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July 18, 2014

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Category: General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 9:52 am

photoHello folks! After a whirlwind seven months here at The Pride Center, my time as a VISTA is at an end (insert a plethora of sad faces here).

I have faced challenges and overcome them, achieved successes that boosted my self-esteem, met the most kind and generous of people and have grown very fond of all my fabulous co-workers. I have gained invaluable knowledge and found a peace within myself I never knew was there. The overwhelming support of everyone, the smiling faces and the most fantastic events have made living on a volunteer stipend worth it!

During my time at The Pride Center, I have learned a lot of things, but I wanted to share my top three, in no particular order. Here goes…

Number 1: You can never have too many friends. I thought I was all set with the small, but amazing, group of friends I had. About that. I was wrong. I met people who opened up to me, welcomed me with open arms and made my time at 332 Hudson unforgettable. And they are not just friends who say they’re friends (we all know people like this). They are actually friends; people who have shown that they want to help, shown they care and shown their support. Words can not thank them enough.

Number 2: I have learned (or rather, relearned), that a little bit does in fact go a long way. A smile, a kind gesture, calling someone by the correct Preferred Gender Pronouns, offering advice or leaving you alone; all of these things go a long way. All of these are also passed on from one person to the next. You don’t need to smother someone with attention. In fact, I’d prefer that you don’t. But a little bit of this and a little bit of that, can really turn someone’s day around.

Number 3: Failure is an option. Obviously, I don’t walk around hoping to fail and patting myself on the back if I do. That’s absurd. But I used to not accept failure as an option and either stressed myself out at the very thought of it or go to a dark (and scary) place if I did. But I’ve learned that failing at something only makes you want it more. Failing at something is another opportunity. Failing at something gives you a second chance.  And who doesn’t love a second chance? I mean, really. I learned that if I succeeded at everything I did, all the time, and on the first time, I’d never know what it was like to want it. Really, really want it. This past year as a VISTA, I have failed at things I’ve tried, I have failed over and over again and I’ve felt what it feels like to be at the bottom and have to work my way back up. Did I enjoy it? I wouldn’t go that far. But I have a much better appreciation for what it feels like to be on top. When I succeed at something now, I feel a different sense of pride, especially if it took me a few tries to get it right. And I have to admit, it’s a superb feeling. Euphoric even.

In closing,  I leave The Pride Center and the Americorps VISTA Program with a deeper understanding of a lot of things but most importantly, of myself. Thank you to everyone who helped me, supported me, encouraged me, brought me down (because haters gonna hate!) and taught me the lessons I’ll carry with me forever. Each and every one of you will have a special place in my heart.

This is Alison “Ali Fabulous” Horgan, signing off. Bye y’all!

Alison Horgan

Program Development Assistant

Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA

Pride Center of the Capital Region

332 Hudson Avenue

Albany, NY 12210

p: (518) 462-6138 x22

f: (518) 462-2101

e: ahorgan@capitalpridecenter.org

w: www.capitalpridecenter.org

 

 

 

 

July 15, 2014

Pride Center Youth Scholarship Gets a New Name! (Video)

Category: General,Programs — Tags: , , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 2:30 am

Last Thursday, July 10th, the Pride Center held its annual Youth Scholarship Reception in Selkirk at the gorgeous Hudson River-side home of Tom & Lisa Evans. It was an incredibly successful evening where four remarkable LGBTQ youths were honored with scholarships to assist them with financing their future higher education goals.

 

Congratulations again to the following four scholarship recipients:

Anna Brewer

Taylor Keith

Troy O’Neill

AJ Rio-Glick

We wish them the best of luck with their future endeavors!

 

This year’s reception also marked the occasion of an exciting development for the future of the scholarship program. We are pleased to announce that starting next year, the Pride Center Youth Scholarship will be known as The David, Gladys and Candace Groudine Pride Center Youth Scholarship. 

This re-naming has taken place in honor of the Groudine’s, who have agreed to cover the scholarship cost for two youths in the coming years of the program. The Pride Center is incredibly grateful for this gift and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to the Groudine’s for all their support of the scholarship program and for their amazing generosity.

 

Watch video below of Pride Center Executive Director, Curran Streett, making this exciting announcement last Thursday at the Scholarship Reception:

July 7, 2014

Why should volunteers feel appreciated?

Category: General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:20 pm

During Pride Week I had the honor of organizing the Cruise Along the Hudson event for Vintage Pride Members and friends. As I stood back on the Dutch Apple Cruise to catch my breath and take in the success of months worth of organizing, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for every individual who took the time out of their busy day to help me pull it all together.

I stood back and watched one special volunteer take a break from collecting surveys to dance with a Vintage Pride member. I also caught a glimpse of another fantastic volunteer swapping out an empty tray of food without being asked to and with a huge smile on his face. These are just a couple of examples of how much volunteers do for the Pride Center and for our community, all year round, whenever we need them. From facilitating support groups and chaperoning Alternative Prom to  helping us paint and bake cakes for our parties, we are able to have a much greater impact because of our tireless supporters and volunteers.

If you have dedicated your skills, time and fabulous energy to volunteering for the Pride Center this year, please let us say THANK YOU. We are hosting our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party and BBQ on Saturday, July 19th from 11am-2pm!

Please RSVP on or Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/653418511407234/

OR email Rosy at: rgalvan@capitalpridecenter.org. All RSVPs must be received by July 14th.

On behalf of the Pride Center of the Capital Region, thank you from the very bottom of our rainbow hearts for all you do to help us meet our goals!

Volunteer Appreciation Party!

 

July 2, 2014

The 2014 Pride Center Youth Scholarship Winners & Reception

Category: General,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:06 pm

scholarship.jpgThe Pride Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce the following youth as this year’s recipients of the 2014 Pride Center Youth Scholarship:

 

 

Anna Brewer
The Doane Stuart School

Taylor Keith
Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls

Troy O’Neill
Tech Valley High School

AJ Rio-Glick
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

 

The 2014 Scholarship Reception 

Join us on Thursday, July 10th at the gorgeous home of Tom & Lisa Evans for a special evening honoring these remarkable youths with the 2014 Pride Center Youth Scholarship and help us fund the program for many years to come.

 

If you would like to join us in this celebration, kindly RSVP by July 7th to abogert@capitalpridecenter.org
Or (518) 462-6138
 
Congratulations again to all this year’s scholarship recipients!

June 27, 2014

National HIV Testing Day!!!

Category: General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:20 pm

Today is National HIV Testing Day!! Know your status and get tested! We are doing FREE and CONFIDENTIAL HIV testing from 4pm-7pm today here at the Pride Center of the Capital Region 332 Hudson Ave. Albany. Drop in and know your status! Results in 20 minutes!

June 23, 2014

The 2014 Annual Awards Winners

Category: General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 1:00 pm

2014 Annual Awards Winners 
 
The Pride Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce the following community members as the 2014 annual awards recipients:

 

Eric Snyder, Volunteer of the Year Award
Given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service as a Pride Center volunteer in the past year.

Scott Levine, Community Service Award
Given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated outstanding community service within the LGBTQ community.

Price Chopper, Business of the Year Award
Given to a business for its outstanding support of the LGBTQ Community.

Jerry Jennings, Peter Drago Leadership in Government Award
Given to an individual in government who has demonstrated outstanding support of the LGBTQ community.

David Rozen, Paul Postiglione Youth Services Award
Given to an individual who has worked to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth.

Kathryn Zox, Nancy Burton Straight But Not Narrow Award
Given to a straight member of the community whom demonstrates outstanding leadership and support of the LGBTQ community.

Bryan LaVigne, Community Center Award
Given to an individual whose contributions greatly advance the Pride Center, the LGBTQ Community’s Center.

Ulysses de Armas, Libby Post Council Leadership Award
Given to a former Pride Center board member who defined leadership.

Barbara Smith, Harvey Milk Award
The highest award given, given to a person in the community whose work emulates the ideals of Harvey Milk.

 

Winners will receive their awards at the 2014 Pride Center Gala on Friday October 24th.

The Gala will take place at the new and improved Hilton Albany in the heart of downtown Albany.

Be sure to save the date for what will be an amazing evening.

Congratulations again to all this year’s award recipients
and see you on October 24th! 

June 18, 2014

Center Youth Updates to the Website!

Category: General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:48 pm

rainbow peace signI hope everyone had a great PRIDE! I know I speak for all of us at The Pride Center when I say,we were thrilled with the turn out at all the events and beyond ecstatic about how excited and enthusiastic everyone was. Capital PRIDE 2014 was a huge success!

Now that PRIDE is behind us, we can focus on all the exciting youth events coming up in the next few months. We have updated our Center Youth portion of the website and made it more user friendly (and way more colorful!). We have also updated the events calendar, to reflect all the upcoming events through December.

Please be sure to check out the website to see all the changes, especially, the updated “Family and Friends of LGBTQA People Support Group.” To view this flyer, click here! For a direct link to the Center Youth portion of the website, click here!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support, loyalty and generosity! Y’all rock!

Have something to say about this blog? Let us know! Post it to our Facebook, tag us or send us an e-mail! You can find us on Facebook by searching “Pride Center Youth Group.”

Alison Horgan

Program Development Assistant

Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA

Pride Center of the Capital Region

332 Hudson Avenue

Albany, NY 12210

p: (518) 462-6138 x22

f: (518) 462-2101

e: ahorgan@capitalpridecenter.org

w: www.capitalpridecenter.org

June 12, 2014

PRIDE Week Events for Thursday!

Category: General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 9:13 am

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Thursday June 12, 2014

 We’ve got another great night of events to celebrate PRIDE!

A special night of unity and recognition, sport and socialization, film and fun,  dancing and of course celebration is planned for tonight,

We hope to see you out!

Be sure to keep a look out for our sponsors and have some fun with Coors Light, Magic Hat, Absolut, Cruzan Rum and Jagermeister as PRIDE kicks into high gear! (see where to party here)

#PRIDEweek #CapitalPRIDE


Pride Center

 

4th Annual LGBTQ Educator Appreciation Reception

6–8pm | Midtown Tap and Tea Room

289 New Scotland Avenue| Albany

 

An opportunity for LGBTQ educators to network and be appreciated for all they do. The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” represented a major civil rights victory for LGBTQ members of the Armed Forces. For thousands of gay teachers serving on the frontlines of America’s classrooms, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” remains a painful fact of life.  LGBTQ teachers have long understood that openly expressing their identity in school can make them an easy target for discrimination. The event will provide an informal and open forum for LGBTQ educators to discuss issues both related and unrelated to being LGBTQ in educational communities. Allies are welcome to join in the festivities.  Sponsored by NYSUT.

 


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Albany PRIDE Bowling

 6-9pm | Playdium Bowling Center

363 Ontario St. | Albany | $20 incl. shoes and bowling

Grab your shoes, a ball, and aim for those pins! Pride Bowling Night at the Playdium has become an annual favorite, and this year will be no different. There’s not only bowling, but great concessions, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and MUCH MORE! A Pride Center event!

 


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Saratoga PRIDE Bowling

 6pm | Saratoga Strike Zone | 33 Ballston Ave.

 Saratoga Springs |$11 incl. shoes, bowling and pizza

PRIDE bowling is so popular it’s expanded! Join Saratoga Pride and spend a fun filled evening at this special family friendly event, enjoy two games of bowling, pizza and soda, and a wonderful time socializing. All are welcome!


Pride Center of the Capital Region

Schenectady Rainbow Nights Youth Film Night

6-8pm | Proctors Theater (underground space)

 432 State St. | Schenectady | FREE!

We’re super excited to announce a fabulous, free, and fun evening of film to ring in Capital PRIDE. If you’re an LGBTQ or allied youth, ages 13-18, come join our Rainbow Nights LGBTQA youth group as we watch a Pride related film and get ourselves psyched about the upcoming Parade and Festival. You’ll get to learn more about the history of Pride too, from Stonewall to present day here in the Capital Region. For more info, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pridecenteryouth. A Pride Center event!

 


Pride Center of the Capital Region

Country Night with the All Stars!

6-8pm |Bootleggers on Broadway |200 Broadway

 Troy |Cash Bar

Grab your rainbow cowboy hat and saddle up for a special night of country music and dancing with special guest the Albany All Stars Roller Derby team!  Drink specials, giveaways and surprises will make this new PRIDE Week event the hottest hoedown in all of Troy!

 


 

Pride Center of the Capital Region

Therapy Thursday Pride Ball 2014

 11pm | Waterworks Pub | 76 Central Ave | Albany

 Cash Bar

The Therapy Thursday Pride Ball 2014 at Waterworks Pub featuring DJ Shawn Gillie spinning a variety of R&B, top 40 and dance music all night long.  Don’t miss out on Shawn’s crazy contests and performances by Albany’s best drag performers. (18+ to Enter, 21+ to Drink)


 

Tomorrow (Friday, June 13th)

Don’t miss these great #PRIDEweek events!

Be sure to keep a look out for our sponsors and have some fun with Coors Light, Magic Hat, Absolut, Cruzan Rum and Jagermeister as PRIDE kicks into high gear!

(see where to party here)

Speakeasy

5-9pm | Oh Bar | 304 Lark St. | Albany | Cash Bar

GET REAL: Community Organizing 101 

5:30-7pm | Pride Center of the Capital Region

332 Hudson Avenue | Albany | FREE!

 A “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Evening Affaire

5:30 – 8pm | Washington Park Lake House, Washington Park | Albany | $45pp, $80 Honorary Committee Member ($150/Honorary Couple)

Youth March GEAR UP!

7-9PM | Pride Center of the Capital Region

332 Hudson Ave. | Albany | FREE!

Sing Out Louise VIII

9pm | Waterworks Pub | 76 Central Ave. | Albany | $10

Niki Haris Live! @ Waterworks Pub

11pm | Waterworks Pub | 76 Central Ave | Albany

 $10

 

 


 

See the complete schedule of PRIDE Week events in this year’s PRIDE Guide!

June 11, 2014

PRIDE Week Events for Wednesday

Category: General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 11:06 am

PRIDE CMYK

Wednesday June 11, 2014

 We’ve got another great night of events to celebrate PRIDE!

A special night of socializing, fun, history, games and community is planned for tonight,

we hope to see you out!

#PRIDEweek #CapitalPRIDE


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Wine & Cheese Tasting

5-8pm | LAX on Lark | 205 Lark St. | Albany

$10 Suggested donation to benefit the Pride Center

LAX invites you to join us for a tour of wine country and sample some fine fromage from cheese makers around the country and world.  Enjoy a tasting of a variety of wines from around the country, indulge in wide range of appetizers and mingle with your friends at Lark Street’s newest bar and restaurant, LAX on Lark.  Wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits and Empire Merchants North.

 


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Charting Our History: Capital District LGBTQ History

7-9pm | First Presbyterian Church of Albany

362 State St. | Albany | FREE!

 

Join us for a second installment of historian Sean Heather McGraw’s continuing project to document the history of the LGBTQ community in the Capital District area. Last year’s event was so popular that we thought we would reprise it. This year, come to see a half hour film on the LGBTQ community and afterwards join us for a panel discussion with some of the film’s participants. In addition, we are going to start a Memory Book Project, entitled, “I Remember…Being LGBTQ in the Capital District, NY” in which those who have memories of the Capital District LGBTQ community as it was in earlier days may write down their memories. Memory Books will be passed out to participants who can choose to write down their memories at the event or participants can mail them in later. Join us for an educational evening and stay to socialize; refreshments will be provided.


 

 

 

 

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LBGTQA Trivia Night

 9pm | Oh Bar | 304 Lark St. | Albany

$5 entry per person, $20 entry for teams of 4 or more –

Proceeds donated to the Pride Center

A night of LBGT Trivia hosted by Jonathan Lang.  Join in and test your knowledge with a fun and diverse group of people as you answer questions about a diverse history of LBGT facts and figures. Members of the LGBTQA Community and Allies alike can enjoy great mind-bending questions and win fun prizes. (21+ to enter)

 GRAND PRIZE INCLUDES 2 TICKETS TO SEE DIANA ROSS AT THE PALACE THEATER


Tomorrow (Thursday, June 12th)

Don’t miss these great #PRIDEweek events!

4th Annual LGBTQ Educator Appreciation Reception

6–8pm | Midtown Tap and Tea Room

289 New Scotland Avenue| Albany

Albany PRIDE Bowling

 6-9pm | Playdium Bowling Center

363 Ontario St. | Albany | $20 incl. shoes and bowling

Saratoga PRIDE Bowling

 6pm | Saratoga Strike Zone | 33 Ballston Ave.

 Saratoga Springs |$11 incl. shoes, bowling and pizza

Schenectady Rainbow Nights Youth Film Night

6-8pm | Proctors Theater (underground space)

 432 State St. | Schenectady | FREE!

Country Night with the All Stars!

6-8pm |Bootleggers on Broadway |200 Broadway

 Troy |Cash Bar

Therapy Thursday Pride Ball 2014

 11pm | Waterworks Pub | 76 Central Ave | Albany

 Cash Bar


See the complete schedule of PRIDE Week events in this year’s PRIDE Guide!

June 10, 2014

PRIDE Week Events for Tuesday!

Category: Pride,Upcoming Events — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:09 pm

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

We’ve got another great night of events to celebrate PRIDE!

A special night of arts, films and community is planned for tonight, we hope to see you out!

#PRIDEweek #CapitalPRIDE

 


 

Sail Along the Hudson Event

 

Cruise Along the Hudson with Vintage Pride!

6-9pm (Boarding Time @ 5:30pm) |Dutch Apple Cruises

 141 Broadway | Albany |$30 per person

(pre-sale tickets at www.capitalpridecenter.org)

We may be Vintage but we still cruise! Sit back and enjoy a ride on the scenic and historic Hudson River, the ideal way to see the sights and celebrate Pride in style!  The vessel will offer sunshine and breezes or the protection of fully enclosed air conditioned decks.  We will sail rain or shine. A fabulous dinner will be provided as well as a cash bar. This event is for Vintage Priders (aged 55+), as well as friends and supporters of Vintage Pride. Unfortunately, the vessel is not handicap accessible. With safety in mind, we suggest low heeled or soft soled shoes. Limited scholarships are available, contact Rosy at rgalvan@capitalpridecenter.org. A Pride Center event!

 


Business Alliance Event June 2014

Pride Center Business Alliance Professional’s Networking Event

6-8 pm | Franklin Terrace Ballroom | 126 Campbell Ave.

 Troy | $10 suggested donation

Our very popular LGBTQ Networking Event comes to Troy’s gorgeous Franklin Terrace Ballroom. Come meet up with friends, distribute those business cards and make important contacts in the lush ambiance of Franklin Terrace. Enjoy a cash bar and complimentary appetizers. Sponsored by Tri City Rentals. A Pride Center event!


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“Mamma Mia” Sing-a-long

6pm | Bowtie Cinemas | 19 Railroad Place | Saratoga Springs  $5 minimum donation per person to benefit Pride Center Youth.  Children under 13 accompanied with parental supervision are free

Enjoy a fun evening and sing along, hum, or dance the movie away.  Cocktails and food available for purchase from 6-7pm in the lobby during a social hour.  Movie begins at 7pm.  Feel free to wear your favorite Mamma Mia outfit.

 


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Trans-Queering Your Sex

 6-7:30pm | Pride Center of the Capital Region

332 Hudson Ave. | Albany | $5

Interested in a Trans* person, gender queer person or gender non-conforming person? Wanna have fun and be respectful? Wanna experience “non-traditional” sex and desire that is not based on stereotypes? Well this is the workshop for you. Open to all sexual orientations and genders. Presented by Victor Tobar. Victor Tobar is a Queer, gender non-conforming, Latin@ kink and sex educator based in New York City. He has been teaching BDSM and sex related workshops locally and nationally for over a decade. A Pride Center event!

 


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Playing with Roles: How to Spice Up Your Sex Life

8-10pm | Fuze Box | 12 Central Ave | Albany

$6-$10 (sliding scale)

Be anything or anyone you want. Let go of your inhibitions and imagine. Join Victor Tobar in having an open discussion about role play as a part of human sexuality. Let’s discuss common misconceptions, pitfalls and explore our fantasies. This workshop is interactive and will delve into what it takes to prepare and visualize our roles. Talk about common misconceptions, pitfalls and learn some techniques that will assist you in getting there. Let’s develop sexy scenarios for some hot play! Victor Tobar is a Queer, gender non-conforming, Latin@ kink and sex educator based in New York City. He has been teaching BDSM and sex related workshops locally and nationally for over a decade. A Pride Center event!


 

Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 11th)

Don’t miss these great #PRIDEweek events!

Wine & Cheese Tasting

5-8pm | LAX on Lark | 205 Lark St. | Albany

$10 Suggested donation to benefit the Pride Center

Charting Our History: Capital District LGBTQ History

7-9pm | (PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION)First Presbyterian Church

362 State St. | Albany | FREE!

LBGTQA Trivia Night

 9pm | Oh Bar | 304 Lark St. | Albany

$5 entry per person, $20 entry for teams of 4 or more –

Proceeds donated to the Pride Center


See the complete schedule of PRIDE Week events in this year’s PRIDE Guide!

June 9, 2014

PRIDE Week Events for Monday!

Category: General — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 10:19 am

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Monday, June 9, 2014

We’ve got another great night of events to celebrate PRIDE!

A special night of arts, films and community is planned for tonight, we hope to see you out!

#PRIDEweek #CapitalPRIDE


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5:30-7:30pm | Living Resources

300 Washington Ave. Ext. | Albany | FREE!

Join the team at Living Resources and the Pride Center for a screening of “Our Compass,” an educational documentary about the lives of eight developmentally disabled LGBTQ individuals. Being part of the LGBTQ community and having a developmental disability often adds an extra layer of social stigma. Following the screening, we’ll have a Q&A session with mental health experts on the unique challenges LGBTQ individuals who have developmentally disabilities face, how to shatter the stigma, and services that are available to provide this frequently ignored group of people with a good quality of life.  Refreshments will be provided. A Pride Center event!


 

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PRIDE Paint and Sip

6pm |Café 217 | 12 ½ Delaware Ave | Albany

 $15 includes materials

Join us at Café 217 on for a special PRIDE paint and sip night!  This fun evening is a special Paint Your Own Pottery event.  The Pottery Place will be providing pottery which is in the “bisque” phase (white pottery molded from clay and fired once in a kiln).  Participants will then be designing and painting their piece using paints which are ceramic underglazes.  After painting, the pieces will be taken to be clear-glazed and fired in the studio’s kilns. This process produces a piece of hand-painted pottery that is shiny, food-safe and beautiful!  After a week’s time the finished pieces can be picked up at Café 217.  We will have food and drink specials with some of the proceeds going back to the Pride Center!


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Special Screening & Coffee Hour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch {t}

6-7pm Coffee Hour, 7pm Film | Tierra Coffee Roasters & Madison Theater | 1038 &1036 Madison Ave | Albany

 $15 per ticket

Join Our Brother’s Keepers Foundation for a special coffee hour at Tierra Coffee Roasters from 6-7 and meet up with your friends before heading next door to the Madison Theater for a very special screening of John Cameron Mitchell’s award winning film Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see this remarkable film on the big screen! This film is rated R.


 

Tomorrow (Tuesday June 10th)

Don’t miss these great #PRIDEweek events!

Cruise Along the Hudson with Vintage Pride!

6-9pm (Boarding Time @ 5:30pm) |Dutch Apple Cruises

 141 Broadway | Albany |$30 per person

(pre-sale tickets at www.capitalpridecenter.org)

Pride Center Business Alliance Professional’s Networking Event

6-8 pm | Franklin Terrace Ballroom | 126 Campbell Ave.

 Troy | $10 suggested donation

“Mamma Mia” Sing-a-long

6pm | Bowtie Cinemas | 19 Railroad Place | Saratoga Springs  $5 minimum donation per person to benefit Pride Center Youth.  Children under 13 accompanied with parental supervision are free

Trans-Queering Your Sex

 6-7:30pm | Pride Center of the Capital Region

332 Hudson Ave. | Albany | $5

Playing with Roles: How to Spice Up Your Sex Life

8-10pm | Fuze Box | 12 Central Ave | Albany

$6-$10 (sliding scale)


See the complete schedule of PRIDE Week events in this year’s PRIDE Guide!

May 31, 2014

The PRIDE Show artist Poppy

Category: Pride,Programs,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 8:26 pm

David Rustin is the artist known as Poppy.

He is a life long resident of the capital district. David’s style of art is a combination of paper and acrylic, joint compound and acrylic or found objects.

He uses color to make a bold statement in some pieces and others to show movement.
In addition to the Romaine Brooks, Poppy has  show was in Boiceville, NY at the Boiceville Flower shop and Gallery, as well as in Troy and Schenectady,NY at local venues.

He feels that the most important part of his art is that it makes you feel something. If you like it, love it, hate it. It does its job as long as you walk away with an emotion.

Poppy was featured in It’s Men magazine’s February 27, 2014 edition.


The PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow

1st Friday | 6/6/14 | 5-9pm | FREE!

The Romaine Brooks Gallery at the Pride Center

 332 Hudson Ave, Albany | 1st Floor

#CapitalPRIDE  #PRIDEweek


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The Romaine Brooks Gallery is the Pride Center’s very own art gallery. The gallery features a new show every month to coincide with Albany’s popular 1st Friday.

The Pride Show will highlight some of the amazing LGBTQA artists featured during the gallery’s 2013 season.

In addition to this special gallery show, we welcome members of the Fire and Flow Arts Collective of Albany. Fire spinning with props of many kinds and flowing with a bright glow into the night come out and meet some very different local talent all while supporting Capital PRIDE.

 


AFTER 1st FRIDAY | #PRIDEweek

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The PRIDE Show artist Stephanie Slominski

Category: Pride,Programs,Upcoming Events — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 6:13 pm

“It takes some getting used to”

 …it’s not a name or title, rather what is required of those exposed to my work…and to me.

I enjoy the bizarre. I put slices of scenes that are completely unrelated together in a way that makes sense to me. I want to inspire hallucinations. I want people to stare at my images and think, “this isn’t right. This isn’t right at all.”

Stephanie Slominski

 

Stephanie was born in Hudson, New York in October of 1970, and moved to Albany in 2002. As a longtime specialty cake decorator, there was always an artistic inclination.

 

While studying for her BS in Accounting at SUNY Albany, she realized finding a way to detox from the unyielding world of business was critical.  Deciding to expand upon her predilection, she focused her electives in Fine Arts and quickly discovered a passion for photography and digital imaging.

 

Inspired by nature, NYC street art, album covers and blotter art, to name a few…


The PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow

1st Friday | 6/6/14 | 5-9pm | FREE!

The Romaine Brooks Gallery at the Pride Center

 332 Hudson Ave, Albany | 1st Floor

#CapitalPRIDE  #PRIDEweek


PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow poster

The Romaine Brooks Gallery is the Pride Center’s very own art gallery. The gallery features a new show every month to coincide with Albany’s popular 1st Friday.

The Pride Show will highlight some of the amazing LGBTQA artists featured during the gallery’s 2013 season.

In addition to this special gallery show, we welcome members of the Fire and Flow Arts Collective of Albany. Fire spinning with props of many kinds and flowing with a bright glow into the night come out and meet some very different local talent all while supporting Capital PRIDE.

 


AFTER 1st FRIDAY | #PRIDEweek

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The PRIDE Show artist Mary Pierce LaFleur

Category: Pride,Programs,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 1:46 pm

Mary Pierce LaFleur

     I began making pottery 35 years ago at the BostonCenter for Adult Education.  I studied for 3 years with Dorothy Mayzel.    In 1975, I moved back to Troy, NY when I married my husband, Bob.  One of our first purchases was a potter’s wheel, followed the next year by an electric kiln and I was in business.  Pinewoods Potters was established in 1977 on Pinewoods Avenue in Troy.

     I enjoy making functional pottery with a quirky twist.  My education background is in music education.  The forms and patterns that I like to use remind me of the movement and ornamentation in music.  Another influence has been my gardens which bloom with vibrant color and unique textures.

Going to my studio every day is an adventure.  I love creating new, one-of-a-kind pieces.  My new work is influenced by the classes I’ve taken in the last few years.  I studied hand building at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina taught by Lana Wilson, using the extruder in hand building taught by Hayne Bayless at Arrowmont, two raku workshops at Sugar Maples taught by Randy  Brodnax, and a saggar class at Snow Farm taught by Bob Green.  In October I traveled back to Arrowmont to take a hand building class with Sandy Blain.

Recently I have become very interested in saggar and raku firings.  The results are so unique, but also very random.  I find it exciting.  I have just begun mixing my pit fired pieces with wood and wire.  I love the mixed media textures and the organic feeling of combining different media.

I teach hand building and raku classes at the new Northeast Ceramics/Monroe Clayworks at 10 Monroe Street in South Troy.  I also volunteer in the pottery program at Roarke Center in Troy.

My work can be seen at The Broken Mold in Troy, Great Finds in Valatie, Departure at the Albany Airport, The Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, Bennington Potters at Sterrup Square in Pittstown, Elissa Halloran on Lark Street,   the shop at Cherry Hill in Albany, Art de Cure in Albany, and the Albany Art Room.


 

The PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow

1st Friday | 6/6/14 | 5-9pm | FREE!

The Romaine Brooks Gallery at the Pride Center

 332 Hudson Ave, Albany | 1st Floor

#CapitalPRIDE  #PRIDEweek


PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow poster

The Romaine Brooks Gallery is the Pride Center’s very own art gallery. The gallery features a new show every month to coincide with Albany’s popular 1st Friday.

The Pride Show will highlight some of the amazing LGBTQA artists featured during the gallery’s 2013 season.

In addition to this special gallery show, we welcome members of the Fire and Flow Arts Collective of Albany. Fire spinning with props of many kinds and flowing with a bright glow into the night come out and meet some very different local talent all while supporting Capital PRIDE.

 


AFTER 1st FRIDAY | #PRIDEweek

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The PRIDE Show artist Carole Fults

Category: Pride,Programs,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 1:42 pm

   Carole Fults

I am originally from Michigan but have lived very happily in upstate New York for the last 20 plus years. I am a graduate of Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a concentration in Art. My career has been fairly varied, initially in painting then moving to sculpture, back to painting and most recently photography.

I love color and the natural world, and I love joining with others in making art and exhibiting. As I continue to grow in my artistic expression I  am also acquiring a long list of projects and subjects I would like to explore and accomplish through both solo and group exhibits.

I am very pleased to be included in this particular show, featuring the genius and talents of so many gifted artists, where our individual ways of seeing combine to create a grand vision of beauty, uniqueness, and hope for our world.

My goal as an artist is to suggest things to the viewer that they may not have thought of or seen before, or to present a new view on an old subject. I hope to get better at seeing more truly and clearly, thereby increasing my skill as a reporter of things in the natural world.

 

Carole’s website: http://www.insideoutart-poetry.com


The PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow

1st Friday | 6/6/14 | 5-9pm | FREE!

The Romaine Brooks Gallery at the Pride Center

 332 Hudson Ave, Albany | 1st Floor

#CapitalPRIDE  #PRIDEweek


PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow poster

The Romaine Brooks Gallery is the Pride Center’s very own art gallery. The gallery features a new show every month to coincide with Albany’s popular 1st Friday.

The Pride Show will highlight some of the amazing LGBTQA artists featured during the gallery’s 2013 season.

In addition to this special gallery show, we welcome members of the Fire and Flow Arts Collective of Albany. Fire spinning with props of many kinds and flowing with a bright glow into the night come out and meet some very different local talent all while supporting Capital PRIDE.

 


AFTER 1st FRIDAY | #PRIDEweek

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The PRIDE Show artist Lisa Mclain

Category: Pride,Programs,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 1:37 pm

Lisa McLain

arsenic.and.old.ones@gmail.com

 

On the whole, I believe I possess a pretty non-descript crunchy candy shell—I grew up in Clifton Park, NY, hold degrees in Fine Arts and Art History, work for the State of New York, and have a wonderful and very precocious daughter.

The things that occasionally tiptoe their way into my active thoughts, however, lead me to believe I contain a sort of creamy nougat center comprised of dark humor and misanthropy, blended with my own special brand of neurosis.

To provide you with an example: currently, I am examining the theory that both the Weedy and Leafy varieties of seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus & Phycodurus eques – relatives of the seahorse) are the reincarnated souls of evil drag queens.  Not that that is a bad thing, mind you…I admire their flair.  The rest of us cynics could conceivably spend perpetuity as unremarkable seahorses adorning some waiting room aquarium (let’s just hope the water PH is ok.  And get ready for karmic payback for all the times you tapped on the glass even after they told you not to).

The above “nougat” theory is, of course, only that—to truly test that hypothesis would, no doubt, involve some from of electrical current and rather painful poking.

Please, however, don’t poke.  I have sharper poking implements than you.


The PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow

1st Friday | 6/6/14 | 5-9pm | FREE!

The Romaine Brooks Gallery at the Pride Center

 332 Hudson Ave, Albany | 1st Floor

#CapitalPRIDE  #PRIDEweek


PRIDE Show + Fire & Flow poster

The Romaine Brooks Gallery is the Pride Center’s very own art gallery. The gallery features a new show every month to coincide with Albany’s popular 1st Friday.

The Pride Show will highlight some of the amazing LGBTQA artists featured during the gallery’s 2013 season.

In addition to this special gallery show, we welcome members of the Fire and Flow Arts Collective of Albany. Fire spinning with props of many kinds and flowing with a bright glow into the night come out and meet some very different local talent all while supporting Capital PRIDE.

 


AFTER 1st FRIDAY | #PRIDEweek

Remix ad 2

May 28, 2014

Pride Center Executive Director Honored with Women of Excellence Award

Curran Streett, Executive Director of the Pride Center of the Capital Region
(Photo by Colleen Ingerto/Women@Work)

The Executive Director of the Pride Center, Curran Streett, has been honored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Council as one of this year’s Women of Excellence.

The Women of Excellence Awards, now in their 23rd year, honor successful, talented women who have made a major impact in the Capital Region in their professional fields.

There were seven honorees this year and Curran received her award in the category of Excellence in the Professions. Curran and the other honorees will receive their awards at a luncheon/ceremony this Friday, May 30th.

To see Curran’s thoughts on what this honor means to her and to read more about the other award winners, head on over to the Times Union blog for the full rundown on the Women of Excellence Awards.

May 19, 2014

The 2014 PRIDE Guide Is Out!

Category: General,Pride,Upcoming Events — Tags: — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 2:30 pm

Have you heard the word that the 2014 Capital Pride Guide is now officially out and about?

You can a find physical copy at various locations throughout the Capital Region, but perhaps you don’t have time to go out and grab one in person. If that’s the case, you can check out our full color interactive version right here on the Pride Center’s website.

Inside you can find a full listing of Pride Week events, schedules and descriptions. Plus, we let you know which events are family and teen friendly! Enjoy!

 

Browse through the 2014 Capital Pride Guide below:

May 12, 2014

Finally Out In the NFL

Category: General — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 3:15 pm

In case you haven’t heard the word by now: the the National Football League (NFL) drafted its first openly gay player over the weekend when the St. Louis Rams picked 24-year old Michael Sam to play defensive end.

It should come as no surprise that the social media reaction to the Rams drafting Sam was swift, as it always is. Thankfully, most of those reactions were overwhelmingly positive, with even President Obama offering his congratulations in a statement released by the White House. Any unfortunate negative reactions that may have occurred in the social media-verse seemed to be mainly in reaction to Sam’s emotionally charged, celebratory kiss with his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. Sam and Cammisano’s kiss was aired live on ESPN after his draft pick was annoucned and some commentators, including former and current NFL players, used Twitter to make their displeasure clear about the kiss.

No matter what one’s opinion may be, this will surely go down as a historical moment in both sports and LGBTQ history.

May 8, 2014

Watch: Top Ten Ways to Give OUT: Tip #3

Category: General,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 7:30 pm

Tip #3: Short and Sweet

Give OUT Day is 24 hours of LGBTQ and ally giving – and it’s your chance make a real difference, right here in YOUR community.  Show your love of an amazing organization, which gives so much to our LGBTQ community! Last year, the Pride Center of the Capital Region was #1 on the national leader board for smaller non-profits.  This year, with your help, we hope to place #1 again!

With your help we can place #1 again!

Give OUT Day is less than 10 days away!!!! Can you believe it?!

Another great way to connect with your friends and family is to use a piece of ever present technology to send a short but sweet message to Give OUT. What is it you may ask? Well, it’s your cell phone!

Most people’s cell phone’s (with the exception of a few analog hold outs and you know who you are!!!) have the ability to send and receive text messages.

So send a text message with the Give OUT Day link to all your friends, family and supporters on Give OUT Day and ask them to donate.
You can keep it short and sweet! Along with all of your other efforts through email, Facebook, Twitter and the like I think you will be able to reach a lot of folks with your message!

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