OutHudson is sponsoring 2018’s Hudson Pride Weekend! The official events start on Thursday, June 14, and go until Sunday, June 18th. The highlight of the weekend will be Hudson’s annual LGBTQ Parade, with this year’s theme “SuperHeroes”.
Rich Volo, aka, “Trixie Starr,” OutHudson Director commented on the theme of “Superheroes,” stating: “It’s more important than ever to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community. Channeling our inner Superhero serves as a reminder to us all that the struggle for Queer Rights is not over. What’s more, nothing could be more fun than a town full of superheroes!”
John M. Schobel, OutHudson Director, echoed: “We want to thank our many sponsors, including Etsy, The Half Moon, Allstate Agent Timothy Berryhill, and the many private individuals and businesses without whose support this parade could not happen. We also are greatly indebted to our many volunteers, parade participants and OutHudson’s Advisory Board, led by Chris Maxwell Rose with Andrea Elliott and Rodney Dejong, and Scott Hotaling as graphic designer, and all our volunteers for their tireless work on behalf of both the parade and OutHudson’s outreach agenda. ”
Charlie Ferrusi, The Link Project Founder, OutHudson Director, commented on why pride in Hudson matters now more than ever, stating: “Since 2010, we have celebrated our local LGBTQ community here in Hudson, and we must continue to show up and resist the politics of hate that exist right here in our district. The future of our vibrant queer community relies on our ability to come together, from across generations, and support a new generation of leaders and “superheroes” here in Columbia County.”
This year’s Grand Marshal is Sarah McBride, the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. Sarah first made national headlines when, at the end of her term as student body president of American University, she came out publicly as transgender in the student newspaper. She went on to intern in the Obama White House, the first openly trans woman to do so, and, after graduating from college, helped lead the successful effort to pass gender identity nondiscrimination protections in her home state, Delaware. In 2016, Sarah made history when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention. Her book, ‘Tomorrow Will Be Different’ chronicles her journey as a transgender woman, from coming out to her family and school community, to fighting for equality in her home state and nationally, to her heartbreaking romance with her late husband.
“When Katie Met Cassidy” event with author Camille Perri
Thursday, June 14 from 6-8pm
440 Warren Street
20% of all proceeds throughout the evening donated to OutHudson
Superheroes Boat Cruise
Friday, June 15 from 7-9 pm (board at 6)
Hosted by Isis Vermouth
Tickets available at OutHudson.com. $25 Sponsored by Trixie’s Oven
Friday, June 15 from 10pm-?
The Half Moon, 48 Front Street
DJ’s Prephab Drag Queen Performances
$5 at the door
The Link Project’s Author Reading with Sarah McBride
Saturday, Jun 16, 11-12:30pm
Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street
OutHudson’s Warren Street LGBTQ Parade
Saturday, June 16 from 2-3pm
Warren Street, from the 7th Street Park to the end of Warren at Front Street.
Free. Sign up at OutHudson.com. (line up by 1pm at the 7th Street Park)
Judging Area sponsored by Columbia-Greene Community College
Family Craft Fair & Fun
Saturday, June 16 from 2-5 pm
Promenade Hill Park (Front Street at the end of Warren). Food Vendors
Craft Fair – Free. Sponsored by Etsy.
Family-Friendly activities sponsored by WM Farmer & Sons – Front St Courtyard.
Poke the Bear Beer Blast
Saturday, June 16 from 2:30-6pm
Ör Gallery & Tavern, 35 S. 3rd Street
$10 cover. FREE if wearing Poke the Bear Tee
Women’s Tea Dance – A Dance Party Hosted by Women for Women
Saturday, June 16 from 3-6pm
Sadhana Center for Yoga, 403 Warren St
$10 Suggested Donation
Join hosts Lauryn and Sondra for a friendly afternoon tea-dance in a welcoming environment for women to socialize and dance. No partner required. If dancing’s not your thing and you’d rather hang out, enjoy some refreshments, and chat, that’s fine too.
Cabaret: Hedda Lettuce
Saturday, June 16 , 8pm
Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street
Tickets available at OutHudson.com. $20/25 Sponsored by GayHudson.com
All The Bodies
Dance party, drag show and food pop up
Saturday, June 16, 10 pm
The Half Moon, 48 S. Front Street
Brought to you by Tiger House and Lil Deb’s Oasis
Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance “Disasters of the Universe”
Hosted by Girlgantua Jones
Sunday, June 17 from 4-9 pm
Red Dot, 321 Warren Street, DJs Prephab $5 at the door
Sponsored by SDL + GHS & The Link Project
ROY G. BIV Awards Night and Musical Cabaret
Wednesday, July 18, 7pm
Helsinki Hudson – $5 suggested donation
Awards given to the most FABULOUS Parade Contingents. Fun evening of entertainment and merriment!
OutHudson is a registered not-for-profit formed to bring awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in Columbia County, NY. In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, it is the sponsor of the OutHudson Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY on the third weekend of June.
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