Posts Tagged ‘lesbian’

National Coming Out Day

Wednesday, October 5th, 2022

October 11th is National Coming Out Day! This is a reminder to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in “coming out of the closet” and living authentically. #NationalComingOutDayNational Coming Out Day

Newburgh Pride in the Park

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

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Rockland Pride

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Our biggest day of the year is back…though we are PRIDE 365!

Sunday, June 12th, 2022 | 12pm – 5pm

Now in our 24th year, Rockland Pride Sunday is back in-person for a day filled with music, dancing, and PRIDE!
Join us on Sunday, June 12th, 2022 in downtown Nyack for this free, family-friendly event featuring the music of Frankie D and The Boys, David Budway and special guest performers, Drag Queens, the Crowning of Mx. Rockland County Pride, outdoor dining, shopping, vendors, and more! Phew!!
Free children’s activities include bounce houses, face painting, and a family picnic area with arts and crafts.
Youth Pride Extravaganza from 12PM – 5PM inside the Pride Center (located at 28 S. Franklin Street in Nyack). Supervised Queer fun for middle and high school students! For more information about the Youth Pride Extravaganza, please call 845-353-6300 or email
For questions about Pride Sunday or to become a vendor, please call 845-353-6300 or email
Thank you to Pride Month 2022 Sponsors: Getler, Gomes, and Sutton, PC, Howard Hanna Rand Realty, Miller Zeiderman & Wiederkehr LLP, JCC Rockland, Harrington Press, Casa del Sol, ArtsWestchester, and Youth Pride Event Sponsor Gretchen Reinheimer Design.

Poughkeepsie Pride Parade and Festival

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Progress flag with intersex community

Westchester Pride

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022


JUNE 5, 2022 | Downtown White Plains, NY |

Court Street b/n Martine and Main | Free Admission

11:30 AM-5:00 PM | After Party: 6:00-8:30 PM

Lesbian Visibility Day – April 26, 2022

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

From The Division of HIV/STD/HCV Prevention, Office of LGBTQ Services

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In observance of Lesbian Visibility Day, April 26, please join us in celebrating the lives and achievements of five extraordinary women. As we continue to create safer spaces for all New Yorkers, it’s essential to honor those who have paved the way, despite hardship and adversity, for a more equal and fair society.  
Barbara Gittings (b. 1932 – Vienna, Austria) Gittings organized the New York Chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis and, in 1965, with Frank Kameny of Washington, D.C., started the July 4 “Annual Reminder Day” pickets at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. She and Kameny also coordinated efforts that led the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 to remove homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, officially affirming that sexual or romantic attraction to others of the same sex is not an illness and cannot be “cured.” Photo credit: Kay Tobin/New York Public Library
Ernestine Eckstein (b. 1941 – South Bend, Indiana) Soon after moving from Indiana to New York City in 1963, Eckstein became an active member of the Matachine Society of New York and the NYC chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, where she served as vice president from 1964 to 1966. In 1965, she picketed at Independence Hall in July and the White House in October, the only Black person at either event. Photo credit: Kay Tobin/New York Public Library
Midge Costanza (b. 1932 – Leroy, NY) The first female city councilmember and first woman vice-Mayor of Rochester, Costanza was director of the White House Office of Public Liaison under President Jimmy Carter from January 1977 to September 1978. On March 26, 1977, at the suggestion of Jean O’Leary, Costanza convened a historic White House meeting of fourteen well-known gay rights activists. Photo credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Jean O’Leary (b. 1948 – Kingston, NY) O’Leary was an active member of the Gay Activists Alliance, but after 2 years of growing frustration at the marginalization of women, she led a group of women to form Lesbian Feminist Liberation. Later, from 1976 to 1981, O’Leary was co-executive director with Bruce Voeller of the National Gay Task Force. And in 1988, O’Leary and Rob Eichberg started National Coming Out Day. Photo credit: Cleveland State University Alumni Association
Madeline Davis (b. 1940 – Buffalo, NY) After attending the 1971 March on Albany, Davis wrote Stonewall Nation, a folk gay-liberation anthem that got wide play at LGBT events well into the 1980s. In 1972, Davis became the first out lesbian delegate elected to the Democratic National Convention. Her speech calling for the inclusion of gay rights in the party platform can be heard here. In 1994 Davis, with co-author Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, published Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold, a history of the working-class lesbian community in Buffalo from the 1930s to the early 1960s. Her extensive collection of historical materials are now housed in the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York at SUNY College at Buffalo.          Photo credit: Madeline Davis


En conmemoración del Día de Visibilidad Lésbica, el 26 de abril, les invitamos a unirse para celebrar las vidas y logros de cinco extraordinarias mujeres. A la par que continuamos creando lugares más seguros para todas las personas en Nueva York, es esencial rendir honores a quienes han abierto el camino, a pesar de la adversidad y dificultades, para una sociedad más justa y equitativa.
Barbara Gittings (Nto. 1932 – Viena, Austria) Gittings organizó el capítulo de Nueva York de la organización “Daughters of Bilitis” y, en 1965, en colaboración con Frank Kameny de Washington DC, comenzó las protestas del 4 de julio denominadas “Annual Reminder Day” en el Salón de la Independencia en Filadelfia. Junto a Kameny también coordinó los esfuerzos que llevaron a la Asociación Americana de Psiquiatría a remover la homosexualidad del Manual Diagnóstico y Estadístico de los Trastornos Mentales (DSM, por sus siglas en inglés) en 1973. Afirmando oficialmente que la atracción sexual y romántica hacia otras personas del mismo sexo no es una enfermedad y no se puede “curar”. Foto: Kay Tobin/Biblioteca Publica de Nueva York.
Ernestine Eckstein (Nto. 1941 – South Bend, Indiana) En 1963, poco tiempo después de mudarse de Indiana a la ciudad de Nueva York, Eckstein se convirtió en una integrante activa de la “Matachine Society” de Nueva York y del capítulo de la ciudad de Nueva York de la organización “Daughters of Bilitis”, donde ejerció como vicepresidenta desde 1964 hasta 1966. En julio de 1965 protestó en el Salón de la Independencia y octubre del mismo año en la Casa Blanca, siendo la única persona de la raza negra en asistir a ambos eventos. Foto: Kay Tobin/Biblioteca Pública de Nueva York
Midge Costanza (Nto. 1932 – Leroy, NY) La primera mujer concejal y primera vicealcaldesa de la ciudad de Rochester, Constanza fue directora de la Oficina de Enlace Público de la Casa Blanca bajo la presidencia de Jimmy Carter desde enero de 1977 hasta septiembre de 1978. El 26 de marzo de 1977, motivada por Jean O’Leary, Constanza convocó una histórica reunión en la Casa Blanca con la participación de catorce reconocidas figuras de los derechos gais. Foto: Administración de Registros y Archivos Nacionales de los EE. UU.
Jean O’Leary (Nto. 1948 – Kingston, NY) O’Leary fue una integrante activa de la “Gay Activists Alliance”, pero luego de 2 años de frustración por la marginación de las mujeres, lideró un grupo de mujeres que formaron el movimiento “Lesbian Feminist Liberation”. Tiempo después, desde 1976 a 1981, O’Leary fue codirectora ejecutiva junto a Bruce Voeller del “National Gay Task Force”. En 1988, O’Leary y Rob Eichberg comenzaron el Día Nacional de Salir del Clóset Foto: Asociación de Exalumnos de la Universidad de Cleveland
Madeline Davis (Nto. 1940 – Buffalo, NY) Luego de participar en la Marcha de 1971 en Albany, Davis escribió “Stonewall image024.pngNation”, un himno de liberación gay que se popularizó en eventos gais hasta la década de 1980. En 1972, Davis se convirtió en la primera delegada abiertamente lesbiana en la Convención Nacional Demócrata. Su discurso en favor de la inclusión de los derechos gais en la plataforma del partido se puede escuchar aquí. En 1994, Davis, junto a la coautora Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, publicó “Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold” una historia sobre la comunidad de mujeres lesbianas trabajadoras en Búfalo desde la década del 1930 hasta comienzos de los años 60. Actualmente, su extensa colección de materiales históricos se encuentra en los Archivos LGBTQ del Oeste de Nueva York Dr. Madeline Davis en la Universidad de Nueva York (SUNY, por sus siglas en inglés) en Búfalo. Foto: Madeline Davis

June is Pride Month

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

For a more comprehensive calendar of different Pride events in the Hudson Valley, visit

Westchester Pride Virtual Kick-off

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Come and join The LOFT as we kick-off Westchester Pride!

You can join using either ZOOM or Facebook Live.

We’ll have live performances from Broadway Sings for Pride!

We’ll also hear messages from our elected officials like US Senator-NY Kirsten Gillibrand. There will also be a live Q&A from Westchester County Executive, George Latimer and so much more!

Looking forward to seeing you!


New Podcast Episode: Community Resources and Stigma-Free Safe Zones

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Peer Health Alliance PodcastIn this episode of the PHA (Peer Health Alliance) Podcast we discuss some great stigma-free resources right here in the Hudson Valley. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or want to support someone who is. The team talks about a few of the great social, support and medical resources you can access without having to trek down to NYC! Save the tolls, give a listen and learn how to be more connected to the things you need right here in our community!

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PrEP, PEP and Hep A: Podcast Episode

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

In this episode of our new podcast, we discuss what PrEP & PEP are and how they both work. Plus learn about the rise of Hep A here in the Hudson Valley and how to protect yourself against a range of harmful sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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