Network News: February 2014

The Network Goes Live with New Website

The Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) has officially launched its new website, now offering visitors a completely fresh online experience with new features, greater functionality and a smart, clean look. Ultimately, it will make it easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for.

An improved calendar offers new sorting functions, such as searches by region, month, and even type of program, so visitors can easily find out about upcoming events and meetings. A streamlined breakdown of The Network’s many programs and services makes it easier and faster to find out about what’s being offered in health, advocacy, education and more.

The new website now also combines what had previously been independently existing sites for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders-Long Island (SAGE-LI), Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island GLBT Community Center (The Center), Long Island Pride and Living Out.

“We are extremely excited to be able to deliver a brand new online experience to Long Islanders and the GLBT community that offers so much more functionality and greater ease of use,” said Dr. David Kilmnick, CEO of The Network. “We made so many advancements, the site is easier to navigate and visitors can find what they’re looking for more easily and quickly. We invite everyone to take a look.”

Other enhancements allow users to easily print and change text size, connect directly with The Network’s social media outlets, and shop in the new online store and/or make donations through a shopping cart that offers familiar checkout tools.

Sponsorship opportunities in the LI GLBT Business Directory, Partners in Pride, Living Out advertising, LI GLBT Expo and more can also be found in the brand new section for “Business Partners.”

Applications Now Being Accepted for Kaplan Memorial Scholarship

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc. (LIGALY) is now accepting applications for the 5th Annual Adam S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship, which is intended for GLBT identified students who are committed to affecting change in the GLBT community, involved in a leadership role and are actively involved with helping other GLBT youth.

The Scholarship, a total of $1,000, will be awarded to two young GLBT leaders who are graduating from high school and enrolling in college for the upcoming fall semester ($500 for both the fall and spring semesters) and can be applied to tuition, books and/or fees and is open to all majors.

The Scholarship was formed in memory of Adam S. Kaplan, the first youth member of the LIGALY Board of Directors in 1994 who went on to educate thousands of young people through speaking at more than 200 schools and appearing on numerous television shows to advocate for the rights and safety of GLBT youth. He was also involved with the opening of LIGALY’s first community center in 1995. The Scholarship provides a legacy to Adam’s bright spirit and curious mind by giving other promising, young Long Island GLBT leaders an opportunity to receive a quality college education.

Scholarship candidates are selected for an interview after careful review of the complete application, academic performance and interests, honors and service to the GLBT community.

All completed applications must be received on or before March 31, 2014.

For more info, call 631.665.2300, email or go online:

Mark Your Calendar!

The Network Gets Ready for Spring & Summer with Three Big Events

Equality Awards Gala
Friday, May 2nd
Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage

The Network’s premier event, the Equality Awards Gala, is set for May 2. The largest GLBT fundraising dinner on Long Island, the Equality Awards Gala celebrates those who further The Network’s mission to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and safe space for the GLBT community and advocate for equality.

Past honorees have included U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Supreme Court DOMA Plaintiff Edie Windsor, corporate and community leaders, Bank of America, youth leaders and GLBT civil right advocates.

East End Summer Kick-Off
Saturday, May 24th
2pm to 6pm

The East End Summer Kick-Off, hosted this year by DOMA plantiff and gay rights activist Edie Windsor, returns to Southampton on May 24th, offering guests a free BBQ, cocktails, a chance to mingle and an opportunity to learn more about The Network, its programs, services and its efforts on the East End.

Long Island Pride 2014
Saturday, June 14th
Heckscher Park, Huntington

Long Island Pride Parade and PrideFest is Long Island’s largest GLBT event of the year, attracting more than 13,000 attendees, dozens of marching groups and floats and an all-star lineup of musical entertainment to the Village of Huntington. Scheduled performers for this year’s event, on June 14th, will be Taylor Dayne (“Tell It to my Heart”), Kristine W (“I’ll Be Your Light”) and Prince Poppycock (as seen on America’s Got Talent). Long Island Pride, which traces its origins to 1991, also features a health pavilion, food trucks, exhibitors, a children’s area and more in Hecksher Park.


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