• Blog post: Hateful Graffiti Defaces Ali Forney LGBT Youth Center in Astoria, Queens

    Jun 11, 2010 / Posted by Allegra3 comments

    Hateful Graffiti Defaces Ali Forney LGBT Youth Center in Astoria, Queens

    The BWW (Broadway World) reported yesterday that late Wednesday night the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth in Astoria, Queens was defaced with hateful anti-gay graffiti.

    The slurs included comments like "We don't want gay people here," written on the outside of the shelter and "Gay Shelter" written ...

  • Blog post: 2010 National Day of Silence: April 16

    Apr 06, 2010 / Posted by Allegra3 comments

    2010 National Day of Silence: April 16

    The 14th annual National Day of Silence is right around the corner! On April 16, 2010 thousands of students nationwide will take a pledge of silence to bring attention to (and ultimately put an end to) anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

    Anti-LGBT bullying, name-calling and harassment in ...

  • Blog post: New York LGBT Health Month 2010!

    Apr 01, 2010 / Posted by Allegra1 comment

    New York LGBT Health Month 2010!

    Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who made our first Annual NY LGBT Health Month here in Rochester a wonderful time of celebration, learning, having fun, being heard and supporting one another.

    An extra special thanks to all of the organizations and individuals that planned, hosted ...

  • Blog post: Reduce stress.

    Mar 30, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Reduce stress.

    Everyone deals with stress in their life. As LGBT people, there are aspects of our experience that can create more stress for us on a daily basis: homophobia, transphobia, discrimination, coming out. Find healthy ways to reduce stress: talk to a friend, go for a walk or bike ride, or ...

  • Blog post: Support safe schools.

    Mar 27, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Support safe schools.

    A 2007 study found that in NY State, 64% of LGBT High School students reported feeling unsafe in their schools. Help make schools in your area safer by supporting LGBT youth and the agencies that serve them…and advocate for school change by supporting organizations like GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight ...

  • Blog post: Get involved, get connected.

    Mar 25, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Get involved, get connected.

    Many LGBT people report feelings of isolation---especially youth, seniors and those in rural communities. Connecting with other LGBT people, getting support and building community can be the foundation of a healthy life. Seek out LGBT groups and organizations in your area---join a club/group or volunteer---and connect with other LGBT ...

  • Blog post: Report violence.

    Mar 24, 2010 / Posted by Allegra2 comments

    Report violence.

    LGBT people are often the target of violence---from strangers and even at the hands of people we love and trust. Domestic Violence occurs in about 1 in 4 LGBT relationships. 20% of respondents in a recent study reported experiencing a sexual orientation based personal or property crime, and another recent ...

  • Blog post: Know if you're depressed.

    Mar 22, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Know if you're depressed.

    A 2000 survey reported that 70 percent of lesbians and 60 percent of gay men admitted having sought mental health counseling in some form. It’s normal to feel ‘down’ sometimes, but if those feelings persist or become too extreme, consider talking to a professional about it. There are also ...

  • Blog post: Support LGBT teens.

    Mar 06, 2010 / Posted by Allegra7 comments

    Support LGBT teens.

    LGBT youth face great challenges. They are at greater risk for academic failure because schools are often unsafe. Lack of support often leads to feelings of isolation and depression; and LGBT youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide. Offer support to local organizations that provide services ...

  • Blog post: Care for LGBT Seniors

    Mar 03, 2010 / Posted by Allegra0 comments

    Care for LGBT Seniors

    LGBT people come in all ages…and our community’s seniors are an important part of who we are, but services for them are often lacking. Find a group for LGBT seniors in your area or a program that serves them and donate your time, money and/or support.

    Rainbow ...