LGBT Network Launches Massive Community-Wide Campaign for National Coming Out Day Uncategorized 

LGBT Network Launches Massive Community-Wide Campaign for National Coming Out Day

Since 2002, the LGBT Network has been organizing its NCOD Campaign in schools as a way of creating safer spaces. Over its 15-year history, the Campaign has grown – more than 100,000+ students and staff at 100 schools participated in the campaign last year. For 2017, the LGBT Network is broadening its efforts and bringing the NCOD campaign to businesses, places of worship, senior centers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, civic associations, unions, libraries, and other organizations. The goal of the LGBT Network NCOD Campaign is simple: Engage and empower the…

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LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Moves Forward in Bay Shore after Historic Planning Board Vote Out on LI 

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Moves Forward in Bay Shore after Historic Planning Board Vote

On Thursday, August 17th, The LGBT Network unveiled plans for its LGBT-friendly affordable housing apartment complex in Bay Shore. The new housing development accompanied by a brand new state-of-the-art 8,000 square-foot community center will be constructed at the site of LGBT Network’s existing community center on Park Avenue and Mechanicsville Road and near the Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road station. In a historic vote, the Town of Islip Planning Board voted unanimously to move the LGBT Network’s Senior Housing and Community Center Project forward and the Islip Town Board…

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Supreme Court asked to consider anti-bias protections for gay workers In The News 

Supreme Court asked to consider anti-bias protections for gay workers

(Reuters) LGBT group Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether discrimination against gay workers is a form of unlawful sex bias, teeing up what could be a monumental case for the gay rights movement. The group filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of Jameka Evans, a former security guard at Georgia Regional Hospital who says she was harassed and forced to quit her job because she is gay. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March dismissed her case, saying it…

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Publisher of High Times acquires LGBT publications In The News 

Publisher of High Times acquires LGBT publications

(Reuters) Oreva Capital, the Los Angeles-based investment firm that recently bought marijuana enthusiast magazine “High Times,” has funded a management buyout of a handful of media brands catering to the gay community. Oreva has backed a management-led buyout of Here Publishing, which owns such titles as “The Advocate” and “Out,” with plans to grow its online and events business, Oreva CEO Adam Levin told Reuters in an interview. Oreva is buying Here Publishing, which it is rebranding “Pride Media Inc,” at a time when many print publishers are struggling with…

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Transgender members in U.S. military may serve until study completed: Mattis In The News 

Transgender members in U.S. military may serve until study completed: Mattis

(Reuters) U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said current policy regarding transgender personnel serving in the military would remain in place until he advises President Donald Trump on how to implement his directive on a transgender ban. Mattis said in a statement he would set up a panel of experts serving in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to provide recommendations on implementing the ban. He said he would advise the president after the panel reports it recommendations, and “in the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members…

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Trump administration backs baker who refused to make cake for gay couple In The News 

Trump administration backs baker who refused to make cake for gay couple

(Reuters) The Trump administration filed papers at the U.S. Supreme Court backing a Christian baker in Colorado whom a state court ruled against for declining to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. In the brief, Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall said Jack Phillips should be exempt from Colorado’s anti-discrimination law because making custom cakes is a form of free expression protected under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. The high court agreed in June to hear Phillips’ appeal of the state court ruling that his refusal to make the…

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Two lawsuits challenge Trump transgender military service ban In The News 

Two lawsuits challenge Trump transgender military service ban

(Reuters) Civil rights groups filed two new lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. The lawsuits, filed in federal courts in Seattle and Baltimore, say the ban issued on Friday violated U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. Trump had announced the ban in a series of tweets on July 26, reversing a policy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. On Aug. 9, five transgender service members filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. asking a judge to block…

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international : Hate crimes against LGBT people in UK almost double in 4 years (survey) In The News 

international : Hate crimes against LGBT people in UK almost double in 4 years (survey)

LONDON (Rueters) Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Britain have almost doubled in the past four years, campaigners said, with one in five people targeted. A newly-released survey of 5,000 LGBT people by pollster YouGov found 16 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents reported experiencing hate crimes, such as abusive language, threats and violence, in the past year, up from 9 percent in 2013. Transgender people were not included in the 2013 poll. Gay rights group Stonewall described the trend as “alarming”, with these…

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International – Australian ad draws fire for linking gay marriage to boys in dresses In The News 

International – Australian ad draws fire for linking gay marriage to boys in dresses

Australia (Rueters) An Australian campaign ad that claims same-sex marriage laws would lead to school children acting out gay relationships and boys wearing dresses in class drew widespread fire. The advert was aired by the Coalition for Marriage, a group that opposes equal marriage laws. It said that legalizing same-sex marriage would usher in education programs that rob parents of the right to choose how children learn about sexuality. The adverts – the first national televised campaign for the ‘No’ vote in a September referendum on same-sex marriage – misled…

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INTERNATIONAL – Chile’s President Bachelet sends gay marriage bill to Congress In The News 

INTERNATIONAL – Chile’s President Bachelet sends gay marriage bill to Congress

SANTIAGO (Reuters) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill that would legalize gay marriage, a move that follows a string of liberal reforms in one of Latin America’s most conservative nations. In 2015, Chile’s Congress approved same sex civil unions after years of legislative wrangling. In March, Bachelet, a center-left politician, pledged to send a full marriage bill to legislators before the end of the year. “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits on love, nor to deny essential…

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Out Front 

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

PATTI LABELLE DISHES ON ‘STILL STANDING’ THANKS TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY, LIP-SYNCING ‘DIVETTES’ AND TRUMP BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Is there a singer more real than Patti LaBelle? The 73-year-old legend of song (and shade) is a firehose of strong-minded opinions, and in an age that has some tight-lipped “divettes,” as LaBelle calls them, refraining from saying too much, the ever-honest LaBelle is, refreshingly, that rare freewheeler who revels in being blunt AF. In 2014, she told me she no longer considers herself a diva because “all these little heifers who…

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Screen Savor : Beach Rats Out and About 

Screen Savor : Beach Rats

A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEACH BOYS  Unappealing title aside, writer/director Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats (Neon) is one of the most captivating and sensitive portraits of sexual confusion you are likely to see anytime soon. And that’s saying a lot in the age of Moonlight. Aimless teen Frankie (the scorching British actor Harris Dickinson) has various ways he likes to waste time in the summer, including getting wasted on pilfered prescription meds and pot with his equally adrift posse Nick (Frank Hakaj), Nick (David Ivanov) and Jesse (Anton Selyaninov). Frankie also…

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Book Review : Meeting My  Brother Out and About 

Book Review : Meeting My Brother

Meeting My Brother  The heartwarming story of donor siblings meeting and becoming family. Jennifer L. Dukoff is a homegrown Long Islander who recently authored the children’s “Meeting My Brother”. “Meeting My Brother” is a heartwarming story of donor siblings meeting and becoming family. This book is the first of its kind, and shows the great love and connection that donor siblings have. It tells the story of a little girl named Hazel who meets her brother Ravi. The story accounts how they meet and share experiences together, as children do,…

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LGBT Network Leads Action Against Trump Following Transgender Ban Out on LI 

LGBT Network Leads Action Against Trump Following Transgender Ban

Following President Trump’s move to ban transgender people from the military, the LGBT Network and members of the community spoke out and pushed back, vowing to fight the policy reversal. “These cowardly, disgraceful and un-American comments by President Trump, attacking thousands of brave transgender service members who protect our country every day, are just another shameful distraction from a failed administration,” said David Kilmnick, President and CEO of the LGBT Network. On Friday, July 28, the LGBT Network lead a massive protest of the President’s visit to Brentwood. The protest…

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Sunset on the Harbor Out on LI 

Sunset on the Harbor

The LGBT Network is in full swing celebrating summer in the Hamptons! On July 22nd, the Annual Sunset on the Harbor event welcomed over 250 friends, supporters, and allies to the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor for a cocktail reception featuring live music by Audrey Snow. Sunset on the Harbor raised over $50,000 for the East End work of the LGBT Network with its Hamptons Center located Sag Harbor. The Hamptons Center provides a range of life-saving and community-building services that provide support, reduce isolation, and ultimately give a home…

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