A very useful site covering the central New York State area is GayCNY. They have an annoying blinking logo, but the information is well worth seeing.
On May 15-17, 2009 in Dallas, Texas twenty-four thinkers, activists, and donors gathered to discuss the immediate need for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender people in the United States. Collectively we prepared The Dallas Principles.
The following eight guiding principles underlie our call to action.
In order to achieve full civil rights now, we avow:
On March 19, 2009, Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, announced that he was gay on The Rachel Maddow Show. Because of three words – “I am gay” – Lt. Choi’s life changed forever. Despite his extreme value as an Arabic speaker able to communicate quickly and clearly with the Iraqi people, one month after his announcement Lt. Dan Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him. He was one of only eight soldiers from his graduating class who majored in Arabic.
At West Point, Lt. Choi recited the Cadet Prayer every Sunday. It taught him to “choose the harder right over the easier wrong” and to “never be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.” The Cadet Honor Code demanded truthfulness and honesty. It imposed a zero-tolerance policy against deception, or hiding behind comfort.
Following the Honor Code isn’t always easy, but honor and integrity are 24-hour values. That is why Lt. Choi refused to lie about his identity.
Knights Out is an organization of West Point Alumni, Staff and Faculty who are united in supporting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender soldiers to openly serve their country.
Our members include former West Point professors, Rhodes Scholars, decorated combat veterans from the Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan, peacekeepers who served in Haiti and Bosnia, men and women from the first co-ed class (1980), an ordained minister, and many others who are coming out from their silence to serve their country in a new way.
The Rainbow Alliance is a nonprofit organization operating under a fiscal sponsorship agreement through the Rainbow Alliance Fund of The Luzerne Foundation. The group serves the GLBT community of North Eastern Pennsylvania.
Pride of Northeast PA is a social organization that provides LGBTQA a friendly meeting and social room, a diverse free lending library and outdoor recreational events; creating a better sense of community in which all can feel accepted, appreciated, and valued. Pride of Northeast PA offers a safe social setting for the LGBTQA community.
Gayellow Pages - The Original Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Information Resource since 1973. USA & CANADA directory of organizations, businesses, resources, etc. for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community.
Organized by Gay activist Dan Kaufman of Arlington, Virginia, this campaign aims to take National Coming Out Day a few steps further, by encouraging straight allies to come out as well. “Too often what passes for political or religious leadership in this country is simply scapegoating,” says Kaufman. “The GLBT community is blamed for all sorts of society ills, and Gay people and our allies are made to feel as though they are outsiders and interlopers. This campaign seeks to reinforce the notion that Gay people--and our allies--really are everywhere, and that the contributions of GLBT people to society are vital.”
As many communities around the country get ready to vote on gay-hostile constitutional amendments and other laws that would be hurtful to Gay citizens, Kaufman feels it more important than ever for those who disagree with the hate-filled rhetoric to stand up and be counted. “As African-American Lesbian poet Audre Lorde once said, ‘Your silence will not protect you.’ We’re facing more and more attacks, and our civil rights are being subjected to popular vote. Now is not the time to be timid and wait for our rights to be given to us. Now is the time to stand up and be counted,” says Kaufman. “The American Dream is for all Americans, not just a privileged few.”
Visitors to the website are invited to read and contribute coming-out stories that show how talking to others about who they really are makes the experience personal and human. These are stories about how taking a risk can change hearts and lives. There is also a section that gives suggestions on how to create safe space, and leaves room for readers’ contributions to this growing resource. A resources section contains links to local and national affinity organizations.
Readers are encouraged to log on to http://www.iamyourneighbor.us and take their next step--or their first--in the coming-out process.
GLNH is a nonprofit organization which provides a vital service to our community by providing nationwide toll-free peer-counseling, information and referrals. GLNH is open Monday through Friday 4 pm - midnight and Saturday noon - 5 pm EST.
The Gay And Lesbian National Hot line
Peer Counselors Available Monday - Friday 4 pm-midnight and Saturday noon-5 pm EST.
National toll-free number
Gay & Lesbian Switchboard of NY Project
Monday - Friday 4 pm - 8 pm EST
Saturday - Noon - 5 pm EST
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