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 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.
The 2014 Booth was a great success, and we are organizing for the 2015 Fair, which will run from Thursday August 27 to Monday September 7, 2015. Our contract has been approved, and we have submitted the volumes of required paperwork and our initial payment to the Fair!
The schedule of theme days for the 2015 LGBT Booth is:
Friday, August 28, 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 March 20, 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/