LGBTQ+ Abilities

1st & 3rd Sundays
10am On Zoom

Join your fellow disabled LGBTQ+ community members for bimonthly Zoom meetings in a welcoming affinity space for connection and learning. We will explore topics including disability justice, the history of queer disability activism, and have some fun and games along the way.

Meetings are twice monthly at 10am on the first and third Sunday of the month.

Please contact cnlerchi@gmail.com for the Zoom link and to request any accommodations.

 

Early GenZ Queer Hangout

1st & 3rd Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

Welcome to the Early Gen-Z Queer Hangout! All who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and are the ages of 18-24 are welcome! It’s hard finding community and friends, especially for some who are not in school. This group’s goal is to establish a safe space to connect with people, express yourself and learn from others.

We meet the first and third Tuesday of every month from 5-6:30pm at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center (300 Wall Street, Kingston) and will have a New Paltz location soon too! Check back in for updates! Any Questions? E-mail phoenixlaxton@gmail.com.

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 programs@lgbtqcenter.org 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.

Arts & Crafts Group

2nd & 4th Mondays 6:30-8pm

Each month, the Arts & Crafts group meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the LGBTQ center in Kingston, NY. Mondays were chosen because so often, Kingston businesses and surrounding communities are not open. What better time to get together for a small bite, some coffee/tea, and a bit of working together on our projects? Attendees must be at least 18 years of age to join our group. Any questions? E-mail Mathew at mathewgnagy@gmail.com

On second Mondays, we will gather to chat about, and work on our projects. The goal on these Mondays is not only to share a strong LGBTQIA+ space together, but to be able to relax with our projects and enjoy conversations with other creative maker-folk and create a Queer-centered A&C community. So much of queer culture happens in bars and nightlife. While there is nothing wrong with exuberant nightlife, it is important to have alternative social settings where we can meet other people, enjoy common interests, and get to know each other. People from all walks of life and all arts/crafts are welcome. Of course, coming to A&C night means your work might need to be portable, but we hope you will join us even if your project can’t get through the doors!

On Fourth Mondays, we will focus on A&C knowledge, exposure, and learning. Ancient crafts, interesting variations of methods we already know, painting techniques, sewing skills, design…whatever the group comes up with. These sessions will be guided by group interest. If you’ve ever thought “Gosh, I sure like to learn how to _______.” Please, speak up and let us know, we’d love to create a 4th Monday where we all might learn with you!

We encourage attendees to bring a snack…either for yourself, or for the group, but this absolutely NOT required.

Our goal is to work together to create a warm, friendly environment where creative moments can happen. Hateful speech of any kind is not permitted. We are aware that our language is changing to be more inclusive and that people will make mistakes. We are all human, but we are also accountable for learning from those mistakes. While our focus is on our Arts & Crafts, please be aware that words can hurt.

About the Facilitator:

Mathew Gnagy (he/him) is a 3rd generation crafter and artisan. He began crochet at the age of 6 and quickly moved on to knitting, spinning, and weaving. As he grew up, he gained an interest in sewing, painting, sculpture, lace making, historical dress, and design. Having studied techniques throughout history and modern times, he is uniquely suited to host a group such as this.

He has taught fashion at Parsons in NYC, made costumes for Ballet, both contemporary and classical as well as worked in opera companies and as a tailor for film and television. Not only does he know his crafts, he also knows how to turn them into a career. A recent transplant to the Hudson Valley, he jumped at the opportunity to get involved with the local LGBTQIA+ community. As a strong proponent of Arts & Crafts as self-care, it is a way to give back to a community that has welcomed him and his husband with open arms.

“As a young gay person growing up in Kansas in the 80s, I have to say, Arts & Crafts saved my life — more than once.”

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 programs@lgbtqcenter.org 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.