Job Search & Networking Tips for the COVID-19 Era

In response to the unprecedented amount of unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic The LOFT is collaborating with David Wiacek, a certified professional career coach (CPCC) and proud LOFT Business Partner, to offer an on-line webinar on topics related to optimizing your job search.

David wants to hear from The LOFT community on what would be most beneficial to them by asking interested participants to complete this brief planning survey. Complete the survey here. 

Whether your job was adversely impacted during this time, you realized you want to change careers, or you are entering or reentering the workforce, all are welcome to take advantage of this event which The LOFT will be hosting on-line in June.  The center plans to offer this webinar twice, in the afternoon and evening, to allow for the most number of people to participate. Date and time TBD.

To learn more about David and how he helps people achieve their career goals, please visit:



Add your reaction Share

Virtual Support Groups Available

The LOFT is currently offering many of our Peer Support & Social Groups, virtually, via Zoom. The LOFT knows how important it is for our LGBTQ community to continue to safely connect with one another, especially in times of elevated stress and public concern. Although The LOFT's in-person groups and drop-in services are suspended at the moment, we want the community to know that we are still here to serve you.

How does this work?

Read our guidelines for using our LOFT Virtual Groups here. 

You can either video chat in or call in using only audio through your Zoom account. 



Tell Your Story!

Throughout June, The Generations Project in collaboration with The LOFT will be facilitating a series of online virtual "First Times" storytelling workshops. We invite all perspectives on the theme to include stories about first experiences, new beginnings, rites of passage, etc.
The meetings of this series will be held: 
Thursday, May 28th, 2-4:30pm,
Thursday, June 4th, 2-4:30pm,
Thursday, June 11th, 2-4:30pm,
Thursday, June 18th, 2-4:30pm
Culminating event will be held Thursday, June 25th, time TBD 

We are enrolling participants now! Limited spots available.
This is a closed group please contact Shepard below to learn about enrolling.

Contact Shepard at | 914-948-2932 ext 13 if interested.

For more information, view the flyer here!


It’s 2020! Focusing Your Financial Vision

Julia Peloso-Barnes, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Past President of The LOFT's Board of Directors is back for the third installment, Managing your money, of the four-part series: It's 2020! Focusing Your Financial Vision. 

Managing your money: Thursday, June 11th at 7pm

-5 steps to a successful spending plan

-Use the present and the past to help you figure out your future

-Manage credit responsibly

Julia will also be answering financial questions related to the current health pandemic.
To help prepare, please submit questions in advance to The LOFT at and put in the subject line indicate June 11th Workshop. 
If we are not able to answer your questions on the June 11th workshop, we will make every effort to refer you to other resources.

Each session will run approximately 90 minutes.
Free to attend, RSVP is required to or #914-948-2932 x13

Below is more information about the other installments in the series


Read more
1 reaction Share

5 Facts About Transgender Icon Aimee Stephens

Aimee's Fight To End Transgender Discrimination Made Her an Icon

by Jeffrey Guard

Aimee Stephens' Fight Against Transgender Discrimination

The fight against transgender discrimination has taken a tragic turn.

Aimee Stephens who was the central figure in landmark case R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission passed away on May 12, 2020. 

According to attorneys and family, Aimee’s wish in the event of her passing was for the court case to continue despite her absence.

Below are five facts that you should know about Aimee Stephens.


Read more

Lunch With The LOFT Staff

This is an open group to chat about what ever is on your mind. Grab a sandwich or a cup of coffee and connect with The LOFT staff and other community members virtually over lunch.

Click here for information on how to join!



Virtual Meeting: C.A.L.M. (Centered at LOFT Meditation) presented with Queery

Join Us For Guided Meditation!!

Click here for information on how to access this group!

In this time when our lives are very off balanced, a centering practice can be a useful tool to get through challenging moments. Utilizing guided meditation, breathing exercises and reading and reflection, this session will introduce a variety of practices to help you feel grounded and centered to better connect to your emotional core.

This virtual group is open to all members of the LGBT and allied communities. This group is facilitated by The LOFT and Queery volunteer James Young. To learn more about James and Queery click here.


Virtual Chair Exercise Sessions!


Add your reaction Share

Staying Active While Inside - Offer for The LOFT Community!

305 Fitness is graciously allowing The LOFT community to work out and
dance for no cost!
Two types of classes, 305 Fitness & Dance Around the World.
Here's the line-up:
305 Fitness Sizzlin Saturdays at 11AM:
305 Fitness Werk It Wednesdays
at 2pm:
Dance Around the World (Sundays)
at 11AM:
Dance Around The World (Thursdays)
at 11am:
Bookmark the links so you can join in weekly!
Descriptions of the classes can be found below. 
Read more

All LOFT Groups And Drop-In Hours Suspended

We have been closely monitoring and adhering to the recommendations made by the CDC, New York State Department of Health, and the Westchester County Department of Health.  Please know, this decision was made after careful deliberation by our staff and board and is intended to protect our folks, particularly our most vulnerable community members. 

We are working on alternative ways to meet the community's needs, such as virtual group meetings and friendly check-in calls. The staff is available by phone and email throughout this time. 

If you feel isolated or feel like you need someone to talk to, call The LOFT at 914-948-2932. If you reach a voicemail, one of us will call you back as soon as we can. LOFT Staff can also be reached via email for support. All staff contact information can be found here


Read more