Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to Speak at NYC Gay and Lesbian Center

New Yorkers, on Sunday Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will speak at New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Via the announcement:

Gillibrand “As a New York progressive, Senator Gillibrand strongly believes in equal rights for all.

Since her time in the House of Representatives, she has spoken out in support of full marriage equality,

becoming one of the first members of the U.S. Senate to favor full marriage rights for same sex couples.

In the U.S. Senate, Senator Gillibrand is working on an aggressive agenda to provide equal rights for all,

including eliminating the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy in our armed forces, protecting people of all sexual

orientations and gender identities from hate crimes and employment discrimination, and repealing the

Defense of Marriage Act. This event is an opportunity for New York City’s Lesbian, Gay,

Bisexual and Transgender community leaders to meet your new Senator,

learn more about her agenda and discuss your priorities.”

The talk will take place at The Center at 208 West 13th Street, Room 301, from 3:30-4:30 on Sunday. If you'd like to attend, RSVP here.

Towleroad is going to be speaking to Senator Gillibrand on Sunday as well. Feel free to post any suggestions for questions you'd like the Senator to answer in the comments. I can't guarantee we'll ask them but we'd love to hear them.


  1. jack says

    to the best of my recollection, while ms G was in the nys legislature, she was very diffident about glbt issues, not surprising since she represented a conservative constituency. when and where did this progressive turnaround take place. many nys gay political voices thought that lip service would be all we would get, but so far she has been impressively proactive.

  2. bklynbryan says

    I’d ask her if there’s a strategy in place to get DOMA overturned, and what it is. I’d be curious to hear what she has to say about marriage equality in Albany, too.

  3. Justin says

    I thought she took a whole new approach to LGBT issues (specifically marriage equality) when Governor Paterson told her she had to or he wouldn’t back her as a choice for the Senate. Perhaps you can ask her about that. It would be nice for her to accomplish something on our behalf, but even nicer if she actually believed in it.

  4. Scott says

    No, Kirstin was on record in speaking in favor of marriage equality (that is, full marriage rights) during her second House campaign. This was long before Paterson tapped her for Senator.

    I attended the event today at the center and came away very impressed, not just by her intelligence and likeability, but because I believe we have a sincere and fierce advocate in her. Gillibrand more than demonstrated why this is a personal issue to her. (And she also included a hilarious joke about female and gay male lawyers at big law firms in New York City.)

    And most importantly, Gillibrand is actually walking the walk. She’s spearheading the effort to repeal DADT in the Senate, and I think we can also count on her to be in the lead in pressing for the passage of ENDA and repealing DOMA.

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