by Bonnie Brill

 

Fifty years ago, the New York Police Department attempted to raid the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, a safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer patrons. But the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 saw a change in the course of history when those New Yorkers fought back and started the multi-day uprising that we now know as the Stonewall Riots, led by transgender and lesbian activists of color, including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé Delarverie. This moment marked the start of our modern LGBTQ rights movement. We are proud to announce that this Pride, the Center will be looking back on this history, and marching forward in the footsteps of our elders.

JOIN US!

The Center is proud to announce our 2019 Pride March and Festival! Both events will be Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 in New Paltz, NY. During the month of June the Center hosts over a dozen events and activities in honor and celebration of Pride Month and there are plenty of ways to get involved.

To register to march, please click here.

To register as a vendor at the festival, please click here.

To become a Pride sponsor, please click here.

To sign up to be a Pride volunteer, please fill out this form.

PRIDE MARCH AND FESTIVAL

This year’s Pride March and Festival will take place on Sunday, June 2nd, in New Paltz. Line-up for the march will begin at 12pm at the middle school and the march will kick off at 1pm sharp.

In February of 2004 the same-sex weddings performed by then New Paltz Mayor Jason West and local clergy 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.