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Welcome to Fairny.org the website of Focus on Awareness and Information Resources of New York, Inc, working for a FAIR New York for all.

We are a not for profit organization, and the host of the LGBTQ Pride Booth at the New York State Fair, which is held annually in Syracuse, New York.

We host the educational booth at the New York State Fair to provide information and resources on issues ranging from bullying of LGBTQ youth, discrimination facing members of the LGBTQ community in employment, housing and health issues, GENDA, marriage equality and protection of LGBTQ families. Our Booth is a highly visible space that welcomes the general public as well as members of the LGBTQ community, as we work to promote inclusion and diversity through educational information and resources.

Here is the schedule for the 2018 Booth:


Here is a version of the 2018 schedule that can be downloaded:

Local organizers have arranged to hold a meeting to discuss our community's needs, concerns and desires for the future. We would like to gather a diverse group of LGBTQ-identified attendees including trans/GNC, communities of color, young, old and in between -- Everyone is invited to attend and participate.

Representatives from the State are conducting a listening tour of LGBTQ communities and will join us. All of CNY is invited to join the conversation and share your thoughts.

Questions to consider include: What are the needs and how do we meet them for our community on a local level? state level? in partnership?

What are the impacts of hostile actions by the current federal administration?

The Governor's staff will be in attendance to learn from our conversation.

Bob Forces, CNY Pride
Kim Dill, Sage Upstate
Bonnie Strunk, Focus on Awareness and Information Resources of New York


Syracuse/CNY LGBTQ Community Conversation
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
CNY Philanthropy Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom,
431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY



The 2017 LGBTQ Booth and Pride Day 

The New York State Fair has an Official Pride Day; the 2017 Pride Day was held on Friday August 25. FAIRNY helped coordinate the Information Fair and other Pride Day activities.

The 2017 Pride Day Celebration included a Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony in the morning, an Information Fair, with information from FAIRNY and other national, state and local organizations in Chevy Court Pavilion, a Pride Day ceremony, and members of the LGBTQ community and allies marched in the Daily Parade. Visit our Pride Day page to see photos of prior Pride Day celebrations.

The 2017 Fair ran from Wednesday August 23 to Monday September 4. The schedule of theme days celebrated at the 2017 LGBTQ Booth follows, click on the day to go to the page with more information on that day:

Friday, August 25, Official Pride Day

Saturday, August 26, Faith Day

Sunday, August 27, Faith Day

Monday, August 28, Senior Day

Tuesday, August 29, Ally Day

Wednesday, August 30, Health Day

Thursday, August 31, Family Day

Friday, September 1, Youth Day

Saturday, September 2, Transgender Awareness Day

The Booth is made possible by the support of our sponsors, and the dedication of our volunteers.

Here are some photos of volunteers and visitors to the LGBTQ Booth over the years:


 


  


2017 was our 17th year at the New York State Fair! Our basic mission remains the same - to provide resources and information for the LGBTQ community, our family members, service providers, educators and the general public. Because so many LGBTQ people feel isolated in their communities, we provide resources that can provide connections to supportive organizations and services. We also provide resources to encourage members of the public to become allies of the LGBTQ community.

On Family Day, Health Day and Youth Day our goal is to help educate the public on issues facing LGBTQ youth, including bullying and homelessness.

We also work to educate the public on the many issues facing members of the transgender community. One of the biggest obstacles to achieving equality and justice for transgender and gender non-conforming people is the fact that many New Yorkers do not understand what it means to be transgender or gender non-conforming. This causes misconceptions and forms a culture where transgender people are often disregarded, discriminated against or worse. We believe the best way to overcome these obstacles is to educate the public about the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and our communities. Transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers, like other communities in our state, are diverse and vibrant groups of people with many different stories and experiences.

For information on volunteering, please click on Volunteers on the navigation menu.

For information on sponsorship, please click on Sponsor on the navigation menu for the sponsorship form.

Please click Theme Day on the navigation menu for more information on our special Theme Days, and for information on how to sponsor a theme day.

Reach us at: FAIRNY, Inc. PO Box 151, Dewitt, New York 13214; call us at (315) 460-6971 or email us at fairny@fairny.org
(please note our new email address!)


Last updated October 20, 2017 

We have partnered with the New York State Tourism office I Love New York/lgbtcampaign for the past three years, and distribute I Love New York rainbow heart buttons and stickers at the Booth. For more information about LGBT travel in New York, visit http://www.iloveny.com/lgbt/