LGBTQ Community Rallies Long Island Voters For New York Election

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NYC’s LGBT Community Center is partnering with Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, the Long Island Crisis Center’s Pride for Youth Project, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County and the Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition to spur civic engagement prior to the Nov. 6 elections. On Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. these organizations copresent an “Out to Vote” candidate forum for candidates in the upcoming general election for New York’s 7th State Senate District.

The two attending candidates, including Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, are invited to engage with local voters to answer critical community questions about their LGBTQ policy platforms and how they intend to further an inclusive policy agenda. Kaplan is challenging Senator Elaine Phillips for the seat.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the forum at Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, 121 Hofstra University, Room 308, Hempstead, NY 11549.

This is the second in a statewide series of candidate forums between now and Election Day, each held in partnership with diverse allies around the state and emphasizing the critical importance of voter engagement and mobilization in the 2018 general election. The forums are part of NYC’s LGBT Community Center’s RiseOut initiative, which will unite LGBTQ advocacy under one banner in New York State and coordinate a people-centered legislative and policy agenda that recognizes the intersectionality of the barriers to equality faced by LGBTQ community members. By bolstering voter education and mobilization, as well as proactively advocating for progressive legislation and policies that reflect the varied needs of the LGBTQ population statewide, RiseOut aims to drive lasting change for all New Yorkers.

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