By-Laws for AGLA NY

Founded, in 1998, the Armenian Gay and Lesbian Association of New York (AGLA NY) established this document as the official charter of the organization as of September 16, 2004 and revised it on September 12th, 2007.

ARTICLE I  Name, Purpose, and Affiliation

Section I.1
AGLA NY stands for Armenian Gay and Lesbian Association of New York. 

Section I.2
The purpose of AGLA NY is to provide a space for lesbian, gay, bi and transgender Armenian-Americans, their partners and their allies to come together as a community. It is mean as a forum to network fosters our visibility and strengthens our cultural and ethnic ties to the queer communities and Armenian communities to which we each belong. The purpose of AGLA NY is also to inform both the Armenian and American communities about issues of importance to LGBT Armenians and Armenian-Americans, as well as the larger American community.

Section I.3
By nature of the essential commonalities in their identities, AGLA NY maintains an informal affiliation with sister organizations in Boston; Washington, DC; Toronto; Los Angeles; Paris; and Sydney.

Article II Membership

Section II.1
For the well-being for AGLA NY members, it is imperative that all members:
A.    Respect one another in the spirit of community as queer Armenian-Americans.
B.    Pay annual dues to maintain the continuity of the organization.

Section II.2
Privileges of  membership include:
A.    The joy inherent in promoting a sense of belonging among queer Armenian-Americans, their partners, and their allies.
B.    The ability to attend meetings at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender                Community Center at 208 West 13th Street in New York City.
C.    The opportunity to receive e-mail bulletin messages regarding the organization’s current events.
D.    Participation in all organized events.

Section II.3
AGLA NY affirms the individual diversity of all members with regard to sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, mental ability, physical ability, and all other salient aspects of their personal identity.

Article III Officers

Section III.1
Because of the relative youth of the organization and the historical fluidity of its leadership, official authority has been granted to date by voice proclamation in the presence of the membership. Elections are to be held on an annual or bi-annual (i.e every two years) basis, at the discretion of the President and other officers.

The offices Available at present are: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.

Section III.2
The official duties and election of officers will remain fluid until a larger membership requires otherwise.

Article IV Meetings

Section IV.1
Regular meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month at the Lesbian, gay, Bisexual and transgender Community Center of New York City.

Section IV.2
An officer may call special meetings at any time for the purpose of maintaining the health of the organization. This requires approval from the standing President of the organization.

Article V Amendments and By-Laws

Section V.1
This charter includes a provision for amendments as the leadership and/or membership may deem necessary.

Section V.2
This charter also includes a provision to create By-Laws should the organization wish in the future to incorporate or establish itself as a not-for-profit agency.

Article VI Adherence to Community Policies

Section VI.1
AGLA NY adheres to all local, state and federal laws.

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