In 1993, no one believed that a "gay youth agency" could exist and survive on Long Island - a place so often perceived as conservative, close-minded, and not safe for GLBT people, especially youth. No one believed that schools would allow an openly gay person to address students and faculty. And no one believed that Long Island's GLBT community would one day have a "home of its own" - its own community center.
In 1993, a masters of social work graduate thesis project became a reality when two students and several youth began to provide education to local schools about the challenges of growing up gay and lesbian, and began several support groups across Long Island. Operating with only volunteers and an answering machine in a Levittown apartment, LIGALY was born.
LIGALY's resources consisted of little more than an answering machine in the Executive Director's Levittown apartment - no paid staff, no place for youth to socialize, no place for counseling, no place for support groups, no place for community events, and no place to call home.