Who We Are
Before the formation of the Long Island Lesbian Cancer Initiative (LILCI), there were no culturally specific services for lesbian-identified women with cancer, or their caregivers, on Long Island - despite the CDC’s identification of lesbians as a target population for breast and cervical cancer interventions in 1994.
1996, a local lesbian bar held an event to raise money for the fight
against breast cancer that became an annual occurrence. This rallied
the community by connecting a local focus and real faces to the
lesbian cancer epidemic. LILCI was founded by and for lesbians to
resolve this gap in services in November of 2000 because of dialogues
that began at this community building event.
Today, LILCI relies on three all-volunteer bodies – a Board
of Directors, a Community Advisory Council,
and a Professional Advisory Council -
composed of community leaders, cancer survivors and caregivers,
health and human service providers and researchers. These entities
inform and support each other in an effort to impact the health
and wellness of LILCI's communities. This is accomplished by education,
advocacy, research and services. Programs are conducted by a pool
of local volunteers. With the support of partners, colleagues and
allies across the continent, LILCI exists for our community and
because of our volunteers. By maintaining a modest infrastructure,
working out of our homes, collaborating with allies, and by importing
resources to Long Island, LILCI’s global approach maximizes
resources within a sustainable system.