Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April & Upcoming Events

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

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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. 



Non-Profit Spotlight: The Pride Network



Founded in 2008 at Hofstra University, in Long Island, New York, The Pride Network (TPN) is celebrating ten years. 

The mission of TPN is educating and empowering the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) leaders.

With chapters and partnerships in the Tri-State at both high school and college level, TPN is reaching the next generation of leaders where they are – in school.

Students at Hofstra University 
Whether they are high schools like Brownsville Academy in Brooklyn and South Orange High School in NJ or their founding university, Hofstra University on Long Island, or youth service agencies, such as, Hetrick Martin Institute, Ali Forney Center or Hudson Pride Connections, TPN strives to cultivate the safe space in which to develop the next generation of LGBTQ leaders.

Some of the programming produced by TPN includes: Social Justice/Leadership Education conferences, mentorship, weekly lectures, and lunch & learns to name a few. 

Steven Gordon
Executive Director, The Pride Network

In a recent chat with their Executive Director, Steven Gordon, he shared his insights into The Pride Network, what it has meant to him and how he hopes to inspire those around him to join the very worthy cause… Lead with Pride!

How did you find your way to the Pride Network?

I met the founder of The Pride Network when he volunteered at an LGBTQ Community Center in Jersey City where I was consulting, and I was asked to volunteer at a Speak Summit. 

Youth Attending Speak Summit 

What is the Speak Summit?

Speak Summit is a mentorship program. A day-long Social Justice/Leadership Education conference.

How did participating at Speak Summit impact you?

I facilitated a workshop for college and high school age LGBTQ Youth, and I was hooked. The energy and excitement the youth had about changing their community was infectious. 

I volunteered at every Speak Summit since and was invited to join TPN's Board of Director. Last May, I was asked to be the inaugural Executive Director. I did not hesitate in accepting the job offer.


What does an organization such as this, mean to you?

I have spent the last 15 years of my career working in non-profit settings where the organization are charged with solving the problem; not the community. Often, it felt like I was putting a band-aid on systemic issues of poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, etc. 

The Pride Network teaches the young people to “be the change they want to see in the world” and empower them to realize their own power. 

What are 3 things necessary for this organization?
  1. We need volunteers to assist us at youth events and fundraisers. 
  2. We are need sponsorship, assistance with financial planning, public relations and communication/media. 
  3. TPN would like to strengthen our professional mentorship program with a larger pool of volunteers to mentor LGBTQ youth with their career aspirations. 


How might the membership at nglccNY help support the work at The Pride Network?

nglccNY can help support TPN in two ways. 
  1. We are currently having a board member drive. Our Board is the heart that keeps TPN pumping. We welcome hard working folks who believe in our mission and are willing to donate time, money, and access to their networks.
  2. Become a donor. Individual donors and sponsorship is a key factor in TPN's equation. All donations go directly to supporting our programming for LGBTQ Youth. The Pride Network is also looking to expand our portfolio of corporate partnerships to support our operations. 
What is your message to the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth?

My message is simple: Here are my shoulders, please stand on them. 

As Executive Director what is the inspiration that keeps you going?

The youth. I truly believe if we can expand our reach, we will help to change the lives of future leaders. Words cannot express the feeling of knowing that you might have influenced a young person to make the world and their own lives a little better. 

What would you like your legacy to be?

I want my legacy to be a sustainable non-profit that will continue to touch the heart and minds of LGBTQ young people for many years after I leave and to have young people remember the principles they learned from me and pass them on. 

What's your message to the universe? 

I truly believe in intention. If you base the work you do with good intention, you will receive good outcomes.

“Let's base all our work, whether in the private or public sector, in mindfulness and good intentions."

What TPN events are on the horizon?

We have a few events coming up. All of which will offer volunteer opportunities.
  • April 6th-April 8th, TPN will be co-hosting with Rutgers Newark a North East LGBTQ Collegiate Social Justice Conference. We are expecting 300 students to attend. 
  • April 29th, we are having a fundraiser as a supporter's brownstone in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. 
  • May 26th will be our next Speak Summit at Rutgers Newark. 
  • On Saturday, June 23rd TPN will be working with Heritage of Pride, assisting with Youth PrideFest. 
To learn more about the ways in which you can “Lead with Pride” check out their website

Feel free to reach out to Steven Gordon via the social channels listed below or chat him up at the next M3. 

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Written by Ingrid Galvez,

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, nglccNY

Organizational Development Consultant, 

Strategic Remedy Group





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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March & Upcoming Events

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

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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. 



Woman Spotlight: ClexaCon


ClexaCon took the twittersphere by storm in 2017. Seemingly coming out of nowhere and startling LGBTQ+ marketing trend watchers. Clexacon achieved what many have been challenged by for years – they reached the women of the LBT community. For the first-time leveraging technology to bring CIS, Bi, Trans, Queer women, gender non-binary people together to celebrate community, improve visibility and increase opportunities in the media industry.

As part of their vision of empowering and connecting the LGBTQ+ community, ClexaCon prides itself as the first and largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ women and allies. ClexaCon brings together thousands of diverse LGBTQ fans and content creators from around the world to celebrate positive representation for LGBTQ women in the media.
With attendees from over 40 countries in 2017, we can only expect bigger and better events from the ClexaCon team. They took time out of their travels to share a bit of their story and what we can expect from them in 2018.




What was the driving force that led to ClexaCon?

ClexaCon was inspired by and created for fans. 2016 saw an unprecedented number of female LGBTQ characters killed off TV shows. One of the most publicized was the death of the fan-favorite character, Lexa, from the CW’s The 100. The convention was named in honor of the on-screen relationship between Clarke and Lexa (‘Clexa’).

The death of so many female LGBTQ characters and the attention that fans were able to bring to the Bury Your Gays’ trope led us to create an event that celebrates the characters we love and allows fans to come together from the around the world to celebrate our favorite stories from TV and film.

Did you know it would have such a far-reaching effect for women across the globe?

We knew we would have an international contingent, but we didn’t realize that we’d have attendees travel from 43 countries and 41 U.S. States! It became apparent fairly quickly that an event of this kind, on such a large scale, that brought together actresses, content creators, artists and journalists to talk about representation for LGBTQ women across television and film was something that had never been done but that there was a huge demand for. We received emails very quickly from people around the world who wanted to attend, who were excited to see an event like this that catered specifically to them for the first time in their lives.



How did you choose Twitter as your primary platform to launch your brand?

Twitter was a major platform in the drive for better representation on television for the LGBTQ community. Fans used Twitter to mobilize a movement and organized trends that forced networks and the mainstream media to take notice. It was like nothing any of us had seen before. We felt Twitter was a natural fit as a tool for an event like ours that was designed for fans.

What can we expect for the upcoming ClexaCon 2018?

We’re expecting many more attendees from around the world for our second event. We have a bigger line-up of actresses and more industry guests. We’ll have more panels and workshops and lots of opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle with their favorite actresses and content creators. This year we are partnering also partnering with the True Colors Fund who will receive a portion of proceeds from our charity events including our signature event Cocktails for Change which allows a small group of attendees to mingle with most of our featured guests at an exclusive event.

What would you like to see ClexaCon achieve?

Ultimately, we hope that we can be part of improving representation and visibility for our communities. We hope that we can encourage more LGBTQ people - especially women and other underrepresented members of the LGBTQ community - to continue to speak up for better representation of our lives on screen and to get involved in creating the content they want to see. In the process of doing that we hope that we are helping to create a positive and fun community where we can feel free to be ourselves and come together for incredible events around the world!

What are the plans to take this global? if any.

We recently announced our first international event which will take place in London November 2-4, 2018. We hope that in years to come we’ll be able to have ClexaCon pop-up events at locations around the world. We know that many members of our community do not have the resources to travel internationally for an event like this and we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate.



Connect with ClexaCon socially!


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.

Non-Profit Spotlight: National Center for Lesbian Rights


The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has been advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education since it was founded in 1977.

NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels. They advocate for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community and provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates.

Annually, NCLR serves more than 5,000 LGBT people and their families across the country, including LGBT parents, seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth.

Some areas in which NCLR works on include: Asylum & Immigration; Elders; Employment; Family & Relationships; Federal Legislation & Policy; State Legislation & Policy; Hate Crimes; Healthcare; Housing; Low Income & Poverty; Prisons; Rural Communities; Sports; Transgender Law; and Youth. Their work has helped establish legal precedents that help all members of the LGBTQ+ community.


Kate Kendell
Executive Director, NCLR

Their ED, Kate Kendell, addressed a small group of women in the Financial Services Industry last fall where she shared her perspective of the challenges of the organization. Kate’s fireside chat was a welcome reminder that while there are many challenges facing our community, NCLR is a community of strong and committed individuals working together to make change happen where it matters; in the courts.


To learn more about the life saving work, check out their accomplishments at 2017 Year in Review at NCLR and to support the services at NCLR.



With offices on the East and West coast, NCLR is ensuring that the needs of the community are being addressed across the country.

To learn the various ways in which we can support NCLR click here.
NCLR Legal Resources may be reached at 1.800.528.6257 or 415.392.6257 or via email, Info@NCLRights.org.

Stay connected with the NCLR via Social Media:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube 

NCLR 2018 Anniversary Celebration
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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.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February & Upcoming Events

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

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nglccNY Media Partner Chinamerica helps us celebrate the Lunar New Year at this M3 at Slate
 in conjunction with NYC’s LGBT Asian American community.


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

What's your story? 
Please contact me at 



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