Photos from OutHudson Pride can be found here on Facebook!
We are so excited to honor the tireless work of these community leaders, activists, and legends in our community.
Sherry Vine, is a drag legend with almost 30 years under her sequined belt. Sherry tours the world with her all live singing, hilarious comedy shows, starred and wrote the variety show, She’s Living for This (now on Hulu), can be seen in numerous movies and TV shows, is a founding member of Theatre Couture, and is a YouTube sensation where her video parodies have been viewed over 18,000,000 times.
Tom Duane, became the first openly gay and openly HIV+ member of the NYC Council in 1991. At the time he also became the first candidate for public office in the nation elected who ran a campaign while being open about an HIV positive status. In 1998, Tom became the first openly gay New York State Senator and the state legislature’s first openly HIV positive member. Local Law 49, spearheaded by City Council Member Duane 30 years ago, provided for mandated services for men and women living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. Senator Duane has successfully spearheaded many important bills during his legislative career, including introducing New York’s Marriage Equality Act in 2001 and championing it until its passage and enactment in 2011.
Elena Mosley, is the director of Operation Unite, New York, Inc. for twenty-seven years and thirteen years as one of Columbia County’s Civil Service Commissioners. Mrs. Mosley’s advocacy for equality can be summed up in her efforts to support students going to college, increase cultural awareness, community service, civic engagement and expression through the arts.
Mark Beard, Juan Garcia-Nunez, Carl Grauer, Kahn & Selesnick, John T. Unger & 2nd Fl. Photographs by David Sokosh
June 12, 2019 through July 28, 2019
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, June 15, 5-7pm
Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to present Mortals, Saints & Myths, an exhibit that explores the idolized and idealized figures that preoccupy our realities- both real and imagined. This special group of Hudson Valley artists are best known for their representation of the figure via painting, photography and installation. In tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, Poughkeepsie based artist Carl Grauer debuts The Lavender Temple of Their Most Fabulous, a new series depicting notable figures of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Portraits of activists, such as Harvey Milk, Barbara Gittings and Audre Lorde, will be encased in handmade frames resembling Catholic altarpieces. One room will be dedicated to a shrine-like installation to celebrate these “saints” for their advocacy. Other featured artists include the collaborative team Kahn & Selesnick specialize in fictitious histories set in the past or future using photography and installation art; the master impersonator, Mark Beard, invents an artistic persona to create homoerotic portraits in an academic 20th century painting style; Juan Garcia-Nunez re envisions the figure with androgynous depictions of the male torso in a series of watercolor paintings; John T. Unger recreates Eustachi’s 16th century drawings of the human anatomy as life sized mosaics comprised entirely of stone; and David Sokosh presents a series of tin types created using a 19th Century photographic process.
with authors Camille Spencer and Karen Williams
Wednesday, June 12
440 Warren Street
Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction. Our fiction includes romance, mystery/intrigue, crime, erotica, speculative fic (sci-fi/fantasy/horror), general fiction, and young adult. Since its inception in 2004, our mission has remained unchanged: to bring quality queer fiction to readers worldwide and to support committed authors in developing their craft and reaching an ever-growing community of readers via print, digital, and audio formats.
OutHudson to Sponsor 2018 LGBTQ+ Parade and Weekend
“Superheroes” Theme for Parade and a Weekend Full of Events Will Support OutHudson’s Mission of Promoting Queer Awareness in Columbia County, NY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2018
CONTACT: Rich Volo Trixie@outhudson.com
HUDSON, NY: OutHudson, a 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and advance the visibility of LGBTQ people in Columbia County, announced today its weekend of events associated with the OutHudson Pride Weekend of events starting Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18th. A highlight of the weekend will be Hudson’s popular LGBTQ Parade, which extends all of Hudson’s historic Warren Street, from the 7th Street Park to the end of Warren at Front Street. Volunteers and participating groups who wish to march are welcome fill out the participation form at www.OutHudson.com.
Sarah McBride, Grand Marshal, is a progressive activist and currently the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. Sarah first made national headlines when, at the end of her term as student body president of American University, she came out publicly as transgender in the student newspaper. She went on to intern in the Obama White House, the first openly trans woman to do so, and, after graduating from college, helped lead the successful effort to pass gender identity nondiscrimination protections in Delaware. In 2016, Sarah made history when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention. Her moving new book Tomorrow Will Be Different chronicles her journey as a transgender woman, from coming out to her family and school community, to fighting for equality in her home state and nationally, to her heartbreaking romance with her late husband. sarahmcbride.com/about
Rich Volo, aka, “Trixie Starr,” OutHudson Director commented on the theme of “Superheroes,” stating: “It’s more important than ever to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community. Channeling our inner Superhero serves as a reminder to us all that the struggle for Queer Rights is not over. What’s more, nothing could be more fun than a town full of superheroes!”
John M. Schobel, OutHudson Director, echoed: “We want to thank our many sponsors, including Etsy, The Half Moon, Allstate Agent Timothy Berryhill, and the many private individuals and businesses without whose support this parade could not happen. We also are greatly indebted to our many volunteers, parade participants and OutHudson’s Advisory Board, led by Chris Maxwell Rose with Andrea Elliott and Rodney Dejong, and Scott Hotaling as graphic designer, and all our volunteers for their tireless work on behalf of both the parade and OutHudson’s outreach agenda. ”
Charlie Ferrusi, The Link Project Founder, OutHudson Director, commented on why pride in Hudson matters now more than ever, stating: “Since 2010, we have celebrated our local LGBTQ community here in Hudson, and we must continue to show up and resist the politics of hate that exist right here in our district. The future of our vibrant queer community relies on our ability to come together, from across generations, and support a new generation of leaders and “superheroes” here in Columbia County.”
Currently planned activities include (subject to confirmation and change).
All activities benefit OutHudson:
“When Katie Met Cassidy” event with author Camille Perri
Thursday, June 14 from 6-8pm
440 Warren Street
20% of all proceeds throughout the evening donated to OutHudson
Superheroes Boat Cruise
Friday, June 15 from 7-9 pm (board at 6)
Hosted by Isis Vermouth
Tickets available at OutHudson.com. $25 Sponsored by Trixie’s Oven
Friday, June 15 from 10pm-?
The Half Moon, 48 Front Street
DJ’s Prephab Drag Queen Performances
$5 at the door
The Link Project’s Author Reading with Sarah McBride
Saturday, Jun 16, 11-12:30pm
Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street
OutHudson’s Warren Street LGBTQ Parade
Saturday, June 16 from 2-3pm
Free. Sign up at OutHudson.com. (line up by 1pm at the 7th Street Park)
Judging Area sponsored by Columbia-Greene Community College
Family Craft Fair & Fun
Saturday, June 16 from 2-5 pm
Promenade Hill Park (Front Street at the end of Warren). Food Vendors
Craft Fair – Free. Sponsored by Etsy.
Family-Friendly activities sponsored by WM Farmer & Sons – Front St Courtyard.
Poke the Bear Beer Blast
Saturday, June 16 from 2:30-6pm
Ör Gallery & Tavern, 35 S. 3rd Street
$10 cover. FREE if wearing Poke the Bear Tee
Women’s Tea Dance – A Dance Party Hosted by Women for Women
Saturday, June 16 from 3-6pm
Sadhana Center for Yoga, 403 Warren St
$10 Suggested Donation
Join hosts Lauryn and Sondra for a friendly afternoon tea-dance in a welcoming environment for women to socialize and dance. No partner required. If dancing’s not your thing and you’d rather hang out, enjoy some refreshments, and chat, that’s fine too.
Cabaret: Hedda Lettuce
Saturday, June 16 , 8pm
Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street
Tickets available at OutHudson.com. $20/25 Sponsored by GayHudson.com
ALL THE BODIES
Dance party, drag show and food pop up
Saturday, June 16, 10 pm
The Half Moon, 48 S. Front Street
Brought to you by Tiger House and Lil Deb’s Oasis
Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance “Disasters of the Universe”
Hosted by Girlgantua Jones
Sunday, June 17 from 4-9 pm
Red Dot, 321 Warren Street, DJs Prephab $5 at the door
Sponsored by SDL + GHS & The Link Project
ROY G. BIV Awards Night and Musical Cabaret
Wednesday, July 18, 7pm
Helsinki Hudson – $5 suggested donation
Awards given to the most FABULOUS Parade Contingents. Fun evening of entertainment and merriment!
OutHudson is a registered not-for-profit formed to bring awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in Columbia County, NY. In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, it is the sponsor of the OutHudson Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY on the third weekend of June.
Join us for OutHudson Pride 2018, a weekend full of events for all.
Friday June 15 – Sunday June 17
Full event lineup coming soon.
Parade kicks off Saturday, June 16th 2pm, Warren St. Hudson NY