Welcome to Fairny.org, the website of Focus on Awareness and Information Resources of New York, Inc. We are a not for profit corporation, and we host the LGBT Booth at the New York State Fair, which is held annually in Syracuse, New York. We are also the local organizer for the marriage equality events, please visit www.facebook.com/cnydomadecisionday for more information.
We host the educational booth at the New York State Fair to provide information and resources on issues ranging from bullying of LGBT youth, discrimination facing members of the LGBT community in employment, housing and health issues, GENDA, marriage equality and protection of LGBT families. Our Booth is a highly visible space that welcomes the general public as well as members of the LGBT community, as we work to promote inclusion and diversity through educational information and resources.
We are pleased to report that in celebration of the LGBT community, Governor Cuomo has announced that the New York State Fair will now officially recognize the first Friday of the Fair, Friday August 28, 2015, as the first official PRIDE DAY at the New York State Fair!
There will be a Flag Raising Ceremony in the morning, and in addition to the resources at the LGBT Booth in the Center of Progress Building, we will have an information table with other community organizations behind Chevy Court, and there will be a Pride ceremony at 5:30 PM. We'll post additional information at www.fairny.org and the face book page for Pride Day on the celebration of the official Pride Day, and the rest of the days celebrated at the LGBT Booth.
The Press Release from the Governor's Office announcing the first official Pride Day at the New York State Fair can be found on the Pride Day page under Theme Days.
Visit our Booth at the CNY Pride festival for more information, and stay tuned for more details as the Fair approaches.
Here is the schedule of theme days for the 2015 LGBT Booth, click on the day to go to the page with more information on that day:
Friday, August 28, Official Pride Day
Saturday, August 29, Faith Day
Sunday, August 30, Faith Day
Monday, August 31, Senior Day
Tuesday, September 1, Ally Day
Wednesday, September 2, Health Day
Thursday, September 3, Family Day
Friday, September 4, Youth Day
Saturday, September 5, Transgender Day
New for 2015: Workplace Equality Day, TBD
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 2014 LGBT Booth:
Here are photos of volunteers and visitors to the 2013 LGBT Booth:
The Theme for the LGBT Booth for 2015 is Celebrating our Past, Embracing our Future.
2015 is our 15th year at the New York State Fair! Our basic mission remains the same - to provide resources and information for the LGBT community, our family members, service providers, educators and the general public. Because so many LGBT 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 LGBT community.
On Family Day, Health Day and Youth Day one of our goals is to help educate the public on issues facing LGBT 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; or call us at (315) 460-6971 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(please note our new email address!)
Last updated July 1,2015
We have partnered with the New York State Tourism office I Love New York campaign for the past two years, and distributed 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/