The Long Island Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Network has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Calamus Foundation to support its Hamptons GLBT Center in Sag Harbor. The grant will enable The Network and its organizations, in particular Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), to begin full-time programming at The Hamptons GLBT Center and throughout the five East End towns.
The Hamptons GLBT Center held its grand opening in August with over 350 in attendance including Southampton resident and the plaintiff in this year’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Edie Windsor.
“We are very grateful to the Calamus Foundation for their support,” said Network CEO David Kilmnick. “The grant is significant as it will ensure that each of the network’s three centers are staffed and open full-time providing life-saving programs and services. With funding from the Calamus Foundation, we will be able to hire two staff members (one full-time and one part-time) that will be based solely on the East End. We will be able to go from keeping the Hamptons GLBT Center open one day a week to five days a week, ensuring that all GLBT youth, adults and seniors have a safe space that they can access where they will find support, organize, and build a stronger community.”
“We are thrilled to support the Long Island GLBT Network’s new Center in the Hamptons,” said Louis Bradbury, the president of The Calamus Foundation’s board of directors. “We were impressed by the impact the organization has had in the lives of tens of thousands over its 20 year history and look forward to partnering with The Network to meet the needs of the East End GLBT community which has been greatly underserved until now.”