Showing posts from June, 2011

Member Spotlight: Mary Blanchett

Damon L. Jacobs: What does Mary Blanchett & Associates do to help people? Mary Blanchett: We educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender population so we are ahead of the game.  A lot of times we don’t have legally recognized relationships.  So when a crisis happens, we can lose authority over ourselves.  Most of those crises happen in health care.  For example, I was recently hospitalized with a cardiac condition I didn’t know I had.  But I have a health care proxy, which designates an individual to make medical decisions when I am unable to.  When I was under anesthesia, my health care proxy could step in and make medical decisions for me.  I also have a power of attorney so if I died all the money in my bank accounts would automatically go to that person, it doesn’t go into probate.  The lovers we live with, and their children, don’t get anything if we suddenly pass a way without a will.   So there are a lot of things we can do to get our wishes actualized , even when we

Special Event Hosted by MetLife: Economic Impact of Marriage Equality

MetLife invites you to an engaging panel discussion focused on exploring the economic impact of marriage equality on June 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium on the 23rd floor at MetLife's offices at 1095 Avenue of the Americas. With a recently issued report by the New York state senate Independent Democratic Conference indicating that marriage equality could generate at least $391 million for the state withinthree years of becoming law, the dialogue continues to unfold about the potential economic impact that could accompany same-sex marriage. The discussion will provide diverse perspectives on this topic’s potentially far-reaching impact on the public sector, private sector, small businesses and LGBT individuals and couples. Confirmed panelists for this discussion include: Michael Adams – Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Ross Levi – Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda Justin Nelson – Co-Founder & President of the Na

Member Spotlight: Gary Maffei

Damon L. Jacobs:  You serve as  CEO for  Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC).   Tell us about this organization.   Gary Maffei:  QSAC was founded almost 35 years ago by a group of parents who didn’t have services for their own children. The mainstream's services didn’t know what autism was back then and they really weren’t able to handle children with autism.  So this small group of parents in Queens created QSAC.  It meandered along for about ten to fifteen years providing a small array of services.  I joined in 1992.  We’ve been increasing the number of clients, the services we offer, and the areas that we serve.  Today we have twenty-five locations in all of New York City and Long Island with about  thirty different services .   Damon L. Jacobs:  What kind of services do you provide?  Gary Maffei:  We have a preschool.  And we have in-home education, so if a child can’t leave the home for whatever reason, we send the teacher in.  We have about a dozen group hom