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State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and LGBT Network CEO To Call for Mandated LGBTQ History in NYS ED Curriculum

Albany, NY (March 3, 2020) David Kilmnick, President/CEO of the LGBT Network along with New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and New York State Assembly will hold a press conference on Tuesday March 3rd at


Statement from David Kilmnick, President/CEO of LGBT Network

LGBT Network Announces 2020 Program Goals

After a record-setting year in 2019, the LGBT Network is planning an ambitious 2020 year for its programs and community initiatives to continue its momentum as a leading provider of LGBT services in both Long Island and Queens.

Kick-Off Coming Out Month with Blue Point Brewing

LGBT Network and Blue Point Brewing Co. are partnering together to stand up for LGBT students! Blue Point Brewing is joining the Network’s National Coming Out Day Campaign as a proud sponsor fighting for safer schools on Long Island and Queens.


August 6, 2019 – LGBT Network announces it will be holding the region’s first-ever LGBT Workplace Summit on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 to convene professionals from all sectors of business to support and advance LGBT diversity and inclusion efforts in Long Island workplaces.

LGBT Network 2019 GSA Mini Grants

The LGBT Network announced today the funding of thirty (30) grants totaling $7,500 to afterschool gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs throughout Long Island and New York City.

Newsday Cover Story Recognizes LGBT Network’s 25 Years of Leadership

2018 marks the LGBT Network’s 25 years of leading the LGBT community and movement on Long Island and beyond. On Sunday, December 2, 2018, Newsday recognized the leadership and impact of the LGBT Network through its programs that not only provide support to LGBT people, but also that empower them to become leaders of change.

The LGBT Network Celebrates 25 Years of Service and Advocacy for the LGBT Community

Founded in 1993, the LGBT Network is providing lifesaving services and programs for hundreds of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, as well as their families and support systems throughout Long Island and Queens.

LGBT Network and New York Islanders Announce Partnership To Raise Funds For Major Anti-Bullying Initiative in Over 200 Long Island and NYC Schools


FROM: LGBT Network / New York Islanders

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LGBT Network Responds to President Trump's Decision to Deny Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Unmarried Diplomats and Officials

National LGBT leaders are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s decision to stop granting visas to the same-sex partners of diplomats and officials at U.S.-based international organizations like the United Nations – unless they’re married.

LGBT Network Launches Mini-Grant Program for Gay-Straight-Alliance (GSA) Clubs

Thanks to a grant from Investors Bank, the LGBT Network was able to kick-off its Mini-Grant Program for high school gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs. In the Spring of 2017, the LGBT Network awarded four grants to local GSA clubs to support youth-led anti-bullying efforts in schools.

Over a Quarter Million #WearTheRibbon for LGBT Network’s Campaign

For the 16th year, the LGBT Network marked October 11th, National Coming Out Day (NCOD) with its #WearTheRibbon NCOD campaign. It was the first time in the campaign’s history that the LGBT Network has expanded its efforts beyond schools and it was a resounding success.

LGBT Network Announces Honda City Long Island as Exclusive Honda Dealer

The LGBT Network is proud to announce that Honda City Long Island has become its exclusive Honda dealer through a yearlong Corporate Partnership established with the organization.

LGBT Network Applauds First Openly Gay Judge Sworn Into New York's Highest Court

The LGBT Network praised and applauded Justice Paul G. Feinman, the first openly gay judge to be sworn into the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.

LGBT Network Blasts Trump For Killing Proposed Rule That Provided Protection to LGBT Seniors

The LGBT Network today blasted the U.S. Health and Human Services Department for eliminating a proposed rule to assure same sex spouses equal treatment in long term care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds.

LGBT Network Blasts US Attorney General Decision Against Protecting Transgender Workers From Discrimination Under 1964 Civil Rights Law

The LGBT Network blasted Jeff Sessions for reversing a federal government policy that said transgender workers were protected from discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Law

Pride on the Beach Attracts 30,000+ Guests; Largest LI Pride Celebration Ever

The 27th Annual Long Island Pride Celebration in the city of Long Beach, NY was the largest in LI Pride history.

LGBT Network Denounces President Trump's Ban on Transgender Service in the Military

The latest cowardly, disgraceful, and un-American comments by President Trump attacking the thousands of brave transgender service members who protect our country every day is yet another shameful distraction from a failed administration desperate to turn attention from it’s inability to govern and from the extensive criminal investigations which undermine any credibility they might seek to have

Copacabana Gala Honoring Robert Zimmerman Raises $200,000

The 2017 LGBT Network Gala, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, raised over $200,000 to support the LGBT Network's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club school outreach.

The Nature's Bounty Co. Sponsors First-Ever "Long Island Pride 5K Run"

The LGBT Network announces The Nature's Bounty Co. as the title sponsor of the first-ever LI Pride 5k Run during the 2017 Long Island Pride Weekend, June 9-11.

LGBT Network Announces Community Partnership and Family Planning Seminar with Long Island IVF

Long Island IVF to be the LGBT Network's exclusive family planning service provider for 2017.

Transportation Services for LGBT Older Adults Announced

The LGBT Network is proud to announce new transportation services for LGBT older adults to access its social support programs starting in April 2017. The program is an expansion of the organization’s existing transportation program for LGBT youth, and will provide free round-trip van transportation services for LGBT older adults.

Hamptons Center Youth Video Contest Announced!

The LGBT Network is launching its Hamptons Center Youth Video Contest, a contest among school gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs in the five East End towns of Long Island. GSA clubs produce a 90-second video about the LGBT Network’s Hamptons Center to compete for three cash prizes, while raising awareness about the Hamptons Center, its location, and its services.

Otis Ford Funds East End Youth Project

The LGBT Network thanks Otis Ford of Quogue for supporting the Hamptons Center Youth Video Project.

Meet 2017 Gala Honoree Robert Zimmerman

The LGBT Network is proud to announce Robert Zimmerman as the 2017 Copacabana Gala Honoree

Painting for Pride Volunteer Event a Success

The LGBT Network is proud to announce the success of its first "Painting for Pride" volunteer event

Largest Coming Out Campaign Breaks Records to Create Safe Spaces

The LGBT Network announces record-breaking participation for its 14th annual National Coming Out Day Campaign

LGBT Network Elects Four New Board Members

The LGBT Network is proud to announce the election of Resi Cooper, Laurie Scheinman, Dave Mejias and Christopher Long to its Board of Directors.

Business and the LGBT Community

Robert Vitelli, Chief Operating Officer of the LGBT Network, pens a guest article for the Cerini Blog about Business and the LGBT Community.

LGBT Network Announces Affinity Program with Takuya Duncan for Anti-Bullying Program

The LGBT Network is proud to announce the launch of a new Affinity Program with corporate supporter Takuya Duncan, a NY-based premium menswear company

300 Get Groovy at 2016 LGBT Network Gala

300 guests joined the LGBT Network on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 to Boogie Down Against Bullying at the "Studio 54" themed LGBT Network Gala Fundraiser. This year's Gala raised nearly $200,000 to support the LGBT Network's Safe Schools Initiative, which delivers 300+ anti-bullying programs annually in more than 110 schools in Long Island and Queens.

LGBT Network Announces Community Partnership with Long Island IVF

The LGBT Network is Proud to announce Long Island IVF as a Community Partner for 2016

LGBT Network Announces Partnership with Nesconset Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

The LGBT Network is Proud to announce 2016 Corporate Partnership with Nesconset Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

An Open Letter from CEO David Kilmnick

The LGBT Network is proud to announce the return of the 26th Annual LI Pride celebration for Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Huntington’s Heckscher Park from 12n-5p.  LI Pride is the largest LGBT event on Long Island, attracting more than 15,000 spectators for a day of entertainment, community and business exhibitors, and other attractions.  You can read more about this year’s event at

2016 LI Pride Announced

The LGBT Network is proud to announce the 26th Annual Long Island Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Huntington’s Hecksher Park. This year’s event will continue to feature the fun and community-building activities that have increased the Pride festival’s popularity in recent years, driving attendance to more than 15,000 participants annually. While plans to enhance the festival take shape, the traditional pride parade is on-hold for 2016, with plans for a big 2017 announcement forthcoming.

LGBT Network and New York Mets Announce First LGBT Pride Night

Saturday August 13th 7:10pm Mets vs San Diego Padres at Citi Field;

Historic Announcement

NY Mets to host teams first ever Pride Night

2016 Gala Theme and Sponsorships Announced

2016 Gala Theme & Sponsorships Announced!

LIGALY named as finalist in 4th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) was named a Finalist in the Social Impact category in The 4th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards. 

LGBT Network Welcomes AXA Advisors as New Corporate Partner

The LGBT Network is proud to announce AXA Advisors as a new $10,000 Corporate Partner.

LIGALY appointed to Suffolk County Task Force to Prevent Family Violence

In 2014, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) was appointed to the Suffolk County Taskforce to Prevent Family Violence and since then has advised the County Executive on all matters related to family violence, including intimate partner violence and abuse and neglect of children,

Variety Children's Charity awards $5,000 Grant for LGBT Youth Arts Programming

A new arts program for LGBT youth on Long Island, made possible by a newly awarded grant from Variety the Children’s Charity of New York, will support a weekly two-hour program that combines visual and performance arts activities aimed at building leadership skills, and connecting the

Florence V. Burden Foundation awards $25,000 Grant for LGBT Senior Services in Queens

The LGBT Network will begin expanding its array of services with new programming for LGBT seniors in Queens through a newly awarded grant from the Florence V. Burden Foundation.

LIGALY Awarded $455,526 to expand HIV Prevention and Intervention Services

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) is excited to announce a major expansion of its comprehensive services for people living with and at high risk for HIV infection.

2015 Winter Ball Date, Venue Announced

The 2015 Winter Ball returns to the Allegria Hotel on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 7:00 pm to midnight. Winter Ball raises funds for The Network’s HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives and for services for people living with HIV.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Returns for Third Year as Presenting Sponsor of 25th Annual Long Island Pride

June 1, 2015 - The LGBT Network is proud to announce Bethpage Federal Credit Union as the Presenting Sponsor of Long Island Pride 2015 to be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Huntington Village.

LGBT Network Welcomes MSC Industrial Supply as New Corporate Sponsor

The LGBT Network welcomes MSC Industrial Supply as a $10,000 Corporate Sponsor!

Women's Fund of Long Island Supports LGBT Network's LBT Women's Retreat

The LGBT Network received a $5,000 grant from The Women's Fund of Long Island (WFLI) for an LBT Women's Retreat.

A New Name and a Big Announcement Coming

The Long Island GLBT Network will now be known as the LGBT Network

Verizon Foundation Supports Long Island GLBT Network's Anti-Violence Project

The Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for the Anti-Violence Project – Long Island.

Sold-Out Winter Ball Exceeds Fundraising Goals for HIV/AIDS Awareness

The Long Island GLBT Network Raises Over $60,000 for HIV/AIDS Testing Program

Largest Coming Out Campaign Ever

October 10, 2104 – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) held its 13th annual National Coming Out Day School Awareness Campaign on Friday, October 10th – the largest yet.  More than 65,000 students and educators at 61 Long Island schools participated by “coming out” in

Winter Ball 2014 Announced - Partnership with Allegria Hotel Paves Way for Exclusive Venue for Annual Dance

The Long Island GLBT Network is proud to announce the date and venue for its annual Winter Ball Dance benefit. 

TD Bank Returns as Corporate Partner with The Long Island GLBT Network

TD Bank Sponsors VIP Lounge at Long Island Pride Parade and PrideFest.

SAG HARBOR EXPRESS: GLBT Center on the East End Moves Forward

On Friday, November 30, community members gathered for the inaugural meeting of the East End GLBT Center Advisory Committee meeting at the Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) to discuss the future of that center.

STATEMENT: Boy Scouts Decision Shows Their Character: Cowards

In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA’s) decision today to continue banning gay youth and adults from its organization, Dr.

Capital One Bank supports Long Island GLBT Services Network

Capital One Bank presented a $4,000 check to the Long Island GLBT Services Network in support of the annual Long Island Pride festival and local youth programming designed to prevent GLBT youth suicide.

Best Buy Childrens Foundation Continues Support for Technology and a Safe Space for GLBT Youth

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) received a $10,000 grant from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation in support of LIGALY’s CyberCenter.

Donaldsons Subaru Contributes as The Networks Exclusive Subaru Dealer

The Long Island GLBT Services Network is pleased to announce Donaldsons Subaru will be returning as The Network’s Exclusive Subaru Dealer again in 2013.

BJs Wholesale Club Supports LIGALY

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) received a $5,000 grant from BJ’s Wholesale Club to support LIGALY’s efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS

Engaging GLBT Youth in the Celebration of the Jewish Tradition of Purim

On Saturday, March 2nd at The Center at Garden City, dozens of GLBT youth and their friends gathered to celebrate Purim with a youth-organized "Dragalicious Party."

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Announced as Presenting Sponsor of 23rd Annual Long Island Pride

The Long Island GLBT Services Network is proud to announce Bethpage Federal Credit Union as the Presenting Sponsor of Long Island Pride 2013 to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Huntington Village.

LIGALY Selected for 2013 Suffolk County Human Rights Commission Award

In recognition of its 20 years of service to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth and families in Suffolk County, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) has been selected for the 2013 Suffolk County Human Rights Commission's Community-Based Organization Award.

David Kilmnick Named Outstanding CEO by Long Island Business News

Long Island Business News has selected Long Island GLBT Services Network founder and Chief Executive Officer David Kilmnick as one of the first recipients of its Outstanding CEO Award.

NEWSDAY: Long Island Gays' Group Marks 1st 20 Years

More than 400 people joined the anniversary celebration of the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth group in Old Bethpage, among them local politicians and four members of Congress, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  

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.

STATEMENT: Boy Scouts Decision Continues Discrimination; Long Island Gay Group Calls for End to Funding and Public Accommodations

In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA’s) vote today to allow gay youth to become members while continuing its ban on gay adults, Dr.

Network Awarded Affordable Care Act Grant

October 1, 2013 – The Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) is proud to announce its role in the New York State Health Marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with an 18-month grant from the New York State Health Foundation.  

Information Session on Affordable Care Act for Small Business Owners To Be Held on Long Island

November 13, 2013, Garden City, NYThe Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) is hosting a special informational session on the Affordable Care Act for Small Business Owners on Tuesday, November 19th at 7 p.m. at its Garden City location.

Sold-Out Winter Ball Dinner Dance Raises Awareness for HIV/AIDS

The Long Island GLBT Network’s Annual Event Surpasses Fundraising Goal

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