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 efforts to protect and advance equality for all.
Our community is facing difficult times ahead as the President assembles the most extreme, anti-LGBT administration in modern history. We will fight to protect all the gains we have made toward equality and we will survive and we will thrive like we always do. And we must stand united with our brothers and sisters in all marginalized communities to push back against racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, bigotry and misogyny. Together we are stronger,” said David Kilmnick, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the LGBT Network.