Brother Outsider Film Screening & Panel Discussion

 

Program Description: The library, SBK Social Justice Center and OutHudson present a screening of this documentary about Bayard Rustin, activist & organizer, who was central to the Civil Rights Movement. He worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin often took a back seat because his open homosexuality forced him from the public eye.

The panel includes Tandra LaGrone, Executive Director of In Our Own Voices, which serves the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender People of Color, our Friends and Families (http://www.inourownvoices.org/); James Powell, Arts & Creative Editor; and Khary Septh, Editor in Chief, both of The Tenth Magazine (http://thetenthmagazine.com/).

The panel will lead a discussion with the audience on issues LGBTQ People of Color face, how Rustin’s bravery and openness can help develop our own self-awareness and self-expression, and how activism looks today compared with Civil Rights Movement and what it could look like in the future.

Date/ Time: Friday, January 18, 6-8pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

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Early Closing Saturday for OutHudson Parade

We will be closing at 1:30 PM on Saturday, June 16 to allow all to attend the OutHudson Pride Parade. The parade kicks off at 2:00 PM. More information about the parade can be found online at outhudson.com.

We will be hosting the Grand Marshal of the Pride Parade, Sarah McBride, for an author reading and book signing at 11:00 AM that morning. Learn more by clicking here. Happy Pride!

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Drag Queen Story and Craft Hour

 


We are proud to present in collaboration with Out Hudson the second installment of
Drag Queen Story Hour, Saturday, November 18 from 11am-Noon.  

Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like – drag queens reading stories to children.  This is a family-friendly and inclusive event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer. There will be stories, activities, snacks and fabulousness! Capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood this story hour gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied with a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity. There will be also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

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Remembering Stonewall

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. NYC, June 24, 1973. Credit: Leonard Fink, courtesy of LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Please join us, Saturday, June 17 at 11am, in the Library’s community room for a special presentation in collaboration with Oral History Summer School and OutHudson in celebration of LGBTQ pride with a listening party pre-parade. Learn the history of the Stonewall Riots in the words of those who were there.

We’ll listen to “Remembering Stonewall,” produced by Storycorps founder, David Isay, followed by a short radio documentary made with LGBTQ teenagers in Columbia County. Area resident Ron Puhalski will be present to discuss his experience during the riots, as well.
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