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The recent change in federal policy does not alter the protections we afford to transgender students. There can be no confusion in this State. New York State schools must continue to enforce the law and protect transgender and gender non-conforming students.

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A Message for CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers on the federal government’s decision to rescind guidance on protecting transgender students in schools.

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SpringFest 2017 Dinner & Dance

Join us to celebrate community and to honor our amazing volunteers as we welcome Spring!

Saturday, March 18th from 6-9pm in MUMC Sanctuary upstairs from The LOFT Center.

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Entertainment at Eight Film Nights

The 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 8pm.
Join us for an enjoyable evening of current and classic films.

Check out Entertainment at Eight film nights showcasing both classic and contemporary films.

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New Group: LGBT People of Color Peer Support Group

Open discussion group for LGBT people of color including any/all peoples of African, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Island descent.
The group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:30pm at The LOFT. February 2017 meeting dates will be on Feb. 13th and Feb. 27th.

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Programming for the Transgender Community

We have expanded the Transgender Support Group to 4 times a month.

One of the primary deliverers of programs and services for the transgender community, The LOFT continues to find unique ways to improve the health and well-being of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals .

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LGBT 20-Something Group

Next Discussion Group: Wednesday, March 15th at 7:30 pm

Next Group Activity: Movie Outing to Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to see the film “Get Out” on Saturday, Feb. 25th meet at 7:30pm.

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LOFT Book Club Upcoming Selections

February 2017 Book Selection: “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett

Meet to discuss this book on Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 7:30pm. (Postponed from Feb. 21st)

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HIV/STD Testing at The LOFT

Know your status, and get tested for HIV and STDs. Testing is fast, free, and discreet
Monday thru Friday by appointment only, and walk-ins welcome on 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Next testing dates: February 21st, 5:00pm-8:00pm (last appointment at 7:30pm).

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The LOFT’s LGBT Mental Health Peer Support Group

Will take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:30pm-9:00pm.

The group is for members of the LGBTQ community who are living with a mental health condition either diagnosed or undiagnosed..

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Lesbian Social Network

This LOFT group is sexual orientation-focused and primarily for those who identify as women and lesbian. Bi-, questioning-, and queer-identified people are welcome.
We meet every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at The LOFT, 7:30pm-9:00pm
February Meeting Dates: Friday, February 10th, 2017, 7:30pm
Friday, February 24th, 2017, 7:30pm

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Local LGBT & HIV/AIDS Employment Opportunities

Looking for work? Need a better job? Thinking of switching careers? Want to expand on your resume?

For part time and full time work, the opportunity awaits you.

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Silver Connections & Intergenerational Groups at The LOFT

Silver Connections Open Houses meet the second Saturday and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Lite lunch is provided.
Silver Connections and LOFT Generations host Inter-generational Groups which meet most Wednesdays and one Friday of every month from 11am-12:30pm at The LOFT.

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Message from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – Standing United in the Face of Intolerance

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Message – Standing United in the Face of Intolerance, addresses bias-motivated threats, harassment or discrimination against minority communities.

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Strength In Pride LGBTQ+ Support Group

A support group for the LGBT+ community in Mount Vernon will meet on Thursdays from 10 to 11am at The RISE Center, 6 Gramatan Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY.

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Show Your Pride – Flags Available for Sale at The LOFT

All proceeds benefit PrideWorks LGBT Youth Conference. 6 different styles available.

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New Guide for Transgender & Gender-Nonconforming New Yorkers

A new guide and flyer produced by the Empire Justice Center reviews how transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers are protected under the New York State Division of Human Rights.

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Everybody’s Gotta Go: The Importance of Restroom Access

Excerpted for The Teaching Transgender Toolkit.

Shared with The LOFT by Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. Both organizations are members of the NYS LGBT Health and Human Services Network.

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Become a Fair Housing Tester with WRO

Westchester Residential Opportunities is recruiting Fair Housing Testers from the LGBT community.

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IN SUPPORT: One-On-One Appointments For Job Seekers

Learn more about setting up a one-on-one appointment for job seekers or those looking to change their career.

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LOFT Library Wish List

The LOFT Library is seeking book titles to add to our collection. Maybe you have a title we are looking for and would be willing to donate it. Check out the list here.

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LOFT Advocacy Station

Now that we have achieved marriage equality in all fifty states, what can you do to achieve further progress for our LGBTQ community?
Passing bills such as the Child-Parent Security Act, GENDA, ENDA, and a law to protect LGBT youth from conversion efforts are ways that we can further protect and gain rights for our community.

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Dos and Don’ts of a Good Trans* Ally

  The following important guidance is reproduced under permission of the Audre Lorde Project. Don’t assume someone’s gender identity. We are not “transgenders”.  Try just saying “transgender people”, “the  trans community”. Don’t ask are you a “he” or a “she”, or are you a man or a woman. This is

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Technology Tutoring Offered Three Days a Week

Tutoring available by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm in The LOFT’s David Bohnett Cyber Center. Sessions last one hour and are FREE!

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Announcing The LOFT’s “Gift-in-Kind” registry!

As a non-profit, The LOFT relies on donations to continue doing the great things it does. However, were you aware that a great way to support The LOFT is by purchasing needed supplies. It’s easy, it’s online, and it’s tax-deductible; your Gift in Kind will help support your LGBT Community Center!

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Mid 90s Video Series: Forward & Out, Now Archived

Forward & Out was a thirty-minute interview-style television show covering diverse topics about the LGBT community. The show was entirely volunteer-driven and was partially supported by The LOFT. The entire catalog of shows has been preserved and is now viewable globally via the internet.

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Memorial Thrift Shop

Mondays – Thursdays 10am-2pm
and Fridays and Saturdays 10-4pm
Closed Sundays

Memorial Thrift Shop benefits The LOFT and Memorial United Methodist Church

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PFLAG Westchester Meeting

Meets the Second Monday of the month at 7:30pm.

All are welcome, including parents, friends, family members and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with or without their families!

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David Bohnett CyberCenter

Your full LGBT Information Center

The David Bohnett Cybercenter, complete with six workstations, offers you the chance to go online, search for jobs, update your resume, or just surf the web. The LOFT will also be offering classes on various computer programs so you can improve your skills.

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