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

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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.

TMI Project: Vicarious Resilience Viewing Party & Panel Discussion

Join TMI Project for the online release of our award-winning documentary short, Vicarious Resilience. The documentary follows three Hudson Valley residents over the course of a 10-week TMI Project true storytelling workshop as they experience the transformative power of storytelling; they face mental illness, childhood neglect, and addiction head-on; and, ultimately, share deeply personal stories about love, loss, and triumph. Join us as we gather “together apart” to watch the film and then engage in a panel discussion and Q& A with TMI Project’s Co-founder Eva Tenuto, Ellen Pendagar from the Mental Health Association in Ulster County, and other mental health experts. The panelists will discuss the issues brought up in the film and offer guidance for navigating this challenging time.

Watch the film’s trailer: www.vicariousresilience.com

Event partners: Northguild, Mental Health Association in Ulster County, Connectfulness, Woodstock Film Festival, Hudsy, Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County, Art Society of Kingston, Barnard College, O Positive Festival, Kingston Food Co-Op, Good Work Institute, Everyday Health

Art Show Opening: Queer Icon

Join the LGBTQ Center to celebrate the opening of Gabriel Garcia Roman’s solo show, Queer Icons. Light fare will be served!

These portraits highlight queer, trans activists and artists of color.

After the opening, Queer Icons will be on display Monday through Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm throughout the month.

TMI Project, Rise Up Kingston, and RUPCO present THE HOUSING STORIES

The prevailing stories about housing insecurity and homelessness are rooted in misconceptions and stereotypes and often present those in poverty or in a housing crisis as “other.” Join TMI Project for The Housing Stories, a true storytelling performance featuring personal narratives from local community members who have experienced housing insecurity and homelessness that is designed to elicit compassion, human connection, and to spur audiences to take action for positive social change.

The performance will be followed by a Q & A with local community leaders.

This event will include a screening of Housing: A Human Right. This collaborative film between Rise Up Kingston and Survival Media Agency amplifies the stories of two Rise Up Members, Yolanda Knox and Freedom Walker. Their stories are emblematic of the struggle of black, brown, and low-income people to secure stable and healthy housing. The film debuted at the 2019 O+ Festival, and was sponsored by RUPCO, Radio Kingston, and Hudsy.

On-view in the Lobby:
Last Night For Dinner: This series originally exhibited at the idea garden in July 2019. Last Night For Dinner is a way for individuals invisible in society to have their voices heard through an art project. People currently experiencing housing insecurity created the work on placemats, a simple ornament most people take for granted. Presented by Rise Up Kingston and FreedomWalker Dickerson.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Come gather at the center to recognize and remember the lives of those trans and gnc that came before us. There will be a reading of names for those trans people taken from us this year, as as a small art piece and altar to commemorate them.

Everyone is encouraged to bring something small and meaningful, or a small note, to be a part of the altar

Attendees are encourage to gather, eat and drink, and share their memories and feelings.

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 Monday in the center’s discord server.
email us at programs@lgbtqcenter.org for more info, or call the center.