Thursday, May 5, 2016

Non-Profit Spotlight: Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. They fund the social service programs of The Actors Fund and award grants to AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.

Anyone who has ever attended a Broadway show has had the experience of the fundraising ask from a cast member(s) for the benefit of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. We are given a brief description of the life-saving work of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS and are gently asked to contribute to the red bucket volunteers on the way out of theaters along the great white way. As we drop a five, ten or a twenty on the way out we hope it eases someone’s pain or helps someone’s quality of life. The words every dollars makes a difference is not just a saying at BC/EFA; it is actionable. BC/EFA helps lessen the suffering of those in the theater community affected by critical health issues including but not limited to HIV/AIDS.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the result of a merger between two organizations that recognized a way to better serve the Theater community. Since merging in 1992 BC/EFA continues to fund the social service work of The Actors Fund and to award grants to AIDS service organizations nationwide and internationally. BC/EFA has collectively issued over $167 Million dollars since they began.
Each year the Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS produces can’t-miss cultural and charitable events to ensure those in need receive lifesaving assistance. The following are a sampling of the great ways in which the beautifully creative minds of the theater community get together to make a difference and how we can help.

Broadway knows how to "Funraise"

Broadway Bets – Poker Tournament is a great opportunity for industry insiders and theater fans to come together and compete in Texas Hold ’em style tournament. 

Broadway Bets will again take over the famed Sardi's restaurant in the heart of New York's theatre district on Monday, May 16. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30 pm; tournament play begins at 8 pm. Get tickets.

Broadway Bares – The 26th annual edition of the always sold-out Broadway Bares, which combines eye-popping burlesque with the glamour and razzle-dazzle of Broadway, goes live onstage at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom for two ratings-raising shows at 9:30 pm and midnight on Sunday, June 19.

Broadway Barks – ready-for-a-forever-home pets filled the theatre district to raise awareness and funds for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a coalition of 150 nonprofit shelters and rescue groups working to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at city shelters. Broadway Barks day is generally held the second Sunday in July. Check the website for event updates by clicking here.

Fire Island Dance Festival – presents a mix of the most sought-after dance companies and emerging voices in the American dance scene, performing outdoors against the picturesque backdrop of the Great South Bay in Fire Island Pines. 
This year’s festival will feature an eclectic lineup of artists hailing from ballet, Broadway and contemporary backgrounds. Meet the 2016 Fire Island Dance Festival performers.
July 15-17, 2016 Fire Island Pines, NY - Get tickets

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction – one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in NYC. Broadway Flea brings together the top shows on and off Broadway to Shubert Alley. The mix of about 75 tables representing shows, theatre owners, producing organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs creates one of the biggest buzz in the city. 

The highlight of the day is the Grand Auction where once in a lifetime items and experiences may be won. Whether it is a walk on role to this season’s top show or a VIP ticket that includes a meet and greet there is something for everybody. The Autograph table and photo booth always bring a crowd as does the Silent Auction. To learn more about the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, please go here.

To keep tabs on Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS check them out at our next M3 or at

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Intersted in being featured? Please contact me at

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

NYC Pride 2016 Luminaries Brunch

NYC Pride is excited to open the Pride Luminaries Brunch to the public!  Also, NGLCCNY, the business voice of NY’s LGBT community, is proud to once again partner with NYC Pride on this special event celebrating those leaders committed to making NYC the best place to live and work. Traditionally an invite only event, the Pride Luminaries Brunch is branching out to become the official NYC Pride kick-off event of Pride Week.  Now entering its fourth year, dress to impress and help us celebrate business leaders that have made an impact on LGBT equality in the workplace for 2016.  Join industry insiders, media mavens, and proud politicians for what will be the brunch affair of the season. This event is outdoors at The Garden at the David Burke Restaurant surrounding lush greenery overlooking lower Manhattan.

NYC Pride Luminaries Brunch

The Garden @ David Burke Restaurant
23 Grand Street - New York, NY 10013

Sunday, June 19 - 12PM - 4PM

Brunch Chic

$50.00 per person
(Includes delicious brunch buffet with passed hors d'oeuvres
multiple open bars and gift bags!)

To purchase tickets, please go here.

All proceeds benefit NYC Pride and its forthcoming WorldPride 2019 and Stonewall 50 events.

Posted by Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Experience Producer, Socio

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

EWS Hosts How to Navigate in Our Changing Profession

Join NGLCCNY's Corporate Partner, Empire Wealth Strategies, for an opportunity to connect with industry leaders and professionals.

How to Navigate in Our Changing Profession

Thursday - April 21, 2016 - 6PM
Light refreshments will be provided

Park Avenue Offices
2 Park Avenue, Suite 300
New York, NY 10016

Keynote Speaker
Joe Jordan*
Best Selling Author of "Living a Life of Signatures" &
Life Insurance Legend

*As the Ambassador of Significance and best-selling author, Joseph Jordan is an industry legend with more than 40 years of experience under his belt. Joe's career in financial services spans every facet of the business, from insurance to annuities to Wall Street.


Register or RSVP by clicking here, or contact Alex Nostramo at 646.432.7854 or by email at

Posted by Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Experience Producer, Socio

Interested in being featured? Please contact me at

OutRight Fights to Protect and Advance LGBTIQ Human Rights

Every day, LGBTIQ people’s human rights and dignity are abused around the world in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of LGBTIQ struggles and resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown – or willfully ignored – by those with the power to make change. Without a groundswell of pressure, particularly from countries where LGBTIQ equality has progressed, these attacks on individuals’ fundamental identities will continue unabated.

That’s where OutRight Action International comes in!

With expertise, connections and experience gained over two and a half decades, OutRight fights to protect and advance LGBTIQ peoples’ dignity and human rights as part of the global human rights movement. We empower people on the front lines, hold leaders accountable and measure our impact through positive change in people’s lives.

Check out why the new name change to 
OutRight Action International

Some recent accomplishments of OutRight Action International:
  • Launched a graphic novel, “Yousef & Fahrad” about a love story between two men in Tehran, gaining global and regional media coverage & digital shares, with over 9000 actively engaged users online, including over 7000 users inside Iran
  • Co-organized the first meeting of the United Nations Security Council on LGBTIQ rights, to discuss the brutal killings by ISIS of those alleged to be homosexual
  • Spearheaded the first global OutSummit to bring activists together to learn from movement leaders during our annual week of advocacy at the United Nations
  • Partnered with Caribbean LGBTI organizations on a media-monitoring project that shows how media reinforces negative stereotypes and likely incite anti-LGBTIQ violence
  • Organized safety and security trainings for activists in Tunisia and Guatemala, with a series of trainings to follow in 2016 
  • Produced 3 short videos exploring how LGBTIQ Africans are excluded from mainstream social, political & economic activities
  • Worked with the United Nations Development Program to lay the groundwork for an index to measure LGBTI inclusion globally
  • Contributed to a UN shadow report on Intersex issues in Chile that has caused the Ministry of Health to stop intersex infants from receiving “corrective” surgeries

Be sure to drop your business card for a drawing of a ticket to the Annual Celebration of Courage at the UN at the April M3!

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Intersted in being featured? Please contact me at

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Non-Profit Spotlight: BNGAP

As the LGBT community finds strength in its collective voice to stand together. The community has also found the disparity of resources and services to address their specific needs and challenges. A small group of medical professionals is working to change the access the LGBT community has to medical professionals with whom they can work.

Building the Next Generation of Academic Physician (BNGAP) was started in 2008 and has taken on the task of researching the interest in academic medical careers for diverse populations. This group was made up of Hispanic Center of Excellence at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (HCOE-Einstein), the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). They found that over 60% of those participating in their research were interested in an academic medicine career and desired additional career guidance.

BNGAP’s vision is to help develop a diverse academic medicine workforce that will train medical students and residents to effectively address evolving health care needs and work towards health equity in the U.S. Since inception, BNGAP has concurrently developed, implemented and evaluated educational workshops to heighten diverse medical student and resident interest, participation and success along an academic medicine track. Through these activities BNGAP believes it has begun to create medical students and residents who are better prepared to pursue an academic medicine career, in terms of career awareness and planning, initiating a longitudinal academic medicine career plan over medical school and residency, teaching and research scholarship, and embracing leadership roles.

BNGAP hosts regional conferences which are OPEN TO ALL and are tailored to encourage trainees (medical students, residents, PhDs) who are underrepresented in medicine (women, LGBTQ, and racial and ethnic minorities) to consider academic medicine careers.

This year the BNGAP is hosting its 4th Annual LGBT Health Workforce Conference. This conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate and educational) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. This conference is designed for health professionals (M.D., D.O., P.A.-C., R.N., N.P., D.D., social workers, psychologists, etc.), educators, and students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate), all interested are invited to attend.

This year's conference hosts are

What prompted you to start BNGAP?
The academic medicine workforce, consists of the faculty and senior administrators, who develop the mission, objectives and activities of medical schools. More specifically they are responsible for the curriculum content, admissions, faculty promotion, and trainee success. They also help drive educational, research, and community service scholarship that is vital to addressing health disparities in diverse communities. Unfortunately, there is a lack of diversity in the academic medicine workforce - less than 7% are racial/ethnic minorities (i.e. African-American, Hispanic, American Indian), women are lacking in senior leadership positions, and there is a lack of data on what proportion of faculty are LGBTQ-identified.

The mission of BNGAP is to help diverse medical students and residents (ex. LGBTQ, racial and ethnic minorities, and women) become aware of academic medicine as a career option and to provide them with the resources to further explore and potentially embark on an academic medicine career. Through our efforts we hope to help diversify the academic medicine workforce.

What is the primary goal of BNGAP?
Our mission is to help diverse (eg. LGBTQ, women, and racial and ethnic minorities) medical students and residents become aware of academic medicine as a career option and to provide them with the resources to further explore and potentially embark on an academic medicine career.

Are there areas (geographical/socio-economic/ethnicity) that need more support to participate in academia more than others? What can be done to facilitate/bridge the gap?
In a survey of 252 LGBTQ-identified health professionals and trainees – “Facilitators of academic careers included engagement in scholarly activities, mentorship, LGBT-specific networking opportunities, personal desire to be visible, campus opportunities for involvement in LGBT activities, and campus climate inclusive of LGBT people. Barriers included poor recognition of LGBT scholarship, a paucity of concordant mentors or LGBT networking opportunities, and hostile or non-inclusive institutional climates.”

Sánchez N, Rankin S, Callahan E, Ng H, Holaday L, McIntosh K, Poll-Hunter N, Sánchez JP. LGBT Health Professionals Perspectives on Academic Careers – Facilitators and Challenges. LGBT Health. 2015 Dec;2(4):346-56.

How are you reaching the BNGAP audience and how may those interested get involved?
Register at and receive emails and invites to upcoming educational events.

Tell us about The 4TH Annual LGBT Health Workforce Conference.
This year’s conference theme is “New Frontiers and Inter-Professional Collaboration in LGBT Health.” We will focus our Friday sessions on inter-professional up-to-date clinical practices in the care of LGBT patients, including the latest research on PrEP utilization and health outcomes. On Saturday we will feature presentations on medical education initiatives and institutional climate initiatives to make our hospitals, clinics and graduate schools more inclusive of LGBT patients and staff. On Saturday evening we will feature a poster presentation highlighting research completed by nationally recognized researchers and trainees. Additionally, on April 28, we will host a career fair for diverse trainees where senior administrators will provide on-site lectures and workshops on applying to graduate school, participating in pipeline programs, and writing a CV and personal statement. In addition to representatives from the New York area, we are excited to feature national and international presenters from such places as California, Kentucky, Indiana, and the United Kingdom.

What message do you want readers to take with them about BNGAP?
We offer a variety of educational programs to help LGBTQ-identified health professionals and trainees develop the knowledge and skills to serve as the future leaders of academic medicine and work towards eliminating health disparities for LGBTQ individuals.

How might the nglccNY membership best support BNGAP?
Inform trainees and colleagues of educational opportunities offered by BNGAP to help them serve as a part of the academic workforce and improve LGBTQ health disparities;

Sponsor the Career Fair and help LGBTQ-identified college students reach their dream of entering a health-related graduate degree program

Advertise at the LGBT Health Workforce Conference and show your support for building a health care workforce responsive to the needs of the LGBT community

Advertise at the LGBT Health Workforce Conference and share how your organization is addressing the health care needs of the LGBT community.

Interview with Dr. Nelson, Sanchez, Vice President at BNGAP.

Learn more about

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Please join us at the April M3 as we feature BNGAP as this month’s NPO spotlight.

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Interested in being featured? Please contact me at

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Discover Amazing Thailand


"WIN A $5,000 luxury experience in Thailand In partnership with Agence V and Belmond 

One Pullman Cabin aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express Train between Bangkok and Singapore or Singapore and Bangkok.
*Flights not included, valid til end 2016. Terms and Conditions apply. 

More prizes available to be won including a dinner at NYC Michelin Star Thai restaurant Somtum Der. Come Discover Thailand at our exclusive event at the Norwood Club, May 9th from 6pm for your chance to win. "

Must be present to win!

NGLCCNY members Agence V, Tourism Authority of Thailand and OutThere/Travel invites you to DISCOVER AMAZING THAILAND at our exclusive event at the Norwood Club on Monday, May 9th beginning at 6PM. 

Thailand is a country on the up, increasing in affluence and global credibility. But what makes it special is its ever welcoming, indiscriminate spirit. Thailand is a case study of mutual respect at play, its doors unconditionally open to all visitors, irrespective of their sexuality.

The entire country has so much to offer; from its vibrant and ever changing ‘city of angels’; Bangkok and just ‘out of town’ urban-escapes of Hua Hin and Kanchanaburi; to its far corners; the southern island resorts of Phuket and Samui; the south western hideaway beach paradises of Krabi and Trang; the artistic and rustic northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai; and the road-less-traveled north eastern outpost of Isan. With a real understanding of luxury travel (you’ll find some of the world’s best hotels and resorts here), breathtaking natural beauty and mouth-watering flavors, Thailand checks all the boxes for the discerning gay traveller. But most of all, it’s a whole lot of fun.

We invite potential first-time travelers to Thailand to come and be inspired at our event on Monday May 9th at the exclusive Norwood Club. Learn all about traveling to the “Land of Smiles” from our esteemed panelist of NGLCCNY members, followed by informal drinks.

Panelist will include:

We’ll be covering all you need to know about planning your dream trip to Thailand.


Monday May 9, 2016


The Norwood Club
241 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011

To RSVP please click here.


Posted by Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Experience Producer, Socio

Interested in being featured? Please contact me at

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Non-Profit Spotlight: The Trevor Project

The power of storytelling can be deeply moving; particularly when a well-crafted story provides us a deep insight into understanding a world outside our own and inspires us to take action. The founders of Trevor Project did just that. Over 20 years ago James Lecesne told the story of Trevor as part of a one man show that moved producers Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone to encourage the story be brought to film. Peggy directed the live action short  film Trevor and won many awards including an Academy Award.

The project moved the trio to mobilize mental health professionals, initiate fundraising efforts to develop what we now know as the Trevor Lifeline, the first national crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people in crisis.

“Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.” 
Since then life affirming resources have evolved to include Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace and Trevor Education workshops.

Understanding that the needs of callers are immediate and can show up in a variety of ways and places, Trevor Project has developed and compiled Suicide Prevention Trainings and Resources. The trainings and resources have been developed with a community approach to outreach. The trainings available include The Lifeguard Workshop designed for middle and High school classrooms, as well as Ally and CARE trainings which are designed for adults who work with youth outside the classroom setting. Trevor partnered with American Foundation for Suicide prevention, the American School Counselor Association and the National Association of School Psychologists to create the Model School Policy for Suicide Prevention which enables educators and administrators to assess, intervene and respond to suicidal behavior.

I’m honored to share more about the life saving work through this month’s interview with the folks at The Trevor Project.

Please provide us with statistics around the state or status of programs and services offered by Trevor Project. I want to share the need that exists and the very important life-saving work that Trevor accomplishes across the country to help our community each day.

The Trevor Project impacts over 200,000 youth per year through the Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorText and and reaches many more through social media and awareness campaigns.

6.85% of all the crisis service contacts to The Trevor Project are from the state of New York.

Where are we on the continuum of Crisis? Is it on a decline? Are persons in crisis reaching out more than in years past? Is it getting better?

The Trevor Project is getting more calls, chats, and texts with each year.

Are there areas (geographical/socioeconomic/ethnic) that seem to indicate more need for support?

The Trevor Project is always trying to reach youth who may not have the resources or means to access our resources. We will soon be starting our southern initiative to reach out to youth in rural areas throughout the southeast.

What prompted Trevor Project to start Trevor NextGen?

NextGen NY was started in 2010, when, in response to increased media coverage of a string of LGBTQ youth suicides, a group of friends got together to put on a small event to support The Trevor Project. They rented out the top floor of a local space, Vlada, and put the word out, expecting no more than 10 or 15 people to show up. They actually ended up turning people away because there wasn’t enough space. Realizing they were on to something, these friends got together with The Trevor Project and formed NextGen as a local volunteer fundraising and outreach group.

What is the primary goal of Trevor NextGen?

Trevor NextGen’s primary goal is to support the Trevor Project in whatever way our resources allow us to do so. Our primary focus is fundraising, throwing two major fundraising events every year (Spring Fling and Fall Fete) that have raised approximated $700,000 in total for The Trevor Project since NextGen’s inception. We also perform outreach and raise awareness for issues that affect the lives of LGBTQ youth. We’ve had panels on intersectionality, race, religion, transgender issues, bisexuality and the media; focusing on how all of these things intersect with the daily lives of the LGBTQ youth that Trevor serves.

How are you reaching the Trevor NextGen audience and how may those interested get involved?

The key aspect that makes Trevor NextGen special is the network of its members. We primarily sell tickets and raise awareness of events through word-of-mouth and the personal social media accounts of our diverse membership, which is constantly growing and changing. We’ve sold out almost every event we’ve ever produced. Anybody interested in getting involved should email

Tell us about A Night out with Trevor: Taste of the City, Spring Fling 2016?

We’re so excited about what we think is going to be the best NextGen event yet! It’s going to be on April 15th at Met West in Hell’s Kitchen. As you may be able to tell by the new event title (it used to be simply “Spring Fling”), we are adding some really innovative and exciting new aspects to the event, including a food tasting! You’ll be able to experience some of the best restaurants from around the city, featuring some really great cuisine that you may not have the chance to try otherwise. We’re also trying to focus more on Trevor’s programming and mission. While not diminishing the fun aspects that our attendees love, we want everybody to come away from the event with a greater understanding of the services that Trevor provides and the youth that Trevor serves.

What message do you want readers to take with them about Trevor Project in general and Trevor NextGen?

First: The Trevor Project is here to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.

Second: Trevor NextGen, is a fun and easy way to get involved and support The Trevor Project. There are no membership requirements other than to sign on to Trevor’s mission and help in whatever way you can, or you can just buy a ticket to our events!

How might the NGLCCNY membership best support Trevor NextGen?

The Trevor Project is always looking for volunteers to get involved, whether it is on one of Trevor’s programmatic efforts (the Lifeline, Trevor Text, Trevor Chat; all of which require an application, interview, and training process), helping NextGen organize one of its fundraising or outreach efforts, or connecting The Trevor Project and NextGen with potential corporate partners who may want to sponsor one of our events or donate products for auctions and raffles. You can also buy tickets to one of our events! As I mentioned, Spring Fling is coming up on April 15th and tickets will be on sale March 7th at TrevorLIVE NY is also coming up in June, and that is an annual gala full of amazing celebrities and entertainment all to support The Trevor Project. So there are plenty of ways NGLCC-NY members can support The Trevor Project. Feel free to email for more information.

What message do you want to send out about the work that Trevor is accomplishing?

The Trevor Project is fighting on a daily basis to save the lives of at-risk LGBTQ youth. We want all youth to know that if they, or someone they know is feeling suicidal, The Trevor Project has trained counselors available 24/7 and provides additional resources at

Follow The Trevor Project: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Interested in being featured? Please contact me at