PRIDE 2016: Thank you to everyone who made this year’s PRIDE March & Festival such a success.



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Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center cordially invites you to Pride 2015: Transforming Lives for a New Decade!

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Welcome to the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center’s pride page! Hudson Valley Pride is the oldest pride event in the Hudson Valley region and is now made up of multiple events culminating in the pride march & festival which will once again be held in New Paltz on Sunday, June 7. Read on below for the latest information about all our Pride 2015 events beginning on May 30!

Be sure to join us on Saturday, June 6, for our board-hosted wine and cheese reception followed by our pride party, then come out on Sunday, June 7, for our pride march & festival!

Join us for our board reception from 6-7:30 pm on Saturday, June 6, at the center in Kingston. Meet our board members along with Kay Flaminio, our first executive director, and join us in honoring Retts Scauzillo as our grand marshal for the pride march & festival and Gene Knapp as our volunteer of the year!

See below for our original announcement about Retts and Gene and click here to make your gift in their honor!

Following the board reception, meet us at 8:30 pm at Novellas in New Paltz for our best pride party yet! We’re thrilled to announce our very special guest for this year is Lady Bunny who will be headlining our cabaret and joined by an exciting array of local performers. Hosted by the amazing DJ PrePhab and powered by Superior Sounds, you will not want to miss the pride party of the year. See below for the latest list of performers and make your plans now!


On Sunday, June 7, be sure to join us for our pride march & festival from 12-4 in New Paltz, then meet us at Bacchus at 4 pm for a special happy hour.

If you haven’t registered your organization for the pride march yet, please contact Corinne asap at!

Our pride pass for all events is still only $25, our fabulous Pride 2015 T-shirt will be $25, and our pride pass with T-shirt will be only $45. Bargains all!

See you soon!


Here’s the full calendar of Pride 2015 events!

Family Pride Day
Saturday, May 30, 10 am – 2 pm
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston (map)
Free admission
Learn how to become a foster parent or get support if you already are a parent. There will be family activities, so bring your kids! There will also be a workshop by Berkshire Farms at 11 am and 1 pm: Finding Children Homes in the LGBTQ Community. This workshop will review the requirements for becoming a foster or adoptive parent, as well as the option of providing respite for youth in our community if not able to foster, and discuss the many myths and facts about foster care and adoption for the LGBTQ community.
Let us know you’re coming!

Panel Discussion: Building Bridges to Transform Lives
Tuesday, June 2, 7 pm
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston (map)
Free admission
Let’s build community, let’s be inspired together! Featuring panelists So Brown, Cheyenne Schoonmaker, Vanessa Shelmandine, Ken Walsh, and Greg Whelan.
Let us know you’re coming!

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, June 3, 8:30 pm
The Anchor on Broadway, Kingston (map)
Free admission, but we’ll gladly welcome your donation of $5 or $10!
Musical acts, spoken word, comedy, and drag performances welcome!
Let us know you’re coming!

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center Men’s Group Presents a Special Screening of Pride
Thursday, June 4, 7 pm
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston (map)
Admission $5, or show your pride pass!
Based on a true story, it’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make its donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
Let us know you’re coming!

Teen Dance
Friday, June 5, 7 pm
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston (map)
Free admission (ages 13-18)
Home sweet home for our young people!
Let us know you’re coming!

Board Reception to Honor our Grand Marshal and Volunteer of the Year
Saturday, June 6, 6-7:30 pm
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston (map)
Admission with suggested donation of $10 or $20, or show your pride pass !
Come meet our board members along with Kay Flaminio, our first executive director! Join us in honoring Retts Scauzillo as our grand marshal for the pride march & festival and Gene Knapp as our first volunteer of the year, plus we’ll have a special performance by the Mid-Hudson Rainbow Chorus! Our annual board reception is also our annual meeting where friends of the center can vote for board members, so please click here if you’d like to participate in that process.
Please see below for our original announcement about Retts and Gene and click here if you’d like to make a gift in their honor!
Let us know you’re coming!

Pride Party!
Saturday, June 6, 8:30 pm (doors open at 8 pm and the cabaret begins at 9 pm)
Novellas, New Paltz (map)
$20 admission or $10 with student ID, or show your pride pass!
Hosted by the amazing DJ PrePhab and powered by Superior Sounds, this is guaranteed to be our best party yet! Headlined by the inimitable Lady Bunny flanked by the performers below, you will laugh, cry, and dance, dance, dance!

Bonnie Ann Clyde
The Drag Brigade
Frank Sinatra aka Grand Marshal Retts Scauzillo!
Lady Alchemy
Lady Esther Gin
Queen City Dancers
Johnny Queerboy
Let us know you’re coming!

Pride March & Festival!
Sunday, June 7, 12-4 pm (happy hour begins at 4 pm)
Free admission for all
Meet us at noon at New Paltz Middle School (map) and march with us to Hasbrouck Park at 1 pm sharp! The festival will follow with great food, vendors, family activities, singers So Brown and Mike Hamel, and music by DJ John Martin powered by Superior Sounds. Join us at Bacchus afterwards for a special happy hour! Stay tuned for more info!
Let us know you’re coming!
Click here to see our 2014 photo album!

Help Us Thank Our Sponsors!

We’re thrilled to announce our sponsors, premium advertisers, and partners in pride for Pride 2015. Be sure to support these pro-LGBTQ organizations and thank them for supporting the center! Special thanks to our premium sponsors Health Quest, Chronogram, and Ulster Savings!

All the organizations listed below will be featured on our T-shirt which has already gone to press, but there’s still time to sponsor Hudson Valley Pride 2015 or purchase an ad in our online pride guide.

Please click here to check out our 2015 sponsorship and advertising rates, then email Kay at to set your sponsorship in motion or Corinne at to get your pride guide ad placed.


See our beautiful online Pride Guide 2015!

More About Retts Scauzillo and Gene Knapp
rettsRetts Scauzillo has been involved in managing Hudson Valley Pride as one of our leadership volunteers for the past eight years and this year she’s been kind enough to serve the 2015 Pride Committee as a valued adviser for those of us who are new to the game.

Retts first became involved in Hudson Valley Pride right after the second event was over and the committee began planning for the third one. She was offered the “job” as stage producer and when John Martin said he was a sound engineer, she said, “OK, you’re with me.” The rest, as they say, is history. Retts went on to serve as the co-chair for our fourth and fifth pride events and then served as the chair for the sixth through tenth.

Retts feels strongly that Hudson Valley Pride is OUR holiday. “It’s the one day we can all take to the streets and show our numbers and strength to the community and the world,” she says. “We still call it our march instead of our parade because we still need to fight for our rights and we still need to make our case to the world. It’s also a time when our allies join us and we march in the streets as one.”

Retts would like to thank all the pride committee members and volunteers who have worked with her and are continuing to work to make our pride events happen in the Hudson Valley. She couldn’t have done it all without you!
geneGene Knapp still remembers walking through the doors the day the center opened, and looking down so he could hide his face. In 2006, he went to a meeting of a new group that was starting up. That was the Men’s Discussion Group. Although he wasn’t really out yet, it was a way for him to connect with other gay and bisexual men. He volunteered to be the communications contact for the group, then somehow became the coordinator and facilitator along with Mike Mary. He and Jeff Baltes have been sharing the duties since 2008.

Gene’s first pride march was in 2008, when the Men’s Group decorated a truck and had a group theme, “Everyday People,” accompanied by fitting music. When Retts asked if he would help with the annual pride guide in 2012, he never looked back and has been putting it together ever since. He also puts together our annual gala program guide. In fact, Gene singlehandedly produces our pride guide and gala program guide every year, meaning he helps raise around $10,000 for the center’s vital work and spares the staff from untold hours of work.

Gene only wanted to thank others when we told him we wanted to thank him. He said, “I would like to thank all the amazing people I’ve met at the center and especially my good friends from the Men’s Group for helping me to move out of my shell and not only accept who I am, but revel in it. Without the help of my good friend Mike Mary, I might never have been able to become a person I’m happy to be. Thank you to the gala committee and pride committee for allowing me to become part of your circle even when I complain. Of course, this honor would not be possible without the love and support of my family and, especially, my partner in life Jeff Baltes. Finally, congratulations to Retts Scauzillo on being this year’s grand marshal. Her work over the years and her dedication are beyond measure, and her personality and attitude sparkle. She deserves only the best. Yo, Frankie!”

Volunteer for Pride!
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Want to be part of it all? Our fabulous volunteers will make Pride 2015 possible–come join us!

Please contact us at for more information.


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