Melissa, State Senator José Serrano, and the East Harlem Immigrant Service Network are sponsoring an all-inclusive roundtable discussion entitled “Bridging the Gap; Expanding the Dialogue”that will be held on Friday, June 7th from 9 AM to 11:30 AM at the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence. This dialogue is intended to broaden conversations about sexuality and gender identity in El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx. This is a chance for you to have an interactive discussion between elected officials and other members of the community about the best ways we can combat stigma, homophobia and transphobia in our community.
Following the recent disturbing, violent attacks towards women in our parks, Melissa, along with Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Council Members Gale A. Brewer and Jessica Lappin, will be sponsoring a Free Self-Defense Training run by The Center for Anti-Violence Education. This workshop is open to all over the age of 13, including seniors, although it is geared towards women and the LGBT community. Here’s your chance to learn how to defend yourself – RSVP today & make sure to wear comfortable clothes!
WHAT: FREE Self-Defense Training Workshop WHEN: Sunday, October 7th, 2012 from 2 – 4 PM WHERE: North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park (Mid-Park at 97th Street) RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.788.6871
I was saddened and disappointed to learn that marriage equality legislation failed to pass in the New York State Senate yesterday.
The extension of equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples in our state and our country has been long overdue. Unfortunately, a majority of State Senators voted in favor of continuing this discrimination, which has been the cause of pain and frustration for so many New Yorkers.
I commend those Senators that did vote ‘Yes’ as well as the Governor and the Assembly for their consistent support of marriage equality. I also commend all of the advocates, organizers and community members who, by mounting such a strong campaign, got us closer than ever to passing this legislation in New York.
I look forward to the day when the State puts an end once and for all to these unfair and discriminatory restrictions on marriage.