The Chill Out

Bored? Looking for something to do on a Friday night? Stop by the center, if that’s the case! Weekly drop-in for teens 14 to 19 years old to play board games, use the computer, socialize, make art, and meet people. The possibilities are endless!

Fridays, 4pm-6pm300 Wall Street, Kingston; Ground floor – Apuzzo HallQuestions? Email programs@lgbtqcenter.org.

LGBTQIA+ Solidarity for Middle Schoolers

This group is all about you, middle schoolers! Discuss current LGBTQ+ topics that impact us, participate in activities and make new friends! We will come together to help each other navigate through the ups and downs of everyday life, and how we can do our best to be our true selves. All LGBTQIA+ and ally middle schoolers welcome (or ages 10-13).

  • Meeting Date/Time: 1st & 3rd Mondays
  • Meeting Location: Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center (300 Wall Street Kingston), Room: Apuzzo Hall
  • Facilitator Name: Erin Garcia
  • Facilitator Contact info: (201)844-4851 or eringl1234@gmail.com

Queer Youth Ambassadors Program

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

Currently on hiatus until February 2023 or TBD

LEG (League of Extraordinary Genders)

Meeting for youth (middle and high school) who are transgender, nonbinary, gnc or questioning their gender and identity. Activities include activism, education, peer mentoring, and socialization.

Location: The Center’s Discord Server

Currently on hiatus until February 2023 or TBD

Contact: programs@lgbtqcenter.org

Middle and High School GSA Clubs

Do you want to be connected with the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance or Gender Sexuality Alliance) in your school? Send an email to the Program Assistant or call 845-331-5300 to find out more.

Are you a GSA club advisor or officer? Make sure your club is registered with GLSEN. Get in touch with our Program Assistant about how we can support your students, connect you with other GSA clubs, and keep you in the loop about upcoming opportunities and events.

GLSEN Hudson Valley provides small grants and other resources for GSA clubs. Check them out here.

Dances

The Center and the Hudson Valley Queer Youth Project organize several teen dances throughout the school year.

October: National Coming Out Day Dance

The National Coming Out Day Teen Dance is a celebration for all LGBTQ and allied youth. There will be pizza, ice cream, music, dancing, and more!

April: Breaking the Silence Dance

Every year, hundreds of thousands of participants across the country take a vow of silence for one day as part of GLSEN’s Breaking the Silence events to highlight the impacts of anti-LGBT bullying & harassment on youth. As the day comes to a close, we celebrate our community’s resilience with the Breaking the Silence Day Dance.

May: Circles Prom

Join us for the Hudson Valley’s annual LGBTQ Prom for high school-aged LGBTQ youth and allies, in Poughkeepsie! Hosted by Planned Parenthood, in collaboration with the Center, GLSEN and many others.

June: Youth Pride Dance Party

All LGBTQ and allied youth (middle and high school aged) are welcome! Ice cream, food, dancing and games! Get PROUD and have fun at our annual Youth Pride Dance Party!