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Well, it certainly has been a BIG GAY Week here in the Hudson Valley – with everyone from Babs to Elton coming into Rhinebeck for the Chelsea Clinton Wedding, our area is going to be full of gay royalty this week. According to the fabulously homosexual Sean Nutley at the bluecashew, TMZ and Perez Hilton have been pounding down his doors to see if Ms. Clinton has registered there for any gifts. But he’s not talking….

Speaking of weddings, this Sunday, August 1st marks our one-year wedding anniversary. Sure, we’re thrilled to have been married in Amsterdam last summer but we really wish we could be “married” in New York. That said, we’ve got an election coming up here in the Empire State, and now is the time to work to elect pro-gay candidates up and down the Hudson River! This coming Wednesday, August 4th, Didi Barrett – running against Steven Saland (who voted no on Marriage Equality) – will be coming to Big Gay Wednesday at Babycakes in Poughkeepsie. Didi will be registering voters, and she is there to speak with you about her pro-equality positions. If you live in Dutchess or Columbia Counties, please be sure to come out and meet Didi!

Also in political news, Target has recently been criticized for giving $150,000 dollars to the election campaign of a anti-gay candidate for Minnesota Governor. Check out one user-generated video below and revise those shopping lists to Boycott Target stores in Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and Newburgh.

Lots happening in the theater this weekend as well; This is closing weekend for the Rocky Horror Show at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck with shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday; The Kids Are All Right continues to play in Rhinebeck at Upstate Films (Saw it this week, and LOVED it!), and burlesque-cabaret star Justin Bond comes to the Speigeltent on Bard’s campus Friday and Saturday.

In the world of business, the Hudson Valley is also celebrating the recent openings of three new gay-owned and operated retail outlets in our area: Crumb Bakery on Main Street in Beacon, Cafeteria on Main Street in New Paltz, and The Rural Modernist in Stone Ridge! Congratulations!

With so much coming up, be sure to check out BGHV’s online calendar to ensure that you don’t miss any of the fun, including events like the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Centers Barn Dance on Saturday, August 21st, Westchester Pride on Saturday, September 11th, and so much more!

In closing, Congratulations to Jay Dewey from Hudson Valley AIDS Related Community Services; he was recently featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal in a story about ARCS’ two upcoming events in our area this August. Be sure to check out BGHV’s event calendar to learn how you can get involved on August 19th and August 25th. BGHV and ARCS have also just finalized plans for a special ARCS fundraiser on Saturday night, October 23rd as well – featuring “Frankenstein the Musical” in Poughkeepsie – so mark those calendars as “Busy”, and keep an eye out for more information coming this week.

Have a great weekend, and get OUT there and enjoy our Big Gay Hudson Valley!