Yikes! This wasn’t how we envisioned celebrating the 50th anniversary of the oldest, continuously operating LGBTQ community organization in the entire nation. First we had to cancel Pride. Then we had to cancel our annual awards gala. Those are our two largest sources of revenue, money that supports our free counseling services, youth & adult support groups, programs & more. The collapse of funding has put us in dire financial straits. Similar financial problems have forced LGBTQ centers across the country to close permanently. We’re not going to let that happen here in the Capital Region. We know that you won’t let it happen either. It’s a matter of Pride.
This fall we can’t get together as we have at past galas. But we can still come together safely and try something a little different – and have some fun in the process! This year we will celebrate the Pride Center’s 50th at the Jericho Drive-in on Saturday, October 17th. Our First Ever DRIVE-IN JUBILEE! We’re going to premier our video documentary about the Pride Center’s first 50 years and is role in our community’s growth. This documentary was created by the New York State Museum, specifically Ashley Hopkins-Benton, Senior Historian, and our amazingly talented videographer, John Romeo. A HUGE THANK YOU to the contributions of several dozen community members who told us their stories and shared their memories about people, events, and our home at 332 Hudson Avenue. Their stories serve to remind us of how far we’ve come and why we need each other - and the Pride Center. Following the documentary, we’ll show the movie "The Birdcage".