BGHV Weekend March 18thDid you know that March is LGBT Health Month? The New York State LGBT Health and Human Service Network, has named March 2010 as the first annual “New York LGBT Health Month”. To help promote health and wellness for the LGBTQ Community,  Westchester’s LOFT Gay and Lesbian Community Center is celebrating with a list of “31 Ways in 31 Days” to be healthier.

If you are in New York City this weekend, be sure to stop by the GLBT Expo at the Javits Center to say hello to us. BGHV will be there along with Dutchess and Ulster County Tourism (Booth #308) to promote our region as a destination for the gay community.  Download our coupon and save on admission at the door!

Now, on with the listings!

Every Wednesday Night

Gay Night @ Babycake’s Café, Poughkeepsie @ 9pm
We felt bad that this event usually gets left off the blast because it happens the night that we write BGHV Weekend, so we’re letting you know about it so that you can plan for next Wednesday night. A HUGE crowd heads out for drinks Mid-Week so come on outr to B’Cakes and get your drink on with all the local homos.

Thursday March 18th

Sexual Health Clinic @ HV LGBTQ Center @ 2p – 5p
Free, confidential, and open to the public. The Sexual Health Clinic takes place on the third Thursday, every other month. Walk-ins welcome. 20-minute HIV oral screening, no needles. Safer sex counseling, free condoms and dental dams.

Men’s Group Social @ HVLGBTQ Center @ 7p
The Men’s Group meets every Thursday at 7 PM on the first floor of the Center. 1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursdays are group discussions. Topics are determined by participants. The 3rd and 5th Thursdays are films/socials/special events.

Dodgeball Try-Outs @ All Sport in Fishkill @ 7:30p
Fishkill All Sport is starting up an adult dodgeball league, one of the organizers is trying to form a gay men’s team. It’s easy, it’s active, it’s fun, and it’s a great excuse to get together! (Heck, it’s a fantastic way to work up a thirst for after-game cocktails!) Interested? Check out the link about for more information.

Friday, March 19th

Out @ IBM Happy Hour at Chill, Beacon @ 5:30p
You need not be an IBM employee to join EAGLE – IBM’s Gay and Lesbian Group – to join the group for cocktails at Chill Wine Bar. You only need to be thirsty.

Lisa Lampanelli @ UPAC, Kingston @ 8p
The “Queen of Mean” comes to Kingston to perform her stand-up comedy show. Tickets $39.75.

Saturday, March 20th

Voices of Diversity @ HV LGBTQ Center @ 12p
Voices of Diversity is a social and support group created to bring together the Hudson Valley’s black, Latino and all people of color who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, & transgender. Voices of Diversity meets from 12pm-2pm on the third Saturday of every month at the Center. For more information on the group or this event, contact group facilitator Anibal Garcia at

Nora Adelman Photo Exhibit Opening @ MOD Gourmet Cafe, Catskill @ 1p to 3p
Mary & Dana’s hit Catskill eatery is opening its doors for a reception commemorating the launch of photographer Nora Adelman’s newest set of pictorial Hudson Valley shots.  The shots will be on display in Mod thereafter.

Naughty & Nice Party @ ROCKS, Albany @ 4p
Have you been naughty or have you been nice?  Don your best and get the party started early with DJ Avery Matthews at ROCKS – now with their new and HUGE expansion.

Crazy Hat Bingo, Marbletown @ 7p
Please join the joyous madness this Saturday evening. Crazy Hat Bingo 2010 at Marbletown Community Center. Music, food, fashion show and judging. Plus six Bingo games with prizes. Your addled emcee for the evening: Jay Blotcher

Café Bocca First Anniversary Party, Poughkeepsie @ 7p
Join Mt. Carmel’s Cafe Bocca to celebrate their First Anniversary. 50’s & 60’s Doo-Wop Entertainers “Cherished Memories” will be performing from 7p to 10p. $5 Cover.

“The Shadows of Springfield” Reading @ The CDGLCC, Albany @ 8p
Three Dollar Bill presents a reading from C.A. Tripp’s controversial biography “The Intimate Life of Abraham Lincoln”, which alleges the former president’s involvement in a couple of gay flings – scandalous!

Trixie’s Green Party @ Red Dot, Hudson @ 10p
Join DJ GIO and Hudson’s Favorite Drag Queen – Trixie Starr – for her latest party. Be sure to wear GREEN, and Erin; Go Bra-Less. $10 at the door includes a free drink!

Clash of the Titans @ Primetime, Highland @ 10p
Join Nikita Starr for her huge monthly party at the area’s only dance bar that’s gay all the time; Primetime. Minotaurs, Mermaids, Harpies, and Satyrs welcome. $10 at the door.

Coming Down the Pike…

Saturday April 3rd: ARCS Easter Brunch @ CIA, Hyde Park

Friday May 28th: BGHV’s Pride Preview Party @ Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie