— Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council.
— Douglas Robinson, one of the first gay men to get married in New York on Sunday.
City officials held a lottery on Thursday for 764 marriage, but when 823 people registered the city decided to allow all of the couples make their marriage official on the first day the law takes effect in New York on Sunday!
This will break the city’s previous record of 621 marriages registered on Valentine’s Day in 2003. Congrats to all the happy couples in New York!!
(Photo via: Pridebook.com)
Prom can be an important right of passage for young adults, and one that not all LGBTQ individuals get to experience in a positive way when school districts choose to discriminate against same-sex couples or even restricting who gets to be considered Prom Queen or King.
If you live near the Staten Island area, you can enjoy your prom in a safe environment at the second annual LGBTQ Prom, as sponsored by the Staten Island LGBTQ Community Center.
The Staten Island LGBT Community Center, an initiative of Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI), will be sponsoring its second annual LGBT Prom Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. at the center, located at 25 Victory Blvd. (corner of Bay St.), third floor. Tickets are $20 per person, and must be purchased in advance before July 7. For tickets or sponsorship, contact Elysa Fein, LGBT youth program coordinator, at 718-808-1353 or Elysa.firstname.lastname@example.org; or the center director, Ralph W. Vogel at 718-808-3151 or Ralph.email@example.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the center between 3 and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The LGBTQ Prom is an evening full of music, dancing, food and friends. LGBTQ and allied youth can celebrate community and express themselves freely in a supportive, fun, and safe environment. The event is open to all LGBTQ and allied youth ages 15 to 20.
LGBTQ youth often face discrimination and ridicule when bringing a same-sex date or for wearing prom attire that corresponds with their gender identity. Community members can help cover the expense of this affirming event. A donation of $20 will sponsor one person and $40 will sponsor a couple.
We think this a great idea and hope all who are attending have a fantastic time! If you go, please do send in pictures of your prom attire!! You could even surprise your date with some of our jewelry. ;) This code: HGKSBL will get you 10% off.
We know we’re late in blogging about this but technical difficulties (and celebratory partying) prevented us from posting earlier. On to the important thing—
NEW YORK PASSES GAY MARRIAGE LAW!!!
It is now officially the largest state to have done so and that made the pride parade over the weekend even more spectacular. It passed 33 to 29 with four members of the Republican majority joining the vote, and only one Democrat voting against.
Senator Mark J. Grisanti was one of the Republican Senators who voted to pass the law after promising to oppose during his campaign. Grisanti said,
“I apologize for those who feel offended,” Mr. Grisanti said, adding, “I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife”
No doubt there are thousands of couples in New York right now who are celebrating because of your change of heart! Thank you to everyone who lobbied and supported these efforts. We’ve still got a long way to go and a lot of states to reach before true equality is achieved, but little by little, people are seeing the light and that’s something to remain hopeful for.
So in case you were waiting to pop the question, now is the perfect time!! Go, live, love and enjoy each other— roll around in the happiness and love that you deserve to have!! We’re overcome with it all right now and hope you all are too!!! :)
Love, Love, LOVE,
(Source: The New York Times)