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The LGBT Network receives a check on behalf of the New York Mets at the Mets first ever Pride Night, August 13, 2016

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17-year-old makeup artist James Charles Dickinson is new spokesmodel

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Bravo to CoverGirl on its first CoverBoy and for helping to raise awareness of the concept of gender as a spectrum of identity rather than a binary identity 

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Project TORCH (Testing * Outreach * Recovery & Care for Health) will help you take the next step in recovery 631.665.2300 #SubstanceAbuse

 

-Confidential HIV/STI Testing
-Needle Exchange
-Narcan Training + Free kits
-Direct Referrals for PrEP PEP
-Harm Reduction Education

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Long Island IVF and the LGBT Network presents Building Families in the LGBT Community - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Long Island IVF Melville office. 

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Thank you labor movement! Happy Labor Day to the #LGBT workers and all workers who make our country strong. In honor of Labor Day, all Community Centers will be closed and will reopen Tuesday at 9AM #LaborDay #lgbtnetwork

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MLB Vice President for Social Responsibility & Inclusion, Billy Bean throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Mets first-ever Pride Night at Citi Field

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When Disney chose to adapt Hans Christian Andersen's short story into an animated film in 1989, did they know they were adapting a classic queer fairy tale?

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Sexual Negotiation and Prevention (SNAP) is a group about friends (both old and new) talking about sexual health and everyday issues that impact our communities, especially stoppping HIV/AIDS.

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All graduates get a $50 gift card! RSVPS are required and you better sign up fast because space is limited. 631-665-2300

A new study has found that a surprising number of same-sex couples employ traditional gender stereotypes when dividing up household chores. The study, titled “Making Money, Doing Gender, or Being Essentialist? Partner Characteristics an

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"Chores traditionally associated with females (i.e. cooking, cleaning, caring for the kids, etc.) were generally given to the more “feminine” partner, while traditionally male tasks (i.e. taking out the trash, car maintenance, and other DIY household tasks),  were typically assigned to the more “masculine” partner."

The next Boot Camp Against Bullying will be held Saturday September 17th, 2016 at the East Hampton home of Dr. Robert Moraru and Steve Barns  

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Sign up for the next Boot Camp Against Bullying on September 17th at 10AM goo.gl/i7KzOC

On Saturday, August 13th, 2016, the LGBT Network hosted the 1st ever Pride Night in New York Baseball where the National League Champion New York Mets defeated the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

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Thousands of LGBT people and their families and friends filled Citi Field for this historic event. Pride Night included many special activities including a pre-game Pride in the Plaza show and a lot more. 

Tissues at the ready: these are the loveliest and super romantic lesbian wedding images uploaded to Instagram over the summer

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Every Monday | 6 to 8 pm | The Center at Bay Shore | 34 Park Ave, Bay Shore

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The LIGALY Advisory Board (LAB) is your chance to be a leader in your community. Meet with other young GLBT leaders to make LIGALY the best it can be. LAB is made up of youth in responsible leadership roles that have an impact on LIGALY programs and events. You can head committees to plan trips, events, programs, OUTlet themes, fundraisers, and more. LAB is always looking for new members and offers leadership positions based on your personal strengths. Gain experience that looks great on a resume and have fun doing it. Open to all LGBT and ally youth ages 13-21. Free van transportation is available!

Kiss Cam at the New York Mets first ever Pride Night at Citi Field with the LGBT Network, August 13, 2016

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A U.S. judge blocked Obama administration guidance that transgender public school students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by a group of 13 states led by Texas.

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Fight for equality far from over! The temporary ruling was procedural in nature and will likely be brought before the Supreme Court. We will not give up! #lgbtnetwork #WeJustNeedToPee

Where are we going and how do we get there? 

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What would young Billy Bean have made of his team hosting a Pride Night when he was a major league player in the late 1980s

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About 5,000 fans are expected to participate by accessing three discounted seating areas, with a portion of those proceeds benefitting the LGBT Network and its Safe Schools Initiative to stop bullying on Long Island and in Queens.

 

Bean said more and more teams are adding such events after “seeing there’s really no downside to dedicating one day over the course of the season to another part of the diversity spectrum of their fans.”

"This is not a gimmick to sell tickets," said Billy Bean, VP for Social Responsibility and Inclusion for Major League Baseball. "This is something tha

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"I hope we build a lot more Mets fans, and it doesn't matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity is. Saturday is going to be a night where we see the Mets pave the way for the rest of New York sports and be inclusive of the LGBT community," said LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick 

NEW YORK -- Saturday night's home game against the Padres will be important not only for a Mets club engaged in a tough National League Wild Card race, but for a large LGBT community where the gay rights movement began nearly a half-century ago. 

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Saturday will be LGBT Pride Night at Citi Field, making the Mets the first team in New York's four major professional sports to host an official event for this community. Tickets are available at mets.com/pride; more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans will attend sporting commemorative Pride Night T-shirts.

Long Island & Queens Life, LGBT Culture

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Need a ride? Don't be shy

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Help end bullying! Your donation is going to be put to work immediately to support LIGALY’s Safe Schools Initiative, a multi-faceted set of services that prevent the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in our schools goo.gl/P3J2Vl #lgbtnetwork #back2school

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Crack rightwing journalists and radio show hosts have discovered a plot by the Obama administration to give lesbians money to buy farmland and chickens.

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It's only a matter of time before they uncover our secret gay plan for global domination.

Together, with your help, we can continue to raise funds to help support anti-bullying workshops and trainings throughout the school year out on the East End.

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Registration is encouraged. Space is limited

 

Register here or call 516-323-001

Swirl and sip! Join us for a night of wine and cheese tastings, casual conversation, music, and great company. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Join us to kick off this new series  of fun monthly events!

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September 21st. 7pm-9pm at the Center at Woodbury (20 Crossways Park Drive N., Suite 110) 

 

RSVP required by Tuesday, September 20th. 631-665-2300

A bill pending in the Senate could drastically improve the sad state of sex education in this country. On Thursday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, in

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Young people have a right to sex ed! "The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act would provide funding for sex-ed teacher training and grants for education programs that address the needs of LGBTQ young people."

Lax requirements have paved the way for untrained or religiously motivated sex-ed teachers to use bizarre, inaccurate metaphors that imply that sex makes people dirty and unlovable. Some states even instruct their public-school sex-ed teachers to tell students that gay sex is immoral, against the law, and a surefire way to end up with AIDS.

 

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Suffolk PEP Teams Meeting
Every Thursday  | 6pm to 10pm | The Center at Bay Shore | 34 Park Ave, Bay Shore, NY 11706

The Pride Empowerment Project (PEP) is a positive sexual health program for LGBT and ally youth ages 13-21. This vital initiative works to give youth the tools and skills necessary to take control of our sexual health and to live to our utmost potential, while giving PEPpers the opportunity for leadership development. Participants make new friends, increase knowledge regarding HIV and STIs, discuss pregnancy prevention, gain confidence in negotiating safer sex including the right to not have sex, and celebrate positive sexual health. Free pizza for all participants!

 

One component of the Pride Empowerment Project is the PEP Teams, a group of dedicated young leaders who work to bring change to our communities. Through weekly meetings, the PEP Teams offers youth leadership development while working as part of a team to spread information and awareness through outreach, and for many LGBT and ally youth, PEP Teams can highlight a resume or college application.

 

The decision enshrines discrimination against transgender people in law and provides easy justification for any business that wants to fire transgender employees.

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Civil rights surpass religious freedom rights! These laws will set back the civil rights movement back 100 yrs but the LGBT Network won't let that happen. On your side! #equality #nondiscrimination 

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking for new scientific research as it reevaluates a controversial policy banning men from donating blood if they admit to having had sex with another man in the past year. Gay rights advocates say the rules are not based in science, but on decades of stigma regarding gay men and AIDS. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano reports.

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The ban is based on a stigma! This is not equality, it's discrimination until gay and bisexual men can donate blood without any waiting period ‪#‎davidkilmnick‬ ‪#‎FDA ‪#‎lgbtnetwork‬

“It’s time for the next adventure.”

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I am Cait has been canceled after two seasons due to dwindling popularity. But was it too fast? 

Target says it will spend $20 million to add private bathrooms after a boycott objecting to sharing public bathroom with transgender people.

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Brigham Young University has a well-documented rape problem, one that’s different from the sexual assault crisis that plagues many other campuses: Whe

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The Anti-Violence Project - Long Island (AVP-LI) confronts violence committed both against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-Positive communities.

 

This project serves survivors of all violence, including domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, youth dating violence, anti-LGBT and/or anti-HIV hate-motivated violence, harassment, discrimination, elder abuse, and child abuse.  Services are confidential, free of charge, and available for people of all ages. 

 

By providing counseling, support, court/police advocacy and accompaniment, and healing/support groups, the project works to enable people to regain their sense of control, identify their options, and assert their rights. Staff works closely with the Police Department and can assist with filing a report and applying for and obtaining Orders of Protection.  In certain instances when survivors of violence are hesitant to go to the police station, the police department will meet staff advocates and survivors of violence at one of our community centers to file a report.  We also advocate for the attainment of benefits and entitlements, including working with the Department of Social Services, and provides information and referrals to other community-based legal, victim services, emergency housing, mental health services, and any other support services that best suit individual needs. To learn more about the Networks involement with the Suffolk County Domestic Violence (SVDC) Task Force, visit http://scafv.suffolkcountyny.gov

 

If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently experiencing any type of violence, bullying, harassment, or discrimination, please call the HelpLine at 631-665-2300.  You can also report the incident of violence using this online reporting form. The personal information entered in the form is confidential and will not be shared with anyone else without your permission.

In addition to providing victim services support and advocacy on an individual, local, community, and state level, LIGALY leads a national technical assistance effort, along with the Los Angeles LGBT Community Center and CenterLink, to provide intensive and ongoing training to LGBT Centers around the country in order to enhance the overall national capacity to provide culturally sensitive services to LGBT survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. 

Each year, the LGBT Network continues its phenomenal work through its Safe Schools Initiative to deliver education, prevention and outreach programs that can help to create safer schools. 

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Erykah Tijerina was found dead in her apartment on Monday. Police are investigating her death as a homicide; she is the 18th trans woman reported murdered in 2016. 

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You know you have to go when the NY Daily News says it's the place to be this weekend. 

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4. Show off your pride! Citi Field is hosting its first ever Pride Night on Saturday at 7pm. Watch the amazing Mets take on the San Diego Padres followed by a free postgame concert headlined by Styx (yeah, we don’t get that either). Find out more, including how to purchase discounted seats that benefit the LGBT Network and its Safe Schools Initiative to stop bullying in Long Island and Queens, at mets.com/pride

The rainbow flag will be flying proudly at Citi Field on Saturday as the Mets host their first-ever Pride Night.

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David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network said hosting Pride Night was a clear message that the Mets are inclusive of all their fans.

 

“Nights like this go a long way to bringing more people together,” said Kilmnick, 49, who grew up in Far Rockaway.

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