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Most Important Long Island Pride celebration comes to long beach Out on LI 

Most Important Long Island Pride celebration comes to long beach

The Long Island Pride Parade and Festival has been celebrated in various ways in the 26 years since it was founded. From its earliest beginnings as a march brought forward after suing for the right to take to the streets, to stand up and be visible, to the relatively celebratory times of the past 8 years – one constant has remained – Pride is a powerful showing of the beautiful diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community of Long Island. In 2017, we are celebrating just a bit…

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Pitching in to Strike Out Bullying Out on LI 

Pitching in to Strike Out Bullying

The LGBT Network and the New York Mets are celebrating the 2nd Annual “Pride Night at Citi Field”, on Saturday, June 17th ( 4:10pm game) that creates an exciting, memorable experience for thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community members and allies. Last year, The Mets made Citi Field a true home for the LGBT Community. From Rainbow Flags flying over the stadium, to openly gay former Major League player Billy Beanthrowing out the first pitch, to honoring an LGBT Veteran between innings during the game with a US…

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Hundreds Attend Long Island’s 21st Annual LGBT Conference Out on LI 

Hundreds Attend Long Island’s 21st Annual LGBT Conference

More than 300 attended The LGBT Network’s 21th Annual Long Island LGBT Conference on Tuesday, March 28th at the Stony Brook University Charles B. Wang Center. The annual Long Island LGBT Conference is Long Island’s only LGBT-specific conference that seeks to educate and empower students, educators, health and human service providers, and other members of the community to address the needs of  LGBT people throughout the lifespan in their schools and communities. The Long Island LGBT Conference offered attendees a broad range of workshops with topics of interest to students,…

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Hamptons LGBT Center Hosts Youth Leadership Program Uncategorized 

Hamptons LGBT Center Hosts Youth Leadership Program

On December 15th, the LGBT Network hosted a youth leadership development program at its Hamptons LGBT Center. More than 50 students from local Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs joined together to learn how to fight anti-LGBT bullying and to design a visibility and outreach campaign to get the message out to more of their peers. Students received “upstander” training, which educates and empowers youth and adults to stop bullying when they see it, thereby serving as an upstander. In most instances of bullying, if someone steps in to help the…

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The LGBT Network Center at Bay Shore Hosts Long Island Unity Rally Out on LI 

The LGBT Network Center at Bay Shore Hosts Long Island Unity Rally

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 the Trump administration, as well as to engage people in productive…

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GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO ARE MEGAN MULLALLY Out Front 

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO ARE MEGAN MULLALLY

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO ARE MEGAN MULLALLY WILL & GRACE STAR ON REAL-LIFE LESBIAN ADVANCES, JAMES FRANCO’S PUBES AND KAREN WALKER’S RETURN BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Tip one back for Megan Mullally, who’s making a move to the big screen in Why Him? after a drove of indie roles, including gay-affirming mom Mrs. Van Camp in 2013’s G.B.F., and a variety of TV stints. But when it comes to the small screen, it’s the 58-year-old actress’s eight-year role on the groundbreaking late ’90s NBC sitcom Will & Grace, as quippy, martini-swigging…

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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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