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WELCOME TO PRIDE 2017! The LGBTQ community is a complex tapestry of diversity. Our annual celebration of PRIDE is just one way we come together and hold our heads high and celebrate our lives. Every year at this time we have an opportunity to recommit to the fight and the conviction that we will never go back into the shadows, we will not be silenced, we refuse to be marginalized, we will stand up for ourselves and one another. We will celebrate and embrace our unique differences and demand equality for every lesbian, every gay person, every bi-sexual person, every transgender, gender non-conforming individual, and every color of the rainbow regardless of age or ethnicity. Now and always. I have been given an amazing opportunity to represent and serve as the Executive Director of the oldest continuously operating LGBTQ center in the country. I cherish this gift. As a young person who grew up in the 70’s struggling with my sexuality, a supportive, safe and nurturing community center to turn to would have made my youth a lot less lonely and frightening. Anyone who believes that the Pride Center is no longer relevant or important fails to understand that so many people of all ages are out there today struggling mightily. Whether or not we remain a trusted lifeline is up to you. I welcome all of you to PRIDE 2017. On behalf of the Pride Center staff and the Board of Directors; Thank You for your support and your involvement. Martha Harvey Executive Director/CEO
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Dear Friends: It is a pleasure to send greetings to members of our state's LGBTQ community, along with families, friends, and neighbors gathered for celebrations of Pride. New York State has long been a champion of social, civil, and human rights. From our storied history in the fight for the abolition of slavery and our important role in the Underground Railroad, to the start of the women's rights movement at Seneca Falls, to the rebels at Stonewall who birthed the modern LGBTQ rights movement, we find inspiration and strength in the leadership our state has played in furthering freedom. In New York, we are proud to embrace our differences. Pride events bring New Yorkers together in a spirit of unity to celebrate the culture and contributions ofLGBTQ communities across our state. Thanks to a strong network of activism, people of all ages and backgrounds who participate in Pride contribute to raising awareness of issues that continue to affect LGBTQ communities nationwide. Here in New York, we are proud of the progress we have made in achieving equality for our LGBTQ neighbors. We have recognized that love is love by passing marriage equality. We have declared zero tolerance for bias-motivated harassment and violence by establishing the Statewide Hate Crimes Task Force. We have worked to protect transgender New Yorkers with an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. We have even invited LGBTQ people from around the world to come enjoy our great state through the I LOVE NY LGBT tourism initiative. The Empire State will always be a safe and welcoming place for all people. Our voices matter here, our rights are protected, and our differences celebrated. Today, we stand with a reaffirmed commitment to further New York's progressive values as we celebrate LGBTQ Pride. With warmest regards and best wishes for a wonderful Pride celebration. Sincerely,
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Calendar-at-a-Glance THURSDAY, JUNE 1
Flag Raising Ceremony 10am | Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany | Free PRIDE Kick-Off Celebration 5–8pm | Washington Park Lakehouse, Washington Park, Albany | Free Capital PRIDE Kick-Off Karaoke 8pm–2am | Oh Bar, 302 Lark Street, Albany | Cash Bar Therapy Thursday 11pm–4am | Fuzebox, 12 Central Ave., Albany | Cash Bar
FRIDAY, JUNE 2
Art Show 5–9pm | Pride Center, 332 Hudson Ave., Albany | Free Sober Dance 7–11pm | First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave., Albany | Free Real Boy Screening 5:30–7:30pm | Albany Barn, 56 2nd St., Albany | $7 Variety Show @ ROCKS 7–11pm | ROCKS, 77 Central Ave., Albany | $10 regular admission/$25 VIP
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
Kiki Screening 11am | Crandell Theatre, 48 Main St., Chatham | $10 Frieda & Carmie’s Cabaret for Kids 2–4pm | Huxley Theater, NY State Museum, 260 Madison Ave., Albany | Free Empire State Queens Documentary 7pm | Madison Theater, 1036 Madison Ave., Albany $8 Sing OUT Louise XI—Remixed 9pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany | $10 RuPaul’s Victoria “Porkchop” Parker Live! @ Waterworks Pub 11pm, right after “Sing Out Louise XI” | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany | $10
SUNDAY, JUNE 4
“Pride Brunch” @Savoy 10am–2pm | Savoy, 301 Lark St., Albany | $5 bloody marys and mimosas “Potluck In the Park” Trans Pride BBQ 2–5pm | Washington Park, Albany | Free PRIDE Tea-Dance 5–8pm | ROCKS, 77 Central Ave., Albany Capital Pride Singers “Remembering Orlando” 5–7pm | Emmanuel-Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady | $10
MONDAY, JUNE 5
PRIDE Bowling 6–10pm | Palladium Bowling Center, 363 Ontario St., Albany | $20
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
LBGTQA Trivia Night 9–11pm | Oh Bar, 304 Lark St., Albany | $5 entry per person, $20 entry for teams of 4 or more
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
GLSEN Ball 5:30pm | Renaissance Albany Hotel, 144 State St., Albany Therapy Thursday Pride Ball @ Waterworks Pub 11pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany Free
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
Alternative Prom! 7–11pm | SUNY Albany Ballroom | $20 LesBoa 8pm–4am | ROCKS, 77 Central Ave., Albany $10
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
The Pride Center of the Capital Region and In Our Own Voices present the PRIDE 5K, sponsored by Whole Foods 8–11am | Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Albany | $35 Say It Loud Black and Latino Gay Pride–The Celebration Noon–5pm | Washington Park, Albany | Free Maxine Nightingale Live! @ Say It Loud Black & Latino Gay Pride—The Official After Party 10pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany $10
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2017 Capital PRIDE Parade Prouidly Sponsored by Bank of America Noon | State St. to Lark St. to Madison Ave. to Washington Park, Albany | Free 2017 Capital PRIDE Festival proudly sponsored by O’Connell & Aronowitz Attorneys at Law 1–5pm | Washington Park, Albany | Free Capital PRIDE After Parties 5pm–? | Pride Center (332 Hudson Ave.), Waterworks Pub (76 Central Ave.), Oh Bar (304 Lark St.), ROCKS (77 Central Ave.)
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Albany Gay Men’s Chorus Present “It’s a Grand Night For Singing” 7:30pm | College of St. Rose, Picotte Music Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany
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LGBTQ Night with the Tri-City ValleyCats 5–10pm | Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy Vintage Pride Sunset Cruise 6–8pm | Dutch Apple Cruises, 141 Broadway, Albany | $40 For full descriptions of all events, see pages 36–39. WWW.CAPITALPRIDECENTER.ORG • 7
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About the Entertainment Betty Who
’ve always been the type of person who will tell you everything and put myself out there totally unglossed,” says Betty Who. “Writing is therapeutic in that way. I want other people to be able to hear a song and say, ‘That’s how I felt, but was too afraid to say it.’ And that’s the beauty of music, you can really say anything you want with a catchy hook.” Therein lies the magic of Betty Who and her explosive rise to fame on the strength of her breakout debut EP, The Movement. Lead single “Somebody Loves You” debuted at #4 on Spotify’s Most Viral list, racking up more than six million streams and earning her raves from BuzzFeed and Perez Hilton to SPIN and Nylon, along with spreads in Elle (who called her “your next pop obsession”), Cosmopolitan, and more. TIME named her one of “14 To Watch in 2014,” New York magazine described her as a mix of “early Madonna…Katy Perry and Robyn, with spunk and confidence,” and Billboard hailed her “shimmering tracks…and arresting pop textures.” To call the EP an unexpected triumph would be an understatement, especially considering it was initially released independently. The grassroots success of the music, fueled primarily by word of mouth online from a passionate fanbase and Who’s undeniable charisma as a frontwoman in her ecstatic live shows, led to a deal with RCA, who released her follow-up EP, Slow Dancing, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Chart. Now, as Who prepares to release her forthcoming debut LP, perform on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and join Katy Perry on tour, she finds herself a far cry away from her roots as a classical cellist growing up half a world away in Australia. “I had these dueling musical interests,” says Who of her childhood. “My first tape was Britney Spears
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and I know every single word to ‘No Strings Attached’ by NSync. But I had this cello that I started playing when I was four, and I played a lot of classical music until I was 18, so I’d be dancing in my room to ‘Genie In A Bottle’ and then I would go to orchestra rehearsal.” Who earned acceptance to the prestigious Interlochen Center of the Arts in Michigan, where she excelled in the rigorous classical program. On a trip to Boston during her senior year to audition for the Berklee College of Music, Who was introduced to Peter Thomas, who would become integral to her career months later when she returned to enroll in the school. “He came to me right before he withdrew from Berklee and said we should mess around in the studio and see what happens,” Who remembers. “I think from that day forward we spent almost every night at our engineer’s apartment, all crammed around the computer talking about songs and what we wanted and what we didn’t want. We did a lot of discovering who we were, and Peter became one of my best friends.”
About the Entertainment Maxine Nightingale
axine Nightingale is a world famous, Grammynominated pop/dance/jazz/R&B contemporary recording artist who has been touring all over the world for the past 25 years. Maxine’s debut multi-platinum pop single “Right Back Where We Started From” hit the #1 position in 24 countries around the world, including the U.S. In 1976, Maxine was nominated for a Grammy for “Best New Artist of the Year” for her huge hit single “Right Back.” Maxine’s album Lead Me On was certified multiplatinum in 20 countries and it produced another #1 hit single “Lead Me On” on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary Billboard Charts. It stayed on the top of the U.S. music charts for a record breaking 47 weeks. “Lead Me On” was recently placed at #11 on Billboard’s All Time Contemporary Songs from the Past Century. Over the past decade, she has continued recording for RCA Records and released numerous jazz, pop, and urban contemporary CDs throughout the U.S. and Europe. Some of the artists that Maxine recently shared the bill with include Santana, The Commodores, Lionel Richie, Boz Skaggs, Average White Band, Rose Royce, The Temptations, Marilyn McCoo/Billy Davis, Jr., and Isaac Hayes. Maxine recently completed a jazz nightclub tour throughout Europe and continues to perform her classic “disco” show at venues and nightclubs throughout the world. She was the “special Guest” of Nile Rodgers and performed for 18,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl, which she tore up with her high energy style. Maxine headlined a U.S. Disco Tour with Thelma Houston, Martha Wash, The Village People, The Trammps, and KC and the Sunshine Band.
Maxine recently graced the stage and tore it up on the nationwide PBS special called My Music, 70’s Soul Spectacular. Her hit song “Right Back Where I Started From” has been featured on the soundtrack for the hit movies Starsky and Hutch and The Family Stone, and can also be heard in various commercials. Maxine was thrilled to be invited to record three of Donna Summer’s classic songs (“On the Radio,” “Love to Love You Baby,” and “Dim All the Lights”) on the recent album Disco Tribute to Donna Summer. She has toured the world including Europe, Australia, Asia, Japan, mainland China, Mexico, Denmark, Costa Rica, Canada, Venezuela, Spain, Greece, France, Germany, and Africa. In February 2014 Maxine was booked by Resorts International Hotel in Atlantic City to headline her own show for a three-month run called “Disco Lady starring Maxine Nightingale,” where she played to SRO crowds nightly! Maxine makes her home in Los Angeles. WWW.CAPITALPRIDECENTER.ORG • 31
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Your host Shawn Gillie is a DJ for FLY 92.3, a mobile DJ who does weddings, parties and corporate events as well as clubs. You can find him several nights a week at Waterworks Pub. He has been their promoter and one of their DJs for 9+ years. Shawn is the founder and DJ of Therapy Thursday, one of Albany’s biggest and best party nights. When Shawn isn’t playing tunes he’s doing standup comedy! He’s performed in NYC, LA, Hawaii, Foxwoods Casino... Locally, he’s a regular at The Comedy Works and has performed at venues like The FunnyBone, The Egg, and the Linda Theater. You can find out more about Shawn on his website at www.ShawnGillie.com. 32 • CAPITAL PRIDE 2017
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Drag Performances • Musicians • Comedians
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Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.
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June 1–24 THURSDAY, JUNE 1 Flag Raising Ceremony
10am | Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany | Free
An Official Pride Center and In Our Own Voices Event! Join the Pride Center, In Our Own Voices, Empire State Pride Agenda, and Mayor Kathy Sheehan for a special ceremonial raising of rainbow flags to acknowledge and kick off PRIDE.
PRIDE Kick-Off Celebration
5–8pm | Washington Park Lakehouse, Washington Park, Albany | Free ($5 Suggested Donation)
An Official Pride Center and In Our Own Voices Event! A wonderful annual tradition that continues to get bigger and better each year! Come together with The Pride Center and In Our Own Voices as we officially kick off PRIDE at the Washington Park Lakehouse. Enjoy a fun, casual evening with food, music, and chances to win fun prizes. Get tickets to upcoming events and learn more about the festivals. Meet up with friends, new and old, as the community kicks off the 2017 PRIDE season!
Capital PRIDE Kick-Off Karaoke
8pm–2am | Oh Bar, 302 Lark Street, Albany | Cash Bar
An Official Pride Center Event! Kick off PRIDE with Albany’s oldest and greatest karaoke. Don’t miss an evening of good times and great voices. This Capital PRIDE classic returns with Karaoke Wars; have fun donating cash to change a song, change a singer, or just give to a good cause! Proceeds benefit The Pride Center of the Capital Region. (21+ to enter).
11pm–4am | Fuzebox, 12 Central Ave., Albany | Cash Bar
The Therapy Thursday Pride Ball 2017 at Fuzebox featuring DJ Shawn Gillie spinning a variety of R&B, top 40, and dance music all night long (18+ to enter, 21+ to drink).
FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Art Show
5–9pm | Pride Center, 332 Hudson Ave., Albany | Free
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Sober Soul Supper
6–10pm | First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave., Albany | Free
An Official Pride Center and In Our Own Voices Event! Celebrating PRIDE, strength, and hope! Sober Soul Supper is a drug- and alcohol-free event to recognize the determination and strength of our LGBT brothers, sisters, friends, and allies living in recovery to support their sobriety from alcohol and other substances. Food, Games, Music and Dancing! Free food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. This event is ages 16+ with proper ID.
Real Boy Screening
5:30–7:30pm | Albany Barn, 56 2nd St., Albany | $7
Hosted by WMHT. Shaleece Haas’s 2016 documentary Real Boy is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-yearold Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. 72 minutes, not rated.
Variety Show @ ROCKS
7–11pm | ROCKS, 77 Central Ave., Albany | $10 regular admission/$25 VIP
Hosted by the Pride Center’s Men’s Group, the Capital Region Variety Show will feature all the amazing talent the Capital Region has to offer, including musicians, comedians, bands, drag performers, spoken-word poets, and more! All funds will be put to future Men’s Pride programming.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Kiki Screening
11am | Crandell Theatre, 48 Main St., Chatham | $10
Hosted by the Pride Center and Hudson Pride Foundation. The 2016 documentary Kiki is a dynamic coming of age story about resilience and the transformative art form that is voguing. Kiki offers complex insight into the daily lives of a group of LGBTQ youth-of-color who comprise the “Kiki” scene, a vibrant, safe space for performance. 94 minutes, not rated.
Frieda & Carmie’s Cabaret for Kids
2–4pm | The Huxley Theater, New York State Museum, 260 Madison Ave., Albany | Free
Join the Queens of PRIDE, Carmie Hope and Frieda Munchon, for a fun-for-the-whole-family children’s concert. There will be songs, games, prizes, and sing-alongs for kids of all ages. Bring the entire family for a one-of-a-kind afternoon of fun and music.
5–8pm | ROCKS, 77 Central Ave., Albany
In Our Own Voices and the Pride Center of the Capital Region invite you to join us at ROCKS for fun, food, music, drink specials, giveaways, and games as a special start to the second half of PRIDE Week with a display of our Unity and PRIDE! (21+ to Enter) A Pride Center and In Our Own Voices Event!
Capital Pride Singers “Remembering Orlando”
Empire State Queens Documentary
5–7pm | Emmanuel-Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady | $10
Hosted by Adam VanBuren. 2016 documentary about drag queens in upstate New York.
The Capital Pride Singers perform a concern entitled “Remembering Orlando,” a tribute to the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.
7pm | Madison Theater, 1036 Madison Ave, Albany | $8
Sing OUT Louise XI—Remixed
9pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany | $10
An Official Pride Center Event! The PRIDE tradition continues with “Sing OUT Louise XI—Remixed.” The amazing ladies who define drag in Albany are back: Mama Brent, Freida Munchon, Carmie Hope, Penny Larceny, Sherry Love, and Chi Chi Ray Colby in one magnificent and outrageous PRIDE extravaganza. They will dazzle you, amaze you, and change it up a bit in an electrifying opening show before RuPaul’s Victoria “Porkchop” Parker takes the stage at Waterworks Pub.
RuPaul’s Victoria “Porkchop” Parker Live! @ Waterworks Pub
11pm, right after “Sing Out Louise XI” | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany | $10
An Official Pride Center Event! RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Victoria “Porkchop” Parker invaded televisions around the world on Season 1 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Long time fan favorite, RuPaul’s original and winner of the 2013 Miss’d America competition, “Porkchop” brings her style, humor, and over 20 years experience as one of America’s top female impersonators to the stage at Waterworks Pub in a benefit for the Capital Pride Center.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4 “Pride Brunch” @Savoy
10am–2pm | Savoy, 301 Lark St., Albany
Enjoy a fabulous brunch at Savoy on Lark Street featuring one of the best brunch menus in the Capital District and $5 mimosas and bloody marys.
“Potluck In the Park” Trans Pride BBQ 2–5pm | Washington Park, Albany | Free
The Trans Pride Advisory Committee welcomes all trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people and their friends and families to bring their favorite food, games, and music for an afternoon of fun and community.
MONDAY, JUNE 5 PRIDE Bowling
6–10pm | Palladium Bowling Center, 363 Ontario St., Albany | $20
An Official Pride Center Event! Grab your shoes, a ball, and aim for those pins! PRIDE Bowling Night at the Playdium has become an annual favorite, and this year is no exception. There’s not only bowling, but great concessions, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and much more.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 LBGTQA Trivia Night
9–11pm | 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 Capital PRIDE Favorite! LGBTQ-themed trivia gets everyone’s mind moving! Join our special guest host and enjoy great drink specials, mind bending trivia, and win great prizes! (21+ to enter.)
THURSDAY, JUNE 8 GLSEN Ball
5:30pm | Renaissance Albany Hotel, 144 State St., Albany
Join the Gay & Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and kick off PRIDE in style with a Kinky Boots and Feather Boa Gala. Proceeds from the Gala help fund the Safe Schools Advocacy & Bullying Prevention initiatives in the Capital Region.
Therapy Thursday Pride Ball @ Waterworks Pub
11pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany Free
The Therapy Thursday Pride Ball 2017 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 Taste the Rainbow Contest plus performances by Albany’s best drag performers. (18+ to enter, 21+ to drink.) WWW.CAPITALPRIDECENTER.ORG • 37
FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Alternative Prom!
7–11pm | SUNY Albany Ballroom | $20
An Official Pride Center Event! Join us for our 20th annual Alternative Prom, a fun-filled evening for LGBTQA youth and their allies ages 19 and under. Come as you are, no judgments, to this amazing event! We hope you can come out to be a part of the action! Learn more about Center Youth, a program of The Pride Center of the Capital Region: www. capitalpridecenter.org/programs-services/center-youth.
8pm–4am | ROCKS, 77 Central Ave., Albany | $10
PRIDE Week and girl parties go hand in hand! Join DJ Lady Luck and the crew for a fabulous night at ROCKS. DJ Lady Luck specializes in a variety of music! You will be sure to have an amazing time!
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 The Pride Center of the Capital Region and In Our Own Voices present the PRIDE 5K, sponsored by Whole Foods
8–11am | Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Albany | $35
An Official Pride Center and In Our Own Voices Event! Registration begins at 8:00am at the Boat Launch, Rainbow Fun Run (0.62 miles; open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities) at 9:00am, and 5K (3.1 miles) at 10:00am. Awards and prizes immediately following the 5K! Prizes will then be awarded to the top three participants in the female, male, and open gender categories, as well as the top three participants in the each age bracket. Also, wear your Rainbow Best! Awards for Individuals and Teams “Best Use of Rainbow.” Check the Pride Center website at www.capitalpridecenter.org for online registration details. Please complete one registration per race participant. Paper pre-registrations must be received by Tuesday, May 31. Online pre-registration closes Thursday, June 8, at 9:00pm.
Say It Loud Black and Latino Gay Pride–The Celebration
Noon–5pm | Washington Park, Albany | Free
An In Our Own Voices Event! The Celebration will take place at Washington Park, Albany. The event is an outdoor affair for all LGBT POC, families, and allies. International Pop Singer Sandy B, Taini Asiliya La Bande Rebelde and local talent will be providing entertainment. There will be a kids’ corner featuring Bouncy Bounce, face painting, and more for the young and young at heart, too! A variety of foods and beverages will be on hand throughout the day to tempt the taste buds of all attendees. The Celebration highlights our talents and contributions to the larger LGBT community. 38 • CAPITAL PRIDE 2017
Maxine Nightingale Live! @ Say It Loud Black & Latino Gay Pride— The Official After Party
10pm | Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany | $10
An In Our Own Voices Event! Enjoy a night of music and dancing with pop/disco/R&B and Grammy-nominated legend Ms. Maxine Nightingale performing her #1 charttopping hits “Right Back Where We Started From” and “Lead Me On.” With DJ Sabrina and DJ Dave Barna.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11 2017 Capital PRIDE Parade Proudly Sponsored by Bank of America
Noon | State St. to Lark St. to Madison Ave. to Washington Park, Albany | Free
An Official Pride Center Event! The Capital PRIDE Parade presented by Bank of America steps off at noon in Washington Park, led by the Community March, and is full of music, inspiration, and of course, a sense of celebration and unity unlike any other! The Parade and March will feature Capital Region community members, elected officials supporting the LGBTQ community, businesses, community organizations, allies, and of course amazing floats, music, dancing, and goodies. Bring friends and set up on the Parade route to cheer on this amazing event! The parade route is along State St. to Lark St. to Madison Ave. to Washington Park, Albany.
2017 Capital PRIDE Festival Proudly Sponsored by O’Connell & Aronowitz, Attorneys at Law 1–5pm | Washington Park, Albany | Free
An Official Pride Center Event! Don’t miss the largest PRIDE celebration in Upstate New York! The Capital PRIDE Festival headlined by international pop star Betty Who and Grammy-nominated pop legend Ms. Maxine Nightingale! With a stirring Revel, high energy, top notch entertainment, hundreds of vendors—including some of the area’s best food trucks, crafters, shops and merchants, as well as community groups—a family zone, and some exciting surprises for 2017, the Capital PRIDE Festival is one of the region’s biggest and most highly anticipated events! Hosted by FLY92.3’s DJ Shawn Gillie, with the Grand Central Station Band and Waterworks Pub DJ Dave Barna. If you have questions about accessibility or need accommodation for any Pride event, please call the Pride Center at 518.462.6138. ASL interpreter and accessible parking will be available at the Festival.
Capital PRIDE After Parties
5pm–? | Pride Center (332 Hudson Ave.), Waterworks Pub (76 Central Ave.), Oh Bar (304 Lark St.), ROCKS (77 Central Ave.)
Keep the celebration going at the official Capital PRIDE after parties! Unwind or heat up at Waterworks Pub (18+ to enter, 21+ to drink), featuring Andrew Christian models Jorge Orlando and Jon Pastor. Get your picture taken with two of Andrew Christian’s top models, enjoy their modeling show, or enter the underwear contest. Continue the festivities at Oh Bar (21+ to enter), ROCKS (21+ to enter), or join a very special sober party for the entire community at the Pride Center (all ages).
SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Albany Gay Men’s Chorus Present “It’s a Grand Night For Singing”
7:30pm | College of St. Rose, Picotte Music Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany
The Albany Gay Men’s Chorus will present, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” a wonderful evening of Broadway music through the years. Tickets are available now through any Chorus member, or at Romeo’s Gifts on Lark Street, Albany.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 LGBTQ Night with the Tri-City ValleyCats
5–10pm | Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy | $??
Come to “The Joe” and join the Capital Region’s premier minor league baseball team for LGBTQ night as they take on Vermont.
Vintage Pride Sunset Cruise
6–8pm | Dutch Apple Cruises, 141 Broadway, Albany | $40
Join Vintage Pride for a fabulous party riding down the Hudson River. Tickets are $40, board the boat at 5:30, and cruise from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Dance the night away, rain or shine, thanks to indoor and outdoor decks. Delicious appetizers and dinner fare will be provided, along with a cash bar. Unfortunately, the boat is not handicap accessible. With safety in mind, we suggest low-heeled or soft-soled shoes. This Pride Center event is for Vintage Priders (aged 55+), as well as friends and supporters of Vintage Pride. Learn more about Vintage Pride, a program of The Pride Center: www. capitalpridecenter.org/programs-services/vintage-pride. For more information about PRIDE 2017 events, visit the Pride Center online at https://www.capitalpridecenter.org/pride.
Thank you to the 2017 Sponsors who helped make Capital PRIDE possible! Premier Level Sponsor City Of Albany O’Connoll & Aronowitz Attorneys at Law Empire Merchants Smirnoff Vodka Barefoot Wines Jack Daniels Blue Chair Rum Hilton Hotels Platinum Level Sponsor FLY92 Waterworks Pub TD Bank Bank of America Gold Level Sponsor DeCrescente Distributing Company Millet Lite Blue Moon Coney Island IPA Hannaford Whole Foods Albany Market Silver Level Sponsor Jeffrey Decatur—Remax Capital Key Bank Price Chopper/Market 32 Renaissance Albany Hotel Albany.com Bronze Level Sponsor Alliance for Positive Health Casswood Insurance Desmond Hotel FunnyBone Jet Blue Mansion inn Oh Bar Planned Parenthood RARE Craft Steak & Cocktail House Regeneron River Street Club Rocks Savoy Media Sponsor The ALT Magazine Timesunion WAMC Homo Radio WWW.CAPITALPRIDECENTER.ORG • 39
Trans* Pride Promoting the wellbeing of the transgender, gender queer, gender fluid, agender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and questioning community in a safe, empowering space.
Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Community Center since 1970
Women’s Pride Centering the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, same-genderloving, WSWs, queer, and questioning women throughout the area. Share about coming out, sex, relationships, and other issues that affect women’s communities. Men’s Pride Focusing on the experiences of gay, bisexual, transgender, same-genderloving, MSMs, queer, and questioning men in the Capital Region. Connect to share support, make friends, and learn about issues affecting men’s communities. Vintage Pride Connecting older LGBTQ adults to each other and the broader community with social gatherings, special events, and educational opportunities. Creating new memories while celebrating and honoring the resilience and contributions of our communities. Family Pride Center Families engages with LGBTQ families in planning social events and educational opportunities with the goal to build and sustain healthy, happy families. Friends & Families engages with loved ones of LGBTQ-identified individuals to provide a safe space for allied family members to access resources and support.
Training & Education Services Comprehensive and customizable trainings, presentations, and technical assistance for healthcare providers, K-12 schools, colleges, businesses, organizations, and any group seeking to enhance environments and services for LGBTQ individuals. Business Alliance Members gain exclusive visibility, ways to leverage customer allegiance, and access to a dedicated consumer base. Monthly Mixers provide space to network with local professionals and community. Capital PRIDE As the producer of the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in Upstate NY, we bring a record breaking 30,000 festival and parade attendees, and 35,000 celebrating throughout PRIDE week each year. Community Empowerment Engaging the community to build and sustain safe and empowering spaces through social connection, resource sharing, and advocacy. With special events and peer led support groups, we celebrate and address needs of each unique identity.
Center Arts Showcasing the contributions of 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 21 and under. Including regional groups, a drop-in space, a summer camp, scholarship opportunities, and annual events.
connect WITH US TODAY Pride Center of the Capital Region 332 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY 12210 P: (518) 462-6138 F: (518) 462-6138 E: email@example.com www.capitalpridecenter.org
Our Mission The mission of the Pride Center of the Capital Region is to promote the well-being of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified people and those affected by discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Based in Albany, the Pride Center has been meeting the diverse needs of LGBTQ people in a ten county region since 1970. Our programs, both at the Center (332 Hudson Ave in Albany) as well as held throughout the region, meet the health and human service needs of the LGBTQ community as well as educate and advocate for those needs in the broader Capital Region. As the oldest continuously-operating LGBTQ community center in the country, the Pride Center has worked to build a welcoming and empowering community for all people.
Vision Statement The Pride Center envisions an LGBTQ community in which individuals feel safe, secure and affirmed where they live, work, worship and play. The Pride Center will be an integrated part of the social fabric of the Capital Region, nurtured by those we have served.
Values Statement We Pride ourselves in: Sustaining a welcoming community characterized by dignity, inclusivity and compassion. Advocating for equality and justice for our community. Leveraging our rich history to drive continuous development and strategic adaptation to meet the changing needs of the community. Facilitating empowerment, enrichment and self-expression in our community. Committing to the advancement of the Capital Region as a place where LGBTQ people can thrive. Being fiscally responsible based on integrity, efficiency and stewardship of our community resources. Inclusiveness Commitment We commit ourselves to sustaining an inclusive, welcoming community characterized by dignity and sensitivity, representing the cultural, ethnic and racial diversity of our region.
(518) 462-6138 | 332 Hudson Ave., Albany | www.capitalpridecenter.org
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June 9th 7PM - 11PM
@ SUNY Albany Campus Center Ballroom | 1400 Washington Avenue Albany Open to all LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-19 (excluding college students)
Are you a teen who wants to help plan A-Prom? Do you want your GSA to get involved in A-Prom activities? Do you want a FREE TICKET to A-Prom? We are looking for awesome young folks to help with decorations, getting sponsors, day-of set-up, and spreading the word. Join the Facebook event page for the most up-to-date details! www.facebook.com/events/203746346795916/
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ADULTS $12 STUDENTS $9 UNDER 12 FREE Discounted advance tickets available at: CAPITALPRIDECENTER.ORG ROMEO’S GIFTS - 299 LARK STREET • ALBANY * A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Albany Friends of Music
Emmanuel Friedens Church Welcoming people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations as full partners in ministry Proudly celebrating 19 years as a member congregation of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and Open and Affirming Churches of the United Church of Christ 218 Nott Terrace Schenectady, NY 12307 (518) 374-4114 firstname.lastname@example.org www.emmanuelfriedens.org facebook.com/emmanuelfriedenschurch
For a Successful Capital Pride Celebration 2017 from Albany Common Council President Pro Tem
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HAPPY PRIDE! FRANK COMMISSO, JR. DEMOCRAT FOR MAYOR
“Justice for all means just that—justice regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our courts should be accessible and fair to everyone who comes before us.” --Holly Trexler, Albany City Court Judge
VOTE, Tues., Sept. 12 Polls open Noon to 9 PM
www.hollytrexler.com Friends of Judge Holly Trexler
to Capital Pride on another successful event, and thank you to the Pride Center for the good work you do all year long. I am proud to be an ally.
Mayor of Albany
How do you wear your colors? No matter your style, You are welcome here!
Emmanuel Baptist Church A Welcoming and Affirming Congregation
Join us for Sunday Worship 10:00 AM 275 State Street, Albany, NY Phone: 518-465-5161 www.emmanuelalbany.net email@example.com Rev. Kathy Donley, Pastor
Zen Haus Artist Collective Presents:
Rainbow Warriors and Lovers: These Colors Donâ€™t Run A night of visual art, spoken works, and a public speak out for a documentary Friday June 2nd 5-9pm Letâ€™s start 2017 Pride with strength and dignity.
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The Pride Center of the Capital Region in Albany, NY is the country's oldest continuously operating LGBT Community Center. This year we cele...
Published on May 11, 2017
The Pride Center of the Capital Region in Albany, NY is the country's oldest continuously operating LGBT Community Center. This year we cele...