Speaker Series

The Hudson Pride Foundation Speaker Series has been extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful and generous guest speakers.

We are so lucky to have such a diverse, open, thoughtful group of people in our community that are so willing to share their experiences, hardships, struggles, victories – both personal & professional, and the ongoing persistence for equality, by sharing their stories.

We need you, all of you, to share your suggestions for future speakers with us. Who would you like to hear from? Who’s story do you feel would add to this vocal tapestry? Maybe you have a story to share? Please reach out to us with your ideas.


We at the Hudson Pride Foundation are here for you. As always, thank you for your continued support. We wish to thank the following people:

April, 2012 we welcomed Christine Wynkoop and Anthony Mignone.

Christine began advising Rondout Valley High School’s GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) 6 years ago at which point she began advocating for LGBTQ students and their allies within the District. Christine has volunteered with GLSEN Hudson Valley for 6 years, serving on the Board for the past year. In addition, she volunteers with AIDS Related Community Services (ARCS) serving on the Hudson Valley AIDS Walk planning Committee.

Anthony has many years of experience as a school administrator, educator, workshop facilitator and trainer in the Hudson Valley. Anthony has worked with school districts, colleges, non-profit agencies and the business community always working to create an environment of equality. Anthony has worked with GLSEN Hudson Valley for years, is currently a member of the Board and has been trained by GLSEN National to employ their methods.


April, 2012 we welcomed Lian Christopher Kahn who spoke of school bullying and life after having to dropout of school to obtain his GED.

Liam Christopher Kahn - A resident of Woodstock, NY, is an 18 year old openly gay college student. After leaving Onteora High School in April of 2011 due to unaddressed homophobia, Liam received his GED and began SUNY Ulster. He was appointed the Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Woodstock in January 2012, and has been an intern in the Kingston office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey since October 2011.


March, 2012 we welcomed Suzanne Poli who discussed her iconic images of the 42-year Gay Pride March

Suzanne Poli is recognized as a leading fine art and editorial photographer of landscapes and street life. Her iconic images of the 42-year Gay Pride March and Parade from the Stonewall days to the present and her landmark New York Neighborhoods photographs in the JP Morgan Chase collection represent the dynamic force of street, neighborhood and landscape as a marriage of art and document.


January, 2012 we welcomed Ed Beaty who spoke about growing up in the 50's

Ed Beaty grew up as a gay youth in the 1950’s when gay young people were openly discriminated against by society and the police. Pride day worldwide celebrates the beginning of gay liberation identified with the Stonewall riots of June 1969.Ed was at the Stonewall that night and witnessed the birth of dignity for gay people. He will relate some of his experiences through that time of life.

Ed retired to the Hudson area after an international career in broadcast production.


December, 2011 we welcomed Victor Mendolia who spoke about activism & his role in ACT UP.

Victor Mendolia was a core member of the AIDS activist group ACT UP having proposed and organized the two largest demonstrations the group produced. He ran for NY City Council in 2001. He is currently the Chair of the Hudson City Democratic Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Columbia County Democratic Committee.



November 2011, we were joined by Genna Suraci who spoke about transgender equality.

Genna is the principal at Ulster BOCES in Port Ewen. She has had considerable volunteer involvement, including as a board member, with SkillsUSA, a youth organization.

Genna hopes to bring more diversity to the board by providing the perspective of a transgender person. As an educator working with high school students, she is also especially interested in initiatives that will help LBGTQ youth feel more safe, comfortable and welcome attending school.


October 2011, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick spoke about marriage equality & civil rights.

Deborah's political activism began in college and she is still strongly involved in grassroots organizing. As an elected official, she has focused on civil rights, reproductive freedom, health care, lesbian and gay rights, the environment, housing, higher education, social justice, and funding for the arts. Deborah was instrumental in getting the Marriage Equality Bill (amendment) passed in NY in 2011.


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