Founded in 1949, Lexington was the first Reform Club, serving as a model for the movement that came to dominate Democratic politics in Manhattan. The Lex Club was largely the result of the experiences of a group of young college and law school graduates who wanted to get involved in the Democratic Party, and had their eyes opened – fast – about politics at the local level.
Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City was founded in February 1986 as the first and only citywide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Democratic organization in New York City. The first event was a small cocktail party held at The Ballroom in Chelsea. Little did we know that this new organization would grow to be the largest LGBT Democratic political club in the City and State of New York.
The Lenox Hill Democratic Club, or LHDC, was founded in 1957 by a group of Democrats who felt that their regular democratic clubs did not adequately represent the Democratic Party. As an insurgent reform democratic club it was not until 1961 that the LHDC’s founding members successfully elected its first District Leaders. As a reform club, the LHDC is proud to list among its founders and former and current members—numerous judges, elected officials, and other city luminaries including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Assemblyman Pete Grannis to name just a few.