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.
The New York State Fair now has an Official Pride during the Fair. The 2016 Pride Day will be held on Friday August 26. FAIRNY helps coordinate the Information Fair and other Pride Day activities.
The 2015 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 the 2015 Pride Day celebrations.
The 2016 Fair runs from Thursday August 25 to Monday September 5. The schedule of theme days for the 2016 LGBTQ Pride Booth follows, click on the day to go to the page with more information on that day:
Friday, August 26, Official Pride Day
Saturday, August 27, Faith Day
Sunday, August 28, Faith Day
Monday, August 29, Senior Day
Tuesday, August 30, Ally Day
Wednesday, August 31, Health Day
Thursday, September 1, Family Day
Friday, September 2, Youth Day
Saturday, September 3, Transgender 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:
Here are photos of volunteers and visitors to the 2013 LGBT Booth:
2016 is our 16th 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 one of our goals 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; or call us at (315) 460-6971 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(please note our new email address!)
Last updated September 14, 2016
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/