June is Pride Month in the Hudson Valley and beyond, and if you’re wondering what that means or why it matters, you’re not alone. It’s okay to be curious about the origins of this observance, or what exactly we’re celebrating when we take time to commemorate the diversity of our sexualities and gender identities. With some information and context, though, understanding Pride Month in the Hudson Valley (or anywhere else) becomes much simpler.
4 Reasons to Celebrate Pride Month in the Hudson Valley
NYC and Fire Island are so last year! Discover new spots to celebrate Pride just a short train ride away from the city. On Sunday, June 5th, Out Loud Hudson Valley will kick off Pride Month with Hudson Valley’s Pride Tea Dance Party (get tickets here). If you haven’t been to one before, it can be a bit overwhelming and crowded, especially if you show up with a big group as most people do. And while NYC in the past may have boasted a prominent Pride scene, it’s nice that thanks to the pandemic we now have some local alternatives that highlight our home community.
The official Tea Dance of Hudson Valley Pride weekend is taking place on Sunday, June 5, immediately following the parade in New Paltz.
Music will be provided by Hudson Valley native, DJ Bill Coleman, resident DJ on Andy Cohen’s Kiki Lounge (SiriusXM Ch. 312). Sound & Lighting provided by Superior Sounds.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider checking out an event closer to home. With a smaller crowd and space closer to nature, it’s easier to find better photo opportunities. And don’t worry – LGBTQ+ people will still be there! They indeed escaped NYC in flocks due to the overwhelming boringness of the pandemic-ridden NYC. So when is pride month? Well, no specific date exists for Pride month, but we generally think of it as being June (it’s also LGBT History Month). The date has significance though. June was chosen because back in 1969, gay patrons at Stonewall Inn resisted arrest after being raided by police officers. This resistance led to riots breaking out across New York City and served as a watershed moment for gay rights activists around the country. Why not just take a trip somewhere fun and cozy instead? Maybe there is no need to travel all over when you live in close proximity to such an incredible place where summer is actually enjoyable, unlike hot and stinky city streets.
Where To Go For Pride Events This Year
If you’re looking for a full schedule of Pride events across Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, and Dutchess counties—as well as info on how to make your visit more inclusive while you’re here—there are many places to turn. Among them is Poughkeepsie Pride, Newburgh Pride, and Hudson, NY Pride. With countless annual events (and more) happening throughout Hudson Valley during June alone, Hudson Valley pride festivities are easily among some of the most prominent in the nation. And with thousands of attendees from all over the country annually, it’s not hard to see why. But don’t worry if you can’t make it into the city; other Pride festivals are taking place around Westchester County too! For example, Village Pride Fest will be returning to downtown Tarrytown for its third year from noon-5 p.m.
How To Get Involved with Local LGBTQ Groups
To celebrate Pride Month, a list of LGBTQ-friendly groups and organizations that can help you get involved. The list includes community centers, film festivals, local businesses, support groups, etc. There are hundreds more throughout New York State—so check out what your area has to offer! Remember that Pride is not just about one month—it’s about inclusion for all! Log on to lgbtcenters.org to find one near you.