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Thursday in NYC: This close state suits up for victory (and hors d'oeuvres)

by Jeremy Hooper

Here in the Northeast, Maine is getting rightful attention. The New Jersey gubernatorial race is also capturing queer eyes, considering that one candidate, Republican Chris Christie, is outspokenly hostile toward our rights. But we also can't forget that New York is tantalizingly close to the big enchil-'I-do': Full, in-state marriage equality.

And this Thursday in Manhattan, folks from all over the state will suit up to fete the organization that has been instrumental in getting us this close to the golden ring, the Empire State Pride Agenda. Sen. Schumer. Thespian Hathaway. Comedian Cho. Double-Entendre-Name-Haver Cumming. More info below:

E Verision Of Fd Invite -2U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer to speak and Hathaway family to be honored at Empire State Pride Agenda’s NYC Fall Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 22

Additional guests include Margaret Cho and Alan Cumming

New York City, October 2009U.S. Senator from New York Charles Schumer will deliver the keynote address and the Hathaway family will be honored with the Douglas W. Jones Leadership Award at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Fall Dinner in New York City on October 22. The Empire State Pride Agenda is New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Proceeds from the dinner support the Pride Agenda’s ongoing advocacy and education work.

“We are thrilled to have our senior Senator from New York, Charles Schumer—who proves that legislators can and do listen to our community and care about our issues—speaking at the Fall Dinner this year. We’re also very excited to be honoring the Hathaway family, whose active support of our community demonstrates the importance of family in our movement,” said
Alan Van Capelle, Executive Director of the Pride Agenda. “Our community has worked tremendously hard this year, and we look forward to celebrating this work with more than a thousand of our dedicated friends and allies.”

Comedian and actress
Margaret Cho will emcee the evening’s program. Actor and singer Alan Cumming will also give a special performance.

With more than 1,000 guests expected at the Sheraton Hotel, the event is one of the nation’s largest LGBT fundraisers. Past speakers have included
President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Governor Paterson, Governor Spitzer, Governor George E. Pataki, Senator Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Governor Mario Cuomo, Governor Ann Richards, and U.S. Senators Ted Kennedy and Russ Feingold.

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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.

Tickets are sold out. But if you still wanna go, maybe get in contact with ESPA and see if you can Rangel wrangle some. Where there's a will, there's a potential A-gay.

And if you can't make it, check back here on Friday morn'. From Chuck Schumer's frock to Anne Hathaway's take on the public option, we'll let you know what all goes down.

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