The Pride Network

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About

The Pride Network strives to develop a more involved and informed LGBTQ community giphythrough leadership programs and practical solutions that build, educate and empower sustainable community networks.

The Pride Network envisions a society where strong community leaders create and sustain networks toward a more conscious and engaged LGBTQ culture. The Pride Network also looks to a time when a fundamental part of being an LGBTQ person is the opportunity to access a community that empowers and informs the individual about their collective past, present, and future.

Volunteer Leadership

christenChristian Fuscarino is an LGBTQ community leader, and founder of The Pride Network. He is the former Northeast Region Coordinator for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, where he worked with high school GSAs for six years. In 2007 Christian joined the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey as a program developer for urban gay youth. That same year he won the National Academy of Television Arts and SciencesStudent Emmy” award for his “End the Silence” public service announcement raising awareness of anti-LGBT bullying in schools. He is a graduate of Hofstra University where he was recognized as Hofstra Man of the Year for his student organizing work on campus. Christian has been recognized by President Barack Obama, members of Congress, and members of Senate for his dedication to the LGBTQ community. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Our History

2008: The Pride Network was founded at Hofstra University by Christian Fuscarino to create a safe, social, stronger, and more unified LGBTQ community on campus by providing educational programs and a network of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

2009: The Pride Network forms chapters in order to apply a similar concept used at the university in communities. Chapters now are working to connect people, organizations, and companies with the LGBTQ movement by using community workshops and programs that engage individuals to be leaders.

smilie-lead-with-pride2010: Smaller community organizations in New Jersey dissolve and join efforts with The Pride Network in order to help end bias and prejudice in schools by providing education and practical solutions to facilitate change. The Pride Network offers it’s first Gay-Straight Alliance Summit. The Hudson Pride Connections Center becomes a 501c3 fiscal sponsor of The Pride Network.

2011: The Pride Network is now offering programming in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A public service announcement with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Carmen Carrera is produced to help raise awareness about the importance of volunteering.

2012: The Pride Network becomes an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. The Community Agent Training Program and the SPEAK Summit Program are launched.

Financial information:  The Pride Network falls under a small tax-exempt category for the aids-awareness-aids-red-ribbon-smiley-emoticon-000509-facebookIRS. Small tax-exempt organizations are only required to file an annual electronic notice, Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations not Required To File Form 990 or 990-EZ. This filing requirement applies to tax periods beginning after December 31, 2006, and may apply to organizations that previously were not required to file returns. To inquire about the annual electronic postcard filing for The Pride Network, please email IRS@ThePrideNetwork.org

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Catina Mezereon releases music video showing solidarity for Pride and Orlando

Untitled-1For through the citizens of every conceivable ancestry who make this city their own, we see living proof that opportunity can be accessed by all, that what unites us as human beings is far greater than what divides us, and that people from every part of this world can live together in peace. ~ President Obama

drummer-smiley-emoticongt magazine3Upcoming music sensation Catina Mezereon (aka CAT) has introduced herself to the world with her debut track“stronger” features a video dedicated to the recent tragedy in Orlando .

This new garage and house anthem is produced by eDaBeatFreakz & Incredilbes and showcases her powerful, soul-ladened vocals inside a video full of hope and support for Pride. Featuring footage from the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, it also features a positive message of solidarity and defiance in the face of such hate.

She’d previously tweeted her support for the terrible tragedy in Orlando via her Twitter account.

ElvisDiscovered while studying fashion at the London School of Fashion & Design, she made music during her free time; resulting in one of her demos making its way to the ears of multi-platinum Grammy award winning artist and rapper, Pras Michel (The Fugees).

A remix package, including a remix featuring legendary UK grime mc Ghetts, is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Watch Catina’s video for Stronger below…

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You can download the single in the coming weeks via Catina’s official iTunes page. Follow via Instagram here.

Article posted 4th August 2016 by William J Connolly for GT Magazine.

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🇨🇦 What Pride Means To Us: WorldPride 2014 Toronto

A video production by Crucial Pictures. Images courtesy of Edie Windsor and Getty Images.
The word Pride implies the basis for human dignity.
This is what WorldPride means to us. What does WorldPride mean to you?

Canadian-smiley-faceCheck out Visit Toronto For Pride.com to join the celebration and learn more about WorldPride.

WorldPride 2014 is coming to Toronto THIS summer. June 20-29, 2014. And we can’t wait! This international ten-day celebration of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities will be the first WorldPride ever held in North America, and the fourth such festival in the world.

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Photo credit: Terkin By Design

To prepare for this one-of-a-kind event, we asked trailblazers like Kyle Rae and Laverne Cox — plus the Pride Toronto staff and volunteers on the ground — what WorldPride means to them. Listen to their stories and find out for yourself why Torontonians are so proud to be hosting WP14TO this June.

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Speak out! Stop bullying: Wear pink on April 10

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pink-happy-heart-smiley-emoticonThe day was initiated in a Nova Scotia high school in 2007, when two straight students saw a gay student being threatened and taunted for wearing a pink shirt to school. The students intervened, but wanted to do something more to prevent future acts of homophobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to show up wearing pink, in an act of solidarity. The result was powerful – an entire school stamped out homophobic and transphobic bullying.

The story quickly caught on and now many schools and workplaces throughout the world host annual pink shirt days.

bigPositive actions like this help bust stereotypes and shift societal attitudes about sexual orientation and gender identity. However, there is still a long way to go to eliminate hate and discrimination ~ both inside and outside of Canada’s borders. For instance there are still places in the world where being openly gay or lesbian could cost you your life. According to recently published data by an international LGBTTI rights organization, same sex acts are criminalized in over 80 different countries, five of which use the death penalty.

rainbowThe thought of being killed or jailed simply because of who you date, or who you love, is hard to comprehend, but it’s the harsh reality facing many gay, lesbian, and bisexual people throughout the world.

Even within Canada where sexual orientation and gender identity are considered human rights, bullying and harassment issues remain prevalent. A recent survey of homophobia and transphobia in Canadian schools, led by LGBTTI advocacy association EGALE Canada, revealed that sixty-four percent of LGBTTI students reported feeling unsafe at school and fifty-eight percent of straight students reported feeling upset by homophobic comments. In fact over two-thirds of students are hearing homophobic expressions like “that’s so gay” on a daily basis. With respect to gender identity, an overwhelming seventy-four percent of trans youth have been verbally harassed about their gender expression.

Homophobic and transphobic bullying is an attack on human rights and it hurts everyone from the targets to the witnesses to society at large.

smiley-face-giant-smileMoreover, it is not just a schoolyard issue – it pervades our workplaces and communities. In fact, many of our LGBTTI members still face verbal and physical harassment at work, preventing them from fully participating in our union. The bullying is often intensified for people who face multiple discriminations, such as LGBTTI people of colour, who are also subjected to racism.

Despite these injustices, positive initiatives are helping to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying:

doubtheartCUPE’s ongoing campaign “Speak Out! Stop Bullying” is inspiring action and raising awareness about the high rates of bullying experienced by members of the LGBTTI community. Many copies of the new brochure along with the popular pink frisbees and bandanas have been distributed at Pride Parades, Division Conventions, conferences and workshops across the country. This material can be order through CUPE’s Equality Branch.

An entire high school in Burnaby, British Columbia recently held an anti-homophobia conference. Educators and students engaged in meaningful conversations about homophic and transphobic bullying.
In May of this year, Egale Canada in partnership with the Toronto District School Board will host the very first National Gay/Straight Alliance Summit, bringing together hundreds of LGBTTI and allied youth and educators from across the country.
CUPE continues to support EGALE’s “Safe Schools” campaign which is working to create safer and more inclusive policies to combat homophobia and transphobia in schools
Egale produced a documentary “Courage in the Face of Hate”, which draws attention to the human impact of hate crimes, violence and bullying against LGBTTI Canadians. Learn more about the video: egale.ca/.

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The action taken by the students in Nova Scotia reinforces the supportive role that allies can play in combating discrimination.

Here are some ways you and your local can offer support to LGBTTI members and combat bullying:

smilie2015Learn more about the Day of Pink, find out about different events going on, and get inspiration for actions at dayofpink.org and egale.ca.
Talk to your local about sponsoring an anti-bullying event at a school in your community.
Find out what community partners are doing for Day of Pink and connect your local to different events.
Talk to your education representative about requesting the six hour or nine hour “Combating Workplace Bullying” workshop, Pride in CUPE workshop, or if you are a steward, look into taking pink_smiley_face_the Steward Learning Series moduleChallenging Homophobia in the workplace”.
Encourage your local to develop an anti-bullying/anti-harassment workplace campaign.

Please join us in celebrating this important date and let us know about any activities that you or your local are participating in by emailing equality@cupe.ca.

In solidarity and pride

Paul Moist ~ National President ~ Charles Fleury ~ National Secretary-Treasurer

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