The New York Chapter of American Veterans For Equal Rights
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans' Service Organization


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For All Those Patriots Who Served In Silence
For All Those Patriots Who Serve in Pride

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718 849-5665


AVERNY is a veterans’ service organization of patriotic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender American armed forces veterans and service members, who are proud to have served their country, and their lovers, partners, spouses, supporters, friends and family. AVERNY is the New York chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights-OutVets. We provide LGBT veterans advocacy and information about VA medical benefits; march in NYC area LGBT Pride Parades and Veterans Day Parades; advocate LGBT rights legislation; and provide support and social events for LGBT vets and active duty service members.

Come to our next meeting
at 2 PM, on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St, in Manhattan
See us on Facebook

See our complete Meeting Schedule for 2017-2018

Please call us with any questions, concerns, or issues;
we are your own LGBT Veterans' Service Organization

March with us in Pride in the
Veterans Day Parade Nov 11th 2017
Proud Patriotic LGBT veterans, their partners, families, and supporters
are invited to march with American Veterans for Equal Rights and
Transgender American Veterans Assn. in the New York City
Veterans Day Parade on Sunday November 11th 2017.
We march in pride with the American flag, the Rainbow flag,
the POW/MIA flag, our AVER LGBT veterans banner, and our
TAVA transgender veterans banner.
You MUST sign up in advance by October 18th to march with us by
calling or emailing us at 718 849-5665 or,
leave your name, phone number and email address.


Volunteer driver with car needed to drive
our gay disabled senior vets in the parade.


Whether you served in Iraq/Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, WWII or any other era, if you are proud of your service and proud of being Gay, we want you to march with us in the Veterans Day Parade.  We are America’s LGBTQ veterans’ service organization, AVER –American Veterans For Equal Rights; jointly marching with Transgender American Veterans Association.  Since 1990 we have fought for the right to serve and for full and equal veterans’ benefits for LGBT veterans.

In the Gay Pride Parade, we are often the only group proudly carrying an American flag.  In the Veterans Day Parade, we are the only group proudly carrying a Rainbow flag!  We carry both, along with the POW/MIA flag.  We want you to help carry our flags, in pride, along with our LGBT Veterans banner and our Transgender veterans’ banner.  We are You.  When we march, people cheer like crazy and shout “thank you for serving!”  As people who never got thanks for our sacrifice, it gives us goose bumps to hear it at last.  If its important, now, for us to be seen marching in pride of our service and of who we are, then decide to march this year with AVER/TAVA in the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11th.

If you think someone else is going to do it for you, its not going to happen.  Without marchers, we just can’t march.  In 2003 we had over 30 marchers with a full color guard of flags.  In 2006 we had a block long contingent.  We haven’t marched for 3 years now, because everyone decided to let someone else do it.  It didn’t happen.  Without marchers, we can’t march.

In 2003, a 78 year old friend who served in Korea in 1953, flew up to New York to march with us in Pride.  On every block, as we came into view, 10,000 people started clapping and shouting “thank you for serving!” It was thunderous!  My friend, a Marine with more guts than anyone I’ve ever known, started to cry.  Thinking he was having a heart attack, I panicked and asked him what was the matter, what was wrong.  Crying uncontrollably, he said, “NO ONE, no one ever thanked me before for being a gay veteran and serving in combat in the freezing hell of Korea.”  He’d waited 50 years!

He can’t march with us anymore now.  We want you to march with us in honor of your service and his.

We need marchers to carry our flags and banners.  We need a volunteer with a car to drive our gay disabled veterans in the parade.  If we don’t march, no one will notice our absence.  If we DO march, we will be noticed and cheered by thousands.

To march with AVER-NY, you have to be a gay patriotic veteran proud of your service.  Or you can be a proud patriotic partner, parent, brother, sister, son, daughter, or friend, proud of your veteran’s service.  We march in pride, no politics, no protests, no shouting, no signs, just our flags and LGBT banners and holding our heads high.

Do you qualify?  Call or email us today and commit to march in Pride in the NYC Veterans Day Parade with us on Nov 11th.   We need your name, phone number and email address.  You MUST sign up in advance by October 18th to march with us.

Call AVER-NY at 718 849-5665 or email us at

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AVER-NY in the NYC Pride Parade June 26th 2011, "LGBT Patriots, Proud To Have Served"


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06 Veterans Day Parade Photos

See the video on YouTube
AVER-NY and the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps
in the 2006 Veterans Day Parade in NYC


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Or you can just come to our meeting and ask for a membership form.

The national organization, AVER:
American Veterans for Equal Rights,
is dedicated to
full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all
present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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contact us at:

718 849-5665
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AVERNY is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Please click here for Donation Form

or send your donation to:  AVERNY, POB 150160, Kew Gardens, NY 11415