Hudson Valley Pride
In February of 2004 the same-sex weddings performed by then New Paltz Mayor Jason West pushed the lesbian gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community to the forefront in New York and across the nation. Those weddings led to the first New Paltz Pride March & Festival held in June 2005 which in turn led to the formation of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. The Pride March & Festival has continued to grow ever since.
This year’s Pride March took place on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Despite the threat of rain over 700 community members took over Main Street in New Paltz and marched to Hasbrouck Park for the annual Pride Festival.
Next year’s Pride March and Festival will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Stay tuned for more information!
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Gala Committee, Staff, and all those we serve, thank you for Standing Together with the Center at our Eleventh Annual Gala! Your participation and generosity allows the Center to offer world-class programming for LGBTQ people throughout the Hudson Valley and we can’t do it without your support.
Check out our Gala page.to see photos from this year’s Gala.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
Every year on November 20, the Center holds a vigil to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. The annual observance honors those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence. More info about international events and the history of TDOR can be found here.
The day caps off Transgender Awareness Week (November 14–20), which seeks to expand understanding of trans and gender nonbinary individuals.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is held annually on December 1. The first official global health day, established in 1988, World AIDS Day is an opportunity to support people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have died from the pandemic. The day acts as a reminder of the need to continue global HIV education, and to advocate on behalf people who face discrimination because of their HIV-positive status.
For more information on how to show solidarity, to raise awareness, and to fundraise, visit worldaidsday.org.