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 providing affordable, safe housing and life-saving programs on-site. The program is set to be the first in the New York tri-state area, the fifth in the entire country and the first to be located in the suburbs.
The development will have 50 housing units and will be anchored by a brand new, 6,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art LGBT center for The Network. The Network plans to build on the current site of its Center at Bay Shore and adjoining properties. A full range of health, recreational, nutrition, social, cultural and other programs will be provided.
6th Annual Long Island GLBT Expo Draws Large Crowd
Thousands of people spent Sunday, November 9th with the Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) as it put on the 6th Annual Long Island GLBT Expo. “Thousands of people had the opportunity to connect with over 60 GLBT-friendly businesses,” says Jonathan Chenkin, Development Officer for Business and Corporate Relations and lead planner of this year’s Expo.
“From pet adoptions to hotels to healthcare to entertainment services, there was something for everyone at this year’s event,” Chenkin adds.
But perhaps the biggest draw for this year’s event was Hollywood gossip blogger Perez Hilton. As part of the day-long entertainment, Perez chatted with attendees, posed for pictures and signed everything from name badges to t-shirts.
Businesses handed out informational materials and free samples, attracting attendees to their booths with cupcakes, drinks, snacks and even duck confit.
“The Long Island GLBT Expo is a great opportunity for businesses to connect with the GLBT community,” said David Kilmnick, Chief Executive Officer of The Network, “Every year we hear how much fun people have when they attend the Expo and how they were able to make connections with the services they need.”