Network News: January 2014

Sold-Out Winter Ball Dinner Dance Raises Awareness for HIV/AIDS on Long Island

More than 250 people joined The Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 for its Winter Ball dinner dance at the Historical Thatched Cottage in Centerport. The event was a huge success, as it supported awareness of HIV/AIDS on Long Island and also helped The Network surpass its goal of raising $30,000.

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser, which held particular significance as it commemorated World AIDS Day, support The Network’s HIV/AIDS outreach, which includes testing, prevention, education, and support services that take place throughout the year. Winter Ball lead sponsor was TD Bank, and also included Town Total Specialized Pharmacy Services, Capital One, Briarcliffe College, Christopher J. Chimeri, ESQ and IslandCare Pharmacy.

“The success of the 2013 Winter Ball dinner dance is a testament to just how strongly Long Islanders and the wider community feel about raising awareness of and offering support for the important work we do all year with our HIV/AIDS programs. More than half of the men diagnosed with HIV or AIDS on Long Island are gay and bisexual, making it clear that our community has a necessity for the types of services we provide. To see a turn out of more than 250 people, and a 12% increase in donations from the previous year is astonishing. We want to thank everyone who participated in this annual event and look towards continuing our great work for as long as it’s needed,” said Dr. David Kilmnick, CEO of The Network.

Donations can still be made by visiting:

Free HIV/AIDS Testing

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) and The Long Island GLBT Community Center offers ongoing drop-in HIV/AIDS testing at all three of The Long Island GLBT Community Centers.

Hours are:
Nassau: The Center at Garden City
on Thursdays, from 5-8pm

Suffolk: The Center at Bay Shore
on Wednesdays, from 5-8pm

East End: The Hamptons GLBT Center
First Friday of the month, from 4-8pm.

For more information, please call 631.665.2300

The LI GLBT Network to Introduce New Website

Those visiting The Long Island GLBT Network’s (The Network) website will soon be greeted with something fresh and new – improved functionality, a streamlined look and a more efficient design and layout.

The website will boast a lot of new features, including a user-friendly and more functional events calendar that will make it easier for visitors to find out about upcoming meetings and activities; a clearer breakdown of The Network’s many programs and services in health, advocacy, education and more; and a brand new section for “Business Partners” that includes information on sponsorship opportunities in the LI GLBT Business Directory, Partners in Pride, Living Out advertising, LI GLBT Expo and more.

“Overall, we wanted better organization and a smarter, cleaner new look to our website,” said Dr. David Kilmnick, CEO of The Network. “The new layout is more logical, with fewer pages that are easier to navigate. We have so many programs, services and events, we want people to be able to find what they’re looking for or perhaps even find something new as well.”

The new website will also feature an online store with t-shirts, pins and posters and unites what had previously been independently existing sites for Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island GLBT Community Center, and  Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders-Long Island (SAGE-LI) into one central place for LI’s community to find what they need.

Keep an eye out for the new site at

Registration Now Open for the 19th Annual LI GLBT Conference

Registration for The 19th Annual Long Island Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Conference, Long Island’s only annual GLBT-specific conference, is now open.

The day-long event, coordinated by Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island GLBT Community Center (The Center), and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI), will take place on Monday, March 10 from 8:30am – 2pm at Stony Brook University and will focus on various issues affecting the GLBT community.

Workshop topics will center on youth, older adults, school and campus organizing, advocacy/activism, HIV/AIDS and more in an effort to educate and empower attendees on how to address the needs of GLBT people throughout the lifespan in schools, workplaces and communities.

Registration is open until March 3.

Since 1996, The Long Island GLBT Conference has provided an opportunity for hundreds of middle, high school and college students, educators, higher education professionals, health and human service providers and community members each year to discuss the unique needs of the community, learn how to become better advocates and create positive change.

Author Reading with Amy Hoffman in Garden City

The Long Island GLBT Network, along with co-sponsors Sid Jacobson JCC and the National Jewish Book Council, will be hosting an author reading with Amy Hoffman at its Community Center in Garden City. On Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 7pm, Hoffman will read from her latest memoir, Lies About My Family, which is described as an all-American coming-of-age story about a Jewish lesbian and her large family; from the eastern Europe migration to the present day.

Hoffman is a long-time activist in the GLBT community and the author of two other memoirs, An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News, and Hospital Time, about taking care of friends with AIDS at the beginning of the epidemic.

Hoffman says, “I began writing Lies About My Family because I was wondering about the stories that families tell—the stereotyped ones that are told over and over. Why those stories? What’s underneath them? What’s missing? This led me to do research in the ship-manifest records at Ellis Island and other Internet and written sources, to interviews with my parents and aunt, and to gather up our few remaining, scattered family records. Lies About My Family examines what I discovered about my history and my relationship to it all—my Jewish heritage, my lesbian identity, and my radical politics.”

To learn more or RSVP, please contact The Long Island GLBT Network
at 516.323.0011 or email

Making Healthcare Affordable

Project HELM (Health Enrollment for the LGBT Market), a program of The Long Island GLBT Network, continuesto make further inroads in its mission to assist Long Islanders with enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace. To date, Project HELM has helped more than 225 Long Islanders learn more about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, screen them for eligibility, and enroll them in affordable health insurance.

According to Angela, a Westbury resident who recently attended one of Project HELM’s information sessions at The Long Island GLBT Network’s Nassau Center at Garden City, she was paying more than $400 a month to cover her medical needs. She was hoping to find a health care plan that was affordable and would also cover her prescriptions. “From the moment I met the Project HELM staff, I felt safe, taken care of, and knew everything would be fine,” she says. Angela met with the Project HELM team to learn more about her options under the Affordable Care Act. She was able to enroll in a health plan with a zero deductible on prescription medications – and a zero deductible for generic drugs. With her new plan costing $91 a month, it’s resulting in a savings of over $300.

Craig, another enrollee who had several pre-existing health issues, was paying high rates before making an appointment with Project HELM to review his insurance options. Under the Affordable Care Act, people can no longer be denied health insurance or forced to pay higher rates based on pre-existing conditions. According to Elizabeth Munsky, Project HELM Enrollment Coordinator, “This is a huge bonus for members of the GLBT community, because so many of us have been either denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, or because of sexual orientation or gender identity.” Craig was able to enroll in health insurance that is costing him hundreds of dollars less than he had been paying. In addition, he learned that several of the health screenings he was paying for are now free, as part of the “10 essential benefits” that all insurance companies are required to cover.

Upcoming Deadlines:
The current enrollment period is through March 31st. If you enroll between the 1-15th of the month, insurance will begin the 1st of the following month. If you enroll between the 16th and 31st, enrollment begins in the month following.

Learn More
To learn more, check out one of Project HELM’s upcoming information sessions or visit one of The Long Island GLBT Center’s three locations in Nassau, Suffolk and the East End during scheduled drop-in hours. Contact The Long Island GLBT Network at 516.323.0011 or 631.665.2300, or email


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