LOFT Calendar

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Free HIV/STI Testing Provided By HVCS

    Free HIV/STI Testing is provided through a collaboration with Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS) on a monthly basis at The LOFT.

    Includes testing for Hepatitis C, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis.

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    Free HIV/STI Testing is conducted at The LOFT every 3rd Tuesday of month from 5:00pm-8:00pm (with the last test taken at 7:30 pm). Testing is fast, free, and discreet.

    Next Testing Date: Tuesday, December 18th

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    If you are unable to drop-in on the 3rd Tuesday, you can make an appointment with an HVCS tester for another day and time. The contact for doing so is below.

    Cato Jones
    Inform Prevention Specialist
    Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc.
    Office Phone: (914) 785-8214
    Office Cell #  914-486-8047
    cjones@hudsonvalleycs.org

    The LOFT welcomes STI Prevention Specialist Stephanie Cowell from HVCS who will now be joining Cato Jones, Inform Prevention Specialist, to provide free monthly HIV/STI testing at the center.  Two testers now means shorter wait times!

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 06:30 PM

    Al-Anon ACC

    Al-Anon Adult Child (AAC) is a support group for the friends and families of problem drinkers.

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    Al-Anon meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

    There will not be a meeting on Tuesday, December 25th, due to Christmas Holiday. 

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  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 06:30 PM

    Young Adult Trans Peer Support Group

    The Young Adult Transgender Peer Support Group is open to all trans, transgender, non binary, and gender nonconforming people between the ages 18 to 29. This group is open topic, and drop in based.

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    The Young Adult Transgender Peer Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

    Next Meetings: Wednesdays, December 4th and December 18th

     


    LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic drop-in groups. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are lead by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend discussion groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t.  Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    Gay Men's Peer Support Group

    The Gay Men's Peer Support Group is an open topic group run by a trained facilitator for men who identify as gay, bisexual or are questioning their sexuality.

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    The Men's Group takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

    Next Meetings: Tuesday, December 4th and December 18th

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    LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic drop-in groups. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are led by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend discussion groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t.  Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Memorial Thrift Shop

    The Memorial Gift Shop is a thrift store co-run by The LOFT and MUMC.

    The shop is open Monday Thursday from 10am to 2pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. The shop is closed on Sundays. 


     

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 06:30 PM

    Pride Chorus Rehearsal

    Love to sing? Pride chorus is resuming rehearsals! Every Wednesday from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

    The LOFT has formed an Pride Chorus. The chorus is co-ed, requires no audition process and is lead by professional music director Zack Wright. Read more about Zack below.

    The LOFT's Pride Chorus strives to reflect the diversity within our communities.  We are a blending of voices representing all different sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, races, abilities and music/choral histories.

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    Next Meetings: Wednesday, December 5th, December 12th, December 19th, December 26th


    Anyone with a passion to sing in a chorus/choir is welcome to join The LOFT's Pride Chorus. No chorus experience necessary.


    There is no required fee to participate in The LOFT's Pride Chorus but donations are welcome.  The chorus has two seasons each year with a Summer break in-between.  The suggested donation per season is $50.00, more if you can, less if you can't.  If you joined a season mid-way, a $5.00 donation per rehearsal is suggested. The donations are used to give music director Zack Wright a stipend for volunteering his professional expertise to the chorus' development, the purchase of sheet music, rehearsals fees when the chorus practices in MUMC rooms, and any performance related expenses.

    Donations are not limited to members of the chorus....family, friends and fans of the chorus are welcome and encouraged to give. Thank you for helping keep songs in our hearts.

    Click here to donate to The LOFT's  Pride Chorus.


     

    About Pride Chorus leader, Zack Wright:

    Zack Wright, a native of Georgia, holds a bachelors degree in Music Education with Choral Emphasis from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. After graduating, Zack spent three years working as a teacher and musician in Chicago. He was Assistant Choral Director at Hubbard High School (a Chicago Public School), resident Music Director at the Northbrook Children's Theatre Company, and accompanist for the Northbrook Community Choir. In 2015, Zack moved to White Plains, NY to begin teaching at The Harvey School in Katonah, NY. Additionally, Zack is a music director at the Westchester Sandbox Theatre and Coordinator of Music and Worship at Memorial United Methodist Church, where The LOFT: LGBT Community Center is located.



    Chorus Member Ben Shaprio shares what being part of The LOFT's Pride Chorus means to him:

    "As a young gay man it is challenging for me to find an identity in a busy place like Westchester County. Singing with a group of other queer and LGBT community members has brought clarity into my life. As a singer I can make other people feel a sense of joy and community...that things will get better despite hard times. In a city of opportunity it is a hit or miss to feel special. Our song “You’ve Got More Friends Then You Know” captures the essence of an LGBTQ person going through trouble, isolation and feelings of hopelessness. There are always people who will be there for you even when your not there for yourself. Have the strength to carry on and be that rainbow that’s soon to come. We thank you for your support.  We’re a group from different economic backgrounds but all united for the shared love singing."



    Previous Performances by The LOFT  Pride Chorus:

    Inaugural Performance: LOFT Pride 2017, June 3, 2017 at The LOFT: LGBT Community Center, White Plains, NY 

    Songs performed: "We Are a Gentle, Angry People" by Holly Near

    "I Whistle a Happy Tune" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I"

    "You Have More Friends Than You Know" by Jeff Marx and Mervyn Warren from the It Gets Better stage show. 

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    New York City Debut: New York Liberty WNBA Pride Night Basketball Game, Friday, June 23, 2017 at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York. 

    Songs Performed: National Anthem "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key.  Guest soloist Joseph Brewer. 

    Link to video of performance: https://www.facebook.com/66174366949/videos/10155526004751950/


     The LOFT's RISE Gala: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza, White Plains, NY 

    Songs Performed: "Rise Up" by Andra Day


    The Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Memorial United Methodist Church, White Plains, NY

    Songs Performed:  "It's The Most Wonderful Time", "Festival of Lights", "Jingle Bells", "Silver Bells",  "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Feliz Navidad"


    An Interfaith Community Concert In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY 

    Songs Performed: "Nothing More" by The Alternate Routes and "Freedom Is Coming" South African spiritual performed with the MUMC Choir 

    Click to see all groups on our calendar!


    LOFT Social Groups are open groups which welcome everyone ages 18 and over. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are lead by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t. Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 07:30 PM

    20-Something Peer Support Group

    The LOFT 20-Something Discussion & Activity Group is open to all LGBTQ persons ages 20-29. This open topic group discussion is meant as a safe space for this age group to open up and hangout with each other. Activities are posted to calendar as they are planned.

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    The 20 Something discussion group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm-9:00pm at The LOFT.

    Next Group Meeting: Wednesday, December 19th

     

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    Click to view all groups on our calendar!


    LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic drop-in groups. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are lead by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend discussion groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t.  Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Memorial Thrift Shop

    The Memorial Gift Shop is a thrift store co-run by The LOFT and MUMC.

    The shop is open Monday Thursday from 10am to 2pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. The shop is closed on Sundays. 


     

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    The LOFT: LGBT Community Center in White Plains, NY

    Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)

    Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA) is a 12-Step Recovery program for sexual compulsion, sex addiction and romantic obsession.

    SCA meets weekly on Thursday evenings from 7pm-8:15pm starting June 7th.

    CA's primary purpose is to stay sexually sober and to help others to achieve sexual sobriety. Members are encouraged to develop their own sexual recovery plan, and to define sexual sobriety for themselves.

    It is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from sexual compulsion.

     

    Click here to view SCA's brochure and the twelve suggested steps of SCA. 

    Click here to visits SCA NEW YORK's website and learn more about their program.

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 07:30 PM
    The LOFT: LGBT Community Center

    Mental Health Peer Support Group

    The LGBT Mental Health Peer Support Group for members of the LGBTQ community, ages 18 and over, who are living with a mental health condition, either diagnosed or undiagnosed.

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    The LGBT Mental Health Peer Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

    Next Meetings: Thursday, December 6th and December 20th


    LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic drop-in groups. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are lead by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend discussion groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t.  Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.