LIGALY Turns 20
by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) was founded in 1992. For twenty year the organization has served Long Island’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community by providing advocacy, public education and direct services.
Initially the organization focused on serving GLBT youth, but since then their scope has grown to include all generations. Today LIGALY is part of the Long Island GLBT Services Network; an umbrella organization that also covers the Long Island GLBT Community Center (the Center), Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders-Long Island (SAGE-LI), The East End Gay Association (EEGO) and Equality Long Island. Each organization has their own mission.
- LIGALY serves GLBT youth.
- The Long Island GLBT Community Center provides a safe space for the community to come together “through social, cultural, and health programming.”
- SAGE-LI delivers services to GLBT elders age 50 and up.
- EEGO provides services to Long Island’s GLBT community on the east end.
- Equality Long Island is a 501(c)4 that advocates for equality by lobbying and endorsing pro-GLBT rights candidates.
You can learn more on the organizations websites.
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