Are you ready to experience Miss Peppermint?
The Center is proud to announce singer/songwriter Kate Pierson of the B52s as our Grand Marshall at this year’s Pride March & Festival on Sunday, June 5th. Kate’s critically acclaimed first solo album, Guitars and Microphones, was released in 2015 and featured songs co-written by Kate with artists Sia and Nick Valensi of the Strokes.
Kate has been a supporter of the LGBTQ community for her entire career and is pleased to support this year’s event!
Why become a PRIDE Advertiser?
Purchasing an advertisement in the digital PRIDE guide will put your name and company information in front of approximately 1,200 people who attend the range of events that week, 800 of whom participate in the March and attend the Festival at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz.
It is also a way to show your support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning individuals and families.
The digital PRIDE guide will be on the Center’s website and accessible until the end of the year (December 31, 2016) so that people can refer to your organization.
Buying an advertisement helps us cover the expenses of organizing the March down Main Street in New Paltz and the Festival. You might also be interested in tabling at the Festival.
Some of the events we have scheduled for PRIDE week include an Open Mic night on Wednesday, June 1st at the Anchor in Kingston, a Panel Discussion (panelists to be announced soon) on Thursday, June 2nd at the Center, a film at the Center on Friday, June 3rd and our Board PRIDE Reception and Volunteer Recognition at the Center on June 4th from 5-7. There will also be a dance party at Novellas in New Paltz beginning at 8pm on Saturday, June 4th. And of course, the PRIDE March and Festival on Sunday, June 5th beginning at 1pm.
Become a 2016 Pride Sponsor
There are many levels of Pride Sponsorship to choose from, and many benefits to each level.
Click here for Pride 2016 Sponsorship
Thank you for your support. We could not do it without you!
2016 Pride March & Festival
The 2016 Pride March & Festival will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 (rain or shine!)
Want to march? Click here Pride March Application
For online forms click here.
News and Views
PRIDE WEEK 2016
Wednesday, June 1 @ 9pm–Open Mic at The Anchor in Kingston (sign up begins at 8:30). Everyone is welcome.
Thursday, June 2 @ 7pm–“Gay, Lesbian, Trans-Old and Proud: Our Stories.” Panel discussion featuring Pasha Clarke, Harold Goldman, Ted Hayes, Cusie Pfeifer, Evi Seidman, Marty Singleton and Luci Young. Senior elders will discuss what it was like being gay, lesbian, trans or bisexual in a period when it was difficult-if not impossible-to be out and proud. Refreshments will be served before, during and after the event.
Saturday, June 4 from 5-7pm–Volunteer Recognition Celebration and Board Reception at the Center followed by a Dance Party at Novellas in New Paltz at 9pm (doors open at 7pm).
Sunday, June 5 @ 1pm–March and Festival! Kick-off at 1pm at New Paltz Middle School. March will feature Kate Pierson as our Grand Marshall. Festival will follow in Hasbrouck Park from 2-4pm.
May Events at the Center
OLOC presents the singer/songwriter Jamie Anderson on Friday, May 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. The CBC called Jamie Anderson “a barrel of laughs and a whole bunch of talent.
Please join us for a celebration of the lives of Mary Johnston and Melva Wade on Saturday, May 21st at 2pm. There were be songs and speakers.
Mark you calendars for Saturday, March 4, 2017
It’s not too early to save the date for next year’s Gala at The Grandview: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Breaking News: Candace Teetsel vs. MAC Fitness
For those of you following the story of Candace Teetsel in today’s Kingston Times, please be assured that as an organization that provides services, professional resources and programs that unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community across lines of age, race, gender and economics, the Center affirms that it is a matter of human dignity for trans people to use the facilities that reflect their gender identity. Trans people are not a threat; they deserve the same treatment that all of us do.
Breaking News: Another Victory for Transgender Students
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 that Title IX protects the rights of transgender students to use the public school bathroom facilities that match their gender identity, not what is on their birth certificate. To deny a person this right is considered unlawful sexual discrimination. This is the first time that a federal appellate court has made such a ruling under the auspices of Title IX.
Gavin Grimm, a student at Gloucester High School in Gloucester, VA, was born female but identifies as male. As of a result of this ruling, the lower court, which had initially denied his request, must re-evaluate his case.
Breaking News: We Stand with Governor Cuomo
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center stands with Governor Cuomo’s recently announced Executive Order 155 banning all non-essential travel to North Carolina. North Carolina recently adopted a law which excluded sexual orientation and gender identity from anti-discrimination protections and further prohibits municipalities from extending those protections to LGBTQ citizens. The North Carolina law also requires trans-people use the restroom per the gender identified on their birth certificate, not the gender which they identify. Furthermore, the Center supports Executive Order 156 which bans all non-essential state travel to Mississippi. The ban follows Mississippi’s enactment of a discriminatory law that allows businesses to refuse service to people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Stand up. Make your voices heard. Put an end to this discrimination.
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