Being involved with MENY has been an awesome experience -- I am so inspired by the level of dedication that the Board has toward marriage equality. They responded to my inquiry about getting involved within 24 hours, and have given me ideas and support for events in the Albany area. In the past 2 years, I've watch the focus of MENY activities spread from NYC to cities throughout New York State -- their District Community Organizers program gives support to anyone who wants to take initiative in their area.
I have been involved with MENY for over 6 years and I have seen it ebb and flow through its growth process. The spirit of this organization is something that strives for a single issue to pass and is filled with the passion of community members who take on the roles of leaders. The Annual Wedding March, handled completely by volunteers,is a testament to the spirit of the organization. This march is the largest annual demonstration in the United States for marriage equality and it continually grows each year- reaching a new place and new people. Marriage Equality Day is where NYS residents go to Albany to educate elected officials on why marriage matters. They tell their personal stories of how it effects them. They are educated on the rights, benefits, privileges and responsibilities that the word marriage bestows on opposite sex couples, so they can convey this message to their elected officials. Also, they are supported by petitions, signed by our growing membership and broken into constituents of each district, to show elected officials the support we have from their community. These roles, among many others, show how community members, leadership, volunteering, and the spirit of change can infuse an organization and really become a legacy of change for a community, a state, and eventually a country.