harassment and abuse. Both Sheriff Howards actions and failures to act on these issues brought forward by Jacqueline Kretzmon further prove his unfitness to serve, and are yet another reason the residents of Erie County should fire Sheriff Howard in the upcoming election Tuesday, November 7." 

<![CDATA[Vote No on the Constitutional Convention in NYS]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/vote-no-on-the-constitutional-convention-in-nysPicture
 Stonewall Democrats of WNY is announcing our opposition to the proposed Constitutional Convention in NYS. 

 Our members voted to endorse a "No" vote on the proposed Constitutional Convention, which is posed to voters in NYS on the ballot every 20 years. 

 SDWNY opposes the Convention for many reasons, the least of which are the possibility that LGBTQ civil rights could possibly be repealed via referendum if passed at the convention. The Constitutional Convention is the only way for referendums to occur in NYS. 

 SDWNY also opposes the Convention for due to the process by which Convention delegates would be elected, by NYS Senate District. NYS' Senate Districts are currently not representative of NYS, and LGBTQ issues and concerns. 

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<![CDATA[Michelle Schoeneman for Erie County Legislature, District 10]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:12:16 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/michelle-schoeneman-for-erie-county-legislature-district-10Picture
SDWNY is thrilled to announce our endorsement of Michelle Schoeneman for the Erie County Legislature District 10.

"Michelle Schoeneman is what we need in our politics and government right now," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "Michelle has proven in her community activism just what kind of resistance and results are possible when people who care about our world step up to the plate and speak out. Michelle Schoeneman has been a shining voice for progress in our communities, and as a strong supporter of equality for all-- including LGBTQ people-- Michelle Schoeneman will be an absolutely fantastic county legislator."

For more on how you can help elect Michelle Schoeneman to the Erie County Legislature, contact us at info@sdwny.org. 

<![CDATA[Pat Burke for Erie County Legislature, District 7]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:05:35 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/pat-burke-for-erie-county-legislature-district-7Picture
Proudly, Stonewall Democrats of WNY announces our endorsement of Pat Burke for Erie County Legislature, District 7. 

"As Legislator, Pat Burke has proven himself one of the most pro-active, pro-equality elected officials we have-- at any level of government," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "Legislator Burke carries our County Law which seeks to protect LGBTQ youth from child abuse, and ban anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy from being practiced on minors in Erie County. While the Republican leadership has opposed these protections, Legislator Burke has stood strong for the dignity and safety of our children-- and all of us. We could not be more proud to support his reelection."

For more on how you can help reelect Pat Burke to the Erie County Legislature, contact us at info@sdwny.org.