Facing the Future Together: Breaking Down Barriers for TLGBQI New Yorkers will bring together activists from around the state to advocate for policies that will lead to a more equitable New York for all LGBTQI New Yorkers. This one-day advocacy day will include panels, workshops, elected official visits, and coalition building. As we build on the historic wins that occured in January, we will strategically move our equality platform ahead and discuss strategies to continue to improve the lives of LGBTQI New Yorkers. The following principles will guide all the work we do for the 2019 Advocacy Day:
The LGBTQI communities of New York are diverse in many ways, therefore no single agenda can represent all LGBTQI New Yorkers;
We aim to bring a diverse set of voices to the table, and seeks to implement mechanisms by which those who choose to be involved can inform our decisions and priorities;
Achieving full protections for our trans communities is a high priority in a state where most other legal protections are provided;
We live at intersections of multiple identities and concerns. We believe that LGBTQI issues are those challenges that LGBTQI people face whether or not their gender or sexuality are the root cause of those issues. Racism, class, and economic issues are central to supporting LGBTQI people';
We will be an efficient coalition that seeks to support other organizations and efforts throughout the state. Partnerships will provide value and work towards building a powerful voice for LGBTQI people and organizations;
New York is a large state with different lived experiences in different areas of the state. An LGBTQI state organization of must represent all of these areas, being careful not to over represent the New York City region.
Prior to Facing the Future Together: Breaking Down Barriers for TLGBQI New Yorkers advocacy day, there will be two webinars to prepare participants to thrive during their time with us.
2019 Legislative Priorities Webinar
Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 12:00PM-1:00PM
We will be hosting a webinar to offer newcomers an overview of our policy platform. Members of NYTAG’s legislative coalition will lead a presentation and discussion about the bills NYTAG is currently promoting, and how best to discuss them with lawmakers and laypeople alike. This webinar is highly recommended for all attendees.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 12:00PM-1:00PM
The curriculum committee will be hosting an hour-long webinar to discuss the basics of advocacy with attendees. This training will include an overview of how to talk to elected officials, how to persuasively utilize strategic storytelling, and other best practices for new advocates.
Take a moment to register for the pre-event(s) below:
Monday, April 8, 2019
6:00PM-8:00PM Networking & Dinner
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
8:30AM-9:30AM - Breakfast & Networking
9:30AM-10:00AM Opening Remarks
10:00AM-11:00AM - Panel Sessions/Workshop
11:00AM-11:30AM - Break
11:30AM-12:15PM - Elected Officials Visits
Group A/Group B/Group C/Group D
12:30PM-1:00PM Press Conference (Million Dollar Staircase)
1:00PM-2:00PM - Lunch
2:00PM-3:00PM -Panel Session(s)/Workshop #2
3:00PM-4:00PM Networking & Coalition Building
4:00PM-4:30PM - Closing Remarks