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Red State Freedom Tour

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Red State Freedom TourSan Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus responds to the election results by announcing a tour to support the LGBTQ community in RED states.

Like many of you, the 300+ members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus family – singers, staff and volunteers – have, along with the entire LGBTQ community, spent the last few days navigating our collective way through feelings of shock and despair. Rather than succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, we’ve asked, “what can we do to make a difference?”

In response to the recent presidential election and the voices of the so-called “silent majority,” SFGMC will pursue a “Red State Freedom Tour” in the summer of 2018.

While the exact itinerary has not been determined, it is our plan to go on a whistle-stop tour through those states where the LGBTQ community is struggling, and likely feeling even further marginalized after the election results. We hope our presence and our music will encourage our brothers and sisters, educate others and challenge those communities to think differently.

The tour will cap off our monumental 40th Season and commemorate how SFGMC launched the global LGBTQ choral movement in 1978. We can think of no better way to use our time, talent, resources and energy than to take our message through music to those who need it most. We, as a country, have a long road to travel, and we believe this tour is a step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion, and empathy.

SFGMC – THERE WILL BE LIGHT (VIDEO)

To launch this 2018 Outreach tour, we’re sharing with you a live video, featuring “Light” from Next to Normal.
You’ve heard us perform this song many times over the last few years, and we hope it will bring you some solace in this turbulent week. “Light” is a song that has brought us comfort in dark times. It is our hope it will do that again, for you.

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Trans Awareness Week

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SF’s LGBT Center offers a host of workshops and programs supporting Trans Awareness Week


Trans Awareness Week
Join us for Trans Awareness Week (November 14-20) when individuals and organizations across the country will participate to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) people, and address the issues these communities face. If you can’t make the events, follow us on social media using #transwk and #TDoR @TEEISF. Please post and share how you are taking action next week and beyond. Share your support by getting a I Lv Trans People T-shirt!

Also, join us at Out at Work this Monday with PG&E and Wednesday at Twitter for a talk with Susan Stryker. The final day of Trans Awareness Week is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-trans violence.

This year we are changing the event up with a dynamic TPOC lead panel about ending the violence against trans people. Instead of reading of the names, we will be sharing a moving film tribute. The event will be live streaming and if you want to be in community please join us Trans: Thrive at 3pm. (Details below!)

Finally, if your missed CeCe McDonald and Joshua Allen at the Black Excellence Tour check out the full video

The mission of the SF LGBT Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. When visitors arrive at the Center, they find free services like career counseling, job fairs, computer lab, social activities, mentorships, youth meals, daycare, various workshops and much more. Here they can connect with other LGBT people and organize to secure our equal rights. The Center is truly the heart, home and hands of the San Francisco LGBT community.

Trans Awareness Week

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Tell us your stories #PrideStories

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When we started this project in 2007, we felt the need to highlight resources for the LGBTQ community.  We wanted to showcase businesses that supported the community, tell stories of folks who were making an impact and feature organizations that were on the ground every day providing much need resources and support were visible and accessible.  Our goal was to empower our community through jobs, resources, and support.

Probably more than anything, our readers enjoy our event postings.  We celebrate Pride in all forms from film festivals to kink events to business networking and we try to offer a wide geographical spectrum.  Sure big stuff is there like Frameline, IML and NGLCC – but we also strive to include smaller, lesser know events to offer visibility and reach into communities with fewer opportunities to connect to their queer counterparts.

OK, here is comes – you knew there would be an ask, there’s always an ask.  What exactly do we want in return? You!

Send us your events, tell us about great businesses, share safe spaces and folks who are making an impact every day in LGBTQ lives. Tell us your stories #PrideStories. Become a volunteer editor.  Tell your friends about us.  Sign up for the newsletter.  Connect with us on social media.

Now, more than ever – we need to love and support one another.

Tell us your stories #PrideStories

Tell us your stories #PrideStories


To kick things off, we wanted to share with you a resource we received last week….

Kelly

Cerebral Palsy and LGBT

Cerebral Palsy and LGBT

My team and I are raising awareness for bullying as well as LGBT History. You can find out more at cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/living/lgbt/.

As you may know, children with disabilities are sometimes more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers. This includes children that are also part of the LGBT community. Obviously, this is not a good thing.

Having cerebral palsy, I understand how critical it is for parents of a child with CP to have access to reliable information, especially when it comes to delicate topics like these. Equally as important, I represent CerebralPalsyGuidance.com because I believe in their mission of providing quality cerebral palsy information and assistance to families in need.

I certainly admire your website. With the passing of National Bullying Prevention and upcoming LGBT Pride Month, it would be an honor to see our this information highlighted and linked to from your website at seasonsofpride.com/lgbt-gay-resources-links/http://seasonsofpride.com/gay-parenting-groups-and-resources/. If there’s room for a link to cerebralpalsyguidance.com, please let me know.

Anything you can do to help spread awareness and further education would go a long way.

Thanks again for your time in advance, and I look forward to hearing back.

Kindly,

Alex
www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com

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Not your Daddy’s Leather Daddy

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Recently, I had the change to sit down with Gauge Strongarm.  I’ve know Gauge for awhile now, but when he won the SF Leather Daddy Contest and in his acceptance speech described what the title met to him, I knew there was a story I wanted to share with you.  I asked Gauge last year a Sac Heat if he’d be willing to sit down with us, and he of course replied yes.  Unfortunately, with our crazy schedules that sit down took awhile.

Gauge was born intersexed, he self identified as a male, but his family raised him as a girl.  Gender identity is challenging in the best of circumstances, but to be forced into an identity that conflicts with your own natural self identification, well I’ll let Gauge tell you the rest . . .

What was it like growing up as a female?

I always identified as a male.  I used to hide clothes in my bag to change into when I left the house.

Tell us a little about your background

I was a military brat.  We moved around a lot when I was a kid.  While my parents knew about me being intersexed, I was not told.  I just felt like I was in the wrong body.  At age 11, I was diagnosed with GID – Gender Identity Disorder.

In my teens, I lived in Germany and came out as a Butch Lesbian.  I identied as Queer and the butch lesbian role allowed me to embrace my masculine side.  The Queer Community, particularly the lesbian community, treated me as a male.

At the age of 17, the concept of being transgendered popped into my world.  I began to research everything I could find on the subject – particularly the Harry Benjamin’s Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorder.  I began to identify what I was struggling with and quickly realized I wanted to transition.  I also had a great therapist at the time that worked with meet and really helped me find my true path.

At the age of 28, I started testosterone and began the transition.  And interesting side effect was that I went bald – so I went straight to Daddy!

Beyond the transition, you’ve done a few other things to your body, eh?

I had my nosed pierced at 13 and got my first tattoo at 14.  As I struggled with my gender identity, I quickly came to realize I didn’t want to be a part of polite society.  Body Modification was a way that I could control how my body looked.

And the leather community?

In the 80’s, I was living in Seattle.  I wanted to embrace and be accepted as a male.  The leather community embraced my maleness and when I played, I played as a male, with one very obvious exception.  Seattle Men of Leather were very inclusive, I finally felt like I belonged.

And the titles?

Billy Lane was the first to win a men’s leather title.  He went on to compete at IML and even placed in the Top 10.  I was in the audience, and it was great.  He was an individual who had transitioned FTM and was now competing for the manliest of titles – Mr International Leather.   And while the crowd knew there was a transgendered contestant, they didn’t know who it was.  It was hysterical listening to them speculate – I think it’s him, look at his hands LOL!

In 1989, I ran for the Seattle leather Boy title.  The following year, the rules were changed to state you had to have a penis to compete.  (Note the leather community has struggled with this – for example – In 2006, the Powerhouse refused to host the LeatherSIR/boy competition due to controversy surrounding the contest’s policy prohibiting transgender men from competing.)

But my friends have always been supportive and welcomed me into the leather community.  BDSM is another way in which I can control my body.  I can choose what I get into.  I feel like I fit into the Leather/BDSM community.

And SF Leather Daddy?

A friend of my suggested I run.  I decided 24 hours before the contest.  I am the 1st FTM to win the Daddy title.  It has been a great experience.  I think it demonstrates the community is moving forward on inclusion and the realization “It’s not all about what is between your legs!”

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Queer Voices Berlin Transgression

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Berlin Transgression is a collection of untold stories of lovelorn queens of Berlin fighting to tear down a new, invisible wall which is the basis of our isolation.

The film documents how the transvestite, transgender and transsexual artists struggle between two genders, two identities, two lives. It sheds light on the life of the artists who perform mainly at gay bars and fetish clubs. We followed our main characters not only to back-stage but also to their homes where they opened up their hearts about their deepest dreams and desires. Directed by Joel Lei, Yuki Terada

Queer Voices Berlin Transgression

Queer Voices Berlin Transgression

Recently, we had a chance to sit down with Yuki to talk about the film and its KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.

Can you tell us a little bit of your background?

I was born and raised in Japan and Joel is from China. I am a researcher but always dreamt of making a documentary film. I believe the documentary format provides one of the best ways to explore human stories. I met Joel at the University of Tokyo and we happened to travel to Berlin at the same time. We shared a passion for film, and started the Berlin Transgression documentary project.

Why does this story need to be told?

We believe that after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 there has not been a comprehensive and honest portrait of this group of struggling queer artists in Berlin. By hearing the stories told by these artists we gain a valuable insight into the LGBTQ community not only of Berlin but all over the world. 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 2014 when our filming starts, Berlin is a haven for striving young artists and also a symbolic place for the freedom of action.

Berlin’s nightlife is famous for being mind-blowing, diverse, and shockingly open, as if without boundary. Berlin Transgression documents this, but also questions if this image of an un-walled, un-divided and undiscriminating sanctuary is the reality for our cast.

We aim to bring a better understanding of the LGBTQ community from both inside and outside. Berlin Transgression hopes to contribute to breaking down barriers between the queer community and the “outside world.” One of our goals is to increase the overall visibility of the queer community. To serve this end, we included different voices of the community: drag queens, drag kings, “tunten,” as well as transsexual and transgender artists currently active in Berlin. We learn about what it means to be in a community, and what work there is still to do. We learn about a new Berlin wall, one that is becoming the basis of our isolation and individuality.

What led you to Berlin Transgression?

In November 2014 I heard the news that Detox Icunt from RuPaul’s drag race was performing in Berlin, so I invited Joel to go with me because I knew it was going to be great. I’d been to drag shows several times before making this film, but this was my first time going to a show in Berlin. We met local drag queens and a drag king there and everything evolved naturally afterwards. The more we hear their stories, the more we feel the urge to capture and tell their stories to the world. So we quickly assembled an international team (including German cinematographer Jakob Seemann and Estonian photographer Reelika Ramot) and endeavoured to discover more about the community. Our characters not only opened a new world to us, but they also opened their hearts to us. The intimate moments we captured are an essential element in our film.

How were you received by the community? Were you considered outsiders?

First of all, Joel and I are both East Asian and female so we kind of stood out in gay bars. I think it was easy for people there to remember us. But I was so surprised by how welcoming the community in Berlin was and how diverse it is. Societies in general have a tendency to build a wall against the LGBT community (or for that matter any community that is considered “minority” or “different”) but the LGBT community itself is very inclusive. I hope that our film will be able to contribute to the idea that no one should be categorised as “outsiders”. We all share the desire to love and to be loved, while being accepted for who we are.

And what made you choose this element of the community to share their stories?

The communal aspect is, Joel and I believe, something everyone should pay more attention to. Nowadays, we live in a society which is too individualistic and profit driven, and it’s easy to forget how to listen to each other and support each other. Drag queens and queer artists in Berlin taught us friends can build a family together and overcome difficulties. In RuPaul’s words, “We as gay people, we get to choose our family. We get to choose the people that we’re around.”

With over 100 hours filmed, how do you edit that down to a 90 minute film?

We will have several chapters highlighting the issues of identity, community, and the characters dreams and desires. We followed about seven main characters. Some of them are gay and some of them are transsexuals living as females. Their individual stories have connections to each other, so we will edit the footage accordingly. The unique history of Berlin will also be shown. We interviewed drag queens who have been in the scene for several decades or more.

What surprised you most about your subjects?

Their openness, and the fact that they are vulnerable yet strong. While it is so common nowadays that people “edit” their lives and only show “perfection” on social media, the artists we followed were not afraid to share their stories of struggle and rejection. One of them said she has a “big shadow” over her life. It made me think that their true star on the stage might come from these inner reflections.

Their attitude towards life is very courageous. Those artists, even through difficult situations, never stopped communicating with the outside world. In fact, they are delivering important messages that I think everyone can relate to.

Do you remain in contact with any of them?

Absolutely! The first place Joel and I will go when we go back to Berlin will be the local gay bars where our characters perform.

Did you have a favorite hang out?  I recognize Hamburger Mary’s in your clips.

I loved all the locations as each one has different and unique aspects, but I am particularly fond of Lieblingsbar close to Nollendorfplatz, where Erna Pachulke hosts The Mitternachts-Show every Saturday. The show has a very intimate feeling. Erna also works at the bar during weekdays. It is the place where I can always drop by and talk to someone.

The bars where they perform are not one of those extravagantly designed theaters or music halls that middle-classed families frequent. They are small local gay bars, whose regular customers also have a 9-to-5 job. In the film, we follow our characters to their workplace, where they go every day to survive, as well as to the local gay bars, where, after a nine-hour working day, they live.

What’s it going to take to finish the film? Tell us about your fund raising effort.

We will be working with professional editors and musicians to show their performances and valuable moments at the highest quality. It is very important for us to reach our goal in the Kickstarter campaign (which runs until 17th March) as we feel it is our responsibility to bring the untold stories to a worldwide audience.

Our project has been featured in many different languages (Japan & China too), so we are expecting a worldwide audience. Backers with 25+ euro will get to see the film online once our post production is done as part of the rewards they get.

How much are you trying to raise?

Our goal is 10K Euro, including a fund for submitting the film to festivals. Visibility is the key and we believe that this film can help increase the visibility of those artists featured.

How will my support make a difference?

Since November 2014, the whole crew has been working on a voluntary basis. Thanks to the kind support of Camelot and our production company, BIGCOUNTRY.BERLIN, we managed to finish the production process with a very low budget. In this process more than 100 hours of footage has been captured. We will need your support to help us turn all this footage into a 90min long documentary which can help us bring our message to the world: “Let’s tear down the wall between us.”

With your support, our post-production crew will be able to work intensely in March and April. If everything goes smoothly, the film will be completed by August 2016!!!  Be a part of this amazing journey, and make Berlin Transgression happen!!!

Queer Voices Berlin Transgression

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Toledo Pride 2015

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Toledo Pride – Last year over 18,000 people joined us during the Toledo Pride weekend to celebrate diversity, acceptance and unity in Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo.  This year, we’re doing it all again from August 28-30 (the weekend before Labor Day) at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo.  We’re planning a great weekend for you, as well as some events leading up to Pride like the Toledo Pride Pub Crawl. Toledo, OH.

Toledo Pride 2015

Toledo Pride 2015

This year will once again have your favorite events:

  • Toledo Pride Nite Glo 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll
  • KISS ‘N’ Drag
  • Toledo Pride Parade
  • Toledo Pride Festival with over 100 vendors and great entertainment all day and night
  • Sunday FUNday

 

EqualityToledo works for equality for all Ohioans regardless of their marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression through education, anti-defamation efforts, and activism.

History

As a response to the passage of Ohio’s Issue 1 amendment in November 2004, which created a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, Equality Toledo was formed. The founding members were actively involved in opposing Issue 1 and educating our communities about the harmful consequences of its passage.

Today, members of the community can look for EqualityToledo to become more visible through various communication methods and increased events with Safe Schools, Equality @ Work, and Faith & Fairness programs.

EqualityToledo’s future will include continuing to fight for civil rights and advocacy to ensure LGBT equality, exploring more of what Northwest Ohio has to offer for the LGBT community and expanding the organization.

Community Involvement

Want to become a member of EqualityToledo and become more involved in the fight for equality? Contact Sherry Tripepi, EqualityToledo Executive Director, at info@equalitytoledo.org or visit www.equalitytoledo.org

The Pride of Toledo Foundation was established in 2011 as a registered 501(c)(4) non-profit as the primary host of Toledo Pride- an annual area celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) community. Last year, the Pride of Toledo Foundation along with many other area sponsors welcomed over 10,000 pride participants who took part in Toledo Pride 2012.

In 2013, Pride of Toledo hosted Opera Ain’t No Drag in coordination with Toledo Opera to bring together the local LGBT and arts communities.  Over 350 people filled the Collingwood Arts Center for a fantastic night of live opera, drag queens and kings.

In the coming years, as the Pride of Toledo Foundation continues to grow, thanks to the support of our community, we aim to financially aid area events, organizations, programs and businesses that support the LGBTQA community. For more information, please contact info@toledopride.com.

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Marriage Equality in Europe

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My name is Maria and I am owner at Maria Assia Photography (http://mariaassia.com/). I regularly write about marriage and I produced this info-graphic attached about the legality of same-sex marriage in Europe.

Marriage Equality in Europe

Following the historic U.S Supreme Court decision to legalize same- sex marriage in the United States, I figured it would be interesting to see where Europe stands on the issue. It was interesting to find out that the Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, but it was surprising to see that countries like Italy do not recognize same-sex relationships. Support for same sex marriage amongst the public also varies a lot from country to country.

Many countries in Europe only allow registered partnerships but these partnerships do not have the same rights as a marriage. It was interesting to read about the key differences between same-sex marriages and registered partnerships.

Marriage Equality in Europe

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Madrid renames a plaza in memory of Pedro Zerolo

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Pedro Zerolo: Activist who helped Spain become first country to recognize same-sex marriage passed in June.

Madrid renames a plaza in memory of Pedro Zerolo

Madrid renames a plaza in memory of Pedro Zerolo

The full City Council has approved the proposal of the PSM with the support of Madrid now and Cs.

The State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, FELGTB, welcomes the adoption of turning a square in the heart of the Plaza de Chueca Pedro Zerolo. This morning the city of Madrid City Council has approved the initiative of the PSM FELGTB has moved in the form of proposition, which also includes the installation of a monument “to remind LGBT people who, over the centuries, They have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. “

The proposal has come forward with the support of PSM, and now Madrid Citizens and has been vote against the Popular Party.

Also Arcópoli FELGTB and have been delivered to the government team in the capital of 84,870 signatures were added to the platform Change.org petition asking the City Council this change in the street.

“Pedro Zerolo La Plaza is a fitting tribute to an activist who has fought for this city and this country are more respectful of diversity and freer, better places. This place deserves Madrid and Madrid Pedro deserves this, “said Rodrigo G. Boti, vocal FELGTB.


FELGTB celebra la victoria ciudadana que supone que Pedro Zerolo tenga una plaza en Madrid

  • FELGTB ha hecho entrega al equipo de gobierno de la capital de las casi de 85.000 firmas de apoyo recogidas en Change.org
  • El Pleno del Ayuntamiento ha aprobado la proposición del PSM con el apoyo de Ahora Madrid y Ciudadanos

La Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gais, Transexuales y Bisexuales, FELGTB, celebra la aprobación de convertir una plaza en el corazón de Chueca en la Plaza de Pedro Zerolo. Esta mañana el pleno del Ayuntamiento de Madrid ha aprobado la iniciativa de la FELGTB que el PSM ha trasladado en forma de proposición, y que también recoge la instalación de un monumento “que recuerde a las personas LGTB que, a lo largo de los siglos, han sido perseguidas por su orientación sexual y su identidad de género”.

La proposición ha salido adelante con el respaldo del PSM, Ahora Madrid y Ciudadanos y ha recibido el voto en contra del Partido Popular.

Asimismo FELGTB y Arcópoli han hecho entrega al equipo de gobierno de la capital de las 84.870 firmas que se sumaron a la petición en la plataforma Change.org solicitando al Ayuntamiento este cambio en el callejero.

“La Plaza Pedro Zerolo es un homenaje justo a un activista que ha luchado porque esta ciudad y este país sean más respetuosos con la diversidad y más libres, sean lugares mejores. Madrid se merece esta plaza y Pedro se merece este Madrid”, ha afirmado Boti G. Rodrigo, vocal de FELGTB.

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Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

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August 27, 2015 to August 31, 2015

LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha Family Weekend – The LGBT Network and The Samuel Field Y are excited to announce a historic partnership resulting in the debut of Rainbow Mishpacha (LGBT Families).  In what will become an annual event,Rainbow Mishpacha is an exceptional opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents raising children to enjoy a long weekend family camp filled with fun, adventure, friendship and the rich tradition of Jewish summer camping. Queens, NY.

Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

Camp for Long Island and New York City LGBT Families

In Hebrew Mishpacha means family and our family camp weekend will create exciting family experiences that will last a lifetime by spending a gorgeous 4 days in the Pocono Mountains.

Family camp weekend is open to LGBT-headed households (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and their families. Come experience the warmth and spirit that has made Samuel Field Y’s Premiere Residential Camp, Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village*, a special place for nearly 70 years!

During the action packed weekend, LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha campers will take part in every activity Poyntelle has to offer.  Events will include: boating and swimming on the 70 acre exclusive lake, playing sports, outdoor adventure, a campfire, traditional Friday Night Shabbat Service, our famous BBQ, and what camp experience would not be complete without….s’mores! 

Space is limited – Registration required by July 27th, 2015!

Registration costs $150/Adult and $125/Children – Payment is required at the time of registration. Once you are fully registered, you will receive a welcome packet via e-mail.

If you have questions regarding The LGBT Rainbow Mishpacha Family Camp, please contact Michelle Raider, Center Family Project Coordinator, by phone: 631.665.2300 or by email: mraider@lgbtnetwork.org 

*Limited electricity is available inside of the cabins.


About The Network: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network (LGBT Network) is an association of non-profit organizations that serve Long Island and Queens’ LGBT community throughout the lifespan – Q Center: Queens LGBT Community Center, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center), and Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI)). Together, each organization is working to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and a safe space for the LGBT Community and advocate for equality under the law.

About The Samuel Field Y: The Samuel Field Y, known as “The Everybody Place,” is a not for profit, multi-service agency with flagship sites in Little Neck, Forest Hills and 34 additional sites throughout the community that provides a diverse array of programs and services to over 35,000 people. Since our inception, almost 60 years ago, the Samuel Field Y has been dedicated to the core element of our mission – enhancing the quality of individual, family and communal life through service to people of all ages, ability levels, stages of life and backgrounds.

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Simmons College Supports Pride

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A special thanks to the crew over at SocialWork@Simmons for the new graphic.

Simmons College Supports Pride

Simmons College Supports Pride

United States of Pride, SocialWork@Simmons

Hi Seasons of Pride team,

First and foremost thank you for all that you do in empowering the LGBT community and consistently publishing resources and tools to bring the community together. I am writing on behalf of Simmons College and we are proud of our commitment to embracing diversity and inclusivity. Our students come from all over the United States and we created a piece that spotlights many of the major LGBT pride festivals occurring across the nation this summer. The graphic is titled: “The United States of Pride.” 

http://socialwork.simmons.edu/socialworksimmons-celebrates-pride/

In an effort to continue to spread the message of pride and raise awareness around LGBT history, we would be honored if you could share this tool as part of your Pride Calendar page! 

In Solidarity,

SocialWork@Simmons

Every year, hundreds of marchers take to Copley Square to celebrate the city of Boston’s commitment to embracing their diverse history and culture of inclusivity in the Boston Pride Parade. We are #WickedProud to report that many of SocialWork@Simmons’ faculty and students will be marching as part of this year’s celebration! In addition, we are serving as a Purple Level Sponsor External link for this year’s Boston Pride Festival and are thrilled to be giving back to our community.

About the Parade:

Date: Saturday, June 13th 2015 (rain or shine)
Time: 12 p.m. – 3p.m.
Place: Copley Square
For more information: External linkBostonPride.org External link

Join Us!

If you are SocialWork@Simmons student or a friend of our program, we invite you to march with us on the 13th! If you are interested in joining, please reach out to Chris Ingrao at cingrao@socialwork.simmons.edu and we can send you more information.

If you are unable to join us in person, there are many ways in which you can participate in the celebration. We invite you to follow us along on our social media platforms where we will giving regular updates about the parade:

Be sure to follow along with this year’s official hashtag #WickedProud to see updates from the festival in real time. We also invite you to follow us along on our SocialWork@Simmons blog where we will be publishing photos and a thorough recap of our experience.


In 1904, Simmons became the first college to offer training and education to clinical social workers. Today, that tradition of innovation continues with our online Master of Social Work (MSW) program, SocialWork@Simmons. As Simmons School of Social Work (SSW) enters its second century, we are excited to be at the forefront of innovations taking place in clinical social work education, bringing our knowledge and experience to students nationwide with our online MSW program.

At Simmons, student outcomes are paramount. We take a hands-on approach to online learning, combining a rigorous social work education with a collaborative online environment. SocialWork@Simmons students complete the same intensive coursework as on-campus students, participate in field placements in or near their own communities, and benefit from a lifetime of support from colleagues, professors, and SSW.

SocialWork@Simmons is different than other online learning experiences. Through a state-of-the-art learning platform, we offer small online classes taught live by SSW faculty. Our faculty also work with curriculum designers to create immersive video coursework, which students complete on their own schedule between live classes. This coursework features case studies and interactive lectures designed to build clinical expertise and skills for social work practice. Coursework also facilitates discussion in live classes, bringing theory to life and preparing students for work in the field.

Like our on-campus program, our online MSW blends classes and experience in the field to actively prepare students for the challenges of practice. Our field placement team works with students to find meaningful clinical internships. In addition, we support students from the moment they inquire about the program — with dedicated support throughout the admissions process, during the program, and after graduation.

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