Now is an exciting time for LGBTQ civil rights in New York State. Following last year’s election, when the Republicans regained control of the State Senate, many LGBTQ and allied New Yorkers were disappointed as to the future of Marriage Equality and Gender Expression Non-Discrimination in New York.
But things are looking better. Governor Cuomo has been an incredible, staunch advocate for advancing—and passing—both the Marriage and GENDA bills in the state legislature. High profile national and state LGBTQ advocacy groups have formed a united voice in New Yorkers United for Marriage, and they are beginning an advertising campaign, which hopes to culminate with a vote on the Marriage bill in the legislature during the very near future.
Here in Western New York, SDWNY and Outspoken for Equality has, with our great community of advocates, been actively lobbying all our state senators—and having an open dialog regarding the issues of Marriage and Gender Expression Non-Discrimination. As part of our lobbying, we have been running our Marriage letter campaign, and recently begun our GENDA letter campaign, focusing on the State Senate. If you have been one of the hundreds who have signed one of our different form letters or taken the time to write a handwritten note to your legislators, we thank you. If you have not, or are willing to go the extra step and gather more signatures and notes for equality, we encourage you to download the letters below, print them out, gather signatures and send them into your State Senator. However, SDWNY is ready and able to help with mailing, and we encourage you to contact us (by email or calling 716-541-5557) should you wish us to come pick up your letters and notes and mail them to our Senators.
All information collected on this joint letter project between SDWNY and Outspoken for Equality is stored in an individual database. Each Senator receives a letter, and the database will only be used when it is know the legislation is coming to a vote in the Senate. You will receive an email and phone call from Outspoken for Equality, letting you know a vote is coming and asking you to put a phone call into your Senator’s office asking him or her to support this legislation.