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SAGE-LI Valentines Stoplight Party Be Scene 

SAGE-LI Valentines Stoplight Party

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH, AT THE CENTER AT BAY SHORE SAGE-LI hosted its Valentine Stoplight Party at the LGBT Network Center at Bay Shore. Over 30 SAGE-LI members enjoyed dinner and dancing with a twist as guests wore red to indicate they were “taken,” pink to indicate “it’s complicated,” and white to indicate “single and ready to mingle!” To get connected with SAGE-LI and to hear about upcoming events, contact sageli@lgbtnetwork.org TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM SAGE-LI VALENTINES STOPLIGHT PARTY, PLEASE VISIT FLICKR.COM/LIGLBTNETWORK

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Long Island Unity Rally Be Scene 

Long Island Unity Rally

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19TH, AT THE CENTER AT BAY SHORE On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the LGBT Network’s Center at Bay Shore hosted a diverse coalition of organizations, advocates, and over 150 community members to stand up and speak out for the rights of all, regardless of their ethnicity, citizenship status, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or sexual orientation. The event was planned to help raise awareness of the efforts being undertaken by local organizations like the LGBT Network to protect community members whose rights could come under-fire by…

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Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) MIXER Be Scene 

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) MIXER

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016, THE HAMPTONS LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER The Hamptons LGBT Community Center hosted an Upstander Training Workshop with students from local Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs. The students worked together to create an outreach campaign including a PSA, poster, and hashtag campaign. Students representing East Hampton High School, Southampton High School, Pierson High School, Mattituck High School, and West Hampton Beach High School were all involved in this wonderful event. TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA) MIXER, PLEASE VISIT FLICKR.COM/LIGLBTNETWORK

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EVEN NOW – Comes to the Clare Rose Playhouse Out and About 

EVEN NOW – Comes to the Clare Rose Playhouse

On Saturday evening, January 21st, a packed house gathered at the Clare Rose Playhouse located on the St. Joseph’s College campus for the musical sensation “Even Now”. Musical Director Lydia Sabosto on keyboard, and her hand picked ensemble, Carol Cole on congas, Frank Hansen on upright and electric bass, JoAnn Palana-Stone on drums along with lead singer Richard Fisichello were all host to this fabulous tribute to the one and only Barry Manilow. “Even Now”, written and directed by Lydia Sabosto and Bob Maletta was performed before a sold-out theatre…

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LGBT Refugees Endangered by Trump’s Executive Order In The News 

LGBT Refugees Endangered by Trump’s Executive Order

Glamour-President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order halting all U.S. refugee admissions for 120 days, while suspending Syrians indefinitely, has thrown scores of people hoping to enter the U.S. into uncertainty. Yet for LGBT refugees in the Middle East, the order has a particularly dangerous impact, stranding them in countries where living too openly can get them arrested, beaten, or murdered.   It’s a threat posed not just from Islamic State terrorists, who’ve documented horrific executions of LGBT people in Syria and Iraq, but also from those closest to…

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Britain Pardons Thousands of Gay Men For Convictions Under Abolished Laws In The News 

Britain Pardons Thousands of Gay Men For Convictions Under Abolished Laws

Reuters-Britain has pardoned thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of crimes under sexual offense laws which have now been abolished, following on from the 2013 exoneration of World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing. Homosexual acts were not decriminalized in England until 1967 and it was not until 2001 that the age of consent for homosexuals was reduced to 16, making it the same as for heterosexuals. The so-called “Turing’s Law”, named after the celebrated mathematician who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man,…

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Pakistan Counts Transgender People in National Census for First Time In The News 

Pakistan Counts Transgender People in National Census for First Time

Reuters-Pakistan will count transgender people in its national census for the first time when it surveys its population in March this year following a top court ruling. The Lahore High Court issued the order to the government, National Database and Registration Authority, and the interior ministry with a government official assuring the court that the transgender community will be part of the 2017 census. This stemmed from a petition filed by transgender person Waqar Ali last November that argued Pakistan’s transgender community had been marginalized and their fundamental rights should…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Wife of Florida Nightclub Gunman Pleads Not Guilty to Aiding Attack In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Wife of Florida Nightclub Gunman Pleads Not Guilty to Aiding Attack

Reuters- The wife of the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history pleaded not guilty to charges she assisted him ahead of the fatal shooting of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida and later misleading authorities. Noor Salman, 30, aided and abetted husband Omar Mateen in his attempt to provide material support to a terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said. They also accuse her of obstructing justice by lying to authorities investigating the June 2016 massacre. Salman appeared in federal court in Oakland, California, in an…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Only Two Hollywood Films get GLAAD Nominations For LGBT Stories In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Only Two Hollywood Films get GLAAD Nominations For LGBT Stories

Reuters- Just two mainstream movies – “Moonlight” and “Star Trek Beyond” – earned nominations for the annual GLAAD awards recognizing the fair portrayal of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in film, television, music and journalism. Activist group GLAAD said the two nominations were the lowest since 2003 in its wide-release movie category and reflected the dearth of LGBT-inclusive storylines at Hollywood movie studios. “At a time when progress is at a critical juncture, it is imperative that Hollywood tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Boy Scouts to Begin Accepting Transgender Boys In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Boy Scouts to Begin Accepting Transgender Boys

Reuters- The Boy Scouts of America said the group would begin accepting transgender boys, bucking its more than a century-old practice of using the gender stated on a birth certificate to determine eligibility.   “Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application,” Boy Scouts of America communications director Effie Delimarkos said in an emailed statement. Delimarkos cited shifting definitions of gender under state laws, which can “vary widely from state to state,” in explaining…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Secretary of State John Kerry Apologizes for Firings of LGBT Staff In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Secretary of State John Kerry Apologizes for Firings of LGBT Staff

Reuters- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry apologized to hundreds of State Department employees who were fired after the start of the Cold War for being gay in what is known as the “lavender scare.” “In the past – as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades – the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place,”…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Poll: Most Americans Oppose So-Called “Religious Freedom” Laws That Permit Discrimination In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Poll: Most Americans Oppose So-Called “Religious Freedom” Laws That Permit Discrimination

LGBTQ NATION- Americans are not on board with discrimination against the LGBTQ community under the guise of “religious freedom,” according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute.   Sixty-one percent of respondents said they oppose religious based refusals of service to LGBTQ people. Only thirty percent said they agree with such exemptions, and nine percent said they did not know or refused to answer.   The White House has reportedly been considering a “religious freedom” executive order that would be a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ…

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National News: Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General Despite Racist, Anti-LGBT Views In The News 

National News: Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General Despite Racist, Anti-LGBT Views

The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. attorney general after a rancorous debate and criticism of a long anti-LGBT career.   Lawmakers approved Sessions as the nation’s top lawyer by a 52-47 vote along party lines. The Republican caucus, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), was unified in support of Sessions. The Democratic caucus, including lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), was largely opposed, although Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) broke ranks to vote with Republicans.   Sessions, who has been a U.S. senator since 1997 and was previously…

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Horoscopes – January 2017 Living Smart 

Horoscopes – January 2017

ARIES– Neptune in the 12th house – don’t be limited by small ideas where your home or property is concerned. The time is ripe for big steps, bold moves and investments in your future. Let a cautious relative know you will no longer be bound by petty restrictions. Aries and Libra play key roles this month.   ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Taurus – Neptune in the 11th house – an adventure you’ve been waiting for begins. Your happy-go-lucky attitude draws many persons to you, including someone of the opposite sex who is interested…

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Hungry for the Holidays – Recipes Living Smart 

Hungry for the Holidays – Recipes

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting INGREDIENTS: • 1½ cups flour • 2 tablespoons ground ginger • 2 teaspoons cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves • 1½ cups butter • 1 cup sugar • ½ cup brown sugar • 3 tablespoons molasses • 4 eggs, at room temperature • 1½ teaspoons vanilla • 4 cups powdered sugar • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened • 1 tablespoon cinnamon • ½ teaspoon vanilla • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tins…

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