Tuesday, April 9th, Albany, NY
Breaking Down Barriers for TLGBQI New Yorkers
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.
This platform is a collection of the various policy priorities of a wide range of organizations working to protect LGBTQI New Yorkers. We are committed to working together and to supporting each other. While each of our organizations chooses which of these bills we put our support behind, we recognize the importance of a comprehensive platform that demonstrates the breadth of the LGBTQI community.
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 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 will include panels, workshops, elected official visits, and coalition building. As we build on the historic wins that occured in January, we will strategically move our equality platform ahead and discuss strategies to continue to improve the lives of 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.
Monday, April 8, 2019
6:00PM-8:00PM Networking & Dinner
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
8:30AM-9:30AM - Breakfast & Networking
9:30AM-10:00AM Opening Remarks
10:00AM-11:00AM - Panel Sessions/Workshop
11:00AM-11:30AM - Break
11:30AM-12:15PM - Elected Officials Visits
12:30PM-1:00PM Press Conference (Million Dollar Staircase)
1:00PM-2:00PM - Lunch
2:00PM-3:00PM -Panel Session(s)/Workshop #2
3:00PM-4:00PM Networking & Coalition Building
4:00PM-4:30PM - Closing Remarks
Prior to advocacy day, there will be two webinars to prepare participants to thrive during their time with us.
2019 Legislative Priorities Webinar
Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 12:00PM-1:00PM
We will be hosting a webinar to offer newcomers an overview of our policy platform. Members of NYTAG’s legislative coalition will lead a presentation and discussion about the bills NYTAG is currently promoting, and how best to discuss them with lawmakers and laypeople alike. This webinar is highly recommended for all attendees.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 12:00PM-1:00PM
The curriculum committee will be hosting an hour-long webinar to discuss the basics of advocacy with attendees. This training will include an overview of how to talk to elected officials, how to persuasively utilize strategic storytelling, and other best practices for new advocates.
Take a moment to register for the pre-event(s) below:
Location information coming soon.
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.
If you plan to come in on Monday, we are organizing a room block at TownePlace Suites. The rates are very good but only available for a limited time and limited quantity.
TownePlace Suites Albany Downtown/Medical Center
22 Holland Avenue
Albany, New York 12209
Equality New York and New York Transgender Advocacy Group are 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
Gays Against Guns
Gender Equality New York
GLSEN Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
Jamestown Community College
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
Latino Commission on AIDS
Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens
LGBTQ+ Caucus New York Capital Region
Manhattan Country School
MORE caucus in the United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
New York City Anti-Violence Project
New York Civil Liberties Union
New York Transgender Advocacy Group
Pride Center of Staten Island
Princess Janae Place
Stonewall Democratic Club
The Ackerman Institute for the Family, Gender & Family Project
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center The LGBT 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.