Awareness of being in the LGBTQ+ family starts as a secret that often feels wrong and shameful. That’s why Pride is such an important concept for queer people. As we celebrate the 51st Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, when a group made up of largely black and brown people stood up for their rights and the rights of all people whose genders and attractions don’t line up with the majority, we reflect on the power of demonstrations, and the importance of community in the process of acceptance and love. It breaks our hearts, particularly today, that we can’t be together, building community and practicing empathy through theater. Take a look below at some memories from last year’s Pride Night, and check out what our partner organizations are up to, and how we can help.
June 2020 marks WJCS Center Lane’s 25th celebration of Pride month.Westchester’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth and community education center. Designed to reduce the isolation that many LGBTQ young people feel and promote a community culture that is supportive of LGBTQ youth, the center provides an opportunity for socialization, enhanced self-esteem and personal growth in a safe place where they can be themselves without the fear of harassment. Center Lane.
Dutchess County Pride Center
is a safe place for LGBTQ+ youth and their families, young adults and allies to feel comfortable and free to express themselves. While their main focus is on the health, safety, and well being of LGBTQ+ youth, young adults and their families, their ultimate goal is to support, educate and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community through support groups, outreach and social events. Dutchess County Pride Center
Servies have transitioned online.
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
As a safe, supportive environment, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center provides services, professional resources, and programs that unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning community across lines of age, race, gender, and economics. Their purpose is to strengthen, support, and celebrate LGBTQ individuals, families, and groups in their efforts to achieve their fullest potential. The center strives for positive social change through advocacy, community education, cultural awareness, and wellness programs that assist in the creation, development, and growth of LGBTQ-affirming organizations, institutions, and culture within the community at large.
Offering online groups to stay connected.