Announcing 2019 OutHudson Pride Grand Marshals: Sherry Vine, Tom Duane, & Elena Mosley

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.

Mortals, Saints & Myths

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.

Spotty Dog Author Reading

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.

Camille Spencer grew up in Southern California during the 70s and 80s, where she spent two years as an art major in college only to switch mid-way to English Literature. She’s worked as a freelance copywriter and editor since 2001. In 2013, she began writing fiction on the side. “Truth or Dare” was published in 2018. Her second romance, On Second Thought, is slated for release in February of 2020. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts with her wife and their daughter.
Link to the book “Truth or Dare”, here.
Karen Williams is a writer and psychotherapist who lives between New York City and the Berkshires. In addition to novels and short stories, she has published articles on the human-animal bond and was awarded the Maxwell Medallion by the Dog Writer’s Association of America. She enjoys philosophical debates, and often asks the question we all ponder: is there a place for us beyond this life and, if so, can our dogs and cats come too? “As the Crow Flies”, a haunting romance with a good dose of humor and the right amount of spooky, is currently a finalist for a 2019 Golden Crown Literary Society award.
Link to the book, “As the Crow Flies”, here.

OutHudson’s 2018 Pride Weekend Events

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


CONTACT: Rich Volo

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

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.

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
Spotty Dog
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)
Hudson Waterfront
Hosted by Isis Vermouth
Tickets available at $25 Sponsored by Trixie’s Oven

Trixie’s Whorehouse
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
Warren Street
Free. Sign up at (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   $20/25 Sponsored by

Dance party, drag show and food pop up
Saturday, June 16, 10 pm
The Half Moon, 48 S. Front Street
$10 Cover
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!

Businesses or individuals that would like Sponsor Shields and Rainbow flags, and for more information, please visit: and

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.