With support from the CNY Community Foundation, an LGBTQIA Network was formed in 2017 in Madison County. Housed at BRiDGES, the Network will be a resource for LGBTQIA individuals and groups and their allies. The goal of the Network is to enhance the supports and resources that currently exist, to identify gaps and needs for services, and to bring together the community to raise awareness, increase support and reduce isolation.
From 2017-2018, local providers, parents, community members, and school faculty were trained in topics including: Safe Zone, Working with LGBTQ Youth and LGBTQ 101. LGBTQIA specific informational sheets were mailed to doctors' office and schools throughout the county. A youth group, for youth in Grades 7 - 12, was started, and is held every Thursday evening virtually via Zoom for LGBTQIA youth.
Call 315-697-3947 for more information about the ongoing initiatives under this focus area.
Local Outreach & Events
Show your Madison County NY PRIDE!
The Madison County LGBTQIA Network, hosted by BRiDGES, has created a Madison County NY PRIDE Map, and is distributing Progress PRIDE flags to businesses and organizations around our county. Our goal is to find at least one business or organization in each town or village in our county willing to participate and hang a flag. As we are a very rural county without a large visible LGBTQIA community, LGBTQIA people can often feel that they are alone. By having LGBTQIA-owned and -supportive establishments display flags for the month of June throughout our county, we hope to let isolated and vulnerable populations know that they are not alone and that there is an extensive network of community-allies and safe spaces for them.
We encourage people to participate in our Madison County PRIDE campaign, by sharing a selfie with these rainbow flags at locations around the county and using the hashtag #MadCoNYPRIDE
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Join us September 15th, from 6-7pm for the LGBTQIA ABCs training!
Please join us at the upcoming Parents and Caregivers meeting to learn the basics about how to be a more supportive ally to the LGBTQIA people in your life, or just to understand what all of those letters mean. We will be presenting information and then answering questions.
All are welcome!