KBCAN

Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network

The goal of the getR.E.A.L. Initiative is to improve the healthy sexual and identity development for all children and youth in the child welfare system. LGBTQ youth have poorer outcomes and face greater risks because of the impact of bias and rejection. These young people are often impacted by multiple deep-end systems that further marginalized LGBTQ youth (homeless systems, criminal justice systems, and mental health systems). CSSP’s getR.E.A.L (Recognize. Engage. Affirm. Love) initiative is designed to address the institutionalized barriers that impact systems involved youth. The initiative seeks to help transform child welfare policy and practice to promote the healthy development of all children and youth. The get R.E.A.L name was crafted as a challenge to public systems working with children. But it also provides lessons, implications and a process for parents, caregivers and all system-involved youth.

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The goal of our work is to identify innovative and effective HIV prevention strategies, including behavioral and biomedical approaches. We work with many populations in New York City, including men who have sex with men, transgender persons, and heterosexual women and men

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Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities — in all their diversity — regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness and advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health issues.

Health Outreach To Teens is a welcoming, non-judgmental, confidential program designed specifically to meet the medical and mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning adolescents and young adults ages 13-24, as well as homeless youth, runaways, sex workers, squatters, and other street-oriented youth. These services are offered both at a youth-only medical suite at Callen-Lorde, and on HOTT’s medical van, which travels to areas throughout Manhattan in the afternoons and evenings where youth are known to hang out.

All of HOTT’s services are provided free of charge or at low cost (insurance is accepted). HOTT will register young people 21 years old and younger for health care services, and provide ongoing care up to their 24th birthday. After their 24th birthday, they will be transitioned into adult care.

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Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

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Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) is a unique program that focuses on the special needs of teenagers that are HIV infected or at risk. All of our services are confidential and comprehensive. Set in a youth-friendly atmosphere, the HEAT program operates a ‘one-stop shopping ’ full service clinic and removes the barriers which youth often face while accessing health care services. The HEAT program was founded in 1991, making it the first of its kind in Brooklyn and therefore the most experienced.HEAT also serves a leadership role in strengthening the network of youth-oriented providers in the metropolitan area and heightening public awareness about the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on adolescents. We are committed to providing age-appropriate and culturally competent care for all youths —straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, from all ethnic backgrounds.

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The New School prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better and more just place. We will ensure that our students develop both the skills a sound education provides and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy. We will also lead in generating practical and theoretical knowledge that enables people to better understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.

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The mission of NYC Black Pride is to educate and advocate for New York City's Same Gender Loving/LGBTQ people of color community through creating and promoting events that unite, celebrate and cultivate a sense of honor, dignity and respect for our diverse culture.

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