Monday, August 11, 2014

Ingrid Galvez Headlines at Rainbow Fashion Week

In June, Rainbow Fashion Week, Inc. (RFW) debuted with an inaugural series of events to celebrate NY Pride. 2014. Officially recognized by the City of New York – RFW advocates pride while encouraging camaraderie between the LGBTQ community and supporters of equality. RFW also highlights the importance of social responsibility.

Rainbow Fashion Week, Inc. (RFW) presented “50 Top New Media Moguls,” on Friday June 20th, to jumpstart NY Pride 2014. The all-inclusive cocktail event recognized a diverse group of prominent LGBTQ community members, along with straight allies and friends, across multiple platforms that include; Fashion, Music, Entertainment, Art, Philanthropy, Television, Beauty, and Technology. Headlining this year’s event; Ingrid Galvez, Diversity Outreach Chair of National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York; Toyce Francis, Founder of;Tyrone Farley, Founder of True Fashionista NowTahiry Jose, star of “Love & Hip Hop NY” on VH1; and legendary entertainerAmanda Lepore, who accepted her recognition with a heartfelt video message to the crowd. RFW made history with a proclamation from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, officially declaring June 20th through June 27th as Rainbow Fashion Week.

Ingrid Galvez
Diversity & Inclusive Outreach Chair, NGLCCNY

Excerpt from address at the event:

“As the Diversity and Inclusion Chair at NGLCCNY I work specifically to address the needs of women, people of color and non-profits. My goal is to have the chamber be representative of our community at large. I work to highlight the talent within our community as well as nurture and develop the next generation of entrepreneurs”.  

“My work at the NGLCCNY is focused on cultivating networking opportunities in a safe space where you can share who you are, what you do and with whom you want to do business. We offer the chance to learn from those already in business, engage with potential mentors, develop business contacts, collaborative partnerships, and as well provide support to the SGL/LGBTQ non-profits so that they may continue their good works”.

“We plug along to do our best for those around us and we don’t stop to have a look at our progress. This Honor is gave me that pause and for that – I am truly appreciative”.

“It was my privilege to accept this award for my work at the NGLCCNY and The Imperial Court of New. It was truly rewarding to receive acknowledgement of my efforts to advance our community in business and philanthropy”.

Sponsored by Gay City News, honorees were recognized in three separate categories; Gilbert Baker Legacy, Brenda Howard Trailblazer, and Community Empowerment.Ingrid Galvez, Diversity and Inclusion Chair was honored with the Brenda Howard Trailblazer Award.

For information on Rainbow Fashion Week, Inc. please visit

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Attention all LGBT alumni who have launched start-ups and are seeking funding!

You are invited to submit your start-up business plan for consideration to the HBS Alumni Angels of New York. The HBSAA holds monthly Pitch Nights where pre-screened companies are invited to present their business. September 8th is a Pitch Night that will focus on gay-founded or led firms, jointly sponsored with the HBS LGBT Alumni Association and Stanford Pride. Supporting partners include All Ivy Pride, Start Out and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY). This is of great benefit to LGBT entrepreneurs who seek financing (seed, venture, bridge funding). The HBS Angels of NY have provided over $3.5 million in financing since late 2011.

The monthly Pitch Night will be on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm in New York City*. To apply see the HBSAA  Application Instructions.  For questions contact Jim Sherman (AB '84, MA '85).

As the second largest angels group in the City, HBS Angels have funded 20 startups since late 2011. 

*You need not to be based in the New York area to submit but you will need to be present if you are preselected.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Public: Theater of, by, and for the People is August's Non-Profit Spotlight

From a cutting-edge downtown season and free Shakespeare in Central Park to outreach programs that connect people across cultural and socio-economic boundaries, The Public Theater unites the people of New York under the banners of radical access and boundless diversity.

Founded by Joseph Papp in 1954, The Public Theater is dedicated to developing an American theater that is accessible and relevant to all people. From its humble beginnings presenting free Shakespeare in public parks, churches, and community centers, The Public has grown to the nation’s foremost producer of Shakespeare and new work. From Free Shakespeare in the Park and the downtown season to Joe’s Pub and the Under the Radar Festival. The Public brings great theater, boldly conceived to the widest possible audience.

This fall, The Public will share seven cutting edge productions downtown, including 4 world premieres, by a diverse group of artists. From a new take on a Founding Father in the world premiere musical Hamilton to the harrowing story of the 1971 Attica riots in Toast, The Public’s five theaters on Lafayette Street will ring with stories as diverse as the city itself.

The Public continues its mission of radical access with Public Works, a new program that brings together New Yorkers in the act of creating theater. This year-round initiative, supported by partner community organizations citywide, engages participants through classes, workshops, and live theatrical experiences, aiming to restore and build community by connecting people through theater.

This September, Public Works will bring together 200 New Yorkers with professional artists to create an ambitious work of participatory theater in an original adaptation of The Winter’s Tale at the Delacorte Theater. With three performances, Public Works truly fulfills founder Joseph Papp’s firm belief that culture is a birthright, creating theater truly of, by and for the people.

OPAM Mid Summer Mixer Set for August 14th!

Out Professionals in Advertising and Media (OPAM) is hosting their first annual Mid Summer Mixer - the premier event for LGBTs in advertising, marketing, and media.  Join us on Ogilvy's Roof Terrace on August 14th from 7pm to 10pm for cocktails, music, and stunning views of the city.  Enjoy open bar provided by Ketel One Vodka and music by Occupy the Disco.  Want to arrive in style?  Use Uber promo code OPAM15 for 15% off your ride (up to $10) or OPAM30 for a free ride (up to $30) for new Uber users.  Come out and celebrate the growth of our community within the communications industry!  Space is limited.  To RSVP click here.   

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Office Space Rental Available

ARVELO architecture+design, pllc has three (3) desks for rent in their lovely office available immediately.  The office is located in a very central location with many subways close by. It has high ceilings with a nice southern exposure, and the best part is a great group of people to share space with.

The space includes:
  • Shelving/Storage
  • File cabinet use 
  • Copier, Fax (Xerox/Work Center 7328) available for use
  • Conference area
  • WiFi available
  • $450 a month each desk
If interested and/or would like to see the space, please contact ARVELO at 212.203.7852.  The office is located at 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Discount Tickets to Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

Tom Smedes Productions, LLC is offering special discount tickets to the hilarious off-broadway show Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

With the discount code of GLCC, the cost of tickets began at $35. The code is good through July 31, 2014 and can be used online, by phone at (866) 811-4111 or at the box office.

Tickets are for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8PM as well as Saturday matinees at 3PM.  Prices are as follows:

Wet Zone = $70 (reg. $89.95)
Front Section = $55 (reg. $69.95)
Rear Section = $35 (reg. $49.95)

Don't miss out on getting the laugh of your life.  Hurry discounts end on July 31.  The theater is located at 777 8th Avenue (between 47th & 48th).  Order tickets here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet TJ Chernick, NGLCCNY's Membership Account Executive

Thomas "TJ" Chernick
Membership Account Executive, NGLCCNY


It is an honor to be part of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamberof Commerce NY serving as the Membership Account Executive. It is such an exciting time for our community and for this chapter, and I am looking forward to being a part of its growth.

The New York chapter is spearheaded by an incredible group of leading entrepreneurs, movers and shakers, and it is with similar gumption that I approach this new role. Following a fantastic lineage of people who have served the chamber, I am lucky to come on board to such a strong foundation on which to build upon the Chapter's momentum.

I bring to the table 9 years of experience in international program management, community involvement, and advocacy. Moving forward, the aim during my tenure with the chamber is to utilize this background to increase the membership experience of current NGLCCNY members by providing exceptional service, to grow our membership base by reaching out into our community to those outliers who may not have thought of the chamber as an option for them, and to encourage growth in the number of nationally certified businesses.

Coming from a professional background in advocacy, I believe our community wields incredible power. As entrepreneurs and business owners, you push the economy forward, and by increasing diversity within this scope you are truly advocates for lasting change.

It was with great excitement that I come on board with the NGLCCNY and I look forward to meeting every one of our members in the coming months to hear about what you would like from the future of your membership, and how we can grow our presence in this incredible city.

If you or someone you know has any questions about membership, don't hesitate to contact me directly. My proverbial door is always open and I hope you will reach out to me and see me as a resource, an open ear, and as your personal cheerleader.

Here is to an exciting year!

Best Wishes,