Thursday, November 9, 2017

November & Upcoming Events

Featuring local, state and national events for NGLCC, nglccNY, our Membership and Community Partners. 

See you at our next event!





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

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Socio is a creative, communications and customer experience agency shaping how companies do business. A certified LGBT Business Enterprise. 



Supplier Spotlight: Rainbow Pet Sitter



I had the pleasure to speak with Elizabeth (Liz) Cooney, Founder of Rainbow Pet Sitter. We could very well say that nglccNY now has it’s very own 6ft tall Lesbian Pet Whisperer. Through exploring her intense love for animals, years trying to understand her sexuality and finally the need to belong to a strong LGBTQIA community, Liz stumbled upon nglccNY. Today, Rainbow Pet Sitter is a newly certified LGBT Business Enterprise. Certification was important to Liz as she wanted her business to be easily found in the community and she also wanted to weed out people that wouldn’t want to be associated with a lesbian-owned and -operated business. 

Elizabeth Cooney
Founder, Rainbow Pet Sitter

Liz discovered her natural ability to gain the trust of most animals at a very young age. Especially animals that didn’t usually trust people or animals that didn’t fit into what society viewed as “normal” or “acceptable” behavior. “I strongly feel that a big part of the reason I connect with these types of animals is because I’ve always felt like a bit of an outsider myself,” says Liz. “I had several learning disabilities which made succeeding in the traditional education system really challenging,” she said.

Quickly learning that a career veterinary medicine was not for her – passed out while observing her first surgery – Liz pursued Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, instead. Shortly after college, she found herself running the therapeutic horse program at two (FL & CT) Hole in the Wall Camps. After a few years and needing a break from this emotional kind of work, Liz moved to California and Pacific Northwest. It is here where she began dog walking/pet sitting, and solidified her confidence in caring for pets with special needs. She also became the lead canine behaviorist at a veterinary clinic where she developed a canine rehabilitation and resocialization program. “My programs served dogs with aggressive tendencies and struggles with overcoming socialization challenges due to the new physical realities of blindness, seizure disorders, or other physical limitations,” said Liz.


Always seeking a vibrant gay community, Liz moved to NYC and launched Rainbow Pet Sitter in the West Village, which feels like home to her. Between boarding (“overnight care”), pet hotels (“fancy way to describe kenneling”), and pet sitting, she recommends pet sitting for your pets – “It’s where they are most comfortable, they can continue their normal routine and sleep in their own bed,” says Liz. She also points out that this is the least stressful for pets with behavioral or medical needs. Rainbow Pet Sitter has a slightly different approach to the pet sitting model. They believe in treating clients like family and consider themselves to be a socially conscious business. When your pet is in their care, they are treated as their own. From pet groomer, vet, and training appointments to even letting you back into your own home if you forgot your keys – this is what they do!

Rainbow Pet Sitter’s goal is to provide the best in pet care, a great client experience, create jobs for the LGBTQIA, and safe and empowering work environment . They pride themselves in being authentic, however, that often comes with its own challenges. “Not everyone is a good fit for us and telling this to a potential client can be challenging,” says Liz. I always trust my gut but it never feels great. I remind myself that every client I take on takes away a space for another client that may need our services more,” she said. An ideal client would be people that believe in the “it takes a village approach” to pet care and LGBTQIA folks that feel strongly about supporting an LGBT business – especially a woman owned one!


Liz leaves us with some advice for those seeking a pet sitter, she says: 
“Always request references and ask if they are licensed, bonded, insured and belong to any pet sitting organizations. Also, avoid sites/apps like Wag and Rover – although they may be cheap, the sitters have little to no professional pet care experience.”
As a former 4PawDad myself, and having had complications with our “dog-hooman,” Gizmo, I wish my path with Liz would have crossed 3+ years ago. Although it may have not changed the outcome, I do think it may have gone easier for both Gizmo and our family.

Some fun and interesting facts about Elizabeth Cooney:
  • Has lived all over the world, to include: Arizona, Australia, California, Connecticut, Florida, France, Italy, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Thailand, and Vermont.
  • She’s a classically trained pastry chef. Interned at a fancy restaurant in downtown SF and hated it. Now makes intricate desserts for birthdays and special events; even a few friends’ and family members’ wedding cakes. She can’t cook for her life, but can make obscure European pastries you've probably have never heard of. 
  • Worked at a large U.S. government organization where she was harassed and discriminated against for being gay. She certainly showed them... Feel free to ask her for more details. :) 
  • Honoring her uncle who lived in NYC (gay and passed due to AIDS related complications), the activists of previous generations, and to help prevent queer folks from experiencing workplace discrimination are just a few things that inspire and motivate Liz.
Drop a Comment, Share & Get Connected!


Elizabeth Cooney
Founder, Rainbow Pet Sitting
Mobile: 508.735.1819



Interview by 
Gonzo Araya,
Executive Chair, Media Communications Committee, nglccNY
Chief Creative Officer, Socio

What's your story? 

Please contact me at gonzo@nglccNY.org.


Socio is a creative, communications and customer experience agency shaping how companies do business. A certified LGBT Business Enterprise.








Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Business English Success for International Professionals


Exciting times at Rennert International as they are set to launch a new Evening English Program entitled “Business English Success for International Professionals.”

NYC is a global and diverse city full of working international professionals. What the evening english program is designed to do is provide these international professionals with the opportunity to refine some aspects of their Business English after work hours.



There will be  four courses that address some common pain points among international professionals:


Course A: American Business Communication, Culture & Writing
Course B: Pronunciation and Accent Reduction
Course C: Business Writing
Course D: Presentation and Public Speaking


Courses A & B are launching next week and Courses C & D will also launch in January 2018. All classes run from 6:25-8:30pm. 

Rennert extends to NGLCC members and referrals with a 20% off tuition discount reflected here. To register and to take advantage of this opportunity, please complete the registration form.

Connect with Rennert socially:





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

What's your story? 
Please contact me at 
sean@nglccNY.org.


Socio is a creative, communications and customer experience agency shaping how companies do business. A certified LGBT Business Enterprise. 




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: TLDEF


Founded in 2003, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is a nonprofit whose mission is to end discrimination and achieve equality for transgender people, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities. Transgender people have been subject to pervasive discrimination that has kept them, with rare exceptions, hidden from public view. While this discrimination has begun to lessen, transgender people still experience much prejudice and violence.

The work at TLDEF is focused on three key areas:


1.  Education
TLDEF provides education on Transgender rights.

2.  Impact litigation
TLDEF’s Impact Litigation Program brings cases and files friend of the court briefs in local, state, and federal tribunals across the country—expanding access to opportunity and democratic participation for all members of the transgender community.

TLDEF’s litigation work focuses on combating discrimination in four key areas: Healthcare, Employment, Public Accommodations, and Education.

3.  The Names Change Project
The Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to low-income transgender people through partnerships with some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments.

For many transgender people, securing a legal name change is an important step toward making their legal identities match their lived experience. A lack of appropriate identity documents can deter people from applying for jobs, school, and public benefits, and can lead to discrimination. But securing a legal name change can be a challenging experience, involving interaction with the court system and judges that is foreign to many people. By providing people with adequate legal representation, TLDEF works to ensure that people successfully complete the process and move forward with their lives.



SUPPORTING TLDEF is key to ensuring members of the Transgender community gain access to supportive services. For inquiries on how the nglccNY membership can contribute click here or reach out to the roster of incredible Board members or Staff leading the charge of equality, visibility and effecting change.



For media inquiries contact, Cindi Creager, of Creager Cole Communications, at cindi@creagercole.com.


Written by Ingrid Galvez,

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,
nglccNY

Organizational Development Consultant, 

Strategic Remedy Group







Strategic Remedy Group is a certified LGBTBE focused on cultivating collaborative communities to propel business success.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October & Upcoming Events

Featuring local, state and national events for NGLCC, nglccNY, our Membership and Community Partners. 

See you at our next event!






Posted by 

Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, nglccNY
Experience Producer, Socio

What's your story? 
Please contact me at 
sean@nglccNY.org.


Socio is a creative, communications and customer experience agency shaping how companies do business. A certified LGBT Business Enterprise. 




Non-Profit Spotlight: NewFest



As New York City's premier LGBT film organization, NewFest empowers, educates, entertains, and provokes the culturally rich and diverse communities of the greater metropolitan region. Through the annual film festival and year-round programming, NewFest showcases international, US, and local film, video, and other media, fostering a greater sense of awareness and community among LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences.


SAVE THE DATE!


Thursday October 19 - Tuesday October 24
NewFest will be celebrating its 29th annual New York LGBT Film Festival from October 19th – 24th, 2017. The six-day festival will feature over 100 films, panels, and parties that reflect the LGBT experience.


To receive exclusive benefits and discounts for NewFest 2017 and all year-round events, become a member today.



Opening Night Film & Party

Thursday October 19 @ 7:00 pm
333 West 23rd Street ● New York, NY 10011 



New York Premiere
Dir: Anthony & Alex, US, 2017, 84 mins

A mesmerizingly expressive portrait of a fiercely individual New York counterculture icon, SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP candidly captures the titular “Queen of the Night” and patron saint of LGBTQ inclusion and advocacy with a commanding voice and sharp wit, much like its subject. More than just a tribute to the “Queen of the Night” and staunch LGBTQ advocate, this dynamic debut from directing duo Anthony&Alex captures the essence of Bartsch’s everyday balance between compassion and control. Featuring superstars and LGBTQ nightlife luminaries RuPaul, Simon Doonan, Michael Musto, and Amanda Lepore, this dazzling documentary homecoming for a living icon who has unapologetically been a champion for all things New York and queer.

The Opening Night screening will be followed by a talkback with Anthony&Alex and Susanne Bartsch, and moderated by Michael Musto.

Closing Night Film & Party
Tuesday October 24 @ 8:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street ● New York, NY 10011


New York City Premiere
Dir: Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell, US, 2016, 91 mins


Following a NYC to LA cross country move that ends in a breakup, singer-songwriter Becks (Lena Hall, a Tony Winner for Hedwig and the Angry Inch) returns to her Midwestern hometown, reluctantly moving back in with her mom. The time-warp sensation of being back in her childhood home is interrupted by an unexpected whirlwind affair with self-proclaimed “lonely housewife” Elyse (tenderly played with exceeding warmth by Mena Suvari) who finds inspired new life through the guitar lessons and generous spirit Becks provides. This electrifyingly effusive film from co-directors Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh features strong supporting turns by Dan Fogler, Christine Lahti, and Mena Suvari. But it’s Lena Hall, who contributed original songs to the film and delivers a beautifully assured, live-in performance that makes BECKS really sing.

The screening will be followed by a special live acoustic performance by Tony Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Lena Hall, the star of BECKS.

In addition to New York’s LGBT Film Festival, NewFest produces monthly screenings at The LGBT Community Center, youth filmmaking and empowerment programs, a multi-borough outdoor screening series and more.


To help in creating and supporting of year-round programs like the ones listed below. Click on the links for more information and how to donate, sponsor or volunteer:




Written by Ingrid Galvez,

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,
nglccNY

Organizational Development Consultant, 

Strategic Remedy Group







Strategic Remedy Group is a certified LGBTBE focused on cultivating collaborative communities to propel business success.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: The Center




Where everyone is celebrated for who they are. The Center is the heart and home of NYC's LGBT community, providing programs for health, wellness and community connection for over 30 years.

The center’s mission has always been to empower LGBT people and build a strong community. One of the key ways in which they showcase their capacity for this is through the Annual Career Fair.





Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with dozens of major employers that value LGBT diversity in the workplace! Explore possibilities for your future while experiencing panels, workshops and networking opportunities.


The 2017 LGBT Career Fair
Thursday, September 28, 2017 
hosted by Presenting Sponsor Citi 
Citi Executive Center, 153 E. 53rd Street, 14th Floor



Whether you’re looking for a job, support with transitioning in the workplace or information on job training options, The Center can help you achieve your professional goals. The career development programs are tailored to the unique needs of LGBT job-seekers.

Economic Empowerment Series
Shine at The Center’s LGBT Career Fair this year! Gain skills, inspiration, connections and more through our Economic Empowerment Series of workshops and events throughout September.


Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC)
Discrimination places transgender and gender nonconforming communities at high risk of poverty, unemployment, underemployment and homelessness. To directly combat this inequality, The Center offers programs focusing on career exploration, access and advancement, all tailored to the unique needs and challenges of the trans and gender nonconforming community.


Career Advancement for Women
Women in our communities face serious economic challenges related to gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. While women in the United States who work full time are typically paid only 78 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, women in the LGBT community face an even greater income gap. This disparity is felt even more acutely for women of color, women of trans experience and those over 40.
The Center offers programs that women in our communities won't find anywhere else; programs tailored to their unique needs to achieve financial security and explore new opportunities.


Immigrant Services
The Center offers a wide range of services to LGBT immigrants, taking into consideration the unique challenges this community faces. The free, drop-in support group provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can connect with other LGBT immigrants and discuss issues related to living in a new country. Also offered is a Social Action Group, through which LGBT immigrants collectively organize events and advocate for the community’s needs and rights. Regardless of your immigration status, the groups are a supportive place to discuss your feelings and experiences.


Supporting The Center
Your generosity helps The Center provide vital programs and services to support our evolving LGBT community. Learn how you can support The Center.





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You never know whom this information might help.
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Written by Ingrid Galvez,

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,
NGLCCNY

Organizational Development Consultant, 

Strategic Remedy Group







Strategic Remedy Group is a certified LGBTBE focused on cultivating collaborative communities to propel business success.