Let's go to Albany!
LGBTQI Advocacy Day is your chance to work together with over 40 organizations and with individuals from across the state to educate our state legislators about the issues that impact Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex New Yorkers and our families. You can register here.
What We Are Fighting For
Call it the Gay Agenda, the Queer Agenda, the LGBTQI Agenda, or just good sense. This is the Legislative Platform we're educating our legislators about. It represents a wide range of solutions to challenges the LGBTQI New Yorkers, and it is the result of work by a large and diverse coalition. Download here.
What actually happens when you come to Advocacy Day? We'll set you up to meet with legislators to talk about the issues that matter to you and the LGBTQI community. First time? Not to worry! Here's a handy guide to Legislative Visits made just for you! Download it here and prepare for an awesome day of advocacy.
What to Expect
We're so excited to meet you in Albany! Advocacy Day is an exciting time to meet LGBTQI activists and professionals from around the state. The main activity of the day is speaking with your legislators about a variety of important bills that protect LGBTQI New Yorkers.
Registration begins at 8:30, with opening remarks at about 9:30.
When you arrive you will receive a packet with information about which legislators you will be meeting with, when, and where. Your packet will include information about the bills we are advocating for as well as material to leave behind after your visit.
There will be an orientation first thing in the morning and we will be visited by legislators and other speakers during the opening.
A light breakfast and lunch will be served.
Our “home base” where we will meet and where food will be served is Renaissance Albany hotel, which is just a two-block walk from the state capital.
144 State St
Albany, NY 12207
This is just two blocks from the buildings where you will meet with legislators.
Individual groups are organizing busses and vans from various parts of the state. We will list any opportunities to join a bus or van here. If you are organizing transportation or have extra room in your car, please let us know and we can add it to the list and form.
Megabus and other bus services from around the state are usually an inexpensive and way to get to Albany.
Amtrak trains to Albany-Rensselaer station is also an easy option. Ordering your tickets as far ahead as possible usually saves money.
Join a bus to Albany!
Use this form to submit your inquiry and we will forward it to the appropriate organizer.
As of May 2nd, all requests are added to the waiting list and you will need to wait for a confirmation from the organizer.
Bus from the Bronx, organized by Destination Tomorrow
Carpool with vans from Long Island, organized by LITAC/GENY
Bus from New York City sponsored by Seth M. Rosen and Jacob K. Goertz
Bus from Rochester, organized by local community groups
Carpooling from White Plains, organized by The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center
Organizing a bus, van, caravan that might have room? Let us know.
If you plan to come in on Monday, we have a room block at TownePlace Suites. The rates are very good but only available for a limited time and limited quantity.
Please note that this is a different hotel from where our programming is going on, but it is close.
EXPIRES ON APRIL 25th!
TownePlace Suites Albany Downtown/Medical Center
22 Holland Avenue
Albany, New York 12209
Use code LGBR
Limited availability for the following:
Studio Suites for $109
One Bedroom Queen for $115