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On Monday, July 9th, the LGBT Network joined hundreds, marching to celebrate diversity and raise awareness in the Jackson Heights community. While the Jackson Heights neighborhood has one of the largest LGBT Communities in New York City, the trans community remains vulnerable to discrimination, hate and violence. Transgender individuals face prejudice not only from the general public, but from the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual segments as well, making events like the Trans Latinx March all the more important. It was a celebratory yet powerful demonstration as LGBT Network staff and…

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(BAD) Moms know best Out Front Uncategorized 

(BAD) Moms know best

MILA KUNIS AND KRISTEN BELL TALK GAY BARS, ‘FROZEN’ DRAG AND WAITING TO MARRY UNTIL THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY COULD TOO BY CHRIS AZZOPARD “Are there gays in Michigan? They made it all the way there?” deadpans Mila Kunis to native Michigander Kristen Bell, as if to jokingly say all the world’s queers migrated from her hometown of West Hollywood. Seated next to Kunis, 34, at a hotel conference room in The Peninsula Chicago, Bell, 37, replies plainly: “Well, yes.” “I grew up with them in my theater community,” adds Bell,…

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Women’s Health: The Importance of Being Proactive Uncategorized 

Women’s Health: The Importance of Being Proactive

  Women may feel that they are too busy caring for their children, aging parents, spouses, and friends to properly take care of themselves. However, it’s crucial for women to be their own advocates for their healthcare. Schedule a well-visit exam with your primary care physician and your gynecologist every year.  Those visits are key opportunities to ask your doctor questions about your health and medical conditions. Be proactive by asking about the types of preventive healthcare screenings you should have. Taking proactive measures can help you avoid problems such…

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LGBT Network Launches Massive Community-Wide Campaign for National Coming Out Day Uncategorized 

LGBT Network Launches Massive Community-Wide Campaign for National Coming Out Day

Since 2002, the LGBT Network has been organizing its NCOD Campaign in schools as a way of creating safer spaces. Over its 15-year history, the Campaign has grown – more than 100,000+ students and staff at 100 schools participated in the campaign last year. For 2017, the LGBT Network is broadening its efforts and bringing the NCOD campaign to businesses, places of worship, senior centers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, civic associations, unions, libraries, and other organizations. The goal of the LGBT Network NCOD Campaign is simple: Engage and empower the…

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Transgender students decry ‘dangerous’ Trump decision Uncategorized 

Transgender students decry ‘dangerous’ Trump decision

AFP – Activists, parents and transgender students vowed to resist the Trump administration’s “dangerous” reversal of federal protections of bathroom rights, warning it risked exposing young people to hate-fueled violence. The White House decision to allow states and school districts to decide whether students can access bathrooms of their choice violates civil rights that should be enshrined at the national level, they said. Fewer than half of all states currently ban public accommodation discrimination based on gender identity while four Republican states actively restrict bathroom access or restrict laws that…

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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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Tales From Beyond the Tracksuit Uncategorized 

Tales From Beyond the Tracksuit

You better believe Jane Lynch can sing, and even if you don’t, “I think by the time you buy the ticket and come to the show, you hope I can sing! You’ve got your fingers crossed!” the Glee alum says of her touring act See Jane Sing, cracking her signature booming laugh. Lynch is best known as iconic cheer coach Sue Sylvester, who tormented McKinley High for six seasons of Fox’s musical-dramedy behemoth Glee, which brimmed with all sorts of songs – just not many sung by Lynch herself. There…

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Over 1,000 Stand Together at The Center in Bay Shore: We Are Orlando Uncategorized 

Over 1,000 Stand Together at The Center in Bay Shore: We Are Orlando

Over 1,000 Long Islander’s gathered at the LGBT Network‘s community center in Bay Shore for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre and call for meaningful change on June 13th. The vigil included remarks from LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini, Suffolk County Legislators Monica Martinez, Tom Cilmi, Steve Stern, Kara Hahn and William Spencer, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, representatives from the Muslim community and youth, seniors, parents and members of the transgender community. “Your…

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Solos and Sides Out and About Uncategorized 

Solos and Sides

Talk about staying power! Singer and songwriter Dion  (DiMucci), the original wanderer, has been at it steadily since the late 1950s, as the leader of doo-wop group Dion & The Belmonts and later as a prolificsolo artist. On New York Is My Home (Instant), Dion continues his ongoing exploration of the blues over the course of eight originals, as well as a Lightning Hopkins cover. The album’s best (and least bluesy) tune is the title cut, a duet with Paul Simon, that has the potential to become a hit. The city of Chicago (and its…

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Nostalgic for the 90’s? Uncategorized 

Nostalgic for the 90’s?

Patty Griffin’s brilliant 1996 debut album Living With Ghosts introduced listeners to one of the most impressive singer/ songwriters of her generation. The combination of Griffin’s stunning voice and her skills as a composer of accessible and unforgettable tunes has earned her a steadily growing following over the course of almost 20 years. What’s more, other artists, including Bette Midler, Emmylou Harris, the Dixie Chicks and even Susan Boyle, also love her songs and have made a point of recording them with reverence. Additionally, Griffin set herself apart from others…

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