The Pride Center of the Capital Region was disappointed to read the Empire State Pride Agenda’s announcement that they will conclude major operations in 2016. For 25 years, the Pride Agenda has been a leader in advocacy and activism for LGBTQ equality and justice in New York State. They have served as the lobbying partner to countless LGBTQ organizations across the state including the Pride Center of the Capital Region and have represented our interests in State Government with passion and conviction. We thank the amazing staff and volunteers whom over the last 25 years that have fought to make New York State a better place for all LGBTQ people.
Despite their efforts, we are saddened that the Pride Agenda will not see the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) through to state law and other legislative initiatives currently being worked on. It is disappointing to the Pride Center and other LGBTQ organizations across the state that have worked together on countless initiatives to be losing this organizing force at this critical juncture with so very much work left to be done.
In spite of this development, the Pride Center of the Capital Region is committed to continuing the fight for equality and justice for all LGBTQ New Yorkers in the Capital Region and across the state, within our capacity and capability. We will not rest until we have secured equal rights and legal protections for every LGBTQ person in New York State.
The Pride Center is the oldest LGBTQ community center in the country, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, and representing over 40,000 LGBTQ and allied residents in ten counties of the Capital Region, including Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, Columbia, Greene, Warren and Washington counties. The Pride Center has provided life changing and life saving services to the LGBTQ community since 1970.
For more information on the Pride Center, contact Executive Director Michael Weidrich at (518) 462-6138.