Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NGLCCNY Night at Wicked

Special Performance to Benefit the Trevor Project

Join WICKED for a special NGLCCNY night!

A Portion of Proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 at 7pm
Two packages available. Limited quantity- purchase by February 17th!

Reception Package- $129
Orchestra ticket plus a post-show reception at The Palm Restaurant (250 W 50th St) with current cast members. Hor d’oeuvres will be served and the first drink is on us!

Mezzanine Ticket- $89
Mezzanine ticket to the show

For more information and to purchase 
tickets please go here.
Or, you can purchase in-person at the box office 
using the code “SOCIAL”

Offer valid for the March 1st 7:00pm performance only. Must purchase by February 17, 2017. Offer subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with other offers. Price includes $2 facility fee. Prices applicable only as specified. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Seating restrictions may apply. Sale prices may not be available on all seats. Blackout dates may apply. All prices subject to change. Offer may be revoked at any time. Offer, cast, & performance schedule subject to change without notice.

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

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: NYLAG's LGBTQ Law Project

In 2008 NYLAG’s LGBTQ Law Project was founded to protect and expand the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and to provide services that meet the unique legal needs of low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers. LGBTQ communities, especially those of color, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and youth, are at greater risk of living in poverty and of being targeted for violence. 

“Through direct legal services and systemic advocacy efforts, NYLAG strive to work at the intersections of gender, racial and economic justice, and believe that with economic and physical security come empowerment, leadership and collective change. The LGBTQ Law Project envisions a world where all people, regardless of sexual or gender identity, have access to legal protections under the law, dignified work, adequate housing and health care, the right to create families and the ability to live fulfilling lives.”

The LGBTQ Law Project provides high-quality, free legal services in a wide variety of civil legal matters impacting the LGBTQ community, including employment, housing, public benefits, shelter access, name changes, gender marker changes, family law and life planning. They staff four legal clinics in New York City and host a variety of know-your-rights trainings and educational workshops throughout the year. 

Heather Betz, Executive Director

“NYLAG has strong partnerships within the LGBTQ and social services communities, and a strong network of referrals to reach the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community. The organization also engage in systemic advocacy efforts to reform city and state policies, and work to ensure that LGBTQ New Yorkers have equal access to critical services, benefits and legal protections.”

Heather Betz, Executive Director shared that the LGBTQ Law Project plays an active role in advocating for the rights of LGBTQ individuals. In the last several years, in coalition with community organizations, the Mayor’s office and the New York City Council, NYLAG has supported the creation of a gender-affirming Municipal ID, reforms to State and City birth certificate and Medicaid policies, and stronger policies to enable New York City’s Commission on Human Rights and Human Resource Administration to better serve LGBTQ communities.

Tell me more about the LGBTQ Law Project?

We are small project within a larger organization. NYLAG is about 20 years old and is made up of many different units. Some units include family law, housing, special lit immigration to name a few. Each project has its own special funding. We work with the LGBTQ community.

What types of requests do get from people in need?

From name change to housing to partner violence. We get request from parents that don’t know or understand the gender non-conforming.

How do you handle the challenges of such a diverse community?

We try to do everything we can while being as efficient as possible. We’re a work in progress. We try to hit on a lot of different issues and we partner with other services related to LGBTQ. Host drop-in clinics that work with vulnerable population including youth, the elderly, trans-persons, etc.

While we’re a small staff, we are willing to go where people are. We are looking to start a legal clinic in Brooklyn.

How can people engage and support what you’re doing?

We are always looking for volunteer attorneys who want to come to legal clinics. We do a good deal of work on bullying. It’s a complex issue. We are interested in working with attorneys who know/understand this issue. Real Estate Attorneys are other type of volunteers we are interested in engaging.

In general, we maintain a list of LGBTQ attorneys for referral services that we happily share with those in need of services.

What is the LGBTQ Law Project doing in terms of fundraising?

We have a small advisory board. Looking to raise the profile and funds for the organization. Aim to do an event in 2017.

The work of the LGBTQ Law Project is generously supported by The Orrick Community Responsibility Program.

To learn more about NYLAG’s LGBTQ Laws Project go to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming, NGLCCNY

Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Business As A Catalyst For Change

Join The Economist On March 23!
Explore the Role of Business in Moving the Mark on LGBT Rights Around the World

Pride and Prejudice is a global, 24-hour event spanning three cities that will catalyze fresh debate on the economic and human costs of discrimination against the LGBT community. The event will challenge policymakers and industry leaders to rethink the future of the global LGBT movement and its impact on business.

For the second year in a row, NGLCC speakers will present thought leadership from our historic inaugural NGLCC GLOBAL LGBTI BUSINESS WEEK at this international conference focused on the economic influence of the worldwide LGBT community.

As part of this partnership, NGLCC constituents get 15% off registration using the code PPNGLCC. Learn more and register here.

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

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NGLCC Cybersecurity Webinar for LGBTBEs

To kick-off 2017, NGLCC will host a series of cybersecurity webinars to prepare LGBTBEs in protecting their business against cyber threats. These webinars, led by Silverback Cybersecurity, will give you the information that you need to develop a cybersecurity strategy.

Course I | Cybersecurity 1.0 - Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Thursday, January 26 at 2pm ET

Course II | Cybersecurity 2.0 - Advanced Cybersecurity in Your Organization
Thursday, February 2 at 2pm ET

If you have any questions about this webinar, please email Cameron Schuette, Supplier Diversity Associate, at Previous webinars, covering a wide array of topics, can be accessed via this link

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

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Save the date for 2017
Conference & National Dinner

As the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce enters its 15th year, our leadership and dedicated team reaffirm the organization's principle mission to strengthen and grow opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses. 

In coordination with our corporate partners, local affiliate chambers, business owners and organizational allies, NGLCC remains committed to increasing access for LGBT and minority owned businesses. In addition to countless smaller events across the country and around the globe, NGLCC is excited to announce the dates of our 2017 signature events. 

NGLCC's signature events are celebrated worldwide as the best places to connect business owners with corporate partners and government agencies, recognize individuals and organizations that champion LGBT and other diverse businesses, and ensure our community's economic vitality. As you begin planning for the year ahead, include the 2017 NGLCC signature events in your schedule. The work of NGLCC is ongoing and would not be possible without the continued support of leaders like you.

NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference
Tuesday, August 1 - Friday, August 4, 2017

NGLCC is heading back to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2017 International Business & Leadership Conference to be held August 1-4 at Caesars Palace. This year's conference will attract over 1,200 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders and government officials from across the country and around the world. Connections made at our conference can be the basis for contracting opportunities and strategic growth for years to come.

Early Bird Registration Opens Monday, February 6. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements.

NGLCC National Dinner Awards Gala
Friday, November 17, 2017

On November 17, NGLCC will celebrate 15 years of connecting and empowering the LGBT business communities at the 2017 NGLCC National Dinner, a premier gala, to be held at the stunning National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Each year, this signature event is dedicated to celebrating leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs, corporations and supplier diversity advocates, and government and community leaders. We hope to see you there.

We're so glad you are a part of our 15th anniversary year full of unprecedented LGBT business success!

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

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Non-Profit Spotlight: God's Love We Deliver

How it all began….

In 1985, a hospice volunteer named Ganga Stone paid a visit to an AIDS patient that changed her life. The patient, Richard Sale, was too ill to cook for himself. Ganga's compassion took hold, a meal was prepared and delivered on the next visit, and an epiphany was born:  Something as basic as delivering a meal could bring dignity and recognition to a desperate situation.
Ganga's experience then drove her to a second epiphany. The severity of Richard's situation demanded something more than simply delivering food. It required preparing nutritionally-tailored meals that would support an individual's specific medical treatment. She researched his needs and was on her way again, with a new meal in hand, when she was stopped by a minister in the neighborhood who recognized her. He asked what she was doing, she told him, and he replied, "you're not just delivering food ... you're delivering God's love."
And Ganga said, "That's the name."

The volunteers…
An organization such as God's Love We Deliver cannot exist without the support of the community of volunteers that ensure meals are prepped, cooked and delivered daily. Each day a new volunteer steps up to lend a hand. They are trained and over time they will pay it forward by training the next generation of new volunteers who will help in delivering God’s love.

It began with the simple principle that no one should ever have to face the dual crises of illness and hunger.

They brought meals to home-bound people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, with your support, they've grown, expanded and reached some amazing milestones:

  • Over 8,000 annual volunteers help us each year
  • We cook and deliver over 1.3 million meals each year
  • This winter, we cooked and delivered our 16 millionth meal
  • We now serve clients with over 200 unique diagnoses

So much has changed in our 30 years, their core values have not. Every day clients struggle with malnutrition, hunger, illness and isolation. When they contact God's Love, they find a community who cares deeply about them. Together, they're dedicated to cooking and delivering the individually-tailored meals and nutrition counseling that clients require at a time in their lives when they need it most. This is done - free of charge - with dignity, respect and compassion.


30 years after the organization was created, it continues its mission to deliver God’s love to all in need. With the help of many volunteers GLWD brings about 5,500 meals each day to over 2,500 individuals each week.

After 22 months in a temporary Brooklyn location, GLWD completed the move to their new home in The Michael Kors Building in SoHo. The brand new, state-of-the-art, 9,600 sq. foot kitchen on the second floor has wonderful natural light, and includes four industrial-size refrigerators, three freezers, five blast freezers, five 80-gallon soup kettles, and a waste digester that converts up to 1,000 lbs. of organic food waste into disposable water. Every day, more and more sick and hungry New Yorkers reach out to God's Love looking for help. The move to The Michael Kors Building allows GLWD to continue to respond to the urgent needs of the clients for years to come.

The way forward…

There are many ways in which the community can come together and lend a hand. God's Love We Deliver has succeeded over many years because so many people care enough to help. Without the combined efforts of literally thousands of dedicated individuals, we simply couldn't do what we do. There are so many ways to get involved - from volunteering in the kitchen, making deliveries, attending events, and making a donation; all of which helps them continue moving forward.

Help to spread the word by supporting and socializing the good work of this amazing organization. Like, follow and subscribe and join the many volunteers this winter season and help those in need.

Happy holidays to you and your wonderful families.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Cheers to all!!!

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY

Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Monday, November 14, 2016

Live Out Loud's Snow Social

on your New Year's Resolution!
Come mix & mingle with LBTQ Women!

Live Out Loud invites you to learn about their programming for LGBTQ youth. Meet the team and find out how you can advocate for LGBTQ youth. Most importantly, join other LBTQ Women to celebrate the community and holiday season!

Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres

Monday - December 5, 2016 - 6PM - 8PM
$20 Donation

Live Out Loud
45 W 36th Street - New York, NY
(Between 5th &  6th Avenue)

Host Committee
Constance Sng
Jennifer Brown
Corinne Phillips
Jessica Reed
Elizabeth Kuhr
Kaitlin Becker
Ingrid X. Galvez
Suma Reddy
Jana Welch
Janille De Guzman
Yale GALA, Inc.

Live Out Loud is out in high schools and the community, bringing together students and role models. Our programs offer LGBTQ teens encouragement, a place to discover their voice, and most importantly, valued connections to role models who share their stories and advice for success.

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

Interested in being featured? 
Please contact me at