Rainbow UmbrellasHappy 40th Anniversary of Stonewall Everyone!

Yes, that’s right – this year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, so come on out and celebrate Gay Pride with your “family” and friends in New York City this Sunday!

If you are looking to March in the Parade, come join Patrick and I by marching alongside the Marriage Equality New York float on Sunday. Why are we Marching with MENY? Well, we just learned that we’ll be getting married in Amsterdam on Saturday, August 1st, and MENY has asked us to ride on their float this Sunday! It’s a lot story, but in a nutshell; Amsterdam is helping promote marriage equality here in New York, and they were looking for couples from the Empire State to wed in Amsterdam this summer. We entered their contest, and we just found out that we won on Monday! Come help us celebrate by marching with the Marriage Equality New York contingency!

Still no word yet on Marriage Equality here in New York, but that said, there is still time to call not only your Senator – but also Governor Paterson – and demand that a vote on the Marriage Equality bill be brought to the floor before the end of the current Senate Session. Not sure who to call? All the information you need is right here.

We’ve come a long way since Stonewall, but now is not the time to stop – pick up the phone, send an e-mail, or pick -up a protest sign – and demand equal rights now!

For all of you that signed up for the Bannerman’s Island Cruise on Saturday: THANK YOU! The cruise is sold out, and we’ll see you on the dock starting at 1pm – we set sail for the castle at 1:30pm from Beacon!

Here’s the scoop on what else is coming up this weekend;

Friday, June 26th

Stageworks on the Hudson Presents; Forbidden Broadway; Hudson, NY @ 8pm

In the explosively funnt off-Broadway smash hit that irreverently pokes,prods,teases and lampoons the Great White Way’s most famed musicals and celebrities… and always with love! Stageworks is one of the first regional theaters to produce this celebrated panoply of parodies spoofing Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Liza Minelli and so many more from Fiddler to Hairspray!
FRIDAY and SATURDAY:800pm, SUNDAY:200pm.

Saturday, June 27th

Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater Opening Gala; Poughkeepsie, NY @ 7pm

One of the biggest theater events of the year happens right here in the Hudson Valley – the opening of Powerhouse Theater Season at Vassar. Tickets still available for their Saturday night gala performance: Limited $50 balcony seats (code: GALABALC) and $100 seats for the orchestra and parterre. Don’t miss one of the gayest-theater happenings this summer!

Who’s Your Ego Daddy Party; Highland, NY @ 10pm- 4am

Hosted by Isis Vermouth and Shealita Baby, everyone is invited to come and party at the Hudson Valley’s only gay owned and Operated Dance Club; Prime Time on Route 9W in Highland, NY.

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) Fundraiser; Albany, NY @ 3pm – 8pm

Your Hostess Lucy Bottoms will be presenting the fabulous CARMIE HOPE, WHISKEY SOUR, & KRISTIN to perform at this event at George Bar, 720 Central Avenue in Albany. NEVER a cover at the door but donations will be accepted throughout the performance. ALL tips will be donated to this worthy cause. Carmie Hope will be doing a one hour lounge show starting at 3:00 – all proceeds and tips by the entertainers will go directly to the PAWS program. Since 2003, PAWS, through the Damien Center, assists people living with HIV/AIDS in maintaining and caring for their pets.

Sunday, June 28th

Hudson Valley Out & About, Bahamas Cruise Informational Brunch; Newburgh, NY @ 12:30pm

Hudson Valley Out & About is putting together a cruise to the Bahamas in March 2010, and Cruise Director Matt is ready to give you all the exciting details and answer any questions you may have about the seven day cruise that leaves from New York City. Cost $26 Per Person, cash only collected at the door. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to membership@hvoutandabout.com

Monday, June 29th

Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Association Meeting; Kingston, NY @ 8pm

The June meeting of the Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Association (MHVTA) features Vanessa Edwards Foster, a longtime activist and the co-founder and current President of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC). Bring goodies and soda to share at the meeting.

Mark Your Calendars for July 19th!

Check out the First Annual Fine Art and Design Auction of the Hudson Valley, proceeds from which will support The Empire State AIDS Ride and Angel Food East, a non profit volunteer program that provides hot meals and sustenance to Ulster County residents living with AIDS. The live auction, silent auction and lunch will be held on the grounds of a beautiful Williams Lake resort in Rosendale, New York.

Have a great weekend!