This fall, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center! Congratulations to all of the people who dedicated themselves to making it a success: founders, volunteers, financial supporters, board members, staff, donors, and sponsors. Our thanks to all of you! And, we must not forget the shoulders on which we stand. Recently, we learned of the passing, at age 92, of one of the Center’s early supporters, Melva Wade. She, and her late partner Mary, attended the first organizing meeting at City Hall in Kingston ten years ago. They later shared with friends that they were so excited at the prospect of a local LGBTQ community center that they could not get to sleep that night! We hope you will honor the commitment and efforts made by all of these original supporters by making your annual holiday gift to the Center today.
There were many positive changes for our community this past year. On June 26th, the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality became the law of the land. Gay couples throughout the nation were finally able commit fully, joyfully, and legally, if they so chose. We are very proud of the part that the Hudson Valley has played in the history of marriage equality and the Center’s role as a hub for activity. But, there is more to be done.
We make a special request of you: your annual holiday gift will help the Center to have a better year in 2016. It will not only sustain much-needed programs, but will allow us to expand the services we offer, and facilitate repairs to the building. We are so fortunate to have an historic building to house our Center. We must be able to maintain this wonderful home to provide a welcoming and safe space for our entire community. Currently, the stone façade on the rooftop is in need of repairs and this year, the thirty-year old roof will be replaced. This is work that must be done to ensure the building’s sustainability and everyone’s safety.
We have seen some remarkable advances in LGBTQ causes and issues. It is in no small part due to the good work of community centers in places like Kingston, New York.
Your gift will have a meaningful impact on the lives of so many. Please support the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center today! Click here if you’d like to make a donation.
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News and Views
Farewell to Melva Jean Wade
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of the Center’s original supporters and longtime members. Melva Jean Wade, 92, of New Paltz, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Born in Noblestown, Pa., she was her high school valedictorian, a board member of UPAC honored as Woman of the Year, secretary of the board of directors of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and member of the board of Ulster Chamber Music Society. Melva received a lifetime achievement award from D & H Canal Society. She also volunteered for the Democratic Party and was honored by Congressman Maurice Hinchey. She was predeceased by her beloved partner of over 40 years, Mary Johnston. Center friends remember lovingly that Melva and Mary were so excited that a LGBTQ Community Center would be founded locally that they could not get to sleep after the first strategic meeting. Memorial donations may be made to the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, P.O. Box 3994, Kingston, N.Y. 12402 or through our website. Online condolences may be left for Melva’s family by visiting www.SimpsonGaus.com
Breaking News: A stunning victory for transgender New Yorkers!
Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations to protect all transgender New Yorkers from discrimination. He will instruct state agencies and introduce regulations to prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of transgender identity, gender expression, and gender dysphoria in the areas of public and private housing, employment, credit, education, and public accommodations. These regulations will carry the full force of law.
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center applauds Governor Cuomo for his executive action along with our friends at the Empire State Pride Agenda in concert with many grassroots advocates and transgender citizens across the state who have worked tirelessly for more than a decade to achieve this great measure.
What a tremendous gain for all transgender citizens who live in the beautiful Hudson Valley and make the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center an even more vibrant place. Thank you, Governor Cuomo!
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