Radical Queer Theater - Presented by The LOFT & The Storytelling Project of Life Jacket Theatre Co.

The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center in collaboration with The Storytelling Project of Life Jacket Theatre Co. presents
Radical Queer Theater a monthlong storytelling series for LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18 to 29.

Radical Queer Theater will engage artists at the intersection of theater, personal narrative, and queer power. Participants will devise original work via processes of personal reflection, theatrical skill building, and peer consciousness raising. COME AS YOU ARE!
This workshop is perfect for individuals with any level of “creative experience.”

Lead by Teaching Artist Julian Goldhagen, Radical Queer Theater is being presented as a series of 4 consecutive hour-long storytelling workshops taking place on the Zoom platform and will culminate in a virtual storytelling performance open to the public, including friends and family. More information on Julian below.

When: Thursdays, Oct. 1st – Oct. 22nd 2020, from 7pm-8pm EST
Culminating performance will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29th 2020, at 7pm EST.

Where: Virtually, via Zoom!

There are a limited number of spots available for participation in Radical Queer Theater and we ask that only those apply who can commit to the full series and culminating performance.  Participation is this program is free. 

Click here to complete the application process including the consent and release form. 

Completion of the application does not guarantee acceptance into this program.  The LOFT will notify you if you have been enrolled in Radical Queer Theater. We will also create a waiting list if spots become available. 


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Common Ground

Courageous Conversations by YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester in partnership with the White Plains League of Women Voters and White Plains Public Library, will continue our Common Ground series around race and how to build an anti-racist community. This month will focus on Racism and the LGBTQ+ community. Our plan is to focus on the way racism affects many facets of our identities and how we can come together to build a stronger community.

When: Thursday, September 24th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Via Zoom!

LOFT Staff Member, Mia Edwards, will be assisting with facilitating this discussion.

Click here for the Zoom link & information.



It's 2020! Focusing Your Financial Vision Series

Planning for Financial Independence (What We Used to Call Retirement) Workshop | Thursday, September 24th

Presented by Julia Peloso-Barnes, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER

This workshop is part four of our "It's 2020! Focusing Your Financial Vision" Series and will cover:

-What does Financial Independence mean to you?
-Roth vs. Traditional IRA - Which is right for you?
-Creating a roadmap on your terms

To help prepare, please sent any questions you have in advance to info@loftgaycenter.org and in the subject line put "September 24th workshop". If we are not able to answer your question during your workshop, we will make every effort to refer you to other resources.

More information about Julia below.

Click here to register for the Zoom Link.


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The LOFT's OutWalking Group Offers 3 Opportunities To Connect Outdoors

Join The LOFT's OutWalking Group this Friday evening Sept 11th at 6:30pm in front of The LOFT Center for a walk around White Plains anchored by the center's 3 previous locations. Also we are now officially one month out from our trip to the Great Jack-O'Lantern Blaze. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon if you would like to attend before they sell out. Information about our three upcoming walks is posted below. Hope to see you out there!

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Are you also upset about the recent burning of a Pride Flag in Rye this past weekend? Well, let’s join together and stand up in Pride. Take a picture with you and a Pride Flag, post it on your Instagram, tag us (@loftlgbtcenter) and we’ll post it on our stories! There’s no place for hate and we will stand up with pride! To read more about the incident, click here. Let's use the hashtag #standwithpride

Pride Flag Burning in Rye New York



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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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Pride 2020: Surviving & Thriving

In celebration of Pride Month, and in continued partnership with WMCHealth Network, The LOFT LGBT Community Center participated in a virtual education session Pride 2020: Surviving & Thriving!
To access Pride 2020: Surviving & Thriving! 
Click here to view.

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. 



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.