Posts Tagged ‘LGBTQ’

Photos From Our High Score Hijinks Pride Kickoff

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

On Thursday, June 2, 2022, HVCS held a fundraiser and awareness-raiser for our Men’s Services Program and PrEP Program, in honor of Pride Month. Happy Valley, an arcade on Main Street in Beacon, generously donated the space, all quarters played in their classic video games, and proceeds from signature cocktails. We owe them a huge thanks! We appreciate everyone who came out to support us and to kick off the Pride season.

Harvey Milk Day

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Milk was a gay rights activist and one of the first openly gay officials in the United States. Born in Woodmere, New York on May 22, 1930, he worked as a public-school teacher on Long Island and a production associate for Broadway musicals. Soon after moving to California, he quickly became a community leader and a political spokesperson advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ folks in San Francisco. In 1977, after two previous attempts, Harvey Milk won a seat on the San Francisco City-County Board. Unfortunately, a year after, he was assassinated inside the City Hall. Today, Milk is celebrated not only for being a pioneer in the LGBTQ rights movement, but for his vision of equality and freedom for all. In 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Learn more here.

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

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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HVCS & Cornerstone Announce Intent to Merge

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Andrea Straus, HVCS' Executive Director, speaks at the press conference held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to announce the intended merger.

Andrea Straus, HVCS’ Executive Director, speaks at the press conference held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to announce the intended merger.

Cornerstone Family Healthcare (CFH) and Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS) are announcing plans to integrate their services and administrative functions in late 2020 after both organizations signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge. CFH, with 50,000 patients and sixteen locations, and HVCS, with over 3,200 clients and seven locations, already share a number of clients and a programmatic focus on assisting underserved patients.

Pending regulatory approvals and a final board vote, both organizations expect the merger to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The decision to merge followed months of preparatory work by each non-profit’s board of directors. HVCS’ board began a strategic search for a merger partner in 2018 due to the changing health care environment. Exact programmatic and departmental structures are to be mapped out over the coming months.

Wayne Day, Chairman of the Cornerstone Family Healthcare Board of Directors, said, “The decision to merge our organizations came after many months of due diligence on the part of both boards. The more we looked into it, the more the merger made sense to everyone involved. Hudson Valley Community Services and its board of directors share our values and commitment to this community. Uniting our organizations in this way will improve our ability to serve those who rely on us.”

“The HVCS board, directors and staff undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process starting in 2018,” explained Andrew Evans, President of HVCS’ Board of Directors. “During this journey, I am heartened by the synergies that this merger will bring to both enhance, improve and broaden  services to the clients that we already serve in the Hudson Valley and will give us access to even more persons-in-need.  Merging gives better assurance that the customer service values and the history and culture of HVCS will be maintained for years to come.”

Linda S. Muller, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, said: “Hudson Valley Community Services and Cornerstone Family Healthcare have shared a common mission for decades, meeting the health and human service needs of the Hudson Valley community. Combining our organizations will strengthen our programs while ensuring that the valuable services we offer remain accessible to those who need them in our community.”

Andrea Straus, HVCS’ Executive Director, discussed her pleasure at the news. “Together our two organizations, as an integrated entity, will be able to continue offering not only the quality medical care that Cornerstone has always delivered, but also bring HVCS’s expertise to address the social determinants of health that are so critical in ensuring that Hudson Valley residents have a high quality of life,” she said. “I am so pleased to see HVCS enter a new phase in its development and growth. “

The two non-profits hosted a joint press conference regarding the merger on Wednesday, February 12 2020 from 11:15 am to 11:45 pm at the Kaplan Family Health Center, 147 Lake Street, Newburgh. View the Facebook Live video for a limited amount of time.

About Cornerstone Family Healthcare
The purpose of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, a non-profit organization, is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, primary and preventative health care services in an environment of caring, respect, and dignity, and in a cost-effective manner that maximizes revenues; to be responsive to the needs of the communities that we serve but with continued emphasis on the underserved and those without access to care regardless of race, economic status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

Cornerstone Family Healthcare is an organization licensed to operate by the State of New York as an Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center. It also is recognized by the Federal Government as a Section 330 Federally Qualified Health Center.  Our Center also operates with the following designations: Medically Underserved Area (MUA), Medically Underserved Population (MUP), and serving in a Health Professionals Shortage Area (HPSA). Cornerstone was recognized by The Joint Commission for offering higher standards of care to its patients, a distinction that few Community Health Centers have received.

Although a significant proportion of our patients are enrolled in federal or state health insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Family or Child Health Plus, a large number of the patients who utilize our services have their own medical insurance. Our core mission remains to provide primary and preventative medical services to any who need our service regardless of ability to pay.

New Podcast Episode: STDs…the Truth Is Out There!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

In this episode Steph, Naomi and Andy debunk a few of the myths about sexually transmitted diseases or STD’s. You don’t want to miss this one!

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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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HVCS’ New Podcast: Peer Health Alliance talks about S…E…X!

Friday, January 31st, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Peer Health Alliance has a new podcast all about safer sex, hooking up, and all sorts of fun topics.

“Parents Just Don’t Understand”…that’s why talking about sexual health with a PHA peer is so important. In this episode we talk about HVCS’ Peer Health Alliance or PHA program and what a “peer” is. Learn why it is important to get your difficult sexual health questions answered by someone like you, that gets you and has the training and resources to you need. There are some conversations you don’t want to have with even the coolest of moms!

Find more episodes here or listen on Spotify! and iTunes (other podcast platforms coming soon).

Drag Brunch 2018: Trixie Strikes Back

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Drag Brunch 2018

It’s time once again for delicious brunch food, mimosas, drag performers and Match Game! Liz, Dirk and the staff of Gunk Haus in Clintondale invite you to the 2018 Drag Brunch, a fundraiser for Hudson Valley Community Services. Hostess Trixie Starr is sure to sweeten the deal with the always-fun games and spicy banter. Local superstars including JoJo Gerard, Boxxa Vine and Valkyrie Hail will perform classic favorites and pop hits that will get you grooving to music by Superior Sounds. Plus, don your best gender-bending outfit and vie for the Best Audience Member Outfit prize and enter to win great prizes.

Tickets are $30 each and include choice of brunch entree, coffee, tea and juices–plus a donation to HVCS.

Get your tickets today via Eventbrite or Facebook!

LGBTQ+ Westchester Residents Sought for Focus Group

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Do you identify as an LGBTQ person of color between the ages of 25 to 55? Do you live and/or work in New Rochelle, Pelham, or Mount Vernon? If so, we want to hear about your experiences being LGBTQ in Westchester County!

WHAT: An hour-long focus group discussion about being LGBTQ in Westchester county
WHERE: Mt. Vernon (location provided upon RSVP)
WHEN: Wednesday, December 6 at 6pm
WHY: To help local LGBTQ organizations better meet your needs

$25 gift cards and food will be provided!

The LOFT, Center Lane and the Westchester Community Foundation are conducting an LGBTQ needs assessment to learn more what it’s like being LGBTQ in Westchester County, including a series of focus groups to hear directly from LGBTQ community members. Findings will be used to expand and improve services to better meet community needs. Join the discussion and share your thoughts on what’s working in Westchester, what needs to change, and how can we make this county more LGBTQ-inclusive.

To RSVP for the group or get more information, please contact Naomi Kabalkin at (845) 471-0708 x12 or at