The 2017 Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship Winners

Sam Engel 
2015 Graduate of Chatham High School. Sam is attending Gettysburg College.
For the third year in a row, Sam will be receiving "The Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship sponsored and presented by The Barlow".

Mikala Menegio-Stahl 
2016 graduate of Chatham High School in Ghent. Mikala is attending the American University in Washington, DC, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Arabic.
For the second year in a row, Mikala will be receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship.

Amber Harris 
2015 graduate of Hudson High School. Amber is attending the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Amber will be receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship. 

Sorrel Rowley 
2017 graduate of Ichabod Crane High School. Sorrel will be attending SUNY Fredonia this fall.  
Sorrel will be receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship. 

Advance Care: Planning for the “What Ifs”


Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship Time!


Film Screening: Kiki, Live Your Truth
Saturday, June 3 11 AM - 1 PM

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The Hudson Pride Foundation, in collaboration with Pride Center of the Capital Region and Crandell Theater will be screening the widely acclaimed film KIKI - a film by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garcon.

Tickets Available

Please join us after the film for a Q&A with castmember Izana “Zariya” Vidal.  The Q&A will be led by the Executive Director of In Our Own Voices Tandra LaGrone

Saturday, June 3 at 11 AM - 1 PM  

Crandell Theatre
48 Main St, Chatham, New York 12037

There is no Denying It.

There is no denying it. The veil of tolerance and civility in America has not weathered this political season very well. Even in our perceived bubble of security and acceptance here in Hudson and Columbia County, we fear that we may no longer be safe and accepted - that we’ve taken a gigantic step backwards.

And while these feelings are valid, we must not allow ourselves to believe that this is simply the “new normal”. Now more than ever we need to be even stronger in our beliefs and convictions, and recommit ourselves to stand up and own this new reality. We must be strong in the face of hate. We must be vocal in the face of intolerance and violence. We must be visible and accessible and stand together to regain what ground we may have lost.

The Hudson Pride Foundation stands with the LGBTQ community in Columbia County and beyond. We will not hide in the shadows and just hope all of this ugliness goes away. Now more than ever we must band together, support each other, be there for each other, advocate for each other, love and protect each other.

One very important event that we at the Hudson Pride Foundation are currently working on is a Community Forum planned for mid-January, 2017. It will include a panel of LGBTQ advocates, elected officials and other civic leaders, allowing us to come together to share ideas and plot a course to not only survive the next four years, but grow even stronger in the face of what will surely be unprecedented adversity.

In the meantime, if you see something say something. If you have concerns or questions or need help in accessing the right community service to help you or your family, friends and neighbors, please reach out. The Hudson Pride Foundation remains steadfast in supporting and advocating for the LGBTQ community.

Love will always trump hate.

You can contact the Hudson Pride Foundation by calling 518-303-6122 or emailing us at You can also contact us through our Facebook page:

HPF Receives Grant from the Gamma Mu Foundation

The Hudson Pride Foundation is excited to announce that they have been chosen to receive a grant from the Gamma Mu Foundation. The grant will be used specifically for the organization’s new program initiative - the HPF “Elder Pride Program”.

The Gamma Mu Foundation was established in 1988 by a number of members from the Gamma Mu Fraternity and was intended to address unmet needs of the LGBT community. The Foundation primarily seeks to support those organizations and individuals located in rural or underserved communities.

The Hudson Pride Foundation, through their new “Elder Pride Program”, seeks to provide educational programming and support services to LGBT persons, age 60 and older, living in rural Columbia County through increased community awareness and sensitivity to the experiences and needs of this often forgotten and disenfranchised population.

“It has become clear to us that the aging LGBT population needs our support and advocacy.”, says Executive Director, Martha Harvey. “We are hoping to create meaningful and sustainable programs for the LGBT population that is 60 and older in Columbia County. These programs will include a social outreach program to help those that are isolated in rural Columbia County, educational speakers and movie series, seminars and workshops focused on advanced care planning and end-of-life planning, providing advocates to help elders move through the social services system for entitlements, such as Medicare and Social Security, Social Security Disability, and a much needed ride-share program.”

Older LGBT adults have historically suffered social isolation, which in this population is unique and disproportionate to the general population. As an example, one risk factor is that LGBT seniors are twice as likely to live alone, twice as likely to be single and 3-4 times as likely not to have children. Many have been estranged from their biological family. The Hudson Pride Foundation strives to offset these challenges with life-affirming programs and initiatives.

The Hudson Pride Foundation will continue it’s work with LGBTQ youth in Columbia County, including their annual scholarship awards to rising high school seniors and anti-bullying initiatives with area school districts.

We Stand with Orlando

The Hudson Pride Foundation and OutHudson will come together to coordinate a vigil for the horrible and senseless shootings that took place in Orlando at a gay nightclub this past weekend. A nightclub called Pulse, where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Pride Month.

The vigil will take place this evening in Hudson starting at 7pm in Washington Park (between the courthouse and the post office). The Mayor of Hudson along with community leaders from the LGBTQ community will speak briefly. Candles will be symbolically lit and then together we will carry the large rainbow flag from Washington Park to City Hall. We will carry the flag in silence, honoring the dead and injured.

"Together we carry the symbol of our pride - the rainbow flag. We carry the flag - gay and straight alike, the LGBT community along with our straight allies - we carry the flag as a symbol that we are always there to help carry each other, especially in these dark times. We will always be there to help carry each other with love and compassion. Together we grieve, together we heal."

Monday, June 13th @ 7pm
Washington Park (between the courthouse and the post office in Hudson)

The Hudson Pride Foundation stands with our family in Orlando and our many allies across the country in expressing our deep sadness at the horror that took place early Sunday morning.

National resources for LGBT community members: - find listings of local LGBT community centers, check their websites for vigils and mental health services -- find listings of local LGBT friendly providers -- find listings of trans friendly health providers -- therapist listings nationally -- social worker listings nationally - trans specific support services -- LGBTQ youth specific support 741-741 - text START to the crisis text line for text support
Victims fund

For other ways to help: -- Additional response resources
Resources for welcoming providers: -- free LGBT-welcoming signs for provider waiting rooms & cultural competency trainings -- cultural competency materials for providers -- cultural competency training for providers -- cultural competency training for providers

Response to Register Star 5/14/16 article, “Transgender issue a non-issue in area schools”. by Sara Dunn and Greg Hudson

The “transgender issue a non-issue in area schools” is anything but a non-issue. While it is certainly encouraging to read the various responses from key Columbia County school district administrators on the subject of equitable access to facilities for transgender and gender non-conforming students, it is sadly untrue and misleading. It is also important to realize that this discussion and issue is most certainly not just about bathrooms and locker rooms. This goes far beyond that.

It is this systemic disconnect between what is presumed to be compliance with state and federal mandated policies and the reality of life as a vulnerable, bullied, and unsupported LGBT student.

As advocates for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in Columbia County, the Hudson Pride Foundation (HPF) has met with continued inaction and disinterest by many of the school districts when it comes to implementing required policies and procedures as it relates to the “Dignity for All Students Act” and The State Education Department’s “Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment For Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students” released July 2015. The new Federal guidelines regarding the treatment of transgender students in public schools do indeed mirror those already in place in New York State public schools, however, we can point to several instances where we have been approached by students who are still today mercilessly bullied by fellow students for being LGBT or having LGBT parents, while teachers and administrators turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the ongoing discrimination and abuse.

It is disturbing to read these cavalier declarations of delusion as various area schools claim that everything is great, all policies are in place and all teachers and administrators have been trained. Many schools in Columbia County are not, as the article might lead one to believe, safe and nurturing places for each and every student. It is this systemic disconnect between what is presumed to be compliance with state and federal mandated policies and the reality of life as a vulnerable, bullied, and unsupported LGBT student.

Chatham Central School District Superintendent’s statement that “we have a priority in Chatham that no student feels excluded” is in direct contradiction to the reality that several LGBT and gender non-conforming students in Chatham High School have historically faced. Students have been denied inclusion, denied a safe, non-hostile environment, denied the right to form a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) and have been faced with harassment by fellow students and, in at least two known cases, by school administrators.

In the Hudson City School District, we know that the middle and high schools are not safe spaces for students. We know there is continued and systematic bullying and harassment of students known or perceived to be LGBT or gender non-conforming. Some Hudson high school students have sought refuge in the very bathrooms in question so that they can eat lunch without harassment from students in the cafeteria.

Teachers, administrators, parents and each and every student must commit to an open and on-going dialogue regarding the urgent need to create safe bully-free learning spaces for ALL students. Curriculums need to be updated to include education regarding LGBT issues. Ongoing faculty and administrative staff training must be a cornerstone of every school in every school district. This includes all schools – elementary, middle schools, and high schools.

"I think that it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly, and our kids are all loved, and that they’re protected and that their dignity is affirmed."

-President Obama, New York Times, 5/16/16

Some day, the transgender issue will be a “non-issue”, but that day has not yet arrived in Columbia County.

The Hudson Pride Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. The Hudson Pride Foundation relies on private donations, grants, and local businesses for our efforts. The Hudson Pride Foundation is a registered 501(c)3, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The Dignity for All Students Act

As advocates for young LGBT kids and youth in general, we are strong advocates for the Dignity for All Students act that was passed & implemented state-wide in July 2012. We are posting this 2013 updated DFAS amendment to encourage schools & parents to enforce this law.

ALL students should feel safe in school. ALL NY schools must abide by & enforce this law. Kids are counting on us to have their backs. Let's not let them down.

Link toNew York State’s Dignity for All Students Act
The Dignity Act
Guidance for Local Implementation

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