GENDA and Conversion Therapy Bills Pass & LOFT Celebration!!

To celebrate the passage of GENDA and a bill banning conversion therapy in New York State, The LOFT's Interim Executive Director John Baker invites you to join us at the center on Sunday, January 20th from 3-4pm for a victory reception.  We hope to have with us LOFT volunteer Joann Prinzivalli, founder of NYTRO and author of portions of the GENDA bill, to provide a historical context on how momentous this victory is for all New Yorkers.
New York State lawmakers have just passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a major step forward in ensuring that transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary (TGNCNB) people are treated fairly and equally under the law. By adding gender identity and expression as a protected class under the Human Rights Law, GENDA provides TGNCNB people with protection against harassment and discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces like restaurants and shops.
We are also thrilled to share news of the passage of a bill banning conversion therapy in New York State. By banning conversion therapy, New York will protect LGBTQ youth from being unduly victimized and traumatized simply for living their authentic lives.
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Stronger Together Solidarity Fair

Temple Israel of New Rochelle will be having a Stronger Together Solidarity Fair on Sunday, February 3 in response to the recent attack on Tree of Life Synagogue and HIAS in Pittsburgh. Representatives from over 15 organizations including The LOFT will be present to share their information and answer questions about their work on anti-Semitism and other social justice and human rights. In addition, a panel of leaders committed to these issues will discuss how we are stronger together when we work together. This event is free and open to the public, and there will be a light breakfast. Come stop by The LOFT's table!

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Exhibit Hall Open from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Guest Panel of Speakers 10:30 a.m.

Where: Temple Israel, 1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle

You can RSVP to the Temple Office at (914) 235.1800, or email Howard Horowitz at howardh@horowitzresearch.com or Yonat Assayag at yonat.assayag@gmail.com.

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Let's Talk About SEX Workshop

January 29th from 7:30pm - 9:00pm

At The LOFT 252 Bryant Ave, White Plains,NY 10605

A question & answer session on the topic of sex therapy at Men's group meeting! 
Questions can be emailed in advance to presenter and Sex Therapist Graduate Student Vincent Walker, at vincentwalker182@gmail.com.
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Click below to learn more about Sex Therapy & Presenter Vincent Walker!
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The LOFT to see "Phantom"!

"PHANTOM" at Westchester Broadway Theater

Thursday, January 17th 
3-Course Lunch begins at 11:15am | Performance begins at 1:00pm!

Westchester Broadway Theater | 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, NY, 10523

We will be experiencing the show and 3-course meal, all for just $55/ticket!

Call Shepard at (914) 948-2932 x 13 to purchase your ticket by January 15th. All are welcome!

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NEW Group Alert - Growing Families!

The LOFT and Hudson River Doulas present Growing Families. This group is open to all parents and caregivers of babies from birth through age two. Expectant parents are also welcome to join our community!

Growing Families will take place at The LOFT on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00am-12:00pm.
First Half of 2019 Meeting Dates: 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8
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LOFT Writers Workshop Open Mic Night!

The LOFT's Writers Workshop is having their first Open Mic Night!

When: Friday, January 18, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: The LOFT: LGBT Community Center

No advance sign up needed if you want to read! Sign up at the event.

Readings will be up to 3 minutes each. 

$5 suggested donation. 

Anyone is welcome to attend and listen or read! 

Click below for more information about The LOFT's Writers Workshop.

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Westchester Medical Center's LGBTQ Healthcare Survey

Westchester Medical Center's Adult Primary Care Center is looking to learn more about the needs of Westchester's local LGBT community. 

Click here to take the survey!

Click below to read more about the survey!

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Pride Chorus Performance

The LOFT Pride Chorus will be performing at the

Annual Interfaith Community Concert in Honor of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 13th at 4:00pm at Congregation Kol Ami
252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains, NY

Learn more about this event, and see the full concert line-up below!

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Needs Assessment Results Are In!

Stand Up and Be Counted
LGBTQ+ Service Use and Needs in Westchester County: A Report from the Westchester County LGBTQ+ Survey, 2018

The LOFT: LGBT Community Center partnered with the Westchester Community Foundation, WJCS Center Lane, the LGBTQ Legal Project at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Michael Sabatino to conduct a needs assessment of the Westchester LGBTQ community.

The results of this first-ever survey can be found here.

 

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LOFT Writers Workshop

Have you ever thought about writing creatively, but don’t know where or how to start? Do you have a novel, short story, poem, or play inside of you that’s begging to be set free? Have you done creative writing in the past, but stepped away for a bit and are looking for a way to get back into the craft? Do you want to try something new surrounded by a great support team?

The LOFT Writers Workshop meets select on Wednesdays from 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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