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Welcome to the weekend everyone!

Spring is in the air, with that comes an incredible variety of LGBTQ events and happenings over the next five days. From lesbian dance parties to film screenings and live theatrical performances and dinner parties, there is no shortage of Big Gay Hudson Valley happenings this week.

But we cannot forget to thank Governor Paterson for his introduction of new Marriage Equality legislation here in New York. This is an exciting time for the state, and no matter how you feel about marriage, we can’t forget that this is just one of the many rights we are currently denied as LGBTQ residents of the Empire State. Please take a moment to contact your State Senator, and urge them to support Marriage Equality.

Click here to listen to Patrick & Stephan comment on marriage equality in an interview on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Thursday broadcast.

Now, onto the homo happenings!  

Friday April 17, 2009

LGBT Health & Human Services Survey, Online
Be a part of this historic effort to research and document the needs of LGBT New Yorker’s to ensure they don’t go unaddressed by government or health & human service providers. This survey is open to all LGBT New Yorkers over age 18 and is co-sponsored by the Empire State Pride Agenda, the NYS LGBT Health & Human Services Network and Sonjen Frazer Consulting. Visit http://www.onlinelgbtsurvey.org to complete. Deadline is Monday April 20. GLSEN

Hudson Valley’s “Day of Silence”, Valley-wide, all day
GLSEN Hudson Valley, dedicated to raising awareness about the bullying of LGBTQ students in schools, is hosting a Valley-wide Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is designed to speak out against the name-calling, bullying and harassment of LGBTQ youth in our nation’s schools. Visit the DoS website to register and visit GLSEN Hudson Valley for more information.

LGBT Cancer Support Group, Latham, 7p
Gilda’s Club in Latham hosts this session for both supporters and survivors of cancer with workshops of various topics. This event is the 3rd Saturday of every month. For more information contact Maggi at meg62356@yahoo.com or Tracy of the American Cancer Society at 845.454.4006 “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde”,

Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, April 16-18 @ 8pm, April 19 @ 2pm
Dutchess Community College Performing Arts program presents “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde”. This classic stage adaptation tells the lively, riveting, humorous and tragic story of famed gay writer Oscar Wilde based on transcripts from his trials. Tickets are $10 each at the door (box office opens 30 minutes before showtime).

Spring Fling @ The Would, Highland, 7p to 11p
The Would restaurant hosts a Spring Fling dance and dinner with a live DJ and dinner buffet. Event is $30 per person. RSVP appreciated, although not necessary.

Primetime Dance Club’s “Filthy Friday: Best Chest Contest”, Highland, 9pm to 4am
Primetime Dance Club hosts DJ John Boarders as he spins Top 40 hits with hostess Kandi Kisses, performer Initah Lay and $2.00 shots – no cover 9p to 10p.  

 

Saturday April 18, 2009

Voices of Diversity screens “Noah’s Arc, Jumping the Broom”, Kingston, 11am to 2pm
Voices of Diversity is a social and support group for the Hudson Valley’s community of black, latino and other persons of color who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. A brunch will also be served – RSVP to VoicesDiversity@aol.com or phone Anibal at 845.430.7844 to secure a reservation for food or for more information.

Grand Wine Tasting, Poughkeepsie, 12p to 5pm
Arlington Wine & Liquor is hosting a grand wine tasting featuring over 40 wines from around the globe. Be sure and say hey to Arlington’s Big Gay wine buyer, Bob! No charge for this event.

Women’s Spring Fling Dance & Social, Kingston, 7p to 11p
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center hosts a women’s only dance party at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills (UUCC). Live DJ and light refreshments, no alcohol will be served. Suggested donation of $7 at the door.

BEEP! (Beacon East End Presents) Music & Art Celebration, Beacon, dusk til dawn
BEEP! presents a series of live music and art exhibitions up and down Beacon’s east end, culminating with a dance party featuring the Hudson Valley’s own Isis Vermouth at Piggy Bank Restaurant to benefit the Next Step Electric Windows Project.  

 

Sunday April 19, 2009

HV Out & About walks Storm King, New Windsor, 10am
HV Out & About is hosting a walk of the incredible grounds of Storm King sculpture park. Bring your sneakers and a picnic lunch. Meet group leader Ryan at the main parking area at 10am. $10 per person.  

 

Monday April 20, 2009

Mid-Hudson Valley Gay & Lesbian Professionals Alliance Dinner, Wappingers Falls, Cocktails 6p to 7p, Dinner served 7p
MHVGLPA hosts their monthly dinner at Dolce Vita restaurant in Wappingers Falls. Dinner is $25 per person. Cocktails are cash bar. RSVP requested by Friday April 17th by email to sandford@us.ibm.com or on their website.

Big Gay Mondays “Dinner with Family”, Suffern, 6:30p to 11:30p
Big Gay Mondays of Rockland hosts “Dinner with Family” at Ravi Continental Cuisine in Suffern. Dinner will be a la carte with a cash bar. RSVP requested with the restaurant at 845.369.7284 or email biggaymondays@yahoo.com.  You can also find them on Facebook.  

 

Looking for a Big Gay fix mid-week?

Capital Disctrict Gay & Lesbian Community Center (CDGLCC) hosts LGBT Yoga with Melinda Person at 6p at the Center at 332 Hudson Avenue in Albany. This event is part of the “New Year, New You!” LGBT Health & Welness Series at the CDGLCC.

Visit gay night at Halo Lounge at 206 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. On any given Wednesday this swanky bar features live DJ’s, drink specials and lots of cute gay guys and gals. Doors open 9pm (but let’s be honest, the crowd doesn’t gather until around 10p).  You can find them on Facebook.

Every Thursday the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center in Kingston hosts a Men’s Discussion Group from 7:30p to 8:30p. First & third Thursdays are social events; Second & fourth Thursdays are discussion evenings with topics determined by participants.  

 

Mark your calendars!

K.D. Lang will be performing at Ulster Performing Arts Center next weekend, Saturday April 25th at 8p. Tickets are available at the box office now or online.

Big Gay Hudson Valley will be hosting a Pride Preview Party at Locust Grove Historic Estate on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie from 5p to 12a. Come fill up your summer calendar with all the big gay fun you can handle as pride organizers from up and down the Hudson showcase their summer programming. Bring-Your-Own-Anything with live DJ’s and tons of surprises.