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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.


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


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