Friday, March 7, 2014
The Early Early Bird rate to attend the NGLCC National Business and Leadership Conference expired on Tuesday, March 4, but as a stakeholder of NGLCCNY all members have two more weeks to take advantage of a super savings of $75 off regular conference pricing using the NGLCCNY14 discount code.
During the online registration process enter the NGLCCNY14 code on the payment page to receive this special discount. You must hurry, this offer will end at midnight March 21st. Over 200 hundred people have already registered for the conference in just the first three weeks since registration opened putting this conference on track to be the biggest and best to date with over 700 people.
NGLCC corporate member Caesars Entertainment will host this year's conference at Caesars Palace. Click here to get a special NGLCC rate of $169 per night. You must also hurry and make your reservations because as of date the hotel is already 1/4 sold out.
Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to network with other LGBT businesses, Corporate Partners and allies of our community.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Contributed by Erik Bottcher
Program Prepares New Generation of Policy-Makers to Lead New York State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the application process for the third class of the Empire State Fellows. The prestigious program attracts exceptional and diverse talent from New York and around the country to serve in high-level positions in the administration. Since its inception in 2012, the two-year Program has begun preparing a new generation of policy-makers to help lead New York State government.
“New York forged its legacy as the Empire State by opening its doors to talent from around the globe, and providing them an environment in which to flourish,” Governor Cuomo said. ”The Empire State Fellows Program capitalizes on that ideal, raising the profile of public service and giving accomplished innovators and professionals the opportunity to become the public policy leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to another strong class of Fellows.”
To apply to be an Empire State Fellow, candidates must email a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation to email@example.com by Friday, April 4, 2014. For more information on the Empire State Fellows Program and the application process, go to to the Empire State Fellows site.
Candidates selected as Empire Fellows will be appointed to positions in the Executive Branch that match their skills and experience, and will work closely with senior administration officials to create transformative policy solutions to the complex challenges confronting our state. Empire Fellows will also engage in educational and professional development programming that prepares them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders.
Successful Empire State Fellows may continue serving New York State after completing the Program. Governor Cuomo recently appointed three Empire State Fellows to senior positions in his administration: Jennifer M. Gómez is now the New York State Assistant Secretary for Human Services and Information Technology, Nora K. Yates is now the Deputy Director of The Community, Opportunity, Reinvestment Initiative (CORe), and Kisha Santiago-Martinez is now an Assistant Commissioner at New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
“I am proud to have been part of this prestigious program and to have had the privilege of being appointed to a senior position in Governor Cuomo's administration," said Gómez (inaugural Empire State Fellows class of 2012-2014). "During the fellowship, I gained tremendous insight into policymaking from exceptional and talented leaders. It’s exciting to continue working alongside them to improve the lives of the people of New York State." "I am honored to be part of the Empire State Fellows Program," stated Richard Lecky, member of the current 2013-2015 class. "The Program truly captures the essence of public service and allows me to use my professional and personal experience to bring a new perspective to state government. I encourage individuals who share this passion to help others to apply and become part of this special program."
The Empire State Fellows Program is part of Governor Cuomo’s New New York Leaders initiative that recruits experienced professionals, college graduates and student interns to serve in State government. For more information, click here.
Erick Bottcher is the Special Assistant for Community Affairs, Office of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
Committee Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Outreach
The NGLCCNY grows as the community’s needs evolve. With the creation of the Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Committee, the NGLCCNY further highlights the importance of a collaborative community and it is my privilege to Chair this committee.
Collectively, the members of the NGLCCNY have worked to create a culture of inclusion and support. I joined the group while at a large corporation and had the privilege to build relationships within the group. Today these relationships provide me support and encouragement as I evolve in the pursuit of my goals in business. I have met mentors, strategic partners, clients and service providers. It is through my experience that I can express why this group is necessary, important and beneficial.
I invite you to reach out and learn about the various ways in which you may participate in the Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Committee. Contact me, Ingrid Galvez, at Ingrid@nglccny.org.
In 2008, Brooklyn was the only borough without an LGBT community center. The Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s come a long way in 6 years.
When former Borough President Markowitz was asked why Brooklyn was the only Borough without an LGBT community center back in 2008, he promised to do his part to change that. Starting out in a room in Borough Hall, led by a team of committed volunteers, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center took shape. In 2011, the organization left Borough Hall and and six months later hired its first, full-time, permanent Executive Director. It didn’t take long for the organization to outgrow its 600sq. ft. walk-up on Atlantic Avenue, when they packed their desks and moved to 4 Metrotech in June of 2013.
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Today the organization is on track to nearly triple the number of clients served annually through its programming. Weekly support groups, community building and leadership development opportunities, youth and elder programs provide countless opportunities for Brooklyn’s LGBTQ communities to find their place at the center. Through original programming and partnerships with other LGBTQ organizations throughout Brooklyn we are working daily to ensure that Brooklyn’s LGBTQ communities have a safe, common space offering physical and mental health services, social support, recreational and cultural programming, as well as being a hub of information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families in Brooklyn.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Welcome NGLCCNY’s newest non-profit partner, the Imperial Court of New York (ICNY), an organization that raises awareness and funds for organizations providing educational and supportive services to the LGBT community at large. Ingrid Galvez, NGLCCNY's Diversity Outreach Chair, had an opportunity to speak with Ray DeForest, ICNY Representative at Parliament of the International Court System, to find out more about this outstanding organization.
Ingrid: Tell us, what is the Imperial Court system and how did it start?
Ray: Jose Julio Sarria, the country’s first openly gay political candidate planted the first seeds of the Imperial Court System in San Francisco in the mid-sixties, amidst political and community mayhem in an effort to unite the lesbian and gay community. In 1965, Jose, our founder, known as Empress I Jose, the Widow Norton, founded the Imperial Court System, setting our standard of humor, heart and humanitarianism, which today governs approximately 70 kingdoms in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Today the International Court System is one of the oldest LGBT organizations in the country, second only to the Metropolitan Community Church.
Ingrid: I’d love to hear more about your founder Jose Sarria.
Ray: Jose Sarria is recognized around the world as one of the pioneers of the gay and transgender movement. His legacy is part of the gay studies curriculum at The Center for LGBT studies at the City University of New York and universities around the world. Both the house representatives of California and the government of San Francisco have honored him. He passed away in 2013 and was sent off with a state’s funeral. It was attended by government representatives and covered by major media outlets. He left specific instructions for the way forward and we will continue to carry the torch for social consciousness and equality
Ingrid: So how did the Imperial Court of New York come into being and what is its mission?
Ray: The Imperial Court of New York (ICNY) was founded in 1986 and is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that has raised over two million dollars for worthy causes since its inception. The ICNY is a “chapter” of the International Court System. We are a social, fundraising organization, which raises funds for but not limited to those supporting the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community; HIV/AIDS services organizations; social service organizations and youth enrichment programs. It seeks to provide a safe, social environment for people with the same interests as those of the membership and to create and promote positive community awareness of the ideals of the International Court System.
Ingrid: Can you tell us more about being a member?
Ray: All of our members are volunteers! No money is spent on paying anyone to do the work we do. Our members are people who have chosen to make a difference in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Membership is broad and varied: business owners and professionals include accountants, antique dealers, attorneys, costume designers, construction, engineers, fashion designers, florists, hairdressers, jewelers, education professionals, marketers, ministers, performers, project managers and more.
Ingrid: I understand you have “Royalty” in your membership?
Ray: LOL… yes we do! The membership includes Lords and Ladies, Dukes and Duchesses, Princes and Princesses all the way up to our yearly elected monarchs, our Empress and Emperor. They all enjoy the “game” of court and royalty while raising much needed social awareness and money for deserving charities in the New York tri-state area. You enter as a Lord or a Lady and rise through the ranks as you volunteer and raise money.
Ingrid: Tell us a little more about the “Monarchs”?
Ray: The Monarchs represent the Court at dozens of events, not only our own but also those of other organizations and causes. They travel with their entourages to other kingdoms across the USA, Canada and Mexico, and dress and behave with the dignity and elegance of royalty as seen throughout the ages. We continually raise money and social awareness. It must be said here that all jewelry, travel, and dress are at the complete expense of each member’s personal purse — no money raised by the Court goes to our trinkets or travels. All funds go to the beneficiaries selected for each event.
Ingrid: I see many social network postings about your events. Can you tell us about those events and what you do at them?
Ray: Our members are dedicated to the causes and charities that are chosen by our organization. We produce 2 to 3 events each month at various locations around the NYC area. All those events raise money for different charities that need our help and amazing fund raising capabilities. Those events feature our membership and friends of the courts. We have members and friends from Broadway, the cabaret world and other performing venues. Of course our biggest event of the year is “The Night of a Thousand Gowns”.
Ingrid: Oh that sounds fun! Please tell us more.
Ray: Once a year the New York LGBT community comes together for a unique gala fund raiser--one that rises above all others for over-the-top glamour and fun! That event is The Imperial Court of New York’s Night of a Thousand Gowns Charity Gala, a black tie dinner dance and coronation ball. Night of a Thousand Gowns is more than just a dazzling display of regal glamour; it is an opportunity to celebrate the LGBT community. Last year’s event was attended by close to 1,000 people and raised a substantial amount for our beneficiaries. It is an amazing 6 hour celebration that features world-class entertainment from Broadway, the pop world and more. Last year’s event has the distinction of winning the “Best Nightlife Event” Glam Award!
This year’s event, the 28th Annual Night of A Thousand Gowns Charity Ball will be held at the Marriott Marquis in NYC on Saturday, March 29th to benefit God’s Love We Deliver and Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund.
Ingrid: It sounds amazing! How can someone become a member of your organization?
Ray: Membership in The Imperial Court of New York is open to all throughout the year — we are completely and unmistakably inclusive. Our membership meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the LGBT Center at 208 West 13th Street in New York City. Why not drop by to meet some of us!
For more information about us and how to be a part of the most glamorous party in town, email us at: or
ICNY Upcoming Event
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Monday, February 3, 2014
NGLCCNY loves the creativity of its members. Click here to read about Martie McNabb (also a member of the Association of Personal Historians) and see that you're never too old for a little Show-and-Tell.
Interested? There are three meetings a month at the following venues:
2665 Broadway near 102 Street UWS
3rd Saturday of every month 4-6pm (Feb 15th & March 15th)
94 W. Houston Street near Thompson
4th Wednesday of every month 6-8pm (Feb 26th & March 26th)
603 Vanderbilt corner of Bergen St.
3rd Thursday of every month 6:30-8:30pm (Feb 20th & March 20th)
"A Show-and-Tell for Adults in Brooklyn" is a courtesy of freelance writer Richard Morgan and the Wall Street Journal online.
Community Marketing, Inc. and Pink Banana Media have announced a full-day educational and networking conference for business leaders interested in growing their LGBT market share. The 7th Annual LGBT Marketing Conference follows successful national and regional programs held by the organizers throughout the country over the past several years. Participants from the New York City region, as well as across North America are invited to attend the conference.
Discount Registration $195 until March 10th
Click Here for Conference and Registration Information
Click Here for Conference and Registration Information
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A One-Day Gay MBA: Whether you are a long-time LGBT market expert or new to the segment, you will attain valuable insights and approaches into the LGBT marketplace. Dedicated to marketing, advertising and PR executives and agencies serving all industries, who want to successfully reach gay and lesbian consumers, and initiate or update effective strategies.
- LGBT Marketing Observations & Trends: Research
Tom Roth, Community Marketing & Insights
- #LGBTBiz - Advanced LGBT Social Media Marketing Strategies for 2014
Matt Skallerud, Pink Banana Media
- The Emerging Gay and Lesbian Wedding Market
Bernadette Covey Smith, President, 14 Stories and the Gay Wedding Institute
- LGBT Family Market
- Mobile is SO Gay: New Rules For LGBT Engagement
Brooke Skinner, SVP Brand Strategy Lead Chicago + San Francisco, DigitasLBi
- LGBT Big Data
Mark Elderkin, Gay Ad Network