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Making a Huge Difference in the Time of COVID-19: Antarctic Agency

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LGBT-owned and operated, Antarctic is more than just a digital agency. Growth-focused on brand development, digital fundraising and web development, Antarctic works mainly with nonprofits and cause-based organizations that are mission-driven and that give back to the community. In their own words, “We’re a group of designers, technologists, and digital strategists focused on helping cause-based organizations and nonprofits innovate and grow. We embrace growth as a central theme as well as strategic planning, thoughtful design and a robust understanding of web technologies that help place our clients ahead of the competition.” Antarctic often works closely with other LGBTQ community partners, including God’s Love We Deliver, the Ali Forney Center, and SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Specifically, in the current COVID-19 pandemic, Antarctic’s work is more important than ever before. Using their skills and talents, Antarctic has helped SAGE create an immediate respons

Ambassador of the Month - May 2020

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This month we begin a new feature… our nglccNY Ambassador of the Month Honor. In May we are spotlighting Mary Blanchett. Mary is a beloved member of our chamber family and a Registered Representative/Licensed agent  through New York Life Insurance Company, and several other independent insurance companies. She always goes above and beyond to connect our members to new opportunities, to one another, and to the broader NGLCC/nglccNY mission. Phyllis Mehalakes, Chair of The Ambassadors Committee offers high praise for Mary, saying: “Mary is one of our most senior Ambassadors and we're lucky to have her on our team.  Recently voted 'Outstanding Ambassador' by our membership, she excels at connecting people, making meaningful introductions and bringing new members to our events.  She’s professional, approachable, and always willing to help. Working with Mary is a delight.” Upon learning that she is our Ambassador of the Month, Mary said: “Being an ambassador of n

Iconic Lesbian Bar Henrietta Hudson Seeks Community Support To Stay Afloat Amid COVID-19 Closure

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Photo by Molly Adams Henrietta Hudson is a beloved lesbian bar in New York City’s West Village and is among those small businesses that have been the lifeblood of the community for decades. Following its recent closure in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the iconic bar is calling for community financial support after requests from government aid have gone unanswered. Henrietta Hudson is fighting to stay afloat and keep from permanently shutting its doors. “Bars are recession proof not pandemic proof,” says Henrietta Hudson Co-Owner Lisa Cannistraci. She explains how over the years the bar has seen it all. “We’ve been through 911, the 2008 recession and Super Storm Sandy in 2012. In all of those instances, business increased because people needed a place to go commiserate and have a sense of community. We rose above those obstacles, but never could have anticipated or pre-pared for the onerous burden of a pandemic that threatens our very survival.” Cannistraci closed