2021 NYS LGBTQI Virtual Advocacy Day
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The NYS LGBTQI Virtual Advocacy Day is your chance to virtually meet 300+ LGBTQI individuals and allies from around the state and collectively advocate for policies that will lead to a more equitable state for all LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Intersex) New Yorkers.
What We Are Fighting For
The NYS LGBTQI Virtual Advocacy Day will include panels, workshops, elected official visits, and coalition building. In addition, there will be pre-programming and educational events throughout the month of March. As we build on the historic wins that occurred over the last few months, we will strategically move our equality platform ahead and discuss strategies to continue to improve the lives of LGBTQI New Yorkers.
You can find a full list of LGBTQI bills here.
What to Expect
Advocacy Day is an exciting time to meet LGBTQI activists from around the state to advocate for policies that will lead to a more equitable New York for all LGBTQI New Yorkers. This one-day advocacy day, along with it's pre-programming, will include panels, workshops, elected official visits, and coalition building.
As we build on the historic wins that occurred in January, we will strategically move our equality platform ahead and discuss strategies to continue to improve the lives of LGBTQI New Yorkers.
All programming will be done virtual. See below for the full schedule:
Opening Remarks & Elected Official Guests
Moderator: Amanda Babine, Executive Director: Equality New York
LGBTQIA & Sex Work: Intersectionality, Bodily Autonomy & Criminalization
This panel will explore the intersecting issues related to queer identity, bodily autonomy and sexual labor. Panelists will discuss the significance of passage of Walking While Trans bill, decriminalization v. Nordic model, and general issues related to LGBTQIA sex workers and allies.
Elected Official Visits
Join a group of 8-10 other activists who will be assigned to an elected official. Each group will be tasked with sharing the policy priorities to elected officials and ask for their support/co-sponsorship of priorities.
Lunch Panel: Mix & Mingle w/ New Elected Officials
Moderator: Cathy Marino-Thomas
Newly elected officials will spend the lunch hour introducing themselves and then breaking into small groups. Get a chance to get to know a new elected official and learn about their support of the LGBTQI community. Participants will be able to share their experiences and ask questions in groups on 10-15 people.
LGBTQ Housing, Shelter and Social Services in times of COVID-19
This panel will discuss the intersection of LGBTQI identity and its impact on navigating the housing and social service systems in New York. Panelists will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the Queer and Trans community in recieving services along with reviewing a package of bills that can help better serve the community during this time.
Youth Advocacy and Organizing in 2021
This workshop will bring together LGBTQI youth to discuss what the 2021 policy priorities mean to them and their peers. Panelists will discuss different organizing strategies, how youth can get more involved in policy, and opportunities available for youth to develop their organizing skills.
Closing Remarks & Next Steps
Moderator: Tanya Walker
We will hold pre-panels to provide an understanding of each of the priority bills prior to advocacy day. These panels will give participants a better understanding of the bills themselves and prepare them to meet with legislators and discuss the importance of the legislation in relation to the LGBTQI community. Each pre-panel will be comprised of people directly impacted, activists and policy champions.
Storytelling 101 & How to use Social Media for Action
Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Gender Identity, Respect, Dignity, and Safety Act
Monday, March 29, 2021 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Comprehensive Sex Ed
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Decriminalizing Sex Work Bill/Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act (SVSTA) Legislative
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Student Suicide Prevention Act
Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Equality New York is committed to building a community of power for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Intersex New Yorkers. Advocacy Day in Albany is a community effort and brings together organizations from across the state to work together for all LGBTQI New Yorkers.
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys
Brooklyn Legal Services
Beyond Bold And Brave/Black Lesbian Conferences
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
CK LIFE (COMMUNITY KINSHIP LIFE)
Dutchess County Pride Center
Equality New York
Gays Against Guns
Gender Equality New York
GLSEN Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
Latino Commission on AIDS
Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens
LGBT Bar of Greater New York
LGBTQ+ Caucus New York Capital Region
Make the Road NY
MORE caucus in the United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
New York City Anti-Violence Project
New York Civil Liberties Union
Pride Center of Staten Island
Princess Janae Place
Stonewall Democrats of NYC
Stonewall Democratic Club of Western New York
The Ackerman Institute for the Family, Gender & Family Project
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
The Pride Center of the Capital Region
The Trevor Project
Trans Educator Network
VOCAL - NY
These are the principles that guide our work together:
We acknowledge the LGBTQI communities of New York are diverse in many ways and there is no single agenda that can entirely represent all LGBTQI New Yorkers;
We aim to have a thoughtfully diverse, equitable and inclusionary coalition that works to implement mechanisms by which those who choose to be involved can gain access and inform our decisions and priorities;
Achieving full protections for our trans communities is a high priority in a state where most other legal protections are provided;
The challenges of the LGBTQI community are at the intersection of multiple identities: racism, classism, sexism, economic issues and many more are central to supporting LGBTQI people;
We support each others organizations and efforts, recognizing partnerships are valuable, as we work towards building a powerful voice for LGBTQI people and organizations throughout the state;
New York is a large state with different lived experiences in different areas of the state. An LGBTQI state coalition must represent all of these areas, being intentional not to over-represent the New York City region.