Patrick, Stephan and our fab Locust Grove host, Ken at the Pride Preview Party in Poughkeepsie

First of all, thank you to all that came out to join us for the Big Gay Hudson Valley Pride Preview Party last Friday, May 29th at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie!  More than 400 of you joined us for our first big gay event and we were thrilled to see such a diverse group of the area’s LGBTQ community in attendance.  To see photos of last weekend’s event, check out our albums on BGHV and on Facebook.

For those of you that missed the party, join us for our next gathering as BGHV sets sail on a 3-hour tour of Bannerman’s Island on Saturday June 27th.  Tickets are available now.

As you are likely aware, this weekend is the 5th anniversary of the Hudson Valley Pride March & Festival in New Paltz.  All the details of this year’s festivities are included below.  Please be sure to stop by the Big Gay Hudson Valley tent in Hasbruck Park and say hello!  We’ll be drawing for a free ticket to our Bannerman’s Island cruise.

You’ll also find a new addition to the BGHV homepage; get your Summer of Pride schedule in order with our LGBTQ listings, accessed from the homepage navigation.


Thursday, June 4th

CDGLCC Pride Kickoff BBQ, Albany, 5p
BBQ to kickoff Capital Pride Week – $5 suggested donation.  Hosted by CDGLCC at their offices at 332 Hudson Avenue in Albany.  

Men’s Group @ The Center, Kingston, 7p 
Social men only group night at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center in Kingston 

Karaoke at Oh Bar, Albany, 8p
$5 cover for karaoke and dancing after the Capital Pride Kickoff BBQ.  


Friday, June 5th

Saratoga Pride Cocktail Party @ Tiznow, Saratoga Springs, 5p
Cocktail hour to celebrate capital pride.  $5 cover includes hors d’oeuvre.

OLOC Meeting & Potluck, Kingston, 6:30p
Lesbians 60 and over are invited to be a part of our Hudson Valley chapter of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) which regularly meets on the first Friday of each month from 6:30-9:00 pm starting with a potluck.  

ReelPride: “After Stonewall” Documentary @ The Center, Kingston, 8p
Narrated by Melissa Etheridge, this documentary follows the movement for LGBTQ rights in the United States from 1969 to the present.

GLSEN Student Vigil, Cold Spring, 8p
A candle-lit ceremony will be held in memory of Lawrence King at the bottom of Main Street in Cold Spring in the gazebo. 

Underwear Party @ Rocks, Albany, 9p
Join DJ Dennis Sky, Go-Go dancers and crazy contests at one of the capital district’s hottest gay nightspots. 

LoveJack Party @ Platinum Lounge, Poughkeepsie, 11p
House music, gender benders, drink specials…it’s all up for grabs at this monthly party at The Platinum Lounge in the Chance complex. 


Saturday, June 6th

KeyBank “Run For Pride” 5K, Albany, 8a
Show your pride by participating in this first ever “Run For Pride” at the Washington Lake House.   Registration is $15, run starts at 9a.  Registration can also be done online.  

The LOFT Center-Warming Party, White Plains, 11:30a
The Loft, Westchester’s LGBTQ Center has been settling into their new home, and the organization can’t wait to show you what they’ve done to the place! 

Ye Olde Gay Albany, Albany, 1p
In recognition of the 40 Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we will look back over the last 40 years of the LGBT community in the Capital Region.  Vintage Pride is a new program created for LGBT seniors 55+, and their admirers around the Capital Region.  Refreshments will be served. 

“Couples”  Pride Art Show Reception, 5p
An exhibition featuring the photographic works from local artists Joyce Culver & Gay Block.  Open at the LGBTQ Center June 1 through August 31. 

All Gay Congress, Poughkeepsie, 8p
Join Maron & Dan as they attempt to return the Congress on Main Street Poughkeepsie to its once gay roots with this private party benefiting the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center and the Hudson Valley Pride March & Festival. 


Sunday, June 7th

Hudson Valley Pride, New Paltz, All Day 
5th annual pride march and festival with events running all day throughout the town:
     12p     Pride Rally, New Paltz Middle School
     1p       Pride March, New Paltz Middle School to Hasbruck Park via Main Street
     2p       Pride Festival, Hasbruck Park
     5p       Official Pride After-Party to benefit The Center, Joe’s East/West, Main Street
     6p       Unofficial Pride After-Party to benefit The Center, Primetime Dance Club, Highland      

Juried Art Exhibit & Sale, West Nyack, 1p
Gay Pride Rockland, in partnership with Rockland Center for the Arts, to display photographs, watercolors, sculpture and various other works of art.  Free and open to the public.  Proceeds to benefit VCS Gay Pride Rockland.