NYC SPEAK Summit Announced!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th 2015 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Pride Network announces partnership with The Manny Cantor Center in Manhattan. The community center will serve as the host site for the first NYC SPEAK Summit for High School and College students. Community partners include Grand Street Settlement, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network, and other local organizations.

A SPEAK Summit is a day-long program where students come to learn leadership skills and practical solutions to facilitate change in their schools. The day is filled with presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and programs facilitated by experienced educators, student leaders, community activists, and motivational speakers. SPEAK Summits aim to teach students the importance of meaningful involvement and leadership in the LGBTQ community.

The date for the summit has been set for November 15th and registration opens Wednesday, October 14th on

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WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2014 —The National LGBTQ Task Force, in coalition with The Pride Network and other national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, today issued the following open letter:

An Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom

Words cannot begin to describe the depth of feeling we all share about the unfolding tragedies in Ferguson and New York City. Words cannot relieve the suffering of Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s loved ones nor can words alone salve the pain nor quell the anger of millions. It’s action we need and we need it now.

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World AIDS Day

“On this World AIDS Day, I call on world leaders to unite in our common cause. We have started to turn the tide. We have set a bold target. Let us end AIDS together by 2030.”

-U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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Transgender Day of Remembrance


Each year, hundreds of transgender people are murdered and commit suicide. According to the National Transgender Center for Equality, 47% of transgender people have attempted suicide at some point in their life. Since 0.3% of the world’s population is transgender, this statistic is astounding. Motivations for a transgender person to commit suicide include being refused basic medical treatment, being harassed at work, getting evicted or kicked out of their homes, being a victim of violence by a family member, and not being as close to their family as they were before they came out. What do all of these motivations have in common? They are brought on by the mistreatment of other people and society. While Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance to commemorate the lives that were lost through acts of hate, it is also important to learn how to be a better transgender ally.

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