Wednesday Wind-Up Writing Party

The Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center is excited to offer a new ongoing social Writing Party series, facilitated by The Generations Project, starting April 21st and continuing on the Third Wednesday of every other month through August, (June 16th, August 18th), from 5-6:30pm EST!

At each session, TGP facilitators will guide participants through a variety of short creative writing prompts, designed to help each person express themselves, share their story and get to know each other. No writing experience necessary! These are fun, accessible exercises to flex your imagination and get to hear the perspectives of other generations of LGBTQ+ people. April’s session falls just before Earth Day, so we’ll be exploring related themes: the Indigenous history of the land, the environment and our global queer community.

Click here to register!

 

 

 

Listening For Action: Virtual Community Town Hall

Mark your calendars and plan to join the Center’s Board of Directors and staff for our next “Listening for Action” event – everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! Thursday April 29th 6-8pm on Zoom! We want to update you on the many actions taken during the past months since our last town hall, as well as provide a preview of what’s in store for the rest of 2021 ahead.

Questions or things you want to hear about? Contact us at info@lgbtqcenter.org. Click here to register today!

 

 

 

 

PFLAG Group

A support, education and advocacy group for the parents, families, and friends of LGBTQ+ people. PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is the United States’ largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+).

The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. To join the group, e-mail Fran Divine at:  frandivine@gmail.com

Inside Black Stories Matter (August)

Join TMI Project for Inside Black Stories Matter, a new storytelling and roundtable discussion series that marries the personal and the political with ideas for direct action for anti-racism that everyone can take to make a positive impact on their community. Host Jessieca McNabb, Workshop Leaders Dara Lurie and Micah, and a featured storyteller — all from the Black Stories Matter program — will be joined by a community leader every month.

 

All are invited to listen, learn, and leave with concrete anti-racism actions.

 

On August 6th, join special guests Terry James from The Slave Dwelling Project and storyteller Freedom Walker as they unpack how the past connects us to the present.

 

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Free

Register here for the Zoom link


This event series is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $20.

Black and Pink Penpal Group

Black & Pink is an abolitionist organization that supports incarcerated LGBTQ+ people, and you can become a part of that support network by connecting with one (or more!) of their incarcerated members as a penpal. The foremost aim of this group is to be a casual space with dedicated time for letter writing. We’ll also hold space for discussions of harm reduction in the criminal justice system and the greater movement toward prison abolition, and offer support for each other as we navigate our own biases and anxieties in a carceral society.

Whether you’re looking for new friendships and community connections, or just to offer a one-time message of support to a queer or trans person on the inside, you’re welcome to join us! We’ll meet at 7:30pm on the first and third Sunday of every month; if you’d like to join, or if you have any questions, please contact Ken Duarte at KLADuarte@gmail.com, or text (774) 538-9045 with your name and email address.

Black and Pink Penpal Group

Black & Pink is an abolitionist organization that supports incarcerated LGBTQ+ people, and you can become a part of that support network by connecting with one (or more!) of their incarcerated members as a penpal. The foremost aim of this group is to be a casual space with dedicated time for letter writing. We’ll also hold space for discussions of harm reduction in the criminal justice system and the greater movement toward prison abolition, and offer support for each other as we navigate our own biases and anxieties in a carceral society.

Whether you’re looking for new friendships and community connections, or just to offer a one-time message of support to a queer or trans person on the inside, you’re welcome to join us! We’ll meet at 7:30pm on the first and third Sunday of every month; if you’d like to join, or if you have any questions, please contact Ken Duarte at KLADuarte@gmail.com, or text (774) 538-9045 with your name and email address.

Listening for Action: Community Forum

Join us for a Question and Answer session where we will discuss feedback received at the previous Listening for Action Town Hall and address next steps for improving programs and services as a community.

Agenda

  1. To acknowledge what we as a Board heard and received at the Listening Session
  2. Share the goals & action steps that have been created in response to what we heard
  3. Provide an overview of what steps have been taken to date
  4. Identify preliminary next steps that are in the early planning phase
  5. Invite questions and feedback about the steps we have identified and initiated (We will receive additional comments within the final 15 minutes of the report out, if time permits.)
  6. Provide clarity when necessary and possible
  7. Commit to answering additional questions that may need further discussion and research at a later date and in a format that will accessible to the community

Ground Rules

  • Create a safe space for community to come together. Goal is to open communication.
  • No hateful or discriminatory speech; if this occurs you will be muted
  • Raise Hands
  • 3 minutes in order to give everyone a chance to speak (1 minute & 15 second warning)
  • Folks may speak once, then we will revisit for second comments if time permits

Always feel free to submit questions, comments, and concerns here: https://bit.ly/2Z3yo1z

You can also email one of the board at:
CenterBoard@lgbtqcenter.org

or call us at (845) 331-5300

Join Zoom Meeting
https://bit.ly/2YXXizq
Meeting ID: 910 0879 6637
One tap mobile
+16468769923,,91008796637# US (New York)

Teen Leadership Council

The Teen Leadership Council (TLC) at the Center is a program for teens, run by teens. The TLC is open to Middle and High School aged teens 12-19, and provides a safe an comfortable environment where teens can engage in:

  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Organizing Skills
  • Event Planning and Fundraising
  • Friendship and Peer Supports
  • Events, trips, and exercises to better themselves
TLC currently meets every Tuesday in the center’s discord server.
email us at programs@lgbtqcenter.org for more info.