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04/28/2009

Can't be @NYcapitol? We'll help you hash it out

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 26-22We're totally bummed that certain life events kept us away from the Empire State Pride Agenda's Equality and Justice Day. But it is at least nice that all of us losers who couldn't make it Albany can head over to twitter and follow the #ejday tag for ongoing coverage:

#ejday [Twitter]

We'll also bring you photos, news, and whatever as we get them. So check back on this post for more throughout the day.

*HRC has uploaded some pics to Twitpic

**More info on the day:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Equality & Justice Day
TODAY, Tuesday, April 28, 2009 – Albany, NY

Two thousand people expected; lunchtime rally at West Capitol Park

Albany, NY, April 28, 2009 – Today, two thousand LGBT New Yorkers and their allies will travel to Albany to push for the passage of bills that would provide marriage equality for same-sex couples, transgender civil rights, and safe schools for LGBT youth. With an Assembly that has already voted in support of this legislative agenda and a first-ever pro-LGBT Majority in the State Senate, this year marks the most dynamic opportunity yet for LGBT New Yorkers and their allies to lobby their legislators to pass these key bills.

Legislative Agenda:
Marriage Equality for same-sex couples (A.7732/O'Donnell)(S.4401/Duane);
Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act
(GENDA) (Uni A.5710/Gottfried)(Uni S.2406/Duane), prohibiting discrimination based upon gender identity and expression;
Dignity For All Students Act (A.3661/O'Donnell)(S.1987/Duane), prohibiting bias-based harassment in schools.

Who:
2000-plus LGBT people and allies including clergy, business people and labor union members;
Governor David Paterson;
Assemblymembers Daniel O’Donnell
& Richard Gottfried, & other elected officials;
Kate Hathaway, PFLAG member & mother of actor Anne Hathaway;
Alan Lubin, NYS United Teachers;
Bishop Prince Singh,
Episcopal Diocese of Rochester;
Donna Lieberman, NYCLU;
Arrie Moore, Spectrum Transgender Group of Western NY;
Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun;
Alan Van Capelle,
Empire State Pride Agenda.

Schedule for Tuesday, April 28:

10-10:30 AM Morning Welcome, Gov. David Paterson and Assemblymembers Daniel O’Donnell & Richard Gottfried
11 AM-12 PM Lobby visits with Assemblymembers & Senators
12:15-1:15 PM Statewide Rally in West Capitol Park
2-4 PM Lobby visits with Assemblymembers & Senators (2-3 PM); Interfaith Service, Caucuses, Meetings & Workshops
4-4:30 PM Closing Program, elected officials

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Founded in 1990, the Empire State Pride Agenda is New York's statewide civil rights organization committed to achieving full equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families. The Pride Agenda fights for these objectives by: educating the public, elected officials and policymakers; building coalitions and mobilizing allies; and, organizing and empowering the LGBT community.

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