Special Tax Deduction Benefit

Under the temporary law, taxpayers don't need to itemize deductions on their tax returns to take advantage of this, which creates tax-favorable donation options not normally available to about 90 percent of tax filers.

Ordinarily, people who choose to take the standard deduction cannot claim a deduction for their charitable contributions. But this special provision permits them to claim a limited deduction on their 2021 federal income tax returns for cash contributions made to qualifying charitable organizations by year's end, December 31, 2021.

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Download The Holiday Survival Guide

The Holidays can be difficult for so many of us. Check out/ download our Holiday Survival Guide, which is part of our article, "Surviving The Holidays" in OUTSpoken. The guide has helpful ways you can cope with this time of year, including phone numbers you can call, if you need someone to talk with about what you're going through. Click on the graphic to download the brochure:
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Gender Recognition Act of New York in Effect!

Wonderful News Alert!✨

The Gender Recognition Act of New York is officially in effect! We are incredibly grateful to all of those who have made this possible. This law gives our Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-Binary families more dignity, more respect, and more personal agency! To learn more about what the law does, click here
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"Our Stories" Daniel


The nearly 2-year-old pandemic has ripped apart so many lives, and this is especially true for the LGBTQ+ Community. We are only beginning to gain a sense of the widespread misery that it has brought to so many.
What we do know is that we, here, at The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center are here to help.

We are here to meet the unprecedented level of need that so many in our community are experiencing.
COVID has affected the LGBTQ+ in varying ways depending on the person and it has demanded a comprehensive response because everyone matters and no one should be made to suffer hardship alone.

This is why we developed "OUR STORIES" a compilation of 4 stories of people from the LGBTQ+ spectrum whose lives were affected by the pandemic and how The LOFT can assist with these needs. In order to do all of this, we need your help. 
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Read Daniel's story

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2021 Holiday Message from Executive Director, Judy Troilo

The LOFT Executive Director Judy Troilo shares a Holiday Message with the community. This year was filled with setbacks and difficulties for so many, and yet there were glimmers of inspiration that also gave us hope.  Read about what keeps up moving forward.

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Queer Community Book Club Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker at Queer Community Book Club, Saturday, December 18 at 10:00am
Moises Agosto-Rosario, author of the chapter titled "Latinas/os and the AIDS Treatment Advocacy Movement" will be joining our meeting on Saturday.
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NEW GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT

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NEW GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT:
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The LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group is a closed meeting space for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual abuse to process experiences, develop coping skills, and strengthen feelings of resilience in a safe and supportive environment. Meetings are held weekly on Zoom and are open to any LGBTQ+ survivor of sexual abuse, ages 18 and older, whether the abuse occurred in childhood or adulthood. An intake and screening is required to participate. This is a CLOSED meeting, pre-registration is required.
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This Support Group is co-organized by The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center and WestCOP- Victims Assistance Services (VAS), and is co-facilitated by a VAS Clinician and LOFT LGBTQ+ Survivor Advocate.
 
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The LGBTQ+ Survivor Support Group is currently enrolling new attendees!
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The LOFT Thanks Assemymember Burdick For Funding

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The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center would like to thank New York State Assemblymember Chris Burdick (NYS Assemblymember Chris Burdick) for securing $15,000 in funding for The LOFT.
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Since the pandemic, The LOFT has experienced a surge of need from the community, and this funding is critical in helping us meet the growing needs of our community with an expansive list of free services and programs, available to all who need them.
Thank you, Assemblymember Burdick, for being an ally and supporter to the LGBTQ+ Community! We are truly grateful!
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Holiday Conversation With The LOFT

Wednesday-December 15, 2021 | 6:00-7:00 PM | Virtual
Even though we have to social distance in the wake of Omicron, we can still connect. Let's ride it out together and safely. Come and join The LOFT staff and board for a virtual Holiday Conversation. Let's look back at 2021 together, share some stories, have some laughs, and talk about the year ahead!
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Helping The Jeans of The World

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Jean's Story

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The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center has never been more important for so many. Learn about Jean's story, a bisexual man who found the courage to come out, only to have his world fall out from under him.
Learn how The LOFT is there for the Jeans of the world!
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