The LOFT is CLOSED Today to Observe MLK Jr. Day

The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2021. May the words of Dr. King, one of America's great freedom fighters, inspire you to join us in the march forward as we work to turn his dream into a reality.

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Forward Together Community Conversation

Following the presidential inauguration, The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center welcomes you to connect with your community as we hold space together for conversation, reflection and support. 

As the promise of the New Year continues to be challenged by political uncertainty, racial double standards, and the ravages of COVID, The LOFT encourages you to join us in the collective strength of our LGBTQ+ community. 

The first part of the evening, 5:30-6:30pm, will feature C.A.L.M. (Centered At LOFT Meditation) & Queer Zen, a group meditation practice co-sponsered by Queery. 
Then from 6:30-7:30pm LOFT staff will be leading a check-in on recent events including the inauguration and continue to process the aftermath of the violence that occurred on January 6th. 
This conversation is presented by The LOFT's Pride In Politics program and the center's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Peer Support Group. 
You are welcome to participate in both or either part of the evening. There will be a five minute break in-between sessions. 
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FREE HIV/STI Testing at The LOFT Provided in Partnership with HVCS

(FREE HIV/STI testing occurs the 3rd Tuesday of
every month from 5pm-8pm)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic new procedures have been put into place to ensure the safety of you, LOFT and HVCS staff.  

  • You must make an appointment for Jan 19th by 1pm on Jan 19th, no drop-ins will be screened that day.
  • Pre-screening and counseling will be done prior to the appointment by phone with an HVCS counselor.
  • You must answer a COVID-19  health
    survey before you enter the center and have a thermal scan.
  • You must wear a face covering over your nose and mouth for the duration of the in-person appointment.

To start the process and make an appointment contact Jamel Gray at jgray@hudsonvalleycs.org or call   (914)-785-8214

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We're Here for You

The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center is here for you to connect with your community.  Our Peer Support Groups are open topic whether you need to heal, process, respond or just hold space with one another. 
For individual support, the center's HelpLine can be reached at #914-948-2932 x13 or info@loftgaycenter.org
As we begin the New Year, let us move Forward Together united by light and love.
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The LOFT's TransMission Scholarship is Accepting Applications!

TransMission is a small scholarship of funds available to applicants who identify within the trans & non-binary communities to offset medical, surgical, legal, and/or social transition-related expenses which are not otherwise covered by insurance.

Applications for Cycle 1 of this scholarship are open until February 28, 2021. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Feb 28th to be reviewed.
Learn more about TransMission & apply online for TransMission at this link!
If you would like to donate to the TransMission Scholarship Fund click here and indicate TransMission in the
Additional Information section.
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HIV in 2020: The Silver Lining, a Personal Essay by LOFT Staff Member, Jeffrey Guard

For World AIDS Day, The LOFT's Jeffrey Guard pens a personal essay on his journey with HIV and the unexpected silver lining that came to fruition this year:
"What I know for certain is that someone somewhere out there needs to read this. There’s someone out there who’s been infected with HIV or COVID (or both!) Like so many of us, they’re going to know that feeling of falling into a bottomless chasm. They’re going to find themselves in complete darkness and terrified. I know I am not the only one."
You can read Jeffrey's inspiring piece here.
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The LOFT and WJCS Introduce LGBTQA Seeking Safety Telehealth Group

 

Click here for more information on the LGBTQA Seeking Safety Telehealth Group. 

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Virtual Events & Groups Available

Information can be found below to register for our groups and events.

The LOFT is currently offering many of our Peer Support, Social Groups, and Events, 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. 

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A Message from The LOFT Board on Reopening our Physical Center

Dear Friends,

The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center (The LOFT) looks forward to a time in the near future to welcoming you back! We miss seeing you in person and trust you are staying well and being safe. The LOFT is committed to providing you and our dedicated employees with a safe
place, and in light of guidance from New York State we will be taking a measured approach to re-opening our doors. We have not yet set a date for opening The LOFT’s physical space to the public. The LOFT will continue to provide many programs and services to our community through online meetings and forums until it is safe to meet in person.

As the situation with COVID-19 remains uncertain, we expect New York State to update the requirements for businesses. If plans change, we will let you know in sufficient time prior to reopening The LOFT’s physical space. We will circulate guidance to describe exactly how we will be handling the reopening; much of which will depend on NYS and Westchester County guidance.

When we first re-open The LOFT’s physical space to the public we will be required to keep a record of everyone who enters. We must also ensure that occupancy remains at or less than 50% of the permitted occupancy. When you come back, you will notice various changes in the way The LOFT looks, as well as new practices and protocols. We understand these changes may be difficult and we are here to support you. Our goal is to collaboratively ensure that you feel safe and secure.

If you have questions please feel free to call The LOFT’s Executive Director, Judy Troilo at 914-948-2932 x11 or judy@loftgaycenter.org

Yours in Pride,

The LOFT Board of Directors

For a PDF version of the letter, click here.

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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!

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