west_mendola_still_203x152In February 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.

On February 3, 2007, we opened the doors of the center’s headquarters building at 300 Wall Street in Kingston, and we’ve continued to grow ever since. The New Paltz Pride March & Festival is now known as Hudson Valley Pride, DSC_0078the oldest pride event in the region, and the center now serves thousands of people each year in Kingston, New Paltz, and across the Hudson Valley.