LIGALY Announces GLBT Center in Hamptons at Sold-Out Gala
Over 400 business, political, civic, and community leaders attended the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) 20th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 10th where LIGALY CEO David Kilmnick announced the opening of the organization's third Center, The GLBT Center of the Hamptons, this summer.
LIGALY's 20th Anniversary Gala
Over 400 business, political, civic, and community leaders attended the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) 20th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 10th. The electricity in the hall could be felt throughout the evening as LIGALY's impact on the local and national levels was celebrated, and a record $250,000 was raised to continue LIGALY's critical programs.
Honorees Praise LIGALY's Work
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, US Supreme Court Petitioner Edie Windsor, and former LIGALY Board President and NARAL Pro-Choice NY COO Andrew Stern all praised the leadership and work of LIGALY while sharing personal accounts of their journeys and fight for full equality.
Looking Back, Moving Forward
LIGALY's CEO David Kilmnick delivered an impassioned speech that reflected on LIGALY's beginnings when few believed the organization could survive and prosper in conservative suburban Long Island, to current times where LIGALY is working with over 110 school districts and has served more than 100,000 young GLBT and allied people.
Kilmnick reminded everyone that while we celebrate our legislative victories today, we cannot forget the past and the fight that is ahead of us: still today, there are disproportionally higher rates of bullying and suicide as well as a reemerging health crisis with more than half of new HIV cases on Long Island being young gay and bisexual men.
A Third Center for Long Island
After sharing a tragic story about a 16-year-old East Hampton gay youth who committed suicide in October 2012, David announced to thunderous cheers the opening of the organization's third Center, The GLBT Center of the Hamptons, this summer. This Center, to be located in Sag Harbor, is slated to open in July and serve East End youth, families, and seniors. It will ensure that no matter where you live on Long Island, whether it is in Mineola or Montauk, there is a GLBT Center that is accessible to everyone.