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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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Hate Letters Reaffirm Organization’s Mission Out on LI 

Hate Letters Reaffirm Organization’s Mission

Long Island GLBT Network Receives 3rd Hate Letter Within 16 Months Two days after the Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) announced plans for the first GLBT-friendly senior housing development in the Tri-State area, their community centers in Woodbury and Bay Shore received identical hate letters. The letters spewed homophobic hatred with degrading, graphic language and promises of violence. It was the second letter to be received since June, when a letter was delivered to The Network’s Bay Shore Center threatening Long Island Pride and PrideFest (below) with the type…

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First GLBT Senior Housing in New York Tri-State Area Out on LI 

First GLBT Senior Housing in New York Tri-State Area

Over 100 joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos, The Network, dozens of public officials, business leaders and community members to announce that the first GLBT and GLBT-friendly senior housing development in the New York tri-state area will be coming to Long Island! It will be built on the current site of the Long Island GLBT Community Center in Bay Shore as well as adjoining properties. The development will have 50 housing units and will be anchored by a brand new 6,000 square foot state of the…

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6th Annual Long Island GLBT EXPO Out on LI 

6th Annual Long Island GLBT EXPO

Date: Sunday, Nov. 9 When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Hilton Long Island, Melville/Rte. 110 What: Over 100 booths of GLBT-friendly businesses! The Long Island GLBT Expo returns for its 6th year on Sunday, November 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Long Island in Melville. The event gives attendees the opportunity to interact with over 100 booths featuring a wide variety of businesses, services, and community groups, while enjoying live entertainment, free giveaways, and informational workshops. Last year, over 3,500 GLBT and allied Long Islanders came…

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The Hamptons GLBT Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary Out on LI 

The Hamptons GLBT Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary

After months of planning and fundraising, The Long Island GLBT Network opened its doors to The Hamptons GLTBT Center in Sag Harbor on August 10, 2013. The East End community celebrated the grand opening with Edie Windsor, victor in the landmark case overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, and welcomed over 500 guests to share her excitement in the Center’s creation. Housed within the well-known historic Old Whaler’s Church, the Hamptons GLBT Center has become a beacon of light and home and safe space for the GLBT community of the…

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Project HELM Updates: September 2014 Out on LI 

Project HELM Updates: September 2014

Starting School? Make Sure Your Insurance Has You Covered When you move to another state, or even to a different part of New York, your current health insurance coverage might not cover the doctors and health clinics in your new location!  If your school does not provide you with a health insurance plan, you’ll want to check your options. Project Helm (Health Enrollment for the LGBT Marketplace) can help you get coverage, no matter where in the state – or country – you are moving to. You don’t need to…

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