At Big Gay Hudson Valley, we know that a community’s success is the sum of its parts.

As such, our goal is to keep our community connected to the wide variety of gay-owned, -friendly, and -sensible businesses, events, resources, and happenings in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley.  In order to keep our community connected, we think local first whenever possible. We strive to showcase fresh, original items of interest to our community and also want to give the spotlight to the efforts of local, grassroots organizations that make our region so colorful.  We do our best to cover content from Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, and Greene counties.

Each month, thousands of visitors come to BGHV to learn more about the big gay happenings in the Hudson Valley.  We want to be able to connect those visitors with businesses and organizations that serve the interests of – and give back to – our community, so we offer a wide range of targeted marketing & promotional opportunities.  With so many gay-owned, -friendly, and -sensible businesses in our own backyard, our goal is to build the region’s community by encouraging our readers to patronize organizations that support them.  For more information about the full range of promotional and sponsorship opportunities available, click here.  In turn, BGHV hosts our own events (most notably our capstone Pride Preview Party) and is proud to share our proceeds with our other friends in the community, making their fundraising efforts as successful as possible.

About Stephan & Patrick

S&P have been nesting in the Big Gay Hudson Valley since 2005, and currently reside in Poughkeepsie, NY with their cat, Emmett (whose drag name is “Lady Augbergine”).  The couple was married on August 1, 2009 by Job Cohen, the former Mayor of Amsterdam (as in Holland, not New York – Stephan is Dutch). The two have dedicated BGHV to becoming the most comprehensive resource for GLBT travelers in New York’s Historic Hudson Valley region.


I grew up in a restaurant family, and when I tell people how many places I’ve lived as a result, they first assume I grew up in a military family. My father being a chef, I used to determine the overall quality of a restaurant by its chocolate mousse. When I turned twelve I found out I had juvenile diabetes, and my frequent consumption of said mousses had to come to an end.

However, by going to school at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, I soon learned that there was more to life than chocolate mousse. When I grow up, I want to start a blog about all of the exciting things I find in the world that don’t contain gelatin.


I moved to the Hudson Valley to go to school and stayed here for the community.  While growing up in Watertown, NY taught me a lot about small-town life, building a life and home in the Hudson Valley taught me the value of friendship and community and the importance of having a gay old time.

I just can’t get enough indie crafting, catchy lounge music, clean laundry smell, gender impersonators or lime & mint flavored drinks.  I wouldn’t be caught dead with mismatched socks, things made of kiwi, bed sheets with creases, a dirty car interior or burnt toast.

When not blogging, I’m way into knitting scarves, making things taste delicious and soaking up some HBO-produced drama.