2016 Coming Out Campaign Largest Ever Out on LI 

2016 Coming Out Campaign Largest Ever

LIGALY and The LGBT Network’s 2016 National Coming Out Day Campaign was the largest ever in its 14 year history!  More than 100 schools and over 100,000 students, teachers, parents and community leaders participated and took a stand against bullying and came out for safer schools. “We had a 20% increase in participation in NCOD this year,” said LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick. “But this is more than just numbers,” Kilmnick adds. “This is about impact and creating safe spaces for LGBT youth, as well as for youth with LGBT families. …

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Aries – ruling planet in your 11th house – make use of enhanced personal magnetism to charm a fascinating stranger. You’re entering a brand new cycle and can impress others with your originality, daring and flair for dramatic presentations. Advertising and publishing plans can now be unveiled. Taurus – ruling planet in your 9th house – you become more free and easy, ready to take a chance. Travel or higher education is in the spot light. You’ll be eager to learn and a Sagittarian type is ready to tell all….

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Horoscopes: September 2016 Horoscopes 

Horoscopes: September 2016

IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL. Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, shebegan her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books onAstrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee.Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her…

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East Village Voice an interview with gay writer Tim Murphy Out and About 

East Village Voice an interview with gay writer Tim Murphy

Gay writer Tim Murphy’s epic third novel Christodora is the queer book of the summer, perhaps the year. Spanning 30 years, from the early 1980s to the early 2020s, Murphy takes readers back to the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York giving us a perspective from deep inside the trenches, while also shining a radiant light on the possibilities of the near future. Fully realized and authentic characters, including artist couple Milly and Jared, adopted son Mateo, Milly’s activist/scientist mother Ava, Milly’s writer friend Drew, Mateo’s mother…

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Why he Styx with it: an interview with Chuck Panozzo of Styx Out and About 

Why he Styx with it: an interview with Chuck Panozzo of Styx

          Gregg Shapiro: Next year, 2017, will be the 45th anniversary of the release of the first Styx album. What does it mean to you to still be performing and touring with American prog-rock legends Styx, the band you co-founded?  Chuck Panozzo: We played our first real show on New Year’s Eve in 1962 (as Tradewinds). I had been taking music lessons for seven years and had the confidence to perform in front of people. I could never have imagined a career this long in anything,…

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Little Girls Blue and Colorful Out and About 

Little Girls Blue and Colorful

Originally airing at Christmastime 2015 and now available on DVD, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment) is a “family-oriented, faith-based” dramatization of Parton’s beloved song, one that she considers to be her favorite. In many ways, Coat of Many Colors is exactly what you might expect it to be considering its genesis and that it’s a prime-time network TV movie. Although safe and sanitized, sensitive queer viewers will no doubt feel a stirring while watching the early stages of what would go on to be a…

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Pride Night at Citi Field Out Front 

Pride Night at Citi Field

Queens, NY – On Saturday, August 13, 2016, Citi Field roared with the energy of thousands of LGBT and allied fans as the New York Mets defeated the San Diego Padres at the very first Pride Night held by any of the four major professional sports leagues in New York! This historic event was the culmination of months of preparation in a major partnership between the LGBT Network and the New York Mets. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the New York Mets, Major League Baseball and the…

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National and International News: September 2016 News 

National and International News: September 2016

Texas LGBT Students Feeling Unsafe Now That People Can Carry Guns On Campus  Buzzfeed — Many LGBT students at the University of Houston say they feel like they can no longer express themselves safely now that a law allowing people to carry concealed weapons on campus is in effect and classes have begun. “I feel like I can’t speak up for myself anymore,” Robyn Foley, 22, a transgender and intersex student who majors in anthropology, told BuzzFeed News. “I can’t correct someone on my pronouns” — Robyn’s pronoun is “they”…

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National Coming Out Day  October 11th Out on LI 

National Coming Out Day October 11th

On Tuesday, October 11th, LIGALY and the LGBT Network will be coordinating its largest National Coming Out Day (NCOD) Campaign yet, with schools participating across Long Island and Queens.  This one-day campaign engages entire school communities to take a stand against anti-LGBT bullying by wearing rainbow ribbons, displaying “Ally” stickers, organizing educational activities and coordinating informative presentations.  During last year’s NCOD campaign, 83 schools participated, engaging more than 87,000 students and educators. LIGALY also conducted 22 training workshops to build youth leadership and help coordinate the campaign at schools. To…

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Summer Soul Men Q-Music 

Summer Soul Men

Every Maxwell studio album – and there have only been five in 20 years – is treated like an event of great musically historical significance. The neo-soul forefather’s latest, black  SUMMERS’night (Columbia) is no exception. Arriving seven years after its predecessor BLACKsummers’night, the 12-track disc doesn’t vary much from the formula that made what came before so appealing and enduring, including drawing on the influence of the late Prince. Maxwell looks towards club play with the soulfully sexy “All The Ways That Love Can Feel” which could benefit from just…

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The First Amendment protects freedom of speech. Anyone can say whatever they wish, without government interference. A basic truth, not stated in the Amendment, is you are free to say what you wish, but you are responsible for what you say. The popular example is shouting fire in a crowded theater when there is no fire. You can be prosecuted for the damage it causes. Another proof of the responsibility for what you say involves saying something that damages a person or a person’s reputation. In short, freedom of speech…

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HEROES & Villains Out and About 

HEROES & Villains

You might feel like your heart is going to pound its way through your chest, almost to the very last scene of writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s riveting third full-length feature Green Room (A24/Broadgreen), but it’s only a movie. Because of that, the film takes its place at the head of the class of the new generation of horror/suspense flicks such as The Witch, It Follows and The Babadook. The Ain’t Rights, a young punk band from the Washington, DC (Arlington, actually, as one member points out) are scrambling to survive on…

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