Equality Long Island

Working to achieve full equality for LGBT people in every town, village, and county across Long Island and Queens

Community Education

Equality Long Island will work to inform the public of the critical, often discriminatory and forgotten issues facing the LGBT community, and educate our political leaders on solutions to these problems.


Equality Long Island works with elected officials and candidates at all levels of government to ensure that the voices of the LGBT community are being heard, and that issues important to the community are being addressed.

Candidate Endorsements

Equality Long Island endorses candidates for public office who are supportive of the organization’s public policy agenda to help increase the number of allies in government, and to hold opponents accountable.

Our Mission

Equality Long Island (EQLI) is working to achieve full equality for LGBT people in every town, village, and county across Long Island and Queens, through education and advocacy at all levels of government.

Who we are

EQLI is the 501(c)(4) arm of the LGBT Network, an organization that is a home and voice for LGBT people, their families, and support systems on Long Island and in Queens.

What we do

As a non-partisan organization, EQLI provides the Long Island and Queens community with new and unique opportunities to get involved with public policy and government officials through community education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy and lobbying.  Our annual candidate endorsements help LGBT and allied voters to choose candidates that support issues important to the community.

2018 Candidate Endorsements

The following candidates have demonstrated support for our agenda and goals and have shown to be allies and friends of the LGBT community.  We take our endorsement process seriously and when we decide on our endorsements, we must be confident that our candidates will stand with EQLI for equality.  

Andrew M. Cuomo

NYS Governor

Kathy Hochul

NYS Lt. Governor

Letitia (Tish) James

NYS Attorney General

Tom DiNapoli

NYS Comptroller

Kirsten Gillibrand

US Senate

Perry Gershon

Congressional District 1

Liuba Grechen Shirley

Congressional District 2

Tom Suozzi

Congressional District 3

Kathleen Rice

Congressional District 4

Gregory Meeks

Congressional District 5

Grace Meng

Congressional District 6

Nydia Velazquez

Congressional District 7

Hakeem Jeffries

Congressional District 8

Carolyn Maloney

Congressional District 12

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Congressional District 14

Greg Fischer

NYS Senate District 1

Kathleen Cleary

NYS Senate District 2

Monica Martinez

NYS Senate District 3

Lou D'Amaro

NYS Senate District 4

Jim Gaughran

NYS Senate District 5

Anna Kaplan

NYS Senate District 7

John Brooks

NYS Senate District 8

Todd Kaminsky

NYS Senate District 9

Mike Gianaris

NYS Senate District 12

Fred Thiele

NYS Assembly District 1

Rona Smith

NYS Assembly District 2

Clyde Parker

NYS Assembly District 3

Steve Englebright

NYS Assembly District 4

Phil Ramos

NYS Assembly District 6

Andrew Garbarino

NYS Assembly District 7

Dave Morrissey

NYS Assembly District 8

Christine Pellegrino

NYS Assembly District 9

Steve Stern

NYS Assembly District 10

Kimberly Jean-Pierre

NYS Assembly District 11

Andrew Raia

NYS Assembly District 12

Chuck Lavine

NYS Assembly District 13

Mike Reid

NYS Assembly District 14

Allen Foley

NYS Assembly District 15

Anthony D'Urso

NYS Assembly District 16

Taylor Raynor

NYS Assembly District 18

Billy Carr

NYS Assembly District 19

Juan Vides

NYS Assembly District 20

Judy Griffin

NYS Assembly District 21

Michaelle Solages

NYS Assembly District 22

Stacey Pheffer Amato

NYS Assembly District 23

David Weprin

NYS Assembly District 24

Brian Barnwell

NYS Assembly District 30

Cathy Nolan

NYS Assembly District 37

Catalina Cruz

NYS Assembly District 39

Jay Schneiderman

Suffolk County Comptroller

Jillian Guthman

Huntington Receiver of Taxes

Joan Cergol

Huntington Town Council