Monday, April 14, 2014

Bringing (dot).GAY to the Internet


ICANN, the governing body of the Internet, is preparing to introduce hundreds of new top-level domains (TLDs) like .COM and .ORG. Since 2009, dotgay LLC , an NGLCCNY active member, has been advocating for a community model to the operation of .GAY when it arrives, consisting of community governance that allows for a focus on community interest, while developing value and benefit for registrants and end users. The mission for the .GAY community model is to address needs in areas of safety, visibility and support for LGBTQIA+ people. dotgay’s commitment to ICANN and the community is that 67% of profits from domain names sales will go back to the community through a dotgay foundation.

Pictured from left to right: Scott Seitz, CEO & President; Avri Doria, VP of Policy Governance and Jamie Baxter,  VP of Marketing


The operational model proposed by dotgay includes a key community governance component that will consist of representation from all segments in the community and all regions of the world. The community model will also include a registration policy that limits .GAY names to members of the larger LGBTQIA community, making it hard for domain grabbers to capture key community names, as well as a grandfathering period that protects the existing domain names community members are currently using.


As in all community advocacy matters, it is the unified voice of the community that has the greatest impact. Providing ICANN with comments supporting the dotgay application is crucial to community success of the .gay TLD. To learn more about dotgay or to lend your voice email, Jamie Baxter, VP of Marketing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Arvelo Architecture & Interior Design Featured in Honest Buildings

In the article entitled The HB Shortlist: Springtime RooftopsNGLCCNY member ARVELO architecture & interior design is featured by Honest Buildings as a designer for one of NYC's most awesome rooftop deck in the West Village. 

HB Network is the world's leading Connection Engine for Real Estate Projects. From architects to engineers, contractors to technology experts, HB Network helps you find and meet the perfect people for your real estate projects, fast.

ABOUT ARVELO Architecture + Interiors

At ARVELO we have passion for everything about design. We use that passion and inspiration, through creative problem solving to push our imagination and develop great built interior and exterior environments.

ARVELO is a full service multi-disciplined architecture and interiors design studio, with a wide range of corporate, commercial and residential experience. Our teams work in full collaboration with our clients and with careful consideration of the client’s budget and schedule. Our goal is to add value to people lives through quality design.

We are a service oriented company. And seek projects that are challenging, diverse and environmentally sensitive, projects that enrich our lives, our community and our environment. We focus on the detailed and complete execution of the projects, no matter the size or budget of the project.

Our process and design practice is too develop buildings and spaces that are timeless in style, highly functional, practical, thoughtfully placed in the landscape and woven into the fabric of their communities.

We create spaces to be enjoyed for generations to come and seek balance in our projects as well as in our lives and our work. And we want our customers to live and work in environments where activities flow easily and where spaces, colors and materials lift the spirit and the mind and enhance the daily life of people.

At Arvelo Architecture + Interiors we are in business to help our clients achieve what matters most to them. Our projects reflect our client’s goals, ideals, lifestyles, personalities and core values. And we do all this while enjoying ourselves and having fun.

We appreciate your interest in Arvelo Architecture + Interiors and look foreword to working with you.


Ruperto Arvelo, principal and founder of ARVELO architecture & interior design, located in the Flatiron district, has over 24 years of experience in different types of projects both nationally and internationally. He has worked in several architecture firms in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico during his professional development as an architect and interior designer. For many of those years, he worked as a designer and project manager at the New York Gensler Office. The exposure of working in all these firms gave him experience in residential, corporate and commercial projects of all scales, including ground up and adaptive re-use interior and exterior renovation projects.

Registered as an architect in New York State and in the process of being registered in Puerto Rico, he is a successful architect who can wear different hats and bring everyone together to successfully complete projects.

He has taught at various leading design colleges and universities: Syracuse University, Parsons in New York City and Berkeley College in New Jersey. He is one of the founders of Tertulia organization that promotes latino art and supports the work of latino artists. He was also an Associate Editor for the Spanish language interior design magazine Casa y Hogar. He has Bachelors degree from University of Puerto Rico and a Masters degree in architecture from Syracuse University.

On his free time he enjoys traveling, the arts and being at outdoors. He travels frequently to Puerto Rico where he has a second home at the Condado beach area. Because of his love for design and furniture, he dreams of one day opening a home furnishings and design store in NYC.

NGLCCNY congratulates ARVELO and Ruperto on a job well done.

NGLCCNY Non-Profit Member: The Bronx LGBTQ Center

The Bronx LGBTQ Center:  Dedicated to Building a Full Service Community Center for the Gay Community in Bronx County

In the brief 2 year period that the new Bronx LGBTQ Center has been in existence, a small group of volunteers has dedicated their time and energy to the idea that the Gay community in the Bronx deserves a Social Service Center capable of addressing all of their needs and we have taken significant steps to make that concept a reality.

The Center has sponsored each summer, a highly successful Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair at Crotona Park.  This year's event will take place July 19th, 2014.  The event has been attended by numerous entertainers, vendors, elected officials, and other dignitaries as well as by thousands of participants.   We also sponsor a free legal clinic, every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6pm-8pm, that assists clients in dealing with the many legal matters that LGBTQ people face.  In addition, we also provide an LGBTQ Youth Group is meeting every Friday from 4pm-5pm at Union Community Health Center, 260 East 188th Street. 

On major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we join with a local Lutheran church to provide a safe space and "pot luck" meals where LGBTQ people can fellowship.  Additionally, we are working on sponsorship of 12 step recovery programs with a local health facility.

We are now ready to take our mission to the next level by creating a permanent home for our organization that can handle critical health matters such as HIV/AIDS, as well as the many other socioeconomic challenges that our community faces.  We encourage others who share our visioin to join us in making this goal a reality in the near future.

For more information on our legal clinic, email or call 212-353-9118 and for our LGBTQ youth space, dial 718-618-8569

CNBC's 'The Profit' Marcus Lemonis to Keynote Conference

Have you ever wanted to hear from a self-made billionaire how he did it? Do you want to know how you can take your business from struggling or mildly successful to stratospheric? You and more than 700 other attendees will now have the chance to have both questions answered at the 2014 NGLCC National Business & Leadership Conference. NGLCC is pleased to announce Marcus Lemonis, American businessman, investor, television personality and philanthropist, as one of this year's conference keynotes. Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, is also the star of CNBC's Primetime hit reality series "The Profit," where he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses and helps turn them around. He is now bringing that expertise to you at this year's conference!

Presented by AmericanAirlines for the second year in a row, this year's event will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV from July 29 to August 1. In addition to hearing from Lemonis and other keynotes, attendees will experience three days of making new connections, meeting new customers, and exploring teaming opportunities. Business owners, corporate representatives, affiliate chambers, and community leaders will have access to a wide array of educational sessions and take advantage of world-class networking and special events like no other. 

Original article published by NGLCC

16th Annual Marriage Equality USA Gala

By Brian Silva, 
Executive Director, MEUSA

With the support of Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA), over 120 million Americans now live in 18 states that now allow same-sex couples to legally marry. NGLCCNY and our fellow members support, including this May at our 16th Annual Gala in New York City, has allowed LGBTQ families, including their children, to enjoy the same benefits and protections that other families have and even take for granted - no matter where they live, work or visit.

Since 2011 MEUSA has provided unique leadership, training and field support in 14 successful state campaigns to win marriage equality - expanding the equality map to include almost 40% of all Americans. We have done this through our National Equality Action Team, who made almost 100,000 phone bank calls and knocked on thousands of doors to talk to every day Americans about why marriage matters. In addition, our education and training programs, like “Civil Marriage Matters,” has connected communities across the country with the personal stories of their LGBT friends, family and neighbors to talk about why marriage equality is important.

Founded in New York in 1996, MEUSA is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to building equality for the LGBTQ community through education, training, organizing, advocacy and coalition building. With over 40,000 members, MEUSA has been at the forefront of this movement for almost 20 years and holds a unique and historical position in providing leadership, education, and training in advancing full marriage equality. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

NGLCCNY Member CapsulePen Wins Contract with HCSC

"The NGLCC Works (...and works hard!)" 
Joseph Cote - Co-Founder, CapsulePen

The CapsulePen story began at the NGLCC's 2012 National Conference, on the main stage - launching their product at the Roll The Dice Competition. Today, they are pleased to announce their first major corporate contract with NGLCC partner Health Care Service Corporation.

Without the many, many opportunities for mixing, mingling and matchmaking with HCSC provided to CapsulePen by the NGLCC, this contract never would of happened. 

HCSC's supplier diversity manager stated that because CapsulePen knew their market and zeroed in on HCSC as a healthcare innovator, both parties recognized immediately that they were a perfect fit. No time was wasted in putting together an order once CapsulePen was ready for mass production.

If you are interested in how your company can promote your business by putting your brand on "The only pill case shaped like a pen," and would like an NGLCC partner discount of 10%, please contact Joe Cote, Co-Founder - CapsulePen.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Imperial Court of New York to Honor Edie Windsor

Edie Windsor

NEW YORK, NY –  The Imperial Court of New York (ICNY), the state's most regal organization serving the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS since 1986, will honor groundbreaking advocate Edith "Edie" Windsor with the Imperial Diamond Award at its 28th annual Night of A Thousand Gowns. The ball will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Saturday, March 29, 2014, and is presented by the ICNY membership and Their Most Imperial Sovereign Majesties Emperor XXII Wen-D Bouvier Pinkhouse and Empress XXVII Gracie Steeles.

The “outrageous” performer, Sandra Bernhard will headline our list of entertainers for the night which includes Martha Reeves from the Vandellas, international recording artist, Kelly King, 80’s girl group Exposé and the cast of Broadway's PippinIn addition to being a lavishly regal celebration, the gala serves as  fundraiser that contributes to ICNY's longstanding history of contributions to LGBT and AIDS service organizations.

We are proud to announce Quest Diagnostics as our Presenting Sponsor this year for the Gala.  This year's event will benefit God's Love We Deliver and The True Colors Foundation.

Sandra Bernhard

The Imperial Diamond Award is ICNY's most prestigious way of recognizing a member of the greater community whose service to LGBT and HIV-related causes is exemplary.  This year’s honoree is the formidable Edie Windsor!

Edie Windsor has been active in the movement for LGBT equality since the Stonewall Inn uprising of 1969. Her advocacy reached new heights in the summer of 2013 when she won United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court case that brought an end to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a result of her landmark case, Section 3 of DOMA was found unconstitutional and loving gay couples' marriages throughout the country are now recognized by the federal government. To learn more about her, visit

"Edie Windsor and the Imperial Court of New York are integral fixtures in LGBT community's history and advocacy," said Gary Cosgrove, President of the ICNY. "Edie's excitement for life, dedication to helping LGBT people thrive makes her the perfect recipient for this year's award. A demonstrated matriarch of the movement in her own right, Edie embodies the Imperial Diamond and Night of A Thousand Gowns."

In past years, Edie Windsor has received accolades including SAGE's Lifetime Achievement Award, the ACLU Medal of Liberty, the Marriage Equality New York City Council Award, and NYU'S Presidential Medal. She has also been recognized by the American Constitution Society as well as by Time Magazine as a finalist for "Person of the Year."

When told she would be honored, Edie said, “This fabulous and over-the-top event is one I have always wanted to attend. The Imperial Court has fun while raising money for serious issues that face the LGBT adults and youth who may be homeless, as well as people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in our city.”

Previous winners include political author and activist David Mixner, former Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn and celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz. 

Additional sponsors include: Stoli, JetBlue Airways, Li-Lac Chocolates, Barefoot Wines and Best Ad Promo.
About the Imperial Court of New York: The Imperial Court of New York, a 501(c)3 corporation, is New York's most regal fundraising organization serving the LGBT community for the past 28 years. Part of a proud tradition, the Court has raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations including: ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America), the Ali Forney Center, amFAR,, Bailey House, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Gay Men’s Health Crisis,  LIFEbeat (Music Industry Fights AIDS), and Live Out Loud, , among many others. For more information, please visit:

For original Press Release Contact Connie Thorp, Press or call (212)844-9845.