Marriage Equality Day: February 8, 2011


MENY (with the help of generous people and organizations) has honored close to 100 scholarships to people who wanted to go and we still have people requesting scholarships to attend, so if you can't attend- please consider helping us by:

Giving the GIFT of a scholarship!


Marriage Equality Day provides us a chance to start the New Year off right by meeting with our elected officials and spending time opening their hearts and minds to the need for marriage equality.

Empire State Plaza COnvention Center- Meeting Rooms 2-4

Schedule of Events (Tentative-still subject to change):

  • 10:00-10:30am  Introductions- distribute meeting locations & materials
  • 10:30-10:40am  Select your District Meeting Leader (go over materials provided)
  • 10:40-11:10am  Marriage 101: Get the facts
  • 11:10-11:20am  How we meet with a senator?- mock meeting
  • 11:20-11:30am  Speaker from Governor Cuomo's Office
  • 11:30-12:15pm  Lunch provided during district team discussions
  • 12:30-12:45pm  DCO Meeting for those with meetings from 2:30-3pm
  • 12:30-   3:00pm  Senate Meetings
  •   3:15 -  3:45pm  Return to original meeting room
  •   3:30-   3:45pm  DCO Meeting for thos ewith meetings from 1-2pm
  •   3:45 -  4:00pm  Event Closing and Next Steps 

Buses departures are scheduled for ARRIVAL in Albany between 9-10am

(departure times & locations will be emailed in Feb. and vary based on registration). 

Bus departs from Albany by 4pm to return to your pick-up location.

In 2011, we will have freshman and senior senators to meet with and educate on why marriage equality matters to their constituents and to New Yorkers.  We will be further developing relationships with our legislators so we can call on them to make the right decisions for our community. MENY has reserved conference space in the building connected to the legislative and capital building (where the meetings will take place). This will give us easy access to our meetings. We also will have volunteer staff on hand for this event and buses from Buffalo, Rochester, Staten Island and Manhattan going to Albany for this day.

Community Bus Sponsors: Human Right Campaign and Empire State Pride Agenda

Current Community Partners include: GLAAD, Proud Ally, GLSEN, Metropolitan Community Church of NY, DFNYC, NYCLU, HRC, Staten Island LGBT Community Center, Big Gay Hudson Valley,, Bronx Community Pride Center, Harlem Pride, Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC & WNY, Hudson Valley Out & About, Freedom to Marry, Interfaith Impact of NYS, The Loft LGBT Community Services Center, and Empire State Pride Agenda (list in formation, Bold*- Community Sponsors)

If you are interested in being a partner, sponsor or have any other questions, comments, or concerns please email us at MED2011@MENY.US