Mankind—the Men’s Group

1st & 3rd Thursdays 5:30-7pm

Calling all Men, ages 18-80 (including non-binary and trans men, of course)! Share your unique life-embracing insights with thoughtful, like-minded men in a supportive and uplifting group discussion every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center (300 Wall Street, Kingston)!

Topics will include idealism/fantasy; defining masculinity; tribal identification; relationships, poly, mono, open; self-ideation; spiritualism; the masculine-feminine spectrum; self-care; investigating first “crushes”; health issues and privacy; the gay male sex plethora; relinquishing ego/harnessing jealousy; the human animal; and other topics that you bring to the group.
Feel free to come participate in the Queer Community PotLuck at the center’s Open Doors which begins at 5pm, before our group meeting, for some great food and conversation as well!

Questions about the Men’s Group? Contact Michael Erp at (845)-668-1006 or via e-mail at

Your Facilitator:

Michael Erp (he/him) is a self-identified gay man of nearly 50 years. Happily married for 8+ years to minister Kyle Applegate, Michael lives in the town of Olive and travels back and forth to NYC to spend time with his husband. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the New School for Social Research and has taught writing, literature, speech and theatre at over a half dozen colleges, including NYU and Marist. His last full-time position was as an administrator for Marist College at the Fishkill Correctional Facility where he worked under the Higher Education Opportunity Program. Kyle and Mike were thrilled to marry on the upper deck of Kingston’s “Rip Van Winkle”tourist boat as the people on the lower deck were able to watch and listen on the big screen! “We love Kingston and are thrilled to see it flourishing.”

The Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center programs, events and services are for everyone! If you have an accessibility need, including interpreter or translation services, please e-mail with two weeks notice. If you are unable to give two weeks notice, please still e-mail us and we will work to make as many accommodations as possible.