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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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Back to School: LIGALY Continues to Work to Create Safe School Out on LI 

Back to School: LIGALY Continues to Work to Create Safe School

Our schools are still not safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. 81% of LGBT youth report being verbally harassed or threatened daily in school because of their sexual orientation. LGBT youth have the right to go to school without being bullied or harassed, and they should not have to feel unsafe either. Since 1993, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) has been working to create safe schools and combating statistics like these through its Safe Schools Initiative. This program helps student leaders and school staff to…

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Marriage Equality: Law of the Land Out on LI 

Marriage Equality: Law of the Land

Marriage equality is now the law of the land.  In the long-awaited Supreme Court decision, the justices decided 5-4 that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the majority opinion and wrote that gays and lesbians “may not be deprived of liberty” or of that “fundamental right” to marry, and the court said that under the 14th Amendment’s protections, “couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.” The court addressed the argument that granting gays and lesbians the right to marry is…

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25th Annual LI Pride Parade Draws Large Crowd Out on LI 

25th Annual LI Pride Parade Draws Large Crowd

Thousands of people took part in the 25th Annual Long Island Pride Parade and PrideFest on Saturday, June 13th. The all day festival started with a parade down Main Street in Huntington, with four Grand Marshals – Co-Founder (and LGBT Network CEO) David Kilmnick, Co-Founder Steve Heneghan, and Former Directors Kevin O’Halloran and Jimmy Pizzo – rolling down the route. It was a bright and sunny day to celebrate 25 years of Long Island Pride. Spectators lined the parade route to watch over 50 marching groups make their way down…

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2015 LGBT Network Gala a Smashing Success Out on LI 

2015 LGBT Network Gala a Smashing Success

This year’s 2015 LGBT Network Gala honored activists for their long history of making a difference for the rights of LGBT and working communities. The Gala was held at The Space at Westbury, a stunning concert and entertainment venue where The LGBT Network’s CEO David Kilmnick revealed plans for the highly anticipated Patchogue LGBT Community Center. More than 350 guests joined with celebrities and top political and business leaders from Long Island and Queens praising The Network’s mission and work including Congressman Steve Israel, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli,…

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Network News: March 2015 Out on LI 

Network News: March 2015

Mark your calendars! 2015 LGBT Network Gala to take place at a new and exciting venue! Big and exciting changes are set for this year’s LGBT Network Gala, scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 7th at The Space at Westbury! The LGBT Network is gearing up for a very special event this year. Starting with a change in venue, the Gala will be held at The Space at Westbury, a stunning concert and entertainment venue with vintage cues and grand appeal set-off by 40-foot ceilings, brick façades, and chandeliers….

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Big and Exciting Changes for the LGBT Network Out on LI 

Big and Exciting Changes for the LGBT Network

Big and Exciting Changes for the LGBT Network Name change and expansion make 2015 a big year   Left to Right: Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Daniel Dromm, LGBT Network Chief Executive Officer David Kilmnick, PhD, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Councilman Costa Constantinides and Samuel Field Y representative Jeri Mendelsohn the Q Center press conference, February 3rd.   Huge news for the LGBT community comes to Queens. The LGBT Network, formerly known as The Long Island GLBT Services Network, kicked off the New Year with two major…

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Network News: December ’14/January Out on LI 

Network News: December ’14/January

Victory! LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Moves Another Step Forward Suffolk County legislature votes 17-0 The Long Island GLBT Network’s (The Network’s) LGBT and LGBT-Friendly Affordable Senior Housing moved another step forward on November 18th. The Suffolk County Legislature passed a resolution authorizing the County to begin planning steps for implementation of The Network’s Senior Housing Program. The resolution was introduced by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and was passed unanimously by a vote of 17-0. The Network’s LGBT Senior Affordable Housing Program will fill a major gap for LGBT seniors by…

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More than 65,000 Come Out in One Day Out on LI 

More than 65,000 Come Out in One Day

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Celebrates National Coming Out Day On Friday, October 10th, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) organized its largest National Coming Out Day awareness and visibility campaign ever.More than 65,000 students and educators “Came Out” for safer schools. 61 schools across Nassau and Suffolk counties implemented Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth’s (LIGALY’s) National Coming Out Day (NCOD) campaign. 15 out of the 61 schools were new to participating in the program and LIGALY led 19 trainings throughout Long Island to provide additional support….

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