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

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Live Out Loud! 2016 Accomplishments

Live Out Loud cordially invites everyone to meet and hear about their most recent accomplishments from Leo Preziosi, Jr., Executive Director & Live Out Loud Young Scholars.

Tuesday | November 15
6PM - 8PM

Home of Mr. Eric Gross
320 W 38th Street - New York, NY 10018

Please RSVP by Friday, November 11th or call 212.378.4099

An important source of funding is our Cornerstone Club, where major donors make an annual commitment of $1,200 ($100 a month) or more in non-event related contributions.

We hope that you will attend so you can join other major donors in supporting Live Out Loud's work. If you're a current major donor we hope you'll bring a friend

Host Committee
Trent Axelson & Jon Ilani
Jeff Calhoun
Beth Greenfield
Felicia Geiger
Eric Gross
Tiyale Hayes
Jim Martinek
Raphael Miranda & Douglas Simpson
Rhonda Patillo
Jonathan Peters
Jed Resnick
Hector Rojas
Bruce T. Sloane

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

LGBT @ NYBG: Bar Car Night!

The New York Botanical Garden invites you to LGBT @ NYBG for Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show®. LGBT @ NYBG is a series of events celebrating the LGBT community. Enjoy mingling with friends, colleagues, and families, or chatting with someone new on Friday, December 2; 7-10 p.m.

On these nights exclusively for adults 21 and over, the wintry landscape of NYBG sets the scene for festive outdoor adventures, with an after-dark viewing of the expanded Holiday Train Show® as the centerpiece. Journey through a series of station stops, including pop-up acts featuring some of NYC’s favorite street performers, and enjoy spiked beverages and other holiday treats from cash bars throughout the evening.

Special offer for NGLCCNY Members: Save $5 on tickets to Bar Car Nights @ NYBG Use code 9400* online at

*Valid only when you use code 9400 online at Valid for Bar Car Night made from November 18, 2016 through January 16, 2017. Offer subject to availability. Discount is limited to 1 ticket per transaction. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or previously purchased tickets. Discount may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.

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

Interested in being featured? 
Please contact me at

Friday, November 4, 2016

Non-Profit Spotlight: The Ali Forney Center

Before good can happen, first people must care and more importantly contribute to making good things happen.

In 1992 Carl Siciliano was working at a homeless drop in center and there he met the 17-year-old Ali Forney. Ali Forney had been living on the streets since the age of 13 where he resorted to street work to survive. He started to make a name for himself, an educator of sorts and an advocate. He would educate anyone and everyone on HIV prevention and the importance of safe sex practices. He later gained the attention of the police after he began to advocate on behalf of homeless queer youth who were murdered. Ali wanted the murders investigated and justice for his friends.

In 1997 Ali Forney, 22, was murdered and his death brought attention to deplorable conditions in which many homeless LGBTQ youth were living in NYC. Ali’s murder was never solved.

In 2002 Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center. He did so in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBTQ. Their mission is to “protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood." In NYC about 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. Yet less than 25% of new beds are allocated for LGBTQ youth.

Today AFC is the country’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth. The services provided are as important today as they were when Ali Forney first became homeless. Many LGBTQ face homophobic violence and harassment in the shelter system and turn to the streets.

AFC offers an innovative range of services that provide a nurturing, caring and supportive environment. These services include the AFC Day Center, which offers street outreach, referral to the housing programs, case management, primary medical care, HIV testing, mental health assessment and treatment, food, showers, and an employment assistance program, to name a few.

August 2016 Ali Forney made the news announcing the Bea Arthur Residence would be completed by February 2017. Bea Arthur was a cheerleader for AFC as well as a generous supporter. Her donation to AFC help to secure the development of a new 18 bed residence that will bear her name.

The work at AFC is supported by signature events throughout the year. The Spring/Summer events are Night of a Thousand Judys in June and Oasis in July. The Fall events are A Place at the Table and Spice Halloween in October. If you are interested in joining an event committee or would like to host a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center, please email Tyler Neasloney at

Ali’s life continues to inspire people to make a difference and influence to help one another. Ali did not live to see the tremendous impact he continues to have on the lives of today’s homeless queer population on living your truth, persevering, standing up and caring for others. Carl Siciliano recognized that people are inspired by courage, youth can make a difference, given the empowerment and supportive tools to be their best selves. At Ali Forney Center they demonstrate this each and every day.

Join the Ali Forney Center on social media:

Link on Facebook
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Suscribe on YouTube

Donate here

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

Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

LGBTBE-Biz in California

Two Events and Two Different Dates to do LGBTBE Business in California  

6th Annual California Cable Supplier Diversity Fair

November 1, 2016 in Long Beach, CA

Join Charter Communications, Cox, and Comcast for one on one meetings with representatives from purchasing groups, a networking luncheon, and a cable industry panel discussion.

This one-on-one matchmaking event connects Minority, Women, LGBT, Service Disabled Veteran and Disabled-Owned businesses with potential procurement opportunities with Charter Communications Inc., Comcast, and Cox Communications. 

California Cable is a forum of diverse suppliers and the host companies to better understand the needs of the other, creating a valuable opportunity to foster business relationships.

Program Highlights: 

  • Registration and continental breakfast
  • “One on One” meetings with representatives from purchasing groups.
    • (Please note appointments are limited and are based on the procurement needs listed for each company).
  • Networking luncheon and cable industry panel discussion 

5th Annual Insurance Diversity Summit

December 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by the California Department of Insurance, the Insurance Diversity Summit will engage insurers and stakeholders for a discussion about diversity in the insurance industry and host matchmaking meetings for diverse suppliers.

The purpose of the Summit is to engage insurers and stakeholders in a discussion about the state of diversity within the insurance industry. Please check back for more information as we near the date of the Summit.

For more information about the Summit, please visit here or contact us at:
Please note: 
  • Registration for matchmaking closes on November 1st. 
  • Registration is first-come, first-serve; please register immediately if you plan on attending!
  • For more information visit here.

To learn more about LGBTBE Certification, please visit here.

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

Interested in being featured? 
Please contact me at

Non-Profit Spotlight: Leslie-Lohman Museum

Art History is a key component of any community. The art is an archive of the state of the life and times of a civilized community. As early as 1969, co-founders Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman recognized the need for gay artists to have a platform. As the Gay Community was ravaged by the AIDS crisis of the 80s, so was the Art community. As gay men were dying their families were simply discarding the art left behind. Primarily because they either didn’t know what to do with the art or they didn’t want to acknowledge their loved one’s sexuality. By 1987 they created the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Inc.

Charles W. Leslie, Director Emeritus and
J. Frederic (Fritz) Lohman (1922-2009)

Their mission: To exhibit and preserve art that speaks directly to the many aspects of the LGBTQ experience, and foster the artists who create it. We embrace the rich creative history of this community by educating, informing, inspiring, entertaining, and challenging all who enter our doors. – Leslie-Lohman

In May 2011, in recognition of the Foundation's work on collecting and exhibiting LGBTQ work, the New York State Board of Regents awarded a provisional charter of official museum status making it the first and only gay art museum in the world.

In December 2015, the New York State Board of Regents, at the Museum’s request, merged the Museum and the Foundation entities for all purposes and now operates solely under the name Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, a charitable entity exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.

In July 2016, The New York State Board of Regents issues official Museum Accreditation.

Currently in the throes of an expansion project, the museum will nearly double its space. In the meantime, the Exhibitions continue. I had the privilege of chatting with longtime Deputy Director for External Relations Jerry Kajpust on the way forward for the Museum. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.

This is a very important place and space that Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman created for our community. Many are not aware of its longstanding existence. Starting an art gallery is in and of itself a labor of love. Couple that at time when being LGBT was illegal and considered a mental illness. In a few short years Leslie Lohman will be celebrating 50 years of preserving LGBT art and culture alongside the brave souls who stood tall at Stonewall. They have certainly shown us how to stand in the face of adversity.

Tell us more about the early days of the gallery.

In 1969, Charles and Fritz held their first exhibit of art in their home. Their mission has always been to supply space for gay artists to show and sell their work. They were groundbreaking in that whole area which is amazing. The simple act of showcasing “illegal” art was itself a revolution.

How are you planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary?

We’re starting work on a foundation history with one of the board members and we may do a small foundation book. Highlighting the history, the impact we’ve had on the art community. The collection that has been cultivated. We have over 30,000 individual objects of art in the collection. We also have a resource library of over 2000 volumes of books on gay artists and art. We also, have a paper archive of ephemera, artists’ letters, articles. Some of which are truly one of a kind.

For example, there was a person who did research for Mapplethorpe Foundation and he contacted Leslie Lohman where he happened upon an article he hadn’t seen before. In all of his research he found that even the Mapplethorpe Foundation had never seen it before. That was due to the fact that many artists would write under pseudonyms. There is a major treasure trove of history we have amassed and make available for research. Anyone interested, can set up here and research LGBT art.

There seems to be more G than LBT art on hand. Is there any plan to expand the collection to include the broader spectrum that is the community?

Gender balance and representation is a critical focus for us. We have taken on a project to identify non-male as well as ethnic diversity art and artist. Our goal is to increase gender mix by 10% each year until we reach parity.

It is important to note that originally this was a private collection and it continues to evolve over time. Now that we are fully recognized museum we will be able to better represent the community. Once we were very male dominated, now we enjoy full diversity on our board and certainly on our staff. To mark the Museum’s leadership in advocating for gender balance in the Museum’s exhibitions and collection the Board of Trustees has created a Diversity Acquisition Fund.

The fund is designed to increase the number of works by female and transgender artists in the Museum’s collection. Presently 13% of the artists in the Museum’s’ permanent collection is female or transgender. We’re ahead as compared to other museums who sit at about 2%.  With the creation of this fund, the Museum will acquire high quality works to increase that percentage.  Under the direction of the Museum’s Collections Committee, funds donated will be used to purchase work by artists such as these along with many others. Currently the fund has received $40k in donations and pledges. Purchases of art from this fund will be spent for lesbian and transgender art.  This fund is not an endowment, but funds are on a temporary restriction and the fund will remain until it is spent down.

There have been a few changes happening at the Museum lately. To what should we look forward?

In July we received the official State Board of Regents Accreditation. We look forward to celebrating this achievement upon the opening of the new space at some point this winter. We are looking at having an opening with a large exhibit of our permanent collection. We’re looking at a 30-year retrospective. We hope to have a new Director on board. We will be launching our graphic redesign.

We have received some exciting grants. We received a Henry Luce Foundation grant that will enable us to catalogue the collection and an Arcus Foundation grant that will enable us to offer additional educational programming.

For the last three years we have been supported by government grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. These grants have enabled us to offer the Leslie-Lohman Speaker Series. This series is primarily focused on bringing in studio artist to share their thoughts around their impact on culture and create a dialogue between them and the audience.

Designed to enhance and generate critical dialogue between art makers and the general public. Lectures that further the public education about the role of LGBT issues in art making through direct contact with studio artist. 

When are these events happening?

We offer 3 events of the Leslie-Lohman Speaker Series in both the Fall and Spring.
Please see below for dates and times.

Anything else you would like to share about Educational Programming?

The Museum brings a new perspective providing viewers with a personal context and insight into artists as individuals never seen before demonstrating that LGBTQ art exists not in a vacuum but an integral part of the art world. Our educational programming broadens people's humanistic outlook, enriching their understanding of the LGBTQ community, while contributing to the cultural and artistic activity of NYC.

Please share the names of some institutions with whom you collaborate?

We continue to develop our presence and, partnerships with NYC & Company, NYCgo, NGLCCNY and other New York Chamber groups. Outreach includes collaborations with other art and cultural institutions including the Visual AIDS, The Lambda Literary Awards, Callen-Lorde, GMHC, Queer Art Mentorship, Fire Island Artist Residency, Warhol Foundation, New York Historical Society, The Smithsonian, NYU Fales Library, University of Buffalo; The Whitney Museum of American Art, El Museo del Barrio, and Studio Museum of Harlem. Other LGBTQ organizations such as other LGBTQ organizations including, I'm From Driftwood, Trinity Place Shelter, SAGE, Lambda Legal, The Center, and Housing Works.

Leslie Lohman Speakers Series
This series features a minimum of six contemporary artists (3 fall / 3 winter-spring) whose work is significant to today's LGBTQ culture. Our educational programming broadens people's humanistic outlook, enriching their understanding of the LGBTQ community, while contributing to the cultural and artistic activity of NYC. As a curated series, it presents a well-rounded and diverse group of artists that are actively working and impacting the LGBTQ art arena. These lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming in this series:

THUR NOV 3 – 6:30
Hunter Reynolds
NY visual artist and AIDS activist. An early member of ACT UP, he fights against homophobia and censorship in the arts. An HIV-positive man whose work address issues of gender identity, political, social, and sexual histories, mourning and loss, survival, hope and healing.

THUR NOV 10 – 6:30
Aaron McIntosh
Quilts, weeds, yellowing wallpaper, firewood, a taxidermy bear and Colonial-Revival couch—my works reach across generational divides through a language of form and material dialect. Probing the images and cultural artifacts from my geographical, familial and domestic background reveals gaps in which I can insert and reconstruct my own complicated narrative as a nerdy Appalachian queer guy.

Wooster Street Window Gallery

Cobi MoulesUntitled (07-02/2011), 2011
Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
Courtesy the artist and Carroll and Sons Art Gallery, Boston

Self-Portraits: 2009-2015
Cobi Moules
August 14 - November 4, 2016

Through the reflection on and use of traditional portraiture, Cobi Moules creates a space for personal significance and a trans and queer presence. The repetition of the self-­ portrait becomes a way of both documentation as well as aggrandizing singular moments within a larger process of transition. Each portrait, with new physical changes and subtle internal shifts, exists as a singular direct monument within a larger group of time and progression.


Jade Yumang
Weeklies #19.37 (New York City)
from the series "Weeklies," detail, Cut paper, 2012

Cut Ups: Queer Collage Practices
October 14 - December 18, 2016
Opening Reception: October 14, 6-8 pm

Cut-Ups: Queer Collage Practices brings together works by an intergenerational group of fourteen queer and feminist artists who each explore collage with diverse, erotically inclined tactics. The works in this show draw from print culture and pornography, dating from the era of gay and women's liberation to the present. While collage has typically been understood through the lens of modernism and the historical avant-garde or through postmodernism and pastiche, Cut-Ups does not call on these frameworks. Rather, this exhibition presents collages- whether discovered in the archives or coming out of contemporary art practices-that demonstrate pornographic inspirations and world-making ambitions.


Mighty Tony
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 6-8 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 22-23, 12-6 pm

My work is a blend of gay erotica, reference to 19th century painting, and to the cheap animation of my youth. Using an adventure strip illustration style, I explore the objectification of the male body in various situations of distress. The work is a reflection of Tony's own body image issues, fear of rejection, and other anxieties as a gay man mixed with eroticism and a frank in your face aggressiveness in subject matter.

Rebecca Levi, Flower Beard Blue Mohawk 2016
Thread on cotton fabric 8x8 in.
Courtesy the artist

Tumble and Bloom, Rebecca Levi
Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 6-8 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 5-6, 12-6 pm

Tumble and Bloom explores expressions of modern masculine and gender non-conforming performativity through the traditional medium of embroidery. Levi both celebrates and challenges the association of “women’s work” with thread-based craft, creating meticulously sewn portraits of queer bodies, as in the series #100tumblrbearscantbewrong. Using botanical motifs in her colorful flower beards, Levi playfully subverts gender signifiers, such as facial and body hair, and embraces multifaceted, shifting, and emerging identities.

Rebecca Levi is a NYC born and based artist. Her work has appeared in Queer Threads, which originated at the Leslie-Lohman Museum before traveling to other venues, and Stitch Fetish at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles. Solo shows include those at the Bureau of General Services in New York and the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, Vermont. Her embroidery was also featured in the Visual AIDS Play Smart series.

To learn more about the Museum, they have provided us with the most Frequently Asked Questions.

Does the Museum appraise art?
No. The museum staff are not official appraisers. If you need an appraiser we can suggest one. You may also wish to contact the Appraisers Association of America to get more information on certain types of appraisals.

Can I donate art or money to the Museum?
Yes. The Museum appreciates donations of art to its collection. We also appreciate cash contributions. Please see … GET INVOLVED: SUPPORT

Can I become a member of the Museum?
Yes. You can become a member and receive numerous desirable benefits.

Can I submit a proposal for an Exhibition?
Yes. The Leslie-Lohman Museum uses a Guest Curator model meaning that all exhibitions are designed by Guest Curators. If you would like to be a Guest Curator, download a request for proposal here, Guest Curatorial Proposal Guidelines, and submit it to us as outlined in the attachment.

Can I become a volunteer or intern at the Museum?
Yes. The Museum relies heavily on volunteers and interns.

Can I leave art to the Museum in my will or estate plan?
Yes. Estate planning is a perfect way to ensure that the work of the Museum continues for decades to come. Please contact us about the appropriate language to include in your will or trust, or to set up a planned gift during your lifetime.

Do you provide grants to individuals or organizations?

For special inquiries or information on renting the space for a group, employee ERG, or become involved as a corporate sponsor, connect with nglccNY Ambassador Jerry Kajpust, Deputy Director for External Relations at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. at

The Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 12-6 pm, and Thursdays 12-8 pm. Admission is always free.

Stay connected with the World’s only Gay & Lesbian Museum:

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

Intersted in being featured? Please contact me at