More than 200 attended the sold-out Winter Ball on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Historical Thatched Cottage in Centerport. The event raised a record $25,000 to support The Network’s HIV Services working to stop the spread of HIV among gay and bisexual men on Long Island.
The Network's 4th Annual Long Island GLBT Expo was held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Hilton Long Island in Melville. Newsday covered the event, which drew more than 3,000 people and included the launch of ligayweddings.org.
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. proudly announces their support of the Long Island Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Services Network, through their sponsorship of the Community Partnership Program.
As LIGALY prepares for the charter meeting of the Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Student Association (LI G-PTSA) on April 14th, Newsday reports on the importance of this history-making group in creating safer schools.
SAGE-LI's work with the Town of Huntington to create a Gay-Straight Alliance club at the Huntington Senior Center was met with some opposition, and SAGE-LI staff went to work educating the community about the importance of this program.
After the Rutgers University spying case was announced on Friday, March 16th, staff from the organizations of The Network discussed the importance of the case in raising awareness about hate crimes and cyber bullying
Community members can now register for the 17th Annual Long Island GLBT Conference taking place on March 15, 2012 at Stony Brook University. The theme of this year's Conference is “Speak Up, Speak Out: End the Violence of Silence.”
With the New York State Senate expected to vote on the Marriage Equality Act before the end of the legislative session, more than 150 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth will be in attendance at the 11th Annual Long Island GLBT Prom tonight, Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 7:00pm at The Historical Thatched Cottage in Centerport.
The community has shown an massive show of support for the bias-related vandalism of The Long Island GLBT Community Center. The incident has also been reported by many in the media and the blogosphere.
Each year, Bill Thierfelder, Associate Professor of English at Dowling College, undertakes a unique fundraiser for LIGALY: collecting pledges for a solo bike trek called the Journey for Safe Spaces. Bill donates the money he raises to LIGALY’s Safe Schools Initiative, a comprehensive program that works to build a welcoming climate in our schools for GLBT students. “As an educator, I feel the initiative is so vital,” Bill says.
Over the weekend of January 31st-February 1st The Long Island GLBT Community Center’s front door was smashed and our van’s windows were broken and tired slashed. The Suffolk County Police Department Bias Crimes Unit is currently investigating the incident as a hate crime
The Center welcomed a diverse audience at the July first Community Dedication Ceremony for the exhibition “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: 1933-1945." The exhibition, on loan to The Center from the U.S. Holocaust Museum, honors a group whose stories are largely unknown to the public.
On August 16th, LIGALY's staff, board members, and volunteers welcomed hundreds of guests for On The Bay 2008, our fourth-annual summer benefit. Attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks, a silent auction of luxury items, and a beautiful setting in the Hamptons.
A lifelong Bay Shore resident, 69 year-old David Boyd waited a long time for something like SAGE-Long Island. So when the organization started providing programs in 2007, it was no surprise that he was one ogf the first seniors to start attending programs.
On Friday, April 11th, The Long Island GLBT Services Network held its 2008 Equality Awards Gala at The East Wind in Wading River. More than 150 attendees gathered for a night of great food, dancing and community building in support of The Network’s advocacy and public policy initiatives.
Back by popular demand! Our four-week ballroom dance course was such a success that we are offering a ten-week course this fall. Experience couple dancing with no restrictions on who can lead or follow. Put on your dancing feet and join the fun!
GLBT senior singles who are looking for new ways to meet potential mates can attend one of SAGE-LI's upcoming speed dating events this spring. Speed Dating is a fun and quick way to meet new people in a safe and friendly atmosphere.
The Long Island GLBT Equality Awards Gala is only a few days away. On Friday, April 11th at The East Wind in Wading River, three outstanding advocates will be recognized for their tireless work and leadership on behalf of the GLBT Community: New York State Governor David A. Paterson, NGLTF Executive Director Matt Foreman, and Bank of America.
LIGALY, The Center and SAGE-LI are working every day to ensure that the GLBT community on Long Island continues to grow and thrive. On April 29th, we will once again be boarding buses to Albany as we partner with The Empire State Pride Agenda for Equality and Justice Day.
LIGALY's annual youth singing competition returns for another exciting season! Season 6 of Long Island Out Idol will begin on April 25th, and auditions are already underway to find Long Island's next OUT star!
Join LIGALY, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington for a special presentation of the Teaching Tolerance documentary Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History on February 17th.
David Kilmnick, Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) released this statement in response to the anti-gay attacks that took place on a BOCES bus in Hicksville yesterday afternoon and this morning:
More than 200 people are expected to attend a Candlelight Vigil and Rally in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth on Thursday, October 14th, 7:00pm at The Long Island GLBT Community Center in Bay Shore.
Mental Health / Support Services for GLBT Long Islanders
For GLBT people in need of mental health services, there is often a concern about finding a therapist or counselor who will be supportive of their lives. Fortunately, GLBT Long Islanders can access these services in a safe and supportive environment through The Long Island GLBT Community Center's CenterCARE program.
Many who remained hidden in the past to protect jobs and relationships stay that way to avoid discrimination in later life, only adding to the sense of isolation experts say is common among gay seniors.
10/25/2005 - The Advocate — After coming out to family and friends at age 12, Nikki Weitheim kept a low profile at school and remained apathetic toward politics. That was until she found Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, the region's only LGBT-owned and -operated community center for gay teens.
12/08/2004 — Stigmatizing and stereotyping gay people today has become commonplace to achieve one's goal, whether it is to be elected to public office, break down the separation of church and state, or win over a jury in a Riverhead courtroom.
07/17/2003 — Verizon Foundation has awarded a $38,000 grant to Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), a not-for-profit agency for gay and lesbian teens and families, to support a workforce development program. The program, based at the new David Bohnett CyberCenter at LIGALY's Community Services Center in Bay Shore, will provide technology and career skills to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.
08/2002 — In the summer of 2002, LIGALY has taken a major step forward in the development of Long Island's GLBT Community. LIGALY has moved into a 4,300 square foot building that is owned and operated by LIGALY... A Home of Our Own.