Empire State Pride Agenda Endorses Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General


One Day After Proposition 8 Is Overturned, New York's Largest Statewide
LGBT Organization Backs Schneiderman
Schneiderman Becomes ESPA's First Statewide Endorsement of Election Cycle
NEW YORK - In its first statewide endorsement of the election cycle, Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today announced its strong support for Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General. Reflecting broad support for Eric’s record as a progressive champion for LGBT equality, ESPA joins Marriage Equality New York, the Stonewall Democrats of New York City, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats (GLID), Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens and Lambda Independent Democrats (LID) in endorsing his candidacy.
Eric has also earned the support of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and openly LGBT Council Members Rosie Mendez, Jimmy Van Bramer and Danny Dromm.
“Eric Schneiderman has been a tireless advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families,” said Ross D. Levi, Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. “During his tenure in the State Senate, he has always been there for us, going above and beyond just voting for our rights, whether advocating for us in his district, marshalling pro-LGBT votes or leading floor debates on marriage equality."
“He is exactly what we need in a statewide elected official.”
Eric Schneiderman voted to pass the Hate Crimes Bill and the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA). As a lead sponsor of the Dignity for All Students Act, which passed the Senate on June 22 with a bipartisan 58-3 vote, Schneiderman helped create legal protections for public school students from harassment and bullying, marking the first time that protections based on gender identity and expression would be included in state law. He is a cosponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would ensure that all transgender New Yorkers are free from discrimination.
“At the Empire State Pride Agenda, we know it takes more than passing laws to secure equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers and our families,” said Levi. “We need an attorney general we can rely on to make sure those laws are carried out and that statewide policies and standards are in place that protect the entire state, including LGBT people. Schneiderman is that candidate.”
“I am thrilled to be endorsed by the Empire State Pride Agenda, one of the finest, most trusted community groups in the state,” said Eric Schneiderman. “From fighting for marriage equality to ending bullying in schools to cracking down on big pharmaceutical corporations that are cheating New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS, I will be an Attorney General who never backs down in the pursuit of justice. I will vigorously enforce every statute that protects the rights of the LGBT community and be a steadfast ally every step of the way.”
For more details about Eric Schneiderman’s plan for promoting LGBT rights as attorney general, go to: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33064992/LGBT-Equality-Agenda
In addition to being announced in the media, the Pride Agenda’s political endorsements are the subject of Action Alerts which are disseminated to thousands of Pride Agenda supporters and their families statewide, and included in the Pride Agenda’s online Election Center and 2010 Voter Guide that encourages LGBT fundraising, volunteering and field activities.
With widespread support from a broad and diverse coalition of progressive New Yorkers and the unanimous endorsement of the state's largest labor union, 1199/SEIU United Healthcare East, the largest private-sector union, 32BJ, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Citizen Action and the Hotel Trades Council, momentum is growing for Schneiderman's campaign to be the state's next Attorney General.  
To date, Schneiderman has earned the endorsement of over 100 progressive leaders including U.S. Representatives Yvette Clarke, Jerry Nadler and Jose Serrano, and a host of prominent community activists, grassroots organizations and major labor unions.
For more information on the campaign, please visit: www.EricSchneiderman.com


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