The Backdoor Boys - A Hudson Pride Foundation Benefit


Community Forum: Equality, Solidarity & the Future of Columbia County Slideshow

January 14, 2017  Hudson High School Auditorium  208 Harry Howard Ave  Hudson NY

The Hudson Pride Foundation was honored to host a moderate a community forum that brought together political leaders and...

Posted by Hudson Pride Foundation on Monday, January 30, 2017

Thank you for joining us for our Community Forum on Equality, Solidarity & the Future of Columbia County. The fight is just beginning. Moving forward, we must continue to resist and hold our elected officials accountable. Together, we can preserve the progress we have made and push back against any attempts to harm our healthcare, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ people, women’s reproductive health, the environment, people living with HIV/AIDS, communities of color, Muslims, people with disabilities, and so many more communities.

Here are local ways to get involved with progressive efforts:

· Visit and get involved with our local Democratic Party. Please visit Columbia County Democrats (, and select your region.

· Connect with our local groups who are putting the Indivisible Guide into action. Join them in their effort to resist the Trump agenda here in District 19. Find the contact information for local groups (

· Engage on social media, and join Facebook groups for news and updates about local actions. Search on Facebook: Listen to us, John Faso; Progressive Alliance of Columbia County; Columbia County NY Democrats.

· Support our local non-profit social justice organizations. Attend an event, send a donation, and/or volunteer.

· Contact our elected officials. Support our local Democratic leaders in Columbia County, as well as Assemblywoman Didi Barrett. Continue to put pressure on Senator Marchione and Congressman Faso. Email, call, send letters, and most importantly show up at their district offices and events to make your voice heard.

Please connect with the Hudson Pride Foundation on Facebook or through our website (, and contact us ( if you would like get involved with future efforts.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment!

In solidarity,

Hudson Pride Foundation


The Hudson Pride Foundation would like to invite everyone to our upcoming 

The Hudson Pride Foundation is honored to host a moderated community forum that will bring together political leaders and representatives of local social justice organizations, to engage in a dynamic discussion centered around community collaboration and the intersections of our collective liberation. Following the panel discussion, we will open the forum with a Q&A from the audience.

January 14, 2017

Hudson High School Auditorium
208 Harry Howard Ave
Hudson NY 

One week before the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. 

The Panel

 Didi Barrett 
 New York State Assembly, District 106 | Founding Chairwoman, Girls Incorporated of NYC 

 Michael Chameides
 Chairman, Hudson City Democratic Committee | 

 Tiffany Garriga
 Alderman 2nd Ward Majority Leader, City of Hudson Common Council
 Chairwoman, Board of Directors, Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center |

 Tiffany Martin Hamilton
 Mayor, City of Hudson | Co-Founder Hudson Forward 

 Martha Harvey 
 Executive Director/CEO, Pride Center of the Capital Region, Co-Founder Hudson Pride Foundation, Police Commissioner, City of Hudson Police Department | 

 Chelly Hegan
 President/CEO, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood | 

 Bill Hughes
 Minority Leader, Columbia County Board of Supervisors

 Elena Mosley
 Director, Operation Unite NY

 Linda Mussmann
 Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Time & Space Limited | 

 Zephyr Teachout 
 Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University, Author, Corruption in America

 Kaya Weidman 
 Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kite’s Nest, Organizer, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Hudson Chapter

 Charlie Ferrusi (Moderator)
 Program Specialist, NYS Department of Health, AIDS Institute |

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.

Tuesday, October 11 at 7 PM - 9 PM

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Hudson Pride Foundation is hosting a public screening of Boy Meets Girl at Camphill Hudson. Tuesday, October 11 at 7 PM - 9 PM
We hope that you will join us for an evening of community and celebration!

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. On Oct. 11, 2016, we will mark the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. 

Boy Meets Girl (2014) is a ground-breaking coming-of-age romantic comedy. The film explores how falling in love transcends gender and how important it is to live a courageous life without fear standing in the way of your dreams.

Here are the Hudson Pride Foundation 2016 Scholarship Winners!

The main mission of the Hudson Pride Foundation has always been to raise money for our scholarships. Going to college is expensive, and while our scholarships will not cover all of the costs or even most of the costs it will at least cover some of the costs. Every little bit helps.

Why do we focus on education? Because an educated mind is more likely to embrace equality, fight for justice, and push back against prejudice, bigotry and misinformation. An educated mind is an open mind. We strive to open more minds. -The Hudson Pride Foundation

Mikala Menegio-Stahl

2016 graduate of Chatham High School in Ghent. Mikala will continue her education at American University in Washington, DC, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Arabic.

Mikala will be receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship. 

Zachary M. Krein

2016 graduate of Hudson High School. Zach will be attending college at Columbia Greene Community College in August 2016 and will be a Science major.

Zack will be the receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship.

Amber Harris

2015 graduate of Hudson High School. Amber will be attending the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the fall.

For the second year in a row, Amber will be receiving the "Hetrick Martin Institute/Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship" presented by Mr. Thomas Krever, CEO of the Hetrick-Martin Institute.

Sam Engel

2015 Graduate of Chatham High School. He will be attending Gettysburg College in the fall.

For the second year in a row, Sam will be receiving "The Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship sponsored and presented by The Barlow".

Nick Ganey

2013 graduate of Hudson High School. Nick will be receiving his FOURTH and final Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship. Nick will be entering into his Senior year at Boston University.

Nick will be receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship.

Past Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship Winners

2015: Lauren Borosky, Nick Ganey, Amber Harris, Sam Engel
2014: Lauren Borosky, Nick Ganey, Rachael Seider, Claire Villanova
2013: Lauren Borosky, Charlie Ferrusi, Nick Ganey, Rachael Seider
2012: Lauren Borosky, Charlie Ferrusi, Rachael Seider
2011: Charlie Ferrusi
2010: Charlie Ferrusi, Timothy Howard

To date, The Hudson Pride Foundation has given out $22k in scholarships!  Thank you to all of you for your support.

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.

Hudson Pride Foundation Announces New Partnership

In an effort to provide services and resources to the growing LGBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer) elder population in Columbia County, the Hudson Pride Foundation Board of Directors has announced a collaboration with the City of Hudson’s Office of the Aging Commissioner, Amanda Henry. Similarly, as part of this effort to support this population segment, the Foundation also announced its intent to partner with SAGE, the Service & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders organization. It is the goal of HPF to become a SAGE Affiliate and join several dozen other active and vibrant nationwide affiliates.

The Foundation is quick to point out that its original mission–encouraging and supporting high school students in their efforts to achieve–will not change. HPF donates $4,000 annually to Columbia County students (four $1,000 scholarships awarded to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students, respectively) and to date, the Foundation has awarded $18,000 in scholarships to those who have demonstrated a real commitment to promoting and supporting LGBTQ equal rights. Applications for scholarship for 2016 are due on June 1st and can be found online here.

Moving forward, the Foundation will continue to work with highly effective partners (including The Hetrick Martin Institute in Manhattan and the Pride Center Of The Capital Region in Albany) to broaden the reach into local schools to provide rich, in-depth LGBTQ Cultural Competency and Cultural Humility training for teachers and staff.

Last week, the Foundation was honored for its good works at the Hudson Valley LGTBQ Community Center’s 2016 Gala. Accepting the award for the Foundation, Executive Director Martha Harvey said the group was honored to be recognized among the many LGBTQ organizations in area, noting that while HPF’s core mission has not changed, the overall strategy has matured and that continued community support, recognition and donations are vital to current and future operations.

The Hudson Pride Foundation is run by a volunteer board. Its success depends entirely on generous donations made by local businesses and individuals. For the past six years, the Foundation has organized the annual Hudson Pride parade and festival (along with producing The Little Apple resource guide since 2012). While it looks forward to regrouping around these endeavors in the near future, board members say the Foundation is taking a break this year, as it needs an infusion of energy from new participants who wish to be shareholders in these events and activities. Those interested in volunteering time and skills for the ongoing Speaker Series, Educational Symposium and Elder Outreach should contact Martha Harvey

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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