Since 2011 is a really slow election year, the Log Cabin Republicans are upping their efforts towards educating their members. On January 1st they are launching an initiative they call “Starting at 1”.

Log Cabin Chairman Gregory Angelo tells me he got the idea from Republican Lt. Governor candidate Greg Edwards, who pointed out to him that the date on January 1st is 1/1/11.

“Right now we have a politically savvy membership, and it’s time to take things to the next level,” Angelo said. “Starting at 1 is designed to take the enthusiasm we’ve seen from our members for everything from joining their local Community Board to becoming more involved in the Republican County Committee and even running for office.”

Angelo says he hopes this new plan will bring Gay Republicans out of isolation and make them more of a part of the GOP.

He suggested one thing they would like to do is get members up to speed on some of the parliamentary procedure in the state legislature. One example he brought up was explaining what it takes to get a same sex marriage bill to the floor for a vote.

Another goal is to provide Gay Republicans direct information, through email alerts, facebook, and twitter, on how to join other Republican organizations in the state, whether it be county committees, or groups like the New York State Federation of Republican Women.