Here at The Long Island GLBT Services Network, we know GLBT Community Centers, like our centers in Bay Shore and Garden City, make a difference in the lives, maybe even saving the lives, of the people we serve. They encourage a sense of community; provide a safe space and support, and a safe haven for GLBT youth and their families. We want everyone on the East End to share in our dream of ensuring that what happened to David H. Hernandez, who took his life just a few months ago because he was a victim of Anti-GLBT bullying, to never happen again.
Anti-GLBT bullying and suicide amongst GLBT teens are at epidemic levels, and while LIGALY continues to implement school programs to address these critical issues, a community solution to these problems is essential. David, like all other teens on the East End, do not have a GLBT Center to go to for support and community like those in Western and Central parts of Suffolk County and those in Nassau County. GLBT teens on the East End are isolated from their community and need a safe space to feel supported.
It is long past due that the East End community has a Center to call its own.
In order to make this Center a reality, there must be an enormous amount of community support and resources. The time has come to chart a course forward to create an East End GLBT Community Center, but we cannot do this alone. If you believe that all youth should have a safe space to call home and support an East End GLBT Center that will help to save lives, please click the donate button below to make a contribution.
Thank you for helping us ensure that the East End GLBT community has a safe space to call home!
Join the East End GLBT Center Advisory Committee
Community members can be an active part in helping secure the resources and support needed to open an East End GLBT Center by joining the East End GLBT Center Advisory Committee.
The Long Island GLBT Services Network is pleased to announce that donors like you have enabled us to raise enough money to meet the match issued by the JenJo Foundation. Although we have reached the matching grant goal, we still have a long way until we reach the anticipated 3-year cost of opening and operating a community center at $1 million.