GLAAD is proud to have signed on as a local partner for Marriage Equality Day 2011, sponsored by Marriage Equality New York (MENY) and taking place on February 8. The event provides an important opportunity for equality advocates and allies to meet with legislators in Albany in order to educate them about family and marriage protections for the LGBT community. MENY has reserved space next to the legislative and Capitol building to ensure easy access to meetings with both new and senior state senators. In addition, MENY will provide materials and information on marriage and how to have a successful conversation with an elected official. The event allows citizens to meet the legislators who represent them, and to spend time “opening their hearts and minds to the need for marriage equality.” MENY offers transportation options for New Yorkers coming from various parts of the state, as well as scholarships for citizens who need extra assistance. The schedule of events will last from approximately 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Marriage Equality New York is a non-partisan, grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated solely to ensuring the right of every New Yorker to enter into a legally recognized civil marriage, according to its website. It consists of local chapters throughout the state – with the largest located in New York City – and works to educate politicians in order to support marriage equality legislation. This year will mark the third annual Marriage Equality Day hosted by MENY. GLAAD joins other national and local LGBT organizations in its partnership, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC); the Empire State Pride Agenda; the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); Metropolitan Community Church of NY; and Freedom to Marry. Although the event takes place in February, registration closes on January 15. We encourage all supporters of marriage equality to register as soon as possible—or if you can’t attend, to make a contribution to this amazing initiative!