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September 24, 2014

Read This: Trans-View #126

Category: General — Tags: , , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:00 pm

Trans-View #126 

By. Moonhawk River Stone

 

“For The Times They are a-Changin’”

                                                             -Bob Dylan (October 1964)…Indeed

 

One of favorite quotes comes from The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin (this book is part of the Earthsea Trilogy). The young hero, Arren, is being taught by the Wizard of Earthsea, Ged, and it goes like this:

Do you see, Arren, how an act is not, as young
men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws,
and it hits or misses, and that’s the end of it. When
that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that
bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the
stars respond, and where it strikes or falls the
universe is changed. On every act the balance of the
whole depends….We must learn to keep the balance.

This is only a small part of a much longer dialogue where the Wizard urges young Arren to do “only that which you must do and which you
cannot do in any other way.”

I have carried these quotes around with me for over 35 years. They have become part of the foundation for me of how I do the work that is my life–professionally, in activism and in my personal life. Turning to Bob Dylan’s song, now 50 years old and still ever so relevant today, we can see that those actions taken long ago, those actions that were what those early transgender pioneers felt was the only thing to do, have created, perhaps, what will be the most enduring and revolutionary changes about sex and gender we human beings will experience until we’re growing our sex/genders in 3-D printers. No kidding. The emergence of the all things Trans* (new word being used to be ultra inclusive of the umbrella) has done more to revolutionize how we think of sex and gender than any other single event.

In 1975, a group of people, mostly male, mostly crossdressers and , in those days we called such folks transvestites, met in Provincetown, MA, post “the season” for the 1st Fantasia Fair, and yes, there were a few transsexual folks included, too. Back then, Provincetown shuttered itself up for the winter right after Labor Day as the summer people fled back to the cities for the winter. The summer season had very definitive boundaries and P’town was not a year round destination then. Provincetown in 1975 was perceived as a open and welcoming place for diverse folks, and this drove the Fantasia Fair folks’ decision to locate the Fair in P’town. where a much safer environment for differently gendered people to be “out and about” existed and so they were out and about. I took my first “adult” vacation that October 1975 and Unbeknownst to me, I stumbled into the 1st Fantasia Fair while at a tres chic expensive French restaurant. The waiter was all nervous and upset, I remember scurrying around to make apologies for his unusual quests. I was not at all the flummoxed or disdainful guest he thought me to be. I just had this sense of curiosity and comfort. Not consciously then, but at some level I understood that whoever those folks were, I was, too and I was OK with them–and with me, all dressed up in my Sunday best male clothes, I don’t suppose they thought twice about me. I remember being vaguely thrilled, and my extravagant dinner all the more delicious because of them. Re-balancing the whole of sex/gender diversity, changing that part of the Universe became real that first year of Fantasia Fair.

But the rock not thrown that evening was that I did not get up and go over to them and join them introducing myself, though I know in hindsight it would have been OK to do so. What was set in motion that night, was Fantasia Fair took off, and Hawk stayed still a while longer, each action the right one, the necessary one. Now, 40 years later, I go back Provincetown in October 2014 to celebrate Fantasia Fair’s 40th anniversary and have the honor of giving one of the week’s keynote addresses, having come full circle, the balance somehow having been struck, the Equilibrium reestablished. My speech is going to focus on just this column’s theme how differently gendered people have changed the conversation about sex and gender not only in Trans* land, but among all human beings. How that moment where the rock thrown, lands in the ocean and the ripples have reached the farthest shore to only redouble and ripple back yet again and again.

In far off time when history takes measure of this era in America it will note that something changed. The divide between male and female crumbled a bit, and morphed into a continuum that became a garden of delight in which us humans could play. We will note it spurred the larger world to its own imaginings of what lay beyond the strict binary of male and female, though in many places that struggle would be decades or centuries longer than here in America. Dr. Milton Diamond, Ph.D., one of the leading researcher allies to the transgender and intersex communities is oft quoted as saying, “Nature loves diversity. Society does not.” Suppose the rock that was thrown that October evening in 1975 obliterated the second sentence and we are just left with “Nature loves diversity.” I want to be at Fantasia Fair 75 (in 2049) just past 101 to see what ripples then and how the journey unfolded. What new balance will be struck? And will all of us Trans* and cisgender be free to be ourselves and love one another? For one thing we know then as we do now, “For The Times They Are a-Changin’. Until next time…T

 

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 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!

April 22, 2014

Watch: Top Ten Ways to Give OUT: Tip #7

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

#7: Join the Team and Set Up Your Razoo Fundraising Page!

If you have not done so already go to the Pride Center of the Capital Region’s Give OUT Day Fundraising Page on Razoo.

With your help, we can place #1 again!

With your help, we can place #1 again!

If you are participating as a Give OUT Day Ambassador for the Pride Center of the Capital Region, I created a team page for all of us!  Please be on the lookout for an email from me with instructions on how to join our team!

It’s really easy and simple to create a fundraising page on Razoo! Please note there is no need to create two fundraising pages, so if you already set up your page you are good to go!

 

How to set up a Razoo Fundraising Page on the Pride Center Fundraising Page

 

  1. Go to http://tinyurl.com/oeagqp9
  2. Select “Fundraise for this Cause” on the bottom right hand side
  3. If you have not registered for Razoo before you may be prompted to register. If so follow the registration steps. And return to the Pride Center Fundraising Page at: http://tinyurl.com/oeagqp9
  4. Follow step 2.
  5. Create a project name. Something like: Give OUT Day 2014 – Your Name
  6. Then set up your page and set your fundraising goals for Give OUT Day.

How to set up a Fundraising Page on the Give OUT Day Ambassador Team Page

  1. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lqtwgx6
  2. Under “Fundraise for this Team”, select “Fundraise”
  3. If you have not registered for Razoo before you may be prompted to register. If so follow the registration steps. And return to the Give Out Day Ambassador Page at:  http://tinyurl.com/lqtwgx6
  4. Follow step 2.
  5. Create you project name. Something like: Give OUT Day 2014 – Your Name
  6. Then set up your page and set your fundraising goals for Give OUT Day.

April 15, 2014

Top Ten Ways to Give OUT: Tip #9 (Video)

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

 

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 make it to #1!

#9 – Tell Everyone You Know about Give OUT Day

Give OUT Day is 30 Days away!!!! So! Tell everyone you know about your participation in the Give OUT Day campaign. You can do this by making posts or sharing posts from the Give OUT Day Facebook Page or from the Pride Center’s Facebook Page.  You can also update your cover image to a fancy Give OUT Day reminder image.

Just remember, Give OUT Day, is really about people and connections. It’s about you, your experiences with The Pride Center of the Capital Region. So when you post a message or send an email share your personal experiences or thoughts on why you are participating in Give OUT Day!

I am happy to help you with setting up a Facebook Page or learning how to make a Facebook post or updating your cover image so do not hesitate to contact me at PArthur-Snead@capitalpridecenter.org . Have an awesome day!!

Know Your Healthcare Options

Category: Center Support,General,Programs — Tags: , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:00 pm

If you had trouble completing your healthcare enrollment application before the March 31st deadline you have until April 15th at 11:59PM to complete. You should call the NYSOH marketplace – 1.855.355.5777 / TTY: 1.800.662.1220 to request an application extension.

 

Click through on the flyer below for more detailed information.

qualifying life events FAQ

April 10, 2014

Top Ten Ways to Give OUT: Tip #10 (Video)

Category: General — Tags: , , , , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 12:00 pm

With your help we can make it to #1!

Give OUT Day is just about 30 Days away! Give OUT Day is 24 hours of LGBTQ and ally giving! 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!  In getting ready for our Big Day OUT we will provide you with the Top Ten Ways to Give OUT! Let’s get started!

 

Top Ten Ways to Give OUT!

#10 Get Started – LIKE the Give OUT Day Facebook Page so you can stay connected with updates, important information, and more tips from the Give OUT campaign. Get connected to the Pride Center’s Facebook Page as well.

 

Look for these TIPS on the Pride Center’s Facebook page and here on our blog each Monday and Wednesday until May 15.

 

If you have questions or if you would like more information on Give OUT Day contact Pilar Arthur-Snead @ the Pride Center, PArthur-Snead@capitalpridecenter.org . Have an awesome day!!

March 14, 2014

Albany Bombers’ Blue vs. White Fundraiser Game

Category: General,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 4:00 pm

Tomorrow night (Saturday, March 15th) at the Troy Knickerbacker Ice Rink is the Albany Bombers’ Annual Intrasquad Blue vs. White Fundraiser Hockey Game. A portion of the proceeds will be going towards the benefit of the Pride Center and members of the staff will be there representing (plus, we’ll be dropping the puck at the start of the game!).

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 ($5 for students, kids under 10 are free) and includes skate rental fee, open public skating with the Bombers from 5:30-6:30 PM and admission to the Blue vs. White game starting at 7 PM. There will also be raffles, prizes and a special performance by the Capital Pride Singers!

Unfamiliar with the Albany Bombers? Well here’s some quick catch-up info for you, courtesy of the Albany Bombers’ website:

The Albany Bombers is an adult developmental, co-ed, LGBT and straight friendly ice hockey team. Founded in 2005, the current roster has over 20 players from around the capital district ranging in age from 19 to 55 years old. We pride ourselves on the inviting and inclusive atmosphere and our ability to welcome players of all ability levels and help them learn everything from fundamentals to advanced hockey skills.

You can also read more about the Albany Bombers in the March issue of our monthly magazine, CommUNITYRead it online or pick up a copy at one of the many locations throughout the Capital Region.

Hope to see you all there tomorrow night!

March 13, 2014

What does Yoga have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?!

Category: General,Programs,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 4:05 pm

March is LGBT Health Month! We at the Pride Center wanted to take this opportunity to offer our community a variety of options for a  healthy positive lifestyle. Yes, HIV and STI information is so important. At the same time we believe that our health is much more complex than that. Health is also about our bodies, minds, spirits and general energy…health is also an opportunity to have fun while making room for self care!

Please join us this Saturday, March 15th @ 11am while we take a deep breath and learn light & easy yoga poses that are sure to leave you feeling nothing short of blissful.

David C. Vozzy, MSEd, 200 Hour RYT, will help you ease stress and invite calming peace to your day.  David has been practicing Yoga for almost three years, but decided early on that he wanted to spread the gift to others via teaching. He has a background in counseling, and is the author of two books; “LIGHT: A Book of Solace” and “Behold the Doctor” both available on Amazon. David is also the creator of “Loving Your Life in Eight Weeks;” a stress reduction class on Daily OM.com. His desire is to use Yoga as a vehicle that will help clients travel to a place of self-realization and serenity.

Please bring yoga mat or towel. FREE ALL-AGES EVENT!

Snacks & recipes provided by Honest Weight Food Co-op!

The event will be held at the Pride Center of the Capital Region-332 Hudson Ave., Albany, NY 12210. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/230982300427675/ 

 

 

March 12, 2014

Know Any Amazing People In Your Life?

Category: General,Upcoming Events — Tags: , , , , , , — Pride Center of the Capital Region @ 3:30 pm

gala 2014

Of course you do!

The Pride Center of the Capital Region is seeking nominations for the 2014 Annual Awards to be given out at the Awards Gala on October 24, 2014.

Do you know someone in the Capital Region who does outstanding work for the LGBT community? If so, please review the award categories and submit your nomination today!

The nomination deadline is May 2, 2014.

To nominate an individual, business or organization, download the Nomination Form from www.capitalpridecenter.org and return it to the Pride Center Board of Directors, 332 Hudson, Albany, New York 12210 by fax to (518) 462-2101 or e-mail; cstreett@capitalpridecenter.org

Awards will be selected at the discretion of the Pride Center Board of Directors. The Pride Center reserves the right to limit the number of awards and may not give awards in every category.

Final selections will be made by the Pride Center Board of Directors.