Network News: April 2014

Honorees Announced for LI GLBT Network Equality Awards Gala

Largest GLBT Fundraising Dinner on Long Island Set for Friday, May 2nd.

robertsbuddThe Long Island GLBT Network (The Network), the nation’s largest suburban organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community, will be honoring Robert Budd, CEO of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) and the law firm of Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, LLP for their work on behalf of The Network and the GLBT community.

The Equality Awards Gala will take place on Friday, May 2nd at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park. The Gala, which is from 6:30pm – 11:30pm, is the largest GLBT fundraising dinner on Long Island and benefits The Network’s mission to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and safe space for the GLBT community and advocate for equality. More than 400 civic, political, and business leaders will be in attendance.

“We are quite excited to be honoring Robert Budd and Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, LLP for their leadership and advocacy on behalf of the GLBT community,” said David Kilmnick, Chief Executive Officer of The Network. “This year’s honorees represent significant voices in the movement for GLBT equality and highlight the progress and leadership that The Network has exhibited over the past 20 years in making Long Island a safer place for GLBT people.”

Proceeds support The Network’s three service organizations — Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY); Long Island GLBT Community Center (The Center); and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders-Long Island (SAGE-LI) — which provide a broad range of services for GLBT youth, adults, families, and older adults throughout the year.

13091865395_a8fa2209a5_bMore Than 400 Attend the 19th Annual
LI GLBT Conference

More than 400 students, educators, and professionals from dozens of Long Island school districts attended the 19th Annual Long Island Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Conference on Monday, March 10th at Stony Brook University. The full-day event, hosted by The Long Island GLBT Services Network (The Network), featured 21 workshops and panels exploring such topics as starting a school-based Gay-Straight Alliance club, GLBT history, the effects of anti-GLBT bullying, and health issues for GLBT youth.

13091894113_556eddb5ee_bWhile there have been a number of monumental wins for equality across the nation this past year, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Conference also acknowledged that there are still many challenges  for the GLBT community ahead. HIV/AIDS continues to affect young gay and bisexual men who make up more than half of newly diagnosed cases on Long Island, discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people continues to be legal in New York State, and bullying is still an epidemic in schools that disproportionately affects GLBT youth, despite legislation that prohibits it.

At the conference, a workshop titled “Don’t Stand By, Stand Up!: Strategies to Stop Bullying,” allowed participants to learn how to identify types of bullying and bystander behaviors. Through role-playing, participants learned what the appropriate responses to bullying are. Other workshops included “Underrepresented Minorities & STDs,” “Parents as Advocates for Safer Schools,” and “Q’s About the T: Talking About Transgender Lives and Experiences.”

“This conference is the only event of its kind that focuses on such issues as eradicating anti-GLBT bullying and homophobia, eliminating transphobia within our communities and working to create a home and safe space for GLBT people across Long Island. By bringing together more than 400 students, educators, professionals and community members from across Nassau and Suffolk counties, this conference provided a truly unique opportunity to share ideas and build a unified movement for safety and equality,” said David Kilmnick, CEO of The Network.

HELM_LogoProject Helm: You’re Enrolled, Now What?

Through initiatives such as Project HELM (Health Enrollment for the LGBT Market), a program of The Long Island GLBT Network, Long Islanders have not only had the opportunity to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the new Health Insurance Marketplace, but have been screened for eligibility and enrolled in health insurance that is within their means. While the Affordable Care Act extends a number of important health services to those who are enrolled, not everyone is aware of the benefits. For those who find it hard to know exactly where and how to get started, here is a look at some next steps, at what some of the services are, common questions and how those who are now insured can benefit most. 

Get a Physical:
Under the Affordable Care Act, free preventative care is part of 10 Essential Benefits. This includes a physical exam with your primary healthcare physician. Some other examples of free tests and screenings that you have access to include: HIV/STD screening, Hepatitis A and B vaccines, flu shots, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, and mammograms/cervical cancer screening.

If Your ID Card Hasn’t Arrived:
If you enrolled by the deadline, but your card hasn’t arrived yet, your health plan can still cover services. Your health care provider can check with your insurer about your coverage. So go ahead and make that appointment.

Choose A Doctor:
Now is the time to choose a doctor, or find out if your doctor and your other health care providers are on your health plan. Call your doctor’s office and let them know what your new insurance plan is, and they can tell you if they accept it. Be sure to be specific that your plan is part of the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Also, you can visit your health plan’s website and check its provider directory, or call for information. If your doctor isn’t on your new plan, you have time to switch Marketplace plans during the enrollment period!

To learn more or to set up a one-on-one appointment, contact The Long Island GLBT Services Network at 631.665.2300 or email

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