Posted on December 3, 2009, 5:19 PM, by Glennda Testone, under General.
I imagine by now most of you heard the news about the marriage bill in the New York State Senate. Yesterday, the Senate voted 38-24 to continue to deny marriage equality to members of our community. Our allies fought hard for us and made impassioned speeches, but there were not enough allies to pass this bill.
I’m sure that it makes many of you angry. We here at the Center share your anger. The amount of time, documentation and heartache that our families must go through to get the same legal protection that straight couples receive in New York is outrageous. Everyday, we witness the negative consequences this lack of equality has on LGBT people as they walk through our doors. We need equal protection for our families and our entire community. Help us send a message to the New York State Senate that we will continue to fight until we are treated as equal citizens in this state.
WHEN: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Thursday, December 3, 2009
WHERE: North End of Union Square (17th Street)
Join the Center and many other organizations and advocates to express our disappointment and demonstrate our unity.
Posted on December 1, 2009, 6:13 PM, by Ector Simpson, under General.
HIV/AIDS organizations across the New York City’s five boroughs, in partnership with The New York City Council, are launching a YouTube-based HIV/AIDS awareness campaign entitled “I Talk Because….” The campaign begins today: World AIDS Day: December 1, 2009, and will continue throughout the year.
“I Talk Because…,” features 30-60 second YouTube video clips of people speaking out about why it’s so important to discuss HIV/AIDS with the people in their lives. We know that open and honest conversations can help prevent new infections and reduce the stigma attached to people living with this disease. Since every 9½ minutes, an American is infected with HIV, we need to better educate ourselves and others about the virus.
Our video was filmed by long-term Center volunteer, Wolfgang Busch. We’re proud to commemorate today, World AIDS Day, with the launch of this video. For more information about World AIDS Day at the Center and in NYC, click here.