CenterLink Board Co-Chair Named One of Long Island's 50 Most Powerful and Citizen of the Year


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David Kilmnick, Long Island GLBT Network CEO Named One of

Long Island’s 50 Most Powerful and Citizen of the Year

June 12, 2012, Garden City, NY – Joining leaders of Fortune 500 companies, media giants, and celebrities, David Kilmnick, Chief Executive Officer of The Long island GLBT Services Network (The Network) has been named to the 10th Annual Long Island Press Power List as one of the 50 most influential Long Islanders.  David’s inclusion in the Power List signifies the growing role of Long Island’s GLBT community and The Long Island GLBT Center.

At a reception honoring the 2012 Power List, David also received the surprise honor of being named by Long Island Press as "Citizen of the Year" for his work to bring Marriage Equality to New York, founding the first Gay PTA in the nation, and opening Long Island's second GLBT center.  The Power List noted that Kilmnick is “leading the way through the unchartered territory of new civil rights.” See the full article at:

For more than 20 years, Kilmnick has been the leading voice on equality for Long Island’s GLBT community. David founded Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) in 1993 and has led the organization’s acquired and organic growth as its Chief Executive, making it a national model and one of the most well respected non-profit organizations on Long Island.

Today, LIGALY is one of 5 organizations that make up The Long Island GLBT Services Network, an innovative business model for the nonprofit industry. In addition to LIGALY, the organizations of The Network include The Long Island GLBT Community Center (The Center), Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI), The East End Gay Organization (EEGO) and Equality Long Island. Together, these organizations form the 6th largest GLBT community center organization in the nation, with an annual reach of 75,000 constituents through two community centers located in Bay Shore and Garden City.

In addition to numerous awards and accolades for his work, David is the co-chair of the Board of Directors of CenterLink, the national organization that represents nearly 200 GLBT Centers, and in 2009 was appointed to the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Taskforce.  David is also a professor at several colleges and universities, including University of Maryland-University College, Capella University, and Walden University.  David holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.



The Long Island Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Services Network is an association of five non-profit organizations that serve Long Island’s GLBT community throughout the lifespan – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island GLBT Community Center (The Center) and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI), The East End Gay Organization (EEGO) and Equality Long Island (EQLI).  Together, each organization is working to end homophobia and transphobia, provide a home and a safe space for the GLBT Community and advocate for equality under the law

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