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The LGBT network stands up for equality Out on LI 

The LGBT network stands up for equality

In February, the Trump Administration began its attack on the LGBT community by rescinding an Obama administration policy that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex. This meant that transgender students were protected under Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Trump has put these protections in jeopardy, leaving transgender students open to discriminatory and dangerous interpretations of Title IX. Within hours of the announcement, the LGBT Network mobilized a response, holding a press conference…

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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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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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Winter Ball Raises Funds, Awareness for Fight Against HIV/AIDS Out on LI 

Winter Ball Raises Funds, Awareness for Fight Against HIV/AIDS

On Friday, December 2nd, over 300 guests filled the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury for the LGBT Network’s annual Winter Ball fundraiser event.  This year’s Winter Ball, which featured a special performance by hit recording artist Reina, raised over $89,000 to support the LGBT Networks HIV/AIDS prevention and outreach services.   “HIV Infections are unfortunately still on the rise on Long Island, despite the many advances in treatment and prevention made in the last few years,” said LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick.  “Through increased testing, early intervention, and improved…

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Patchogue LGBT Community Center and 2017 Pride At The Beach Big Winners at NY Awards Out on LI 

Patchogue LGBT Community Center and 2017 Pride At The Beach Big Winners at NY Awards

On Thursday, December 8th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced millions of dollars in economic and community development funding awarded through the sixth round of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, including $250,000 in capital funding for the Patchogue LGBT Community Center and $300,000 of “Market NY” funding for the production of the 2017 Pride at the Beach. The Regional Economic Development Council Initiative empowers community, business, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their…

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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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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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LGBT Network and NY Mets Announce First Pride Night August 13 Out on LI 

LGBT Network and NY Mets Announce First Pride Night August 13

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) baseball fans will fill Citi Field on Saturday August 13th when the New York Mets take on the San Diego Padres at 7:10pm for the 1st ever Pride Night in New York major sports professional history. The LGBT Network has teamed up with Major League Baseball and The New York Mets to put on this historic event at the home of the defending National League Champions! Tickets for Pride Night are on sale now at mets.com/pride.  Pride Night at Citi Field will support…

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Network News: December 2015 Out on LI 

Network News: December 2015

Over 400 Attend 20th Annual LI LGBT Conference Over 400 students, educators, professionals, and community members attended the 20th Annual Long Island LGBT Conference on Tuesday, November 17th at the Stony Brook University Charles B. Wang Center. Hosted by the LGBT Network, 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. This year’s…

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Project Helm: Helathcare Enrollment for the LGBT Market Out on LI 

Project Helm: Helathcare Enrollment for the LGBT Market

Project HELM (Health Enrollment for the LGBT Market), is an initiative of the LGBT Network to help LGBT Long Islanders navigate their healthcare options after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Certified application counselors are on hand to help answer questions about coverage and the enrollment process. Here is some important information to remember as the 2016 Open Enrollment Period begins: Open Enrollment: begins November 1st and runs through January 31, 2016. Enrollment continues throughout the year for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, as well as those…

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National Coming Out Day Recap Out on LI 

National Coming Out Day Recap

More Than 87,000 Come Out in One Day! Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Celebrates National Coming Out Day On Friday, October 9th, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) organized its largest National Coming Out Day awareness and visibility campaign ever.More than 87,000 students and educators “Came Out” for safer schools. 83 schools across Long Island, and in Queens, implemented Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth’s (LIGALY’s) National Coming Out Day (NCOD) campaign. 21 out of the 83 schools, including 7 schools in Queens, were new to participating in…

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20th Annual LI LGBT Conference Out on LI 

20th Annual LI LGBT Conference

The LGBT Network will be holding the  20th Annual Long Island LGBT Conference on Tuesday, November 17th 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. Hundreds of participants attend the event every year to learn about our communities issues and obstacles. Participants also…

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Show Your Support: National Coming Out Day – October 9th Out on LI 

Show Your Support: National Coming Out Day – October 9th

Every year, LGBT students and their allies don rainbow ribbons and ally stickers to participate in Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth’s (LIGALY) National Coming Out Day (NCOD) School Awareness Campaign across Long Island. This year’s campaign marks the 13th Annual NCOD Campaign. Since 1993, LIGALY’s Safe Schools Initiative has worked with more than 100 of Long Island’s 127 public school districts to develop a school culture that fosters support, understanding, and respect for LGBT youth, families, and educators. Over 65,000 students participated in last year’s NCOD with 61 schools…

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