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LIGALY

Our programs and services

Mission

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth works to build community, provide a home and safe space for all, end anti-LGBT bullying, and prevent suicide.

LIGALY does this through providing education, advocacy, empowerment, and social support services to LGBT youth, young adults, and their families for whom sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS are an issue.

History

In 1993, no one believed that a “gay youth agency” could exist and survive on Long Island...

No one believed that schools would allow an openly gay person to address students and faculty. And especially, no one believed that Long Island’s LGBT community would one day have a “home of its own” – let alone three community centers for Nassau, Suffolk, and the East End.

In 1993, what began as a masters of social work graduate thesis project transformed into one of the largest and most well-respected non-profit serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the nation. At first, LIGALY operated with volunteers and an answering machine in a Levittown apartment: no paid staff, no place for youth to socialize, no place for counseling or community events.

For over twenty years, LIGALY has certainly grown to meet the needs of the LGBT community with more than 2 dozen full-time staff and over 16,000 square feet of community center space for youth to be free to express themselves, and dozens of programs and services happening every week throughout the year.

Our Programs and services

Youth Drop-in

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Network operates Long Island’s four community centers for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community: in Suffolk, The Center at Hauppauge; and on the East End, The Hamptons LGBT Center, as well as the Queens LGBT Community Center (Q-Center) in Long Island City.

These community centers are a safe space and life-changing resource for the tens of thousands of LGBT and ally individuals who pass through the doors each year. In addition to regularly-scheduled programs and services each week, the centers offer public spaces for people of all ages to relax, hang out, study, work, or simply meet new people. Special events and gatherings help to unite Long Islanders and Queens residents of all different backgrounds and identities.

Click here to read all about the services and programming being provided in the Long Island Region.

Click here to read all about the services and programming being provided in the Queens Region.

LIGALY Advisory Board

G-Latino

G-Latino está abierto a gays y bisexuales a partir de los 18 años. Todos los servicios de la red LGBT Network son gratuitos y confidenciales.

Un espacio seguro para el debate y la socialización en Español para hombres gay y bisexuales.

¡Sé tú mismo en G-Latino! ¡Discute los temas en Español que se relacionan contigo! Aprende sobre los problemas que enfrenta tu comunidad latina de Long Island.

Se servirá comida.

Para mas informacion, llame al (631) 665-2300 y pida hablar con Ernesto ehernandez@lgbtnetwork.org

 

Inclusive Affordable Senior Housing Project

The LGBT Network announces the first inclusive senior housing development in the New York tri-state area. It will be built on the current site of the LGBT Network Center at Bay Shore. The development will have 75 affordable housing units and will be anchored by a brand new 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art community center. The new center will provide health, recreational, nutrition, social, cultural and other programs and initiatives.


 

Friday Night OUT

Friday Night OUT (formerly known as OUTlet), is the destination for LGBT youth, ages 13-21, and their allies on Friday nights! From 7 pm to 11 pm, young people from all over Long Island come to this unique, safe, and substance-free space to make friends and hang out. So, come find your outlet, dance, play pool, watch movies or just chill in the lounge!

Stay tuned for news about virtual programming!

For more information call 631.665.2300 or email programs@lgbtnetwork.org


 

Long Island Transgender Experience

The Long Island Trans Experience (LITE) provides social support services to transgender and gender non-conforming people of all ages, as well as their families, friends, and loved ones. LITE fosters an environment of energetic, diverse, and understanding individuals who are free to express themselves and develop personal growth in their identities.

For more information call 631.665.2300 or programs@lgbtnetwork.org


 

The Mingle Series

SAGE-LI Mingles are the perfect opportunity for LGBT older adults to meet in a relaxed, co-ed environment. Light refreshments are served, and sometimes the group watches and discusses movies, plays board games, or participates in a community potluck. The Mingles take place weekly at four locations across Long Island.


 

Lounge Drop-In Hours

The Youth Lounge at Sag Harbor:The Hamptons LGBT Center also offers a spacious youth lounge with comfortable couches, video games, a large television, and tables – the perfect space to hang out with friends, do homework or research, and relax on the East End. Call 631.899.4950 for hours.


 

OUTdoors Program

The SAGE-LI OUTdoors program provides older adults with the opportunity to decrease social isolation, meet their peers, and experience what Long Island has to offer in efforts to enhance well-being. Trips range anywhere from museums to live performances, wine tastings, East End excursions and much more.

For more information on upcoming OUTdoors trips, call 631.665.2300 or e-mail programs@sageli.org.

OUTlet

Friday Night OUT (formerly known as OUTlet), is the destination for LGBT youth, ages 13-21, and their allies on Friday nights! From 7 pm to 11 pm, young people from all over Long Island come to this unique, safe, and substance-free space to make friends and hang out. So, come find your outlet, dance, play pool, watch movies or just chill in the lounge! Stay tuned for news about virtual programming! For more information call 631.665.2300 or email programs@lgbtnetwork.org

Youth Support Group

LIGALY’s Youth Support Group is a place to be yourself and share what’s on your mind.

Come share your thoughts and concerns and listen to your peers while building a strong network of support as you experience life growing up LGBT or as an ally on Long Island. This informal discussion and support group is a safe-space, so no topic is off limits and all members must agree to respect your confidentiality.

The Youth Support Group is a place to:

  • Share your experiences from school, from home, or from work.
  • Talk about relationships, friendships, and family.
  • Share your experiences from school, from home, or from work.
  • Build a strong support system of people your age.
  • Speak openly and freely about what’s on your mind.
  • Find out more about yourself and others and their experiences on Long Island.

For more information, call 631.665.2300 or email counseling@lgbtnetwork.org

Safe Schools Initiative

LIGALY’s Safe Schools Initiative offers a broad base of services and programs to help students and staff develop a school culture that fosters support, understanding, and respect for LGBT youth, families, and educators. The Initiative has developed collaborative partnerships with over 100 school districts throughout Nassau and Suffolk.

Programs of the Safe Schools Initiative include workshops for students, trainings for school staff and administrators, Safe Schools Team, #WearTheRibbon National Coming Out Day Campaign, GSA Summits, Safe Schools Sticker Campaign and Day of Silence, Night of Noise. The Initiative reaches tens of thousands of Long Islanders each year.

Long Island Gay PTSA

Chartered in 2012, The Long Island Gay Parent, Teacher, Student Association (LI Gay PTSA) made national headlines as the country’s first officially chartered PTA dedicated to the needs of the LGBT community. The PTSA continues its mission as a group of parents, teachers, community members, and

students who work to effect change in schools so that LGBT youth can reach their full potential.

The Long Island Gay PTSA is a vocal and visible advocate for safe schools, working in concert with LIGALY’s staff and youth leaders to achieve:         

  • Faculty training and cultural competency;
  • The formation of Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs in every Long Island middle and high school
  • The development of a support network for parents.

The Long Island Gay PTSA is open to all parents, educators and students   who want to create safer and more supportive schools on Long Island for LGBT youth.

Pride Empowerment Project (PEP)

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HIV/STIs services

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Adam S. Kaplan Scholarship

The LGBT Network is proud to announce the Adam S.

Kaplan Memorial LGBT Scholarship for 2020. The Scholarship recognizes two outstanding LGBT-identified youth advocates and leaders with scholarships of up to $1,000 each.

Scholarship funds can be applied to tuition, books, fees and/or room & board. The Scholarship is open to all majors.

Scholarship applicants must be graduating from high school and enrolling in college for the upcoming fall 2020 semester. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to impacting positive change for LGBT people, including other LGBT youth, through school and/or community leadership and involvement.

Application Process

To apply for a scholarship, applicants should prepare and submit the following in one application package:

  1. Scholarship Applicant Information Form
  2. Personal Statement (please see below for instructions)
  3. Essay (please see below for instructions)
  4. Two letters of reference

Click on the buttons to download the 2020 Application and Instructions:

Download the instructions: https://lgbtnetwork.org/sites/default/files/Kaplan%20Scholarship%202019%20-%20Application%5B1%5D.pdf

Application Instructions: https://lgbtnetwork.org/sites/default/files/Adam%20Kaplan%20Letter%202020.pdf

About Adam S. Kaplan

Adam S. Kaplan was the first youth member of the organization’s Board of Directors in 1993-1994. Adam went on to educate thousands of young people through speaking at more than 200 schools and appearing on numerous television shows to advocate for the rights and safety of LGBT youth. He also oversaw the opening of the LGBT Network’s first community center in 1995.

The Scholarship provides a legacy to Adam’s bright spirit and curious mind by giving other promising, young LGBT leaders on Long Island an opportunity to receive a quality college education.

About the Scholarship

Scholarships are educational in nature and can be applied to tuition, books, fees and/or room & board.

The Adam S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship is open to all majors.  Scholars are selected for an interview after careful review of the complete application, academic performance & interests, honors, and service to the LGBT community.

Applicants will be required to submit an essay discussing: (a) their personal experience as a LGBT youth, (b) how they have helped create a better and safer society for LGBT youth and (c) how they hope to use their time in college and their education to further pursue their goals of creating safer spaces for LGBT youth through activism, education and community involvement in the future.

Get Involved

The LGBT Network relies on the support of their many volunteers to serve Long Island’s LGBT community. As a volunteer, you will join the ranks of other kind, compassionate, generous, hardworking individuals who have affected tremendous and far-reaching change for our community.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out this application. This is not an employment form; the information being requested in this application enables The Network to continue to provide a safe space for the LGBT community and its allies. It will also help to better match you with a volunteer position that best utilizes your time, skills and interests.

Please fill out all the information to the best of your ability. Certain items are marked as optional, so if you do not feel comfortable sharing that information, you may leave it blank.

All information disclosed is kept strictly confidential.

For more information, call 631.665.2300 or email info@lgbtnetwork.org

Parents Support Group

The Parent Support Group provides social and supportive

discussions for parents of LGBT children of all ages. This is a place to share, listen, and be heard. We create an informal space to meet other parents on Long Island in all stages of learning and growing with the knowledge that your child is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

Excited to share with other parents, Christine, a parent of a 17 year old, has been attending the Parents Group at The Center at Bay Shore since October 2011. Christine believes that “for every scared and unsure child there is a scared and unsure parent as well.” If you are a parent of a LGBT youth, no matter what your emotions, this discussion group is for you.

True Calling

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How your can help

The LGBT Network relies on the support of their many volunteers to serve Long Island’s LGBT community. As a volunteer, you will join the ranks of other kind, compassionate, generous, hardworking individuals who have affected tremendous and far-reaching change for our community.

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