Out Front 

During the inaugural LoveLoud Festival in August 2017 on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, roughly 40 miles outside Salt Lake City, 17,000 people fell into the embrace of Dan Reynolds. Amid performances of his band’s towering anthems, like “Radioactive,” Reynolds’ message rang loud and clear: love yourself, and love the young queer people who need it most, unconditionally. Hugs for LGBTQ youth from the Imagine Dragons frontman, recipient of The Trevor Project’s 2017 Hero Award, don’t get much bigger than they did that day. Except they will,…

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LGBT Youth and Media 

RECORD ATTENDANCE AT 18th ANNUAL LGBT PROM

On June 27th, LGBT and Allied Youth had an evening of dancing and fellowship as the LGBT Network held its “Fairy Tale” themed 18th Annual LGBT Prom at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. Over 300 youth flooded the dance floor in their “Fairy Tale” attire for the annual rite of passage and barely took their seats other than to have a quick bite to eat. Ruby Gruber, 17 and her girlfriend, Gianna Macias, 17, of Centereach, coordinated costumes for the theme, with Macias as a barefoot evil queen…

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Uncategorized 

LGBT NETWORK COHOSTS 7th ANNUAL TRANS-LATINX MARCH

On Monday, July 9th, the LGBT Network joined hundreds, marching to celebrate diversity and raise awareness in the Jackson Heights community. While the Jackson Heights neighborhood has one of the largest LGBT Communities in New York City, the trans community remains vulnerable to discrimination, hate and violence. Transgender individuals face prejudice not only from the general public, but from the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual segments as well, making events like the Trans Latinx March all the more important. It was a celebratory yet powerful demonstration as LGBT Network staff and…

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Out in Queens 

LGBT NETWORK EXPANDS HIV SERVICES TO QUEENS

On the eve of National HIV Testing Day, June 27th, the LGBT Network launched its HIV testing services in Queens. With the recent addition of HIV services on the East End, the Network now officially offers HIV testing from the Midtown Tunnel to Montauk. LGBT Network staff now offers mobile testing across the borough as well as testing at its Queens LGBT Center located in Long Island City. Drop-in hours are 4pm-7pm every Tuesday. No appointment needed. LGBT Network Chief Operating Officer, Robert Vitelli spoke of the recent HIV services…

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Out in Queens 

Over 200 youth rocked the first ever LGBT Network Queens/NYC Youth Summit

On, April 20th, over 200 youth flooded CUNY School of Law in Long Island City to make history at the first ever LGBT #GetJustice Youth Summit! The LGBT activism and advocacy conference educated and empowered students, educators, professionals, health and human service providers, and other members of the community. The Summit offered attendees an in-depth education on Sexual and Reproductive Justice (SRJ), and how to employ an SRJ (Sexual & Reproductive Justice) lens and approach to advocate and organize for the needs and rights of the LGBT community, particularly LGBT…

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Out and About 

Screen Savor – Move to This

by Gregg Shapiro The best way to describe Jennifer Reeder’s multicultural lesbian rom-com Signature Move (Newcity) is to call it a delight. Sweet as a mango lassi but with a kick like hot salsa. From the opening shot of the street sign at the intersection of W. Devon Avenue and N. Oakley Avenue, it’s clear that we are in the section of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood where all the East Indian and Pakistani restaurants and stores are located. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza, who also co-wrote the screenplay) is a lawyer who…

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Out on LI 

LGBT Network Opens Community Center in Long Island City

On February 1st, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joined NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Public Advocate Tish James and dozens of other dignitaries, city agencies, the NYPD, FDNY and LGBT Network President David Kilmnick to officially open the new 4,000 sq. ft. Queens LGBT Center in Long Island City Queens with two big events. The LGBT Network, now in its 25th year, hosted over 150 community members and elected officials at the afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony with more than 200 attending the community open house later that…

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International News 

Gay Indian prince throws open palace doors to vulnerable LGBT people

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The only openly gay prince in India – where same sex relations are illegal – is throwing open his palace doors to lesbians, gays, transgender and other Indians shunned for their sexuality. Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, heir apparent to the throne of Rajpipla in western Gujarat state, said it was particularly hard to come out in smalltown India, where traditional values hold sway and heterosexual relations are the norm. “People still face a lot of pressure from their families when they come out, being forced…

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In The News 

Kenworthy proud to represent U.S., LGBT community in Pyeongchang

Gus Kenworthy was terrified about the consequences of coming out as gay in 2015 but the American skier says that his decision prompted a huge outpouring of unexpected support and has allowed him to compete without the weight of the world on his shoulders. Kenworthy, an Olympic silver medal winner in the ski slopestyle at Sochi, came out in a cover story for ESPN The Magazine to become the first openly gay action sports athlete. “I had set myself up for the worst case scenario,” he told Reuters by telephone…

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In The News 

Heterosexual employees can’t claim reverse discrimination when federal law doesn’t shield gays, lesbians – judge

As advocates for LGBTQ employees push to reverse appellate rulings that they’re not protected against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, a Louisiana federal judge held that a heterosexual employee who was fired after she posted an anti-LGBTQ comment on Facebook cannot claim reverse discrimination or retaliation at the hands of her LGBTQ boss. The scope of protection under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it would seem, cuts two ways. U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Bourgeois of Baton Rouge dismissed a suit by Bonnie O’Daniel, a former office administrator for Industrial…

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In The News 

U.S. top court turns away challenge to Mississippi LGBT law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ended the first legal challenge to a Republican-backed Mississippi law that permits businesses and government employees to refuse to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people because of their religious beliefs. The justices left in place a June ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the plaintiffs – same-sex couples, civil rights advocates including the head of the state NAACP chapter, a church and others – did not have legal standing to bring the lawsuit. The law, passed by…

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Out on LI 

LGBT Network and the New York Islanders host Pride Night

    On February 3rd, the LGBT Network and the New York Islanders hosted Pride Night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Thousands filled the arena with rainbow flags in-hand, to cheer on the Islanders and show their pride. Before the Islanders took the ice, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth alum, Angela Reteguiz kicked off the fireworks with a stunning performance of the National Anthem. The arena’s video screens and scoreboards lit up in rainbow colors throughout the night as the Islanders one-upped the Columbus Blue Jackets, winning 4-3. Pride Night…

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