MOST SUCCESSFUL SUMMER KICK-OFF EVENT EVER

Impact Video Launches New Major Donor Campaign

Hundreds gathered on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club for the LGBT Network’s Summer Kick-Off event as an annual tradition to welcome the summer season.  The event raised nearly $200,000 to support the organization’s spectrum of social, support, education, health, and advocacy programs and services for the LGBT community of Long Island and Queens.  The event was the most successful in its history, with more money raised than ever before. 

Sunny skies and cool ocean breezes welcomed guests enjoying cocktails with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and wines from Clovis Point, while DJ Chris Keyloun spun disco beats.  The centerpiece of the event was an emotional live performance of “The Story of My Life” by The Boy Band Project that accompanied the premier of the organization’s “Wall of Hate” impact video and launch of a new Hero Major Donor Campaign.  

The video showcased the LGBT Network’s annual ‘Night of Noise’ LGBT youth empowerment event.  The video highlights youth spray-painting a wall with the words they are bullied with at school, and then collectively breaking the wall down to rubble – a symbol of how the LGBT community comes together to win over our challenges. 

>> Watch the “Wall of Hate” Impact Video here

>> View the picture gallery here

>> Become a Hero Major Donor

“We are so grateful for everyone that came out to support the LGBT Network through this event, our sponsors, donors, and partners,” said David Kilmnick, President/CEO.  “This new video shows the unique way we support and empower LGBT youth with our social change lens – we need to equip our youth with the skills to make change and sustain it, especially in a world where our rights are on the chopping block.”  Sponsors and partners for the event included Cisco, Corcoran, EG Event Group, Jason Patrick Sands, Arthur Golabeck, Hampton Sun, SmartWater, and others. 

The LGBT Network extends its warmest gratitude to its Event Committee: Jeff Gates and Mike Moran, Board Chair Floyd T. Feather, Eric Gunhus, Greg Schmidt, Andrew Poster, and Perrin Quarshie.  LGBT Network would also like to thank Eric Gunhus of EG Event Group for devoting his expertise and creativity to produce the Impact Video as well as producing the event; to Jason Patrick Sands for his work in directing the video; and the Boy Band Project for lending their talents. 

The event launched the new Hero Major Donor Campaign is underway, and the LGBT Network invites those inspired by its work to become a Hero today and help LGBT people to find their network and build the story of their life.  For more information, please contact Robert Vitelli, Executive VP/COO at robert@lgbtnetwork.org.

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LONG ISLAND’S LGBT NETWORK RESPONDS TO HISTORIC APPOINTMENT OF HOMETOWN HERO KARINE JEAN-PIERRE AS WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, THE FIRST OUT LGBTQ PERSON TO SERVE IN THE ROLE

STATEMENT FROM LGBT NETWORK PRESIDENT – DR. DAVID KILMNICK

LONG ISLAND, NY (May 6, 2022) – The LGBT Network, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocacy and human service organization in Long Island and Queens, is responding to the announcement that Karine Jean-Pierre will become White House Press Secretary, the first out LGBTQ person and the first Black woman to serve in the role. Jean-Pierre previously served as Deputy Press Secretary for the Biden White House.

“We are beyond excited that Karine Jean-Pierre has been named White House press secretary,” says Dr. David Kilmnick, founder and president of LGBT Network. “She’s the first openly LGBTQ press secretary, the first African-American woman press secretary and she’s from our hometown of Long Island, all reasons to celebrate and beam with great pride.”

“The historic nature of her being appointed to one of the most visible roles in the White House cannot be denied,” Kilmnick says of Jean-Pierre, whose resume includes roles as Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org and as an NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst. “Karine’s visibility and role will have a profound impact on our LGBTQ younger generation, showing that they can be out and be themselves and accomplish anything they want in life. This LGBTQ Long Islander has made it all the way to the White House, and it sends a powerful message to all LGBTQ youth to dream and believe and that anything can be achieved while being your authentic true self”.

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CONFERENCE EMPOWERS LGBTQ+ YOUTH
TO CHANGE THE WORLD

The LGBT Network’s 26th Annual Youth Conference, at Citi Field – home to the NY Mets, brought together over 650 LGBT & Allied youth from New York City and Long Island to educate and empower participants to advocate for LGBT people and ignite their activism. 

WATCH ABC 7: Hundreds of students at the LGBT Network’s LGBT Youth Conference hold ‘We Say Gay‘ rally in NYC to denounce Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

Over 650 LGBTQ and allied students from across New York City and Long Island held the largest rally in the country to denounce Florida’s hateful “Don’t Say Gay Bill” at the LGBT Network’s 26th Annual LGBT Youth Conference at Citi Field on March 16th. LGBTQ students, their allies, and local leaders showed support and solidarity, by proudly proclaiming and chanting “WE SAY GAY” so loud that it could be heard all the way down South.

ADDITIONAL MUST SEE MEDIA COVERAGE:

Hear from LGBTQ Youth why the LGBT Network’s LGBT Youth Conference is important to them

Watch this video of LGBT Youth sharing “The Youth Conference is important to me because...”

“I decided to come to a safe place were I can be myself and celebrate with others that also get to be themselves.”

 "I wanted to see what it like being with other people in the same community as me”

“I am part of the community and I wanted the whole community that attend to be loved.”

“I wanted to help expose my schools GSA to LGBTQIA+ events”

“I wanted to find my voice and my confidence, and I seeked a place where I felt validated and safe and secure”

“I wanted to get to know more about my community and learn new information in different aspects like sex education and healthy relationships.”

2022 Youth Conference Photos:

2022 LGBT Youth Conference