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Pride Agenda Endorses Eric Schneiderman for

Attorney General

New York, NY, August 5, 2010 - The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today announced its endorsement of Eric
Schneiderman for Attorney General in the 2010 election.

“Eric Schneiderman has been a tireless advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families,” said Ross D. Levi, Executive Director of the Empire
State Pride Agenda. “During his tenure in the State Senate, he has always been there for us, going
above and beyond just voting for our rights, whether advocating for us in his district, marshalling pro-
LGBT votes or leading floor debates on marriage equality.

“He is exactly what we need in a statewide elected official.”

Eric Schneiderman voted to pass the Hate Crimes Bill and the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination
Act (SONDA). As a lead sponsor of the Dignity for All Students Act, which passed the Senate on June
22 with a bipartisan 58-3 vote, Schneiderman helped create legal protections for public school
students from harassment and bullying, marking the first time that protections based on gender
identity and expression would be included in state law. He is a cosponsor of the Gender Expression
Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would ensure that all transgender New Yorkers are free from

“At the Empire State Pride Agenda, we know it takes more than passing laws to secure equality and
justice for LGBT New Yorkers and our families,” said Levi. “We need an attorney general we can rely
on to make sure those laws are carried out and that statewide policies and standards are in place that
protect the entire state, including LGBT people. Schneiderman is that candidate.”

“I am thrilled to be endorsed by the Empire State Pride Agenda, one of the finest, most trusted
community groups in the state,” said Eric Schneiderman. “From fighting for marriage equality to
ending bullying in schools to cracking down on big pharmaceutical corporations that are cheating New
Yorkers with HIV/AIDS, I will be an Attorney General who never backs down in the pursuit of justice. I
will vigorously enforce every statute that protects the rights of the LGBT community and be a
steadfast ally every step of the way.”

For more details about Eric Schneiderman’s plan for promoting LGBT rights as attorney general, go to:

The Pride Agenda makes its endorsement decisions based on: responses to the Pride Agenda
candidate questionnaire; an examination of a candidate's voting record (for those who have previously
held elected office) and the voting record of their opponent; a review of his or her public acts and

statements; and, consultations with other organizations throughout New York State, including local
LGBT organizations. Non-incumbents are evaluated based upon the criteria above as well as the
viability of their campaigns.

In its candidate questionnaire, the Pride Agenda asks statewide candidates for their responses on
issues such as marriage equality for same-sex couples, ending legal discrimination against
transgender New Yorkers, increasing funding for LGBT health and human services providers, as well
as broader topics involving social, racial and economic justice.

In addition to being announced in the media, the Pride Agenda’s political endorsements are the
subject of Action Alerts which are disseminated to thousands of Pride Agenda supporters and their
families statewide, and included in the Pride Agenda’s online Election Center and 2010 Voter Guide
that encourages LGBT fundraising, volunteering and field activities.

The Pride Agenda has previously endorsed in 54 state legislative races. A first round of nine Senate
endorsements and 11 Assembly endorsements was announced July 13, with a second round following
on August 3, including 14 Senate endorsements and 20 Assembly endorsements. A full list of all
endorsements can be found at the Pride Agenda’s Election Center at

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Founded in 1990, the Empire State Pride Agenda is New York's statewide civil rights
organization committed to achieving full equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families. The Pride Agenda fights for these objectives
by: educating the public, elected officials and policymakers; building coalitions and mobilizing
allies; and, organizing and empowering the LGBT community.