BGHV Weekend Oct 29thWith Halloween finally upon us, there’s plenty of haunted homo fun floating around this weekend.  While we’ve listed some happenings down below, check out our buddy, Donna’s Haunted Hudson Valley directory of the spookiest spots in the Valley.  She’s got an amazing calendar of haunted events for the weekend!

On the gay marriage radar, things are about to heat up very quickly in the Empire State.  Governor Patterson expects the state senate to vote on New York’s gay marriage bill during a special session in the next two weeks.  It’s more important than ever to voice your approval of a “YES” vote on this bill, and at the link above we show you just how easy it is to do that.  We also encourage you to join us next Sunday & Monday for our Marriage Equality Candlelight Rally in New Paltz.  There’s strength in numbers, so please bring your heterosexual friends with you and join us that night and show our Senators that Marriage Equality is more than just a gay issue – its a matter of basic human rights – and creating equality for all New Yorkers.

Speaking of politics, while there are many local races happening on Tuesday – and we encourage everyone get out and vote on November 3rd – one very important race is between incumbent Ulster County Judge Deborah Schneer, and her Challenger, Don Williams. Deborah Schneer is Ulster County’s first openly gay candidate for County Court Judge and she needs every one of us to get out and vote for her on Tuesday, November 3rd. Turn out at the polls is expected to be very low in this mid-term election, and every one of our Big Gay votes can make the difference. Sign up to support Deborah Schneer on Facebook, and share the news with your Facebook friends!

But why should you vote her Judge Schneer other than just because she’s gay? Well, her opponent Donald Williams was the Ulster County District Attorney that lead the charge to have the 2005 gay weddings by New Paltz Mayor Jason West invalidated, and he was also the DA that did not hesitate to bringing charges against West for his role in the proceedings. Suffice to say, Donald Williams is not a friend of the LGBTQ community, if elected, this will be a tremendous setback for equality in New York State.

OK, enough politics for now… on to the Haunted Homo Happenings! …. But Don’t Forget to Vote Next Week!

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Thursday, October 29th

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center Men’s Group; Movie Night, Kingston @ 7p
The men’s group meets every Thursday at 7:00 PM on the 1st floor of the Center. 1st, 2nd, 4th Thursdays are discussions. Topics are determined by participants. The 3rd Thursday of the month is a social. Events vary, so check the website for updates.
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Friday, October 30th


Opening Night of Pippin @ Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck @ 8p

The Broadway-famed anachronistic fairy tale brings its toungue-in-cheek humor to Rhinebeck for two weeks.  Shows run Saturday & Sunday at 8p and on Sundays at 3p.

Halloween One-Night-Early @ Chill, Beacon @ 8p
Relax and spend the night before All Hallow’s Eve with Jim & Patrick at Chill Wine Bar.  They’ll have a DJ and prizes for best costumes.

Rocky Horror @ DCCC, Pougkeepsie @ 11p
Kick off Halloween in the most classic of ways – with a live performance of Rocky Horror!  Show’s at Dutchess County Community College – rice, toast and other prop use encouraged.

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Saturday, October 31st

New Paltz Annual Halloween Parade, New Paltz @ 6p
This crunchy town’s annual Halloween parade draws a huge crowd every year.  Kicking off on Main Street & Manheim Boulevard and ending at the Fire Station, come join the fun before heading out for the night

Halloween of Horrors @ Primetime, Highland @ 9p
Coco Kane hosts a night of homo horrors.  Club will be operating shuttle busses to Kingston, Poughkeepsie, New Paltz & the surrounding colleges – check the link for schedule.  And come wearing your best – cash prizes for costumes & best drag.

Zombie Zoo @ Red Dot, Hudson @ 10p
Trixie Starr and Hudson’s most colorful will be adorning full regalia for Red Dot Cafe’s annual Halloween party.  This year’s “Zombie Zoo” proceedings will be kept moving with tunes from DJ Gio.

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Sunday, November 1st

Alix Dobkin, Reading & Concert, LGBTQ Center, Kingston @ 4p
Lesbian music pioneer Alix Dobkin will read from her recently published memoir, and treat the audience to a song or two. Suggested donation $10. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Center.
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Monday, November 2nd

Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Center Presents A Panel Discussion About LGBTQ Aging Issues, Albany @ 9a
The goal of this information session is to create and enhance the dialogue with health and human service providers on the senior level in dealing with LGBT aging issues. Individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge on LGBT Aging and are encouraged to attend.

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Coming Down the Pike…

Saturday November 7th: Grand Opening of Bluecashew: Rhinebeck
Come celebrate with BGHV as big gay gourmands, Sean & Greg, open the doors of their hip & ecclectic kitchen pharmacy with bluecashew: Rhinebeck.  Store specials, music and proceeds benefiting the Hetrick-Martin Institute.

Sunday November 8th: Taste of the Hudson Valley
The 21st annual Taste of the Hudson Valley will be held at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.  Highlighting the best and brightest gastronomic experiences of our community, proceeds from the event benefit St. Francis Hospitals and Health Care Centers.

November 5th – 15th, Half Moon Theatre: “Emerson High”, Cunneen-Hacket Arts Center, Poughkeepsie
A compelling, very human drama about a high school band teacher’s relationship with his student. This brand-new play asks the question ‘Is love ever wrong?” Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. Thurs.-Sun. Nov. 5-15th. Visit their website, or call 724-653-6903 to purchase tickets.

Saturday, November 28th: “Universal Language: A World AIDS Day Benefit Concert”
Created to benefit Hudson Valley AIDS Related Services, the event features Stewart Lewis, Jeffrey Wilgus, Terry Christopher and Hillary Johnson will take place at The Ritz Theater in Newburgh, NY