What events do you offer?
We run numerous events for all LGBTQ+ folks and allies throughout the year to build community, rally support, educate, and advocate. These events include game nights, craft nights, improv nights, Friendsgiving gatherings, and pasta nights. We are working on hosting more in-person and hybrid events! Check out our social media for updates on up coming events.
What is sexual orientation?
Sexual orientation refers to a person’s physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction towards other people. Everyone has a sexual orientation, which is integral to a person’s identity. Gay men and lesbian women are attracted to individuals of the same sex as themselves. Heterosexual people (sometimes known as “straight”) are attracted to individuals of a different sex from themselves. Bisexual people may be attracted to individuals of the same or different sex. Sexual orientation is not related to gender identity.
What does transgender mean?
Transgender (sometimes shortened to just “trans”) is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of identities—including transsexual people, cross-dressers (sometimes referred to as “transvestites”), people who identify as third gender, and others whose appearance and characteristics are perceived as gender atypical.
Trans women are those who identify as women but were classified as males when they were born. Trans men are those who identify as men but were classified female when they were born. Some transgender people seek surgery or take hormones to bring their body into alignment with their gender identity; others do not. That is their choice.
What programs do you offer?
We host a variety of programs that constantly change based on the needs and desires of the community. These programs are a mix of support groups and social gatherings for people to chat, meet, discuss issues, and support each other. These groups are a mix of youth and adult programs. Check out our current program offerings here.
How can I support Dutchess Pride?
Dutchess County Pride Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers and donations. You can support us by volunteering or donating to help us provide more groups, social events and outreach. If you our interested in volunteering, send us a message here or visit our donation page here.
What does LGBT mean?
LGBT stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.” While these terms have increasing global resonance, in different cultures other terms may be used to describe people who form same-sex relationships and those who exhibit non-binary gender identities (such as hijra, meti, lala, skesana, motsoalle, mithli, kuchu, kawein, travesty, muxé, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, hamjensgara and Two-Spirit). In a human rights context, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face both common and distinct challenges. Intersex people (those born with atypical sex characteristics) suffer many of the same kinds of human rights violations as LGBT people, as indicated below.
What is gender identity?
Gender identity reflects a deeply felt and experienced sense of one’s own gender. A person’s gender identity is typically consistent with the sex assigned to them at birth. For transgender people, there is an inconsistency between their sense of their own gender and the sex they were assigned at birth. In some cases, their appearance and mannerisms and other outwards characteristics may conflict with society’s expectations of gender-normative behavior.
What is intersex?
An intersex person is born with sexual anatomy, reproductive organs, and/or chromosome patterns that do not fit the typical definition of male or female. This may be apparent at birth or become so later in life. An intersex person may identify as male or female or as neither. Intersex status is not about sexual orientation or gender identity: intersex people experience the same range of sexual orientations and gender identities as non-intersex people.
Dutchess County Pride Center is committed to diversity and equal-opportunity employment.
Dutchess County Pride Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability (including HIV status), veteran status, military obligations, or marital status. This policy applies to hiring, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, and terminations and applies to all of Dutchess County Pride Center’s employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors.