2012 Accomplishments of the Long Island GLBT Services Network
The Long Island GLBT Services Network and its service organizations – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), the Long Island GLBT Community Center (The Center), and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI) work throughout the year to end homophobia and transphobia on Long Island, provide a home and a safe space for the GLBT community, and advocate for equality. By working together, LIGALY, The Center, and SAGE-LI accomplished the following in 2012:
Ending Bullying: LIGALY’s Safe Schools Initiative delivered 251 workshops to more than 7,600 students in Long Island schools that reduce bullying against GLBT youth in order to prevent suicide. LIGALY has also expanded efforts to help schools meet the new requirements of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) that mandates bullying is addressed and reported;
Expanding Impact: LIGALY’s Aleph Project for GLBT Jewish youth has helped start the first gay-straight alliance (GSA) club in a Long Island synagogue;
Building Advocacy and Outreach: LIGALY launched the Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Student Association (LI Gay PTSA) – the first of its kind in the nation – to further efforts to create safe schools for GLBT youth by engaging parents, teachers, and youth;
Stopping HIV: LIGALY and The Center significantly expanded its HIV Prevention Services this year and conducted 225 HIV tests so that more gay and bisexual men are aware of their status;
Providing Support: The Center’s CARE Services (Counseling, Advocacy, Resources, and Education) provided counseling, groups, information, referral, and crisis intervention to more than 250 GLBT people in need – particularly the transgender community and GLBT victims of domestic violence, hate and bias crimes, sexual assault, and other violence;
Aging Proudly: SAGE-LI continues to serve GLBT older adults with weekly programs and special events that build community, reduce isolation, and help keep active – it is a lifeline of support, particularly for GLBT older adults who have been rejected from their families and live alone;
More Visibility in Schools: LIGALY’s annual “National Coming Out Day School Awareness Campaign” was implemented in 61 Long Island schools and religious institutions engaging more than 60,000 students, teachers, parents, and other community members to take a stand against the bullying of GLBT youth;
Igniting Activism: The annual Long Island GLBT Conference at Stony Brook University brought together more than 400 youth, teachers, counselors, and other community members to gain skills and knowledge about creating change in their own schools and communities so that more people are trained as agents and catalysts of change to create safer spaces for GLBT people;
Celebrating GLBT Life: For the first time, The Network coordinated the annual Long Island Pride Parade and Festival in June, increasing attendance from 5,000 to more than 11,000 so that the visibility of the GLBT community grows throughout Long Island;
Building Business Partnerships: The Network’s Partners in Pride program continues to build relationships and partnerships with a variety of corporations and businesses through its annual Long Island GLBT Business Directory and annual Long Island GLBT Expo. In doing so, the GLBT community remains a priority among business leaders and institutions;
Community Centers: The Network celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Center at Bay Shore and the 1st anniversary of The Center at Garden City. Now efforts have begun to open a third community center on the East End of Long Island so that more people have access to a safe space in response to community need.
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