Center observes world aids day

Did you know it’s 30 years now that we first recognized AIDS in US,and on DEC 1st its time to recall all those whom we lost, and promote solutions to prevent.Tens of thousands of people are benefited through a community which provides service and counseling in New york .Despite the awareness 50000 cases are recognized every year which is a serious concern in NY

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Center observes world aids day

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On December 1, Director of Center Wellness Andrés Hoyos, received an Emerging Leaders Award from the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC). Hundreds gathered at Jing Fong Restaurant in Manhattan to pay tribute not only to Hoyos, but a host of other influential social workers. Hoyos was joined by his Center colleagues Nicole Avallone, Director of Youth Services, and George Fesser, Director of Center Families.Through its leadership awards, NASA-NYC recognizes social workers who demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities and a unique commitment to the improvement of social and human conditions, assuring a promising future for the profession and the communities they serve.

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Gays/Leasbians Associations in Lisbon

The places where gays and lesbians meet, chill out, drink, or party in Lisbon

Chueca, gay bar in Lisbon The number of gay hotspots in Lisbon is growing every year.  From daytime cafés to post-dinner bars, to clubs for dancing and frolicking, there’s a place for you in Bairro Alto or Principe Real.
Below is a list of the city’s gay hangouts, while for the complete information about gay and lesbian Lisbon, click here.

For other nightlife options see our bars and clubs sections. Remember that everything starts very late and often doesn’t end until the sun rises.

AGUA NO BICO
Rua De São Marçal, 170, Principe Real
As with most other bars in this quiet residential area, you must ring a bell to get in. Once inside you’ll find gays of all ages and reasonably priced drinks.

BAR 106
Rua De São Marçal, 106, Principe Real
Friendly, small bar with a light décor and a good place to start the evening before hitting the clubs. It is a popular meeting place for young gays who chat on seats against the wall or by the busy bar area. It’s one of the few bars with some life on Sunday nights, when it’s the weekly “Message Night.”

BRIC-A-BAR
Rua Cecilio De Sousa, 82-84, Principe Real
This cruisy bar-disco has a resident DJ spinning techno, house, and dance-pop music attracting crowds of all ages.

CHUECA
Rua da Atalaia, 97, Bairro Alto
Chueca, gay bar in Lisbon Named after Madrid’s famous gay quarter, this small, stylish bar is especially popular among lesbians, although you’ll find an equal number of gay men mixed with a straight crowd. The attractive tricolor interior design (orange, white, and black) also includes black and white photos on the walls, forcing you to stop and stay indoors, unlike at other bars in Bairro Alto where almost everyone prefers to stand and people-watch outside. For all of that, gay or straight, this is one of the coolest hangouts in Bairro Alto.

FAVELA CHIC
Rua do Diario de Noticias, 66, Bairro Alto
Owned by the same team as the well-established “Portas Largas” (see below), this relatively new bar also targets a gay crowd.

FINALMENTE
Rua Da Palmeira, 38, Principe Real
This is a very small, yet very popular gay club. It can get quite crowded at the end of the night (meaning early hours of the day in Lisbon), but you can squeeze into the tiny dance floor and dance to some classic gay anthems or watch the regular drag shows.

GoLisbon RECOMMENDS… Lisbon’s trendiest gay bar:
Fragil FRAGIL
Rua Da Atalaia, 126, Bairro Alto

This is the gayest of the “straight” clubs. Or better yet, this is Lisbon’s “straight-friendly” gay club. Predominantly gay on weekends, this is one of the oldest and hippest nightspots in the city.

The small dance floor gets filled quickly after 2AM on Friday and Saturday nights with young gays who dance to the cutting-edge music.

Labyrinto, private gay club in Lisbon LABYRINTO
(www.labyrinto.com)
A space for the really uninhibited. This exclusively gay sex club offers thematic nights every day of the week, ranging from “underwear party” to “leather” to “bears.” This is the place to fulfill your fantasies and fetiches in Lisbon, where you can socialize with other men, participating in whatever you feel like.

LES MAUVAIS GARÇONS
Rua da Rosa, 35, Bairro Alto
This very Parisian café is a popular gay hangout during the day, serving some nice salads and sandwiches. It’s a very charismatic place, with classic furniture and black and white photos on the walls. The space is small but that makes it one of the coziest in the city.

Mar Adentro Cafe MAR ADENTRO
Rua do Alecrim, 35, Chiado
Look down carefully at the window by the entrance to this café-lounge and you’ll see the rainbow flag, but this “gay place” is open to everybody, serving light meals and a variety of drinks. It is a recommended meeting place, located so close to the Chiado district and all the nighttime action in Bairro Alto. With your own laptop you can connect to the internet for free, and if you’d like information about local gay life, feel free to ask one of the three friendly partners behind this welcoming café.

Maria Lisboa, gay club in Lisbon MARIA LISBOA
Rua das Fontainhas, 86
What started as a lesbian club is now one of Lisbon’s top gay hotspots where you’ll meet as many guys as gals. The drag shows have become a popular attraction, with Fridays having a soundtrack of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and Saturdays becoming packed for the lively ambience and music by the resident DJs.

MR. GAY
Quinta Da Silveira – Via Rapida Costa da Caparica
This huge club housed in a former warehouse lies outside Lisbon, on the other side of 25 de Abril Bridge on the road to the Costa da Caparica beaches. It has a large dance floor and is known for its eccentric drag shows.

PORTAS LARGAS
Rua Da Atalaia, 105, Bairro Alto
For local gay guys, this is one of the first stops after dinner. It is a spacious old tavern with a casual, down-to-earth atmosphere, although most prefer to grab a drink and stand outside and watch the world go by. A Lisbon classic.

PUREX
Rua das Salgadeiras 28, Bairro Alto
A mixed (largely lesbian) crowd heads to this trendy bar behind orange doors, especially on weekends when a DJ spins some electronic sounds.

S&S
Calçada da Patriarcal, 38, Principe Real
This gay bar opens only on weekends and is known for its late-night drag shows.

SAUNAPOLO 56
Rua Luciano Cordeiro, 56A (http://www.saunapolo56.pt)
Sauna, bar and spa to explore your sexuality (gay or straight or whatever) without restraints, with dark rooms and Turkish bath.

7o – SETIMO CEU
Travessa Da Espera, 54, Bairro Alto
This very pleasant bar is an obligatory stop in Bairro Alto for most gays. It is one of the most relaxed gay bars in the city and an ideal place to mingle with local young gays and sit back and enjoy a drink (try the excellent caipirinhas, the popular Brazilian cocktail).

SIDE
Rua da Barroca, 33, Bairro Alto
The owners of the popular “Setimo Ceu” next door opened this mixed café-bar that in early 2009 was also turned into a wine bar for late-afternoon drinking. The space is small, so if you can’t get a table, join the crowds by the door outside.

TR3S
Rua Ruben A Leitão, 2A, Principe Real (www.TR3SLisboa.com)
This bar opened in late 2010 in the neighborhood with the most gay bars in the city. It attracts a predominantly gay crowd of all ages and styles although targeting the “bear” subculture. It opens in the afternoon, serving a variety of drinks as well as a few snacks and light meals.

TROMBETA BATH
Rua do Trombeta, 1C, Bairro Alto (http://www.trombetabath.com)
Close to all of the Bairro Alto bars, this sauna with private cabins is open day and night (starting at noon).

GoLisbon RECOMMENDS… Portugal’s largest gay club:
Trumps, gay club in Lisbon TRUMPS
Rua Da Imprensa Nacional, 104B, Principe Real (www.trumps.pt)

This is the largest gay club in Portugal consisting of several bars and two dance floors that get packed on weekends. Lesbians make up about a quarter of the crowd, but most are gay males and a few of their straight friends who join in the upbeat atmosphere. The music is pop hits on the smaller dance floor, and dance and house on the main, larger floor.

Gays/Leasbians Associations in Rome

    Best Clubs in Rome

Coming out
Situated in via dj SanGiovanni in Laterano,  This bar is really famous in Rome because its opens from 11:00 am to 2:00 am.

Hangar
This bar is the perfect place to have a good conversation; it is located in via in Selci 69. The place opens at 10:30.

Skyline Club
This club is the ideal place to have an affair, if you are the kind of people who love sporadic relationships, this is the perfect place for you; it is located in Via Pontremoli 36.

Edoardo
Inspired in the gay English king. This gay club is really an exclusive area; a membership is required in order to verify the exclusivity of the clients. Edoardo club is located in Vicolo Margana 14.

    Diavolo Dentro
This gay nightclub is a little bit extreme in comparison to others. It has many darkrooms, cabins, shows, hardcore movies, labyrinth and sling. Located in Largo Itri 23, the club only opens at weekends.

    Linux club
is more sophisticated combining an exclusive bar and an internet café in one place. It is characterized for its futuristic furniture and expensive drinks. You can find this gay club in via Libetta 15; it opens all week from 9:00 am to 3:00 am.

Alcatraz
This is an urban gay club with a luxury sauna, three darkrooms, good music, giant TV screens and massive youth concurrence. It is located in via Aureliana 38, you can get there by the metro termini.

    L´Alibi
This gay club is one of the oldest in Rome, so it is very traditional for male. However the club is receiving mixed concurrence nowadays. You can find this club in via Testaccio 44.

Alpheus
Many concerts, cabaret shows and plays are performed at this club, it attracts a mixed clientele. You can find this gay club in via Del commercio 36. An important event for the gay community takes place in this club, an event called Muccassassina and it is sponsored by the Mario Mieli Cultural Association.

Apeiron
The best area at this club is the outdoor terrace; you can stay dancing all night long or breathing fresh air at the same time. It also has two floors. Located in via dei 4 cantoni 5, is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 pm until 2:00 am.

Lesbian

Lesbian is a term most widely used in the English language to describe sexual and romantic desire between females.[1] The word may be used as a noun, to refer to women who identify themselves or who are characterized by others as having the primary attribute of female homosexuality, or as an adjective, to describe characteristics of an object or activity related to female same-sex desire.[2]

Lesbian as a concept, used to differentiate women with a shared sexual orientation, is a 20th-century construct. Throughout history, women have not had the freedom or independence to pursue homosexual relationships as men have, but neither have they met the harsh punishment in some societies as homosexual men. Instead, lesbian relationships have often been regarded as harmless and incomparable to heterosexual ones unless the participants attempted to assert privileges traditionally enjoyed by men. As a result, little in history has been documented to give an accurate description of how female homosexuality has been expressed. When early sexologists in the late 19th century began to categorize and describe homosexual behavior, hampered by a lack of knowledge about lesbianism or women’s sexuality, they distinguished lesbians as women who did not adhere to female gender roles and designated them mentally ill.

Women in homosexual relationships responded to this designation either by hiding their personal lives or accepting the label of outcast and creating a subculture and identity that developed in Europe and the United States. Following World War II, during a period of social repression when governments actively persecuted homosexuals, women developed networks to socialize with and educate each other. Greater economic and social freedom allowed women gradually to be able to determine how they could form relationships and families. With second wave feminism and growth of scholarship in women’s history and sexuality in the 20th century, the definition of lesbian broadened, sparking a debate about sexual desire as the major component to define what a lesbian is. Women generally exhibit greater sexual fluidity than men and find it easier to become physically and emotionally intimate with other women. Some women who engage in homosexual behavior may reject the lesbian identity entirely, refusing to identify themselves as lesbian or bisexual. Other women may adopt a lesbian identity for political reasons. Greater understanding of women’s sexuality has led to three components to identifying lesbians: sexual behavior, sexual desire, or sexual identity.

Portrayals of lesbians in the media suggest that Western society at large has been simultaneously intrigued and threatened by women who challenge feminine gender roles, and fascinated and appalled with women who are romantically involved with other women. Women who adopt a lesbian identity share experiences that form an outlook similar to an ethnic identity: as homosexuals, they are unified by the discrimination and potential rejection they face from their families, friends, and others. As women, they face concerns separate from men. Lesbians may encounter distinct physical or mental health concerns. Political conditions and social attitudes also affect the formation of lesbian relationships and families.

Homo Sexuality

Homosexuality is romantic and/or sexual attraction or behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to “an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectional, or romantic attractions” primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex; “it also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them.”

Homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation, along with bisexuality and heterosexuality, within the heterosexual-homosexual continuum (with asexuality sometimes considered the fourth). The consensus of the behavioral and social sciences as well as the health and mental health professions is that homosexuality is a normal and positive variation in human sexual orientation, although some religious sects and “ex-gay” organizations hold the view that homosexual activity is a sinful or dysfunctional behavior. Contrary to mainstream scientific understanding, these sects and organizations also frequently characterize it as a “choice”.

The most common terms for homosexual people are lesbian for women and gay for men, though gay is also used to refer generally to homosexual men and women. The number of people who identify as gay or lesbian—and the proportion of people who have same-sex sexual experiences—are difficult for researchers to estimate reliably for a variety of reasons. In the modern West, according to major studies, 2% to 13% of the population is homosexual or has had some form of same-sex sexual contact within his or her lifetime. A 2006 study suggested that 20% of the population anonymously reported some homosexual feelings, although relatively few participants in the study identified themselves as homosexual. Homosexual behavior is also widely observed in animals.

Many gay and lesbian people are in committed same-sex relationships, though only recently have census forms and political conditions facilitated their visibility and enumeration. These relationships are equivalent to heterosexual relationships in essential psychological respects. Homosexual relationships and acts have been admired, as well as condemned, throughout recorded history, depending on the form they took and the culture in which they occurred. Since the end of the 19th century, there has been a movement towards increased visibility, recognition and legal rights for homosexual people, including the rights to marriage and civil unions, adoption and parenting, employment, military service, and equal access to health care.