JUNE 2018 CAPITAL PRIDE ALBANY, NEW YORK - Pride Guide - Pride Center of the Capital Region

JUNE 2018 CAPITAL PRIDE ALBANY, NEW YORK - Pride Guide - Pride Center of the Capital Region
Since 1970
               CAPITAL PRIDE
               ALBANY, NEW YORK
               JUNE 2018
                               Pride Guide

                Capital Pride is Hosted by The Pride Center of the Capital Region.

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                                                                       WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
                                                            Wacky Wednesday Drag Bingo @ Waterworks
             THURSDAY, MAY 31                               Pub 10pm–2am | 76 Central Ave., Albany | No Cover,
PRIDE Kick-Off BBQ & Celebration 5–8pm |                    Suggested Donation for Bingo
Washington Park Lakehouse, Albany NY | Free                              THURSDAY, JUNE 7
Capital PRIDE Kick-Off Karaoke 8pm–2am | Oh Bar,            Therapy Thursday Pride Ball @ Waterworks Pub
302 Lark Street, Albany | Cash Bar                          11pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany NY | Free

                FRIDAY, JUNE 1                                              FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Flag Raising Ceremony 10am | Albany City Hall, 24           Purr Party 9pm–2am | Oh Bar, 302 Lark Street, Albany NY
Eagle St., Albany NY | Free                                 | Cash Bar
Alternative Prom! 7–11pm | Albany Capital Center 55         Calvin Banks @ ROCKS 8pm–4am | ROCKS, 77 Central
Eagle St. Albany NY | $20                                   Ave., Albany NY | Free
Schenectady Pride 2018 5pm–10:30pm | Jay Street
Marketplace, Schenectady | Free                                          SATURDAY, JUNE 9
                                                            The Pride Center of the Capital Region and In Our
             SATURDAY, JUNE 2                               Own Voices present the PRIDE 5K, sponsored
Frieda & Carmie’s Cabaret for Kids 2–4pm | Huxley           by Whole Foods 8–11am | Corning Preserve Boat Launch,
Theater, NY State Museum, 260 Madison Ave., Albany | Free   Albany NY | $40

Boardroom Shades of Grey 9pm–4am | ROCKS, 77                Say It Loud Black and Latino Gay Pride–The
Central Ave., Albany NY | $10                               Celebration Noon–5pm | Washington Park, Albany | Free

Sing OUT Louise XII 9:00pm | Waterworks Pub                 American Idol ADA VOX Live! @ Waterworks
76 Central Ave., Albany NY | $10                            Pub - Say It Loud Black & Latino Gay Pride—The
                                                            Official After Party 10pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central
RuPaul’s Laila McQueenLive! @ Waterworks                    Ave., Albany NY | $10
Pub 11pm, right after “Sing Out Louise XII” | Waterworks
Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany NY | $10
                                                                           SUNDAY, JUNE 10
                                                            2018 Capital PRIDE Parade Prouidly Sponsored
               SUNDAY, JUNE 3                               by Hannaford Noon | State St. to Lark St. to Madison
PRIDE Disco Tea Dance 5pm–8pm | ROCKS, 77                   Ave. to Washington Park, Albany | Free
Central Ave., Albany NY | Free
                                                            2018 Capital PRIDE Festival proudly sponsored
                                                            by Rivers Casino and Resort 1–5pm | Washington
               MONDAY, JUNE 4                               Park, Albany | Free
LGBTQA Movie Night 6–10pm | Pride Center, 332               Capital PRIDE After Parties 5pm–? | Pride Center
Hudson Ave. Albany NY NY | Free                             (332 Hudson Ave.), Waterworks Pub (76 Central Ave.), Oh
                                                            Bar (304 Lark St.), ROCKS (77 Central Ave.)
              TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Pride Celebration Choral Evensong 5:30pm | St. Paul’s                       FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Episcopal Church, 21 Hacket Blvd. Albany NY | Free          Vintage Pride Sunset Cruise 6–8pm | Dutch Apple
LGBTQA Trivia Night 8–11pm | ROCKS, 77 Central Ave.,        Cruises, 141 Broadway, Albany NY | $40
Albany NY | No Cover, Suggested Donation for Trivia
                                                                For full descriptions of all events, see pages 36–39.

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        stelle has come a long way                                                      Records. The first project released
        from local West London MC                                                       under the label was her fourth al-
        to being a successful Gram-                                                     bum True Romance. The album
my Award-winning artist. Born the                                                       features the inspirational anthem
second of nine children in a strict re-                                                 “Conqueror,” which skyrocketed
ligious Senegalese/Grenadian fam-                                                       even further after a special duet
ily, Estelle learned early to escape                                                    version aired during an episode of
life’s daily pressures through music.                                                   Fox’s hit show Empire. Performed
Growing up, she was exposed to                                                          by Estelle and Jussie Smollett,
African and gospel music, as well as                                                    “Conqueror” became one of the
reggae and dub, all of which have                                                       highest-charting songs from Em-
played an integral role in develop-                                                     pire to date and helped spur the
ing her music today into a unique,                                                      original soundtrack from Season
original blend of sounds.                                                               One of Empire to the #1 spot on the
      Estelle’s international recogni-                                                  Billboard 200 as well as a Grammy
tion came with the debut of her                                                         nomination.
second album Shine, released un-                                                             With the release of Estelle’s
der John Legend’s Homeschool label, in partnership with          fifth album, her musical career journeys back to some
Atlantic Records. Her hit single “American Boy,” in col-         of its original influences. Partnered with VP Records,
laboration with rapper Kanye West, won a Grammy Award            Estelle is set for a spring 2018 release of an album
for Best Rap/Song Collaboration, in addition to being            based in the sound of reggae and African music that
nominated for Song of the Year and many other awards             raised her. “Love Like Ours,” the first showing from the
worldwide.                                                       project, is a feel-good duet that matches Estelle with
      Her third album All of Me gave fans an in-depth look       reggae great Tarrus Riley. “This song represents the
into her soul with the chart-topping single “Thank You.”         level of quality and care that I’m bringing to this album.
The duality of this album showcased the vocal ability            Since Come Over with Sean Paul, fans have consistently
of this multi-talented songstress as the emotionally raw         asked when I would make an entire reggae album,” Es-
songs flawlessly demonstrated the richness of her musical        telle says when talking about Love Like Ours. “Well, I’m
history.                                                         happy to give the people what they have been asking
      Taking full creative control of all her music endeavors,   for and I’m proud to share another piece of my life and
Estelle launched her independent label, Established 1980         art with the world.”

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         da Vox is a San                                                                          a wrong way. It killed
         Antonio drag                                                                             me inside. It killed me
         queen who has                                                                            inside almost as much
been singing her heart                                                                            as people were telling
out on ABC’s 2018 re-                                                                             me that I should kill
boot of American Idol.                                                                            myself...I was contem-
As a Semifinalist and                                                                             plating lots of things
Top 14 contestant,                                                                                that I shouldn’t have.”
her appearance marks                                                                                  Adam did not let
a first for the TV com-                                                                           that deter him from his
petition show and she                                                                             dream and when he
was one of the stand-                                                                             heard the show was
outs from the audition                                                                                     coming back to
rounds thanks to her                                                                                       ABC this year,
performance of “House of the Rising Sun.” When Katy                                                        he decided to
Perry asked if she was going to take this competition                                                      audition again
seriously, Ada responded, “I’m not here to play with                                                       as his alter ego
anybody. I’m here to chase my dreams and make them                                                         Ada Vox. He
come true.”                                                                                                said: “I was an
     Ada Vox auditioned for American Idol back in 2013                                                     OK singer then,
when she was known as Adam Sanders. In one of his                                                          but I’m a hun-
Season 12 performances, he got a standing ovation from                                                     dred times bet-
three of the four judges with his rendition of Etta James’s    ter now than I ever was then. I’m vocally better, I’m a bet-
“I’d Rather Go Blind.” Despite this, he got eliminated after   ter performer, I’m a better entertainer, I’m more prepared
Hollywood week.                                                as an adult now to take on the challenges that come with
     After he appeared on Season 12 of American Idol,          a competition like this.”
he started getting threats on social media. He revealed             Adam was born in San Antonio, Texas, and has worked
on this year’s show right before his audition: “People         at a seafood restaurant by day and drag queen by night.
attacked my weight, my sexuality, telling me that I was        The 24-year-old is a University of Texas graduate and lists
horrible, that I sucked, that I don’t deserve to be here,      his influences as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin,
that I shouldn’t be who I am. And I let it get to me in        Patti Labelle, and more.

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Mayor, City of Albany

                                         “I am proud to celebrate the
                                                  48th annual
                                         Capital PRIDE week
                                                    with you!
                                          This important event is a
                                           wonderful expression of
                                          diversity and acceptance in
                                             the city of Albany. I
                                        commend the continued efforts
                                           of all those involved and
                                         wish you another successful
                                               week of events.”


                               “Thank you to the
                             Pride Center for all the
                             services you provide to
                                our community!”
May 31 - June 15
              THURSDAY, MAY 31
PRIDE Kick-Off Celebration                                      Schenectady Pride 2018
5–8pm | Washington Park Lakehouse, Washington                   5pm - 10:30pm | Jay Street Marketplace,
Park, Albany | Free ($5 Suggested Donation)                     Schenectady NY | Free
An Official Pride Center and In Our Own Voices Event!           The 7th annual Schenectady LGBTQ Pride festival is back!
A wonderful annual tradition that continues to get bigger       Taking place on Fri, June 1 from 5pm - 10:30pm on the Jay
and better each year! Come together with The Pride Center       Street Marketplace in downtown Schenectady.
and In Our Own Voices as we officially kick off PRIDE
                                                                This year the main stage will be on the corner of Jay and
at the Washington Park Lakehouse. Enjoy a fun, casual
                                                                State Street featuring performances by Comedian Jaye
evening with food provided by ROCKS, music, and chances
                                                                McBride (6pm), Union College’s Eliphalets (6:30pm) and
to win fun prizes. Get tickets to upcoming events and learn
                                                                the ever popular Drag Spectacular (7pm).
more about the festivals. Meet up with friends, new and old,
as the community kicks off the 2018 PRIDE season!
                                                                              SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Capital PRIDE Kick-Off Karaoke                                  Frieda & Carmie’s Cabaret for Kids
8pm–2am | Oh Bar, 302 Lark Street, Albany                       2pm–4pm | The Huxley Theater, New York State
                                                                Museum, 260 Madison Ave., Albany | Free
An Official Pride Center Event! Kick off PRIDE with
Albany’s oldest and greatest karaoke. Don’t miss an evening     Join the Queens of PRIDE, Carmie Hope and Frieda
of good times and great voices. This Capital PRIDE classic      Munchon, for a fun-for-the-whole-family children’s concert.
returns with Karaoke Wars; have fun donating cash to            There will be songs, games, prizes, and sing-alongs for kids
change a song, change a singer, or just give to a good cause!   of all ages. Bring the entire family for a one-of-a-kind
Proceeds benefit The Pride Center of the Capital Region.        afternoon of fun and music.
(21+ to enter).
                                                                Boardroom Shades of Grey
                 FRIDAY, JUNE 1                                 9pm–4am | Rocks, 77 Central Ave, Albany | $10

Flag Raising Ceremony                                           Boardroom Shades of Grey at Rocks. Wear your finest suit
10am | Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany | Free            and tie or just check out the Business Attire scenery. All
                                                                your board room fantasies will come to life (21+ to enter).
An Official Pride Center and In Our Own Voices Event!
Join the Pride Center, In Our Own Voices, and Mayor
                                                                Sing OUT Louise XII—Remixed
Kathy Sheehan for a special ceremonial raising of rainbow
                                                                9pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany | $10
flags to acknowledge and kick off PRIDE.
                                                                An Official Pride Center Event! The PRIDE tradition
Alternative Prom!                                               continues with “Sing OUT Louise XII.” The amazing ladies
7pm –11pm | Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St.                 who define drag in Albany are back: Frieda Munchon,
Albany NY | $20                                                 Carmie Hope, Kashi Golean and more in one magnificent
                                                                and outrageous PRIDE extravaganza. They will dazzle you,
An Official Pride Center Event! Join us for our 20th annual
                                                                amaze you, and change it up a bit in an electrifying opening
Alternative Prom, a fun-filled evening for LGBTQA youth
                                                                show before RuPaul’s Laila McQueen takes the stage at
and their allies ages 19 and under. Come as you are, no
                                                                Waterworks Pub (18+ to Enter, 21+ to Drink).
judgments, to this amazing event! We hope you can come
out to be a part of the action! Learn more about Center
Youth at www.capitalpridecenter.org.

RuPaul’s Laila McQueen Live!                                                   THURSDAY, JUNE 7
@ Waterworks Pub
11pm, right after “Sing Out Louise XII” | Waterworks             Therapy Thursday Pride Ball
Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany | $10                               @ Waterworks Pub
                                                                 11pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave. Albany |
An Official Pride Center Event! RuPaul’s Drag Race Star          Free
Laila McQueen invaded televisions around the world on
Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Fan favorite, Laila brings       The Therapy Thursday Pride Ball 2018 at Waterworks Pub
her edgy style and raw talent to Waterworks Pub, along           featuring DJ Shawn Gillie spinning a variety of R&B,
with some of the area’s best drag queens, in a benefit for the   top 40, and dance music all night long. Don’t miss out on
Capital Pride Center (18+ to Enter, 21+ to Drink).               Shawn’s Taste the Rainbow Contest plus performances by
                                                                 Albany’s best drag performers. (18+ to enter, 21+ to drink.)
                SUNDAY, JUNE 3
PRIDE Tea-Dance                                                                   FRIDAY, JUNE 8
5–8pm | ROCKS, 77 Central Ave., Albany NY | Free
                                                                 Purr Party at Oh Bar
Pride Center of the Capital Region invites you to join us at     9pm | Oh Bar, 302 Lark Street, Albany, NY |Free
ROCKS for fun, food, music, drink specials, giveaways, and
games as a special start to the second half of PRIDE Week        PRIDE Week and girl parties go hand in hand! Join us for a
with a display of our Unity and PRIDE! (21+ to Enter)            fabulous night at Oh Bar! Great music Pool, Darts and sexy
                                                                 ladies. You will be sure to have an amazing time!
                MONDAY, JUNE 4
                                                                 Calvin Banks @ ROCKS
LGBTQA Movie Night                                               9pm | 77 Central Ave., Albany, NY |Free
6:00pm | Pride Center (332 Hudson Ave.) Albany, NY
| Free                                                           Dance w/ Mr. Calvin Banks and the ROCKS Models for
                                                                 our Albany Pride 2018 Kick-off party 8pm with DJ Ray
Join us at the Pride Center for Movie night, a relaxing          Riley in the club.
evening of popcorn and LGBTQA cinema.

                TUESDAY, JUNE 5                                                SATURDAY, JUNE 9
Pride Celebration Choral Evensong                                The Pride Center of the Capital Region
5:30pm | 21 Hacket Blvd., Albany NY | Free
                                                                 and In Our Own Voices present the
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites you to a Pride               PRIDE 5K, sponsored by Whole Foods
Celebration Choral Evensong featuring works by Fedak and         8–11am | Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Albany |
Bernstein.                                                       $40
                                                                 An Official Pride Center and In Our Own Voices Event!
LBGTQA Trivia Night                                              Registration begins at 8:00am at the Boat Launch, Rainbow
9–11pm | Rocks, 77 Central Ave., Albany | No Cover,              Fun Run (0.62 miles; open to walkers and runners of all
Suggested Donation for Trivia; proceeds donated to the           ages and abilities) at 9:00am, and 5K (3.1 miles) at 10:00am.
Pride Center
                                                                 Awards and prizes immediately following the 5K! Prizes
A Capital PRIDE Favorite! LGBTQ-themed trivia gets               will then be awarded to the top three participants in the
everyone’s mind moving! Join our special guest host and          female, male, and open gender categories, as well as the top
enjoy great drink specials, mind bending trivia, and win         three participants in the each age bracket. Also, wear your
great prizes! (21+ to enter.)                                    Rainbow Best! Awards for Individuals and Teams “Best
                                                                 Use of Rainbow.” Check the Pride Center website at www.
            WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6                                    capitalpridecenter.org for online registration details. Please
Wacky Wednesday Drag Bingo                                       complete one registration per race participant. Paper pre-
@ Waterworks Pub                                                 registrations must be received by Thursday, May 31. Online
10pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany | No              pre-registration closes Thursday, June 7, at 9:00pm.
Cover, Suggested Donation for Bingo
Join the Capital Pride Center for a fun night of Drag Bingo
followed by performances from some of the area’s top drag            For more information about PRIDE 2018 events,
queens at the Wacky Wednesday Drag Show at Waterworks                          visit the Pride Center online at
Pub. (18+ to enter, 21+ to drink.)
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Say It Loud Black and Latino Say It Loud                       2018 Capital PRIDE Festival, Proudly
Black and Latino Gay Pride–The Celebration                     Sponsored by Rivers Casino and Resort
Noon–5pm | Washington Park, Albany NY | Free                   1–5pm | Washington Park, Albany | Free
An In Our Own Voices Event! The Celebration will take          An Official Pride Center Event! Don’t miss the largest
place at Washington Park, Albany. The event is an outdoor      PRIDE celebration in Upstate New York! The Capital
affair for all LGBT POC, families, and allies. International   PRIDE Festival headlined by international pop star Estelle
Pop Singer Brenda K Starr, American Idol Top 10 Finalist       and American Idol 2018 Top 10 Finalist Ada Vox! With
Ada Vox and local talent will be providing entertainment.      a stirring Revel, high energy, top notch entertainment,
There will be a kids’ corner featuring Bouncy Bounce, face     hundreds of vendors—including some of the area’s best food
painting, and more! A variety of foods and beverages will      trucks, crafters, shops and merchants, as well as community
be on hand throughout the day to tempt the taste buds of       groups—a family zone, and some exciting surprises for 2018,
all attendees. The Celebration highlights our talents and      the Capital PRIDE Festival is one of the region’s biggest
contributions to the larger LGBT community.                    and most highly anticipated events! Hosted by FLY92.3’s
                                                               DJ Shawn Gillie, with the Grand Central Station Band and
Ram Party                                                      Waterworks Pub DJ Dave Barna.
10pm–4am | Rocks, 77 Central Ave, Albany | $10
Daddy Ersin Presents the RAM Party, Leather Pride              Capital PRIDE After Parties
Edition at ROCKS Saturday June 9th with DJ Johnny.             5pm–? | Pride Center (332 Hudson Ave.), Waterworks
                                                               Pub (76 Central Ave.), Oh Bar (304 Lark St.), Rocks
(21+ to enter).
                                                               (77 Central Ave.)

American Idol’s ADA VOX Live! @ Black &                        Keep the celebration going at the official Capital PRIDE
Latino Gay Pride—The Official After Party                      after parties! Unwind or heat up at Waterworks Pub (18+
10pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany |               to enter, 21+ to drink), featuring Andrew Christian model
$10                                                            Ian Arcudi. Get your picture taken with one Andrew
                                                               Christian’s top models, enjoy the modeling show, or enter
A Waterworks Pub and In Our Own Voices Event! Enjoy
                                                               the underwear contest. Continue the festivities at Oh Bar
a night of music and dancing with American Idol’s Top
                                                               (21+ to enter), ROCKS (21+ to enter), or join a very special
10 Finalist Ada Vox. Right off her historic and inspiring
                                                               sober party for the entire community at the Pride Center
appearance on American idol 2018 Ada Vox brings her
                                                               (all ages).
amazing voice and talent to Waterworks Pub for an up
close and personal performance that you won’t want to miss!
With DJ Hassan and DJ Dave Barna. (18+ to enter, 21+ to
                                                                               FRIDAY, JUNE 15
drink)                                                         Vintage Pride Sunset Cruise
                                                               6–8pm | Dutch Apple Cruises, 141 Broadway, Albany
               SUNDAY, JUNE 10                                 | $40

2018 Capital PRIDE Parade Proudly                              Join Vintage Pride for a fabulous party riding down the
Sponsored by Hannaford                                         Hudson River. Tickets are $40, board the boat at 5:30, and
Noon | State St. to Lark St. to Madison Ave. to                cruise from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Dance the night away, rain
Washington Park, Albany | Free                                 or shine, thanks to indoor and outdoor decks. Delicious
                                                               appetizers and dinner fare will be provided, along with a
An Official Pride Center Event! The Capital PRIDE Parade
                                                               cash bar. Unfortunately, the boat is not handicap accessible.
presented by Hannaford steps off at noon in Washington
                                                               With safety in mind, we suggest low-heeled or soft-soled
Park, led by the Community March, and is full of music,
                                                               shoes. This Pride Center event is for Vintage Priders (aged
inspiration, and of course, a sense of celebration and
                                                               55+), as well as friends and supporters of Vintage Pride.
unity! The Parade and March will feature Capital Region
community members, elected officials supporting the
LGBTQ community, businesses, community organizations,                If you have questions about accessibility
allies, and of course amazing floats, music, dancing, and              or need accommodation for any Pride
goodies. Bring friends and set up on the Parade route to               event, please call the Pride Center at
cheer on this amazing event! The parade route is along State       518.462.6138. ASL interpreter and accessible
St. to Lark St. to Madison Ave. to Washington Park, Albany.           parking will be available at the Festival.

            PRE ARED
            LIBERAL                         Thank you to the 2018 Sponsors who
                                            helped make Capital PRIDE possible!
             SPI ITUAL
                                            Presenting Sponsor
                WOMAN                        Bank of America
            LESBIAN                         Premier Level Sponsor
             BIS XUAL                        City Of Albany
           DEMOCRAT                          Hannaford
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              IMMIGRANT                      Smirnoff Vodka
                                             Barefoot Wines
         MULTICULTURAL                       Jack Daniels
              RE UBLICAN                     Rivers Casino and Resort
                                            Platinum Level Sponsor
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     does not stigmatize.
                                             Waterworks Pub
(518) 262-6923
                                            Gold Level Sponsor
                                             DeCrescente Distributing Company
                                             Whole Foods Albany Market
                                            Silver Level Sponsor
                                             Alliance for Positive Health
                                             Jeffrey Decatur—Remax Capital
                                             Key Bank
                                             TD Bank
                                             Digital Express
                                             Renaissance Albany Hotel
                                            Bronze Level Sponsor
                                             Desmond Hotel
                                             Oh Bar
                                             Valley Cats
                                             Albany Medical Center
                                             Legal Aid Society of NENY
                                             RARE Craft Steak & Cocktail House
                                             Alpin Haus
                                            Media Sponsor
                                             The ALT Magazine
                                             Homo Radio

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                       Albany Capital Center
                       55 Eagle St, Albany, NY 12207
For more information contact aindardeo@capitalpridecenter.org
Congratulates the Pride Center of the Capital
        Region on 48 years of outstanding efforts in
     supporting and promoting the well-being of LGBTQ
               people throughout the region.
    Best wishes to Martha Harvey and the Pride Center
         of the Capital Region for another amazing
                  PRIDE Parade & Festival!

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            AT THE FIELDS OF

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Trans* Pride                                 Training & Education Services
                              Promoting the wellbeing of the               Comprehensive and customizable
                              transgender, gender queer, gender fluid,     trainings, presentations, and technical
                              agender, gender nonconforming, non-          assistance for healthcare providers, K-12
                              binary, and questioning community in a       schools, colleges, businesses,
                              safe, empowering space.                      organizations, and any group seeking to
                                                                           enhance environments and services for
                              Women’s Pride                                LGBTQ individuals.
                              Centering the experiences of lesbian, gay,
                              bisexual, transgender, same-gender-          Business Alliance
                              loving, WSWs, queer, and questioning         Members gain exclusive visibility, ways to
                              women throughout the area. Share about       leverage customer allegiance, and access
                              coming out, sex, relationships, and other    to a dedicated consumer base. Monthly
                              issues that affect women’s communities.      Mixers provide space to network with
                                                                           local professionals and community.
                              Men’s Pride
                                                                           Capital PRIDE
Your Lesbian,                 Focusing on the experiences of gay,
                              bisexual, transgender, same-gender-          The largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in
Gay, Bisexual,                loving, MSMs, queer, and questioning         Upstate NY, A real community affair that
Transgender, and              men in the Capital Region. Connect to        takes place on the 2nd weekend in
                              share support, make friends, and learn       June.
Queer Community               about issues affecting men’s            CommUNITY Magazine
Center since 1970             communities.                            A quarterly online publication
                              Vintage Pride                           highlighting and informing the
                              Connecting older LGBTQ adults to each greater Capital Region on local
                              other and the broader community with    LGBTQ news, events, as well as the
                              social gatherings, special events, and  work being done by other
                              educational opportunities. Creating new organizations in the area.
                              memories while celebrating and honoring Advertising opportunities.
                              the resilience and contributions of our Community Empowerment
                              communities.                            Engaging the community to build and
                              Family Pride                                 sustain safe and empowering spaces
                              LOOK (Loving Ourselves and Our               through social connection, resource
                              Kids) engages with both parents/             sharing, and advocacy. With special
                              guardians of and LGBTQ children in a         events and peer led support groups,
                              supportive environment.                      we celebrate and address needs of
                              Friends & Families engages with loved        each unique identity.
                              ones of LGBTQ-identified                     Sunday Supper
                              individuals to provide a safe space for      A potluck-style community meal for
                              allied family members to access resources    the entire community, friends, and
                              and support.                                 family. Music, board games, good
                              Center Arts & First Friday                   food, good fun. Typically held the last
                              Showcasing the contributions of              Sunday of every month.
                              LGBTQ-identified artists through
                              innovative programming in the local area,
                              participation in arts events, and showings
                              at our Romaine Brooks Gallery.
                              Center Youth
                              Support, outreach, and advocacy for
                              LGBTQA+ youth ages 18 and under.
                              Including regional groups, a drop-in
                              space, a summer camp, scholarship             Pride Center of the Capital Region
                              opportunities, and annual events.             332 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
                                                                            P: (518) 462-6138 F: (518) 462-6138
                                                                            E: info@capitalpridecenter.org
Except where noted, all events take place at:                   The Garden Level is wheelchair accessible via lift.
The Pride Center of the Capital Region                          Entrance is also accessible from street taking 3
332 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY 12210                             steps down to door. Assistance can be provided.
(518) 462-6138 | www.capitalpridecenter.org                     Have an accessibility question? Contact us!
                                                                       PRIDE CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
to ALL of our volunteers!
                                                Cynthia Bott, Ph.D - PRESIDENT
SPECIAL THANKS TO:                              Scott Levine - VICE PRESIDENT
Scott Levine                                    Stephanie Slominski - TREASURER
Corey Polesel                                   Rebecca Kelley - SECRETARY
Ed Davis                                        John Daniels
The Pride Center Staff:                         Maggie Morrison
Jen Maley-Wheeler - Programs Director           David Reed
Andromeda Indardeo - Programs Coordinator Meghan Baxter
Tora Stringfield - Intern
                                                Ed Davis
Capital PRIDE Logo: 831 Studio - 831Studio.com Quill Murphy
Pride Guide Cover: 831 Studio - 831Studio.com IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:
Pride Guide printing: Digital XPress - dxp1.com Joseph Kerwin
Pride Guide layout and design: Richard
                                                EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO:
Romano RichTextandGraphics.com
                                                Martha Harvey

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         Queer community!

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