Pride Center is one of the oldest LGBT organizations in the nation and its growth over the past few years have been tremendously positive. This conversation and continuation of the growth of Social Equality and Community Impact extends to the youth of today, making great strides already in the community and potentially in the world. These Young Adults are going to do great things in this world! A Scholarship Reception was just only the beginning for some of these wonderful people, next stop, white house!Read More
Its the JAB TV Awards and people were dressed up as tv characters, its a night full of revelry and good friends.Read More
The Pride Center has kicked off another year of great events, great programs and great initiatives lead by an amazing staff of people. We saw some familiar faces and some new ones joining the crowd but the message and the intent never changes, to create support for the community and to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals in the Capital Region. As the oldest Chapter in the national for LGBTQ Community Centers, they are always aiming to make things better every step of the way!Read More
Have you ever been to a Habitat build project? Its filled with people who want to be helpful to the community in which they live in. This weekend in particular was all about Women Build week, so all women from the community interested in helping out come out to lend a helping hand to the Habitat Build community and get Sheridan Hollow homes built! Check out the fun they had!
I love fitness, I love the energy it embodies, I love the dedication and ambition involved in the process of getting fit, I even like the feeling of being sore the next day, it tells me that I (probably) did something right the day before. Body Jam, looked like a totally different type of fitness that involved some cherographed dance moves. It was a ton of fun just watching the instructors do their thing. I almost just dropped my camera and joined in, but I resisted, somehow ;)
If you're thinking about joining the class, get in contact with Vent Fitness in Latham and ask for Raj, one of four instructors that run the Body Jam sessions at Vent Fitness in Latham. You won't be disappointed. Here are some of my favorites from this shoot.
The Pride Center of the Capital Region Hosted their 45th Anniversary Soiree, and since its their 45th Anniversary, they had to have it bigger than life! People were dressed up for the event, daper, creative, wild and fun! There was even dancing. Check out the Gifs at the end!
This year is the 45th year of the Pride Center's existence! So much history all packed into one organization that makes a big difference in our community for everyone. There were many new faces and old faces and what better way to kick off the year with some enecouraging words from our leaders.
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Host: Pride Center of the Capital District
Honoary Co-Chairs Rudy Grant and David Siders
Venue + Food: Hilton Albany at 40 Lodge Street
Sound: L&P Media
The State Room
William Hill Estate Winery
Tri City Rentals
Tableclothes for Granted LTD
Experience and Creative Design, LTD
Albany Medical Center
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
University of Albany
New York Life
Hilton Garden Inn
RBC Wealth Management
Paesan's Pizza and Resturant
Emma Willard School
The Pride Center of the Capital District hosted another successful Gala event this Friday and it was as classy as expected. If you don't know what the Pride Center is about, They are an organization dedicated to serving the LGBT community here in the capital district as the oldest continuously operating community center in the country. The Gala every year helps raise money for various Programs that they run throughout the Region. Check out their website! I do have to say one thing, is that I could never talk as fast as that auctioneer!
They had great food, great friends, and great speakers there that night, we even had the last survivor of the Stonewall Movement there! He is living history who continues to serve the community and LGBT as a whole. It was a night filled with inspiring people who keeps on giving to the community, who have push passed all the struggles and want better for our community and individuals within the community. Check out the Photos, and consider donating to the Pride Center, the money goes to helping in keeping the community strong and united through their various programs that they offer.
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I decided to take this weekend to attend the Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden! You wouldn't imagine the sheer amount of people there at this Cherry Blossom Festival. If you go on Social Media (Facebook & Instagram) and search #JZPSakura you'll get to see my group and I having some fun, see some behind the scenes type stuff and essentially check out the stuff we were doing all day!
The biggest draw for most people at the Sakura Matsuri is obviously the Cherry Blossoms, but not only are the vast amount of flora the best thing about a festival about spring, its the people who attend it. Cosplayers were all over with their magnificent costumes that they worked so hard to like their favorite anime or Japanese cartoon characters.
A little social history about Anime is that the japanese culture is a very stoic culture, void of expressed emotion and emotional "vulnerability". Anime in short was the counter culture against the old world Japanese Culture in that its hyper expressive, and hyper exaggerated. the emphasis goes as far as the physical details of the characters, large eyes, hyper expressed movements, hyper exaggerated personalities and emotions. Its something that most youths gravitate to due to the sheer fact that not only is it entertaining, many who are trying to find themselves, can identify with any number of characters in this anime world.
I've done enough talk... go check it out! Flora, Cosplay, Portraits of my gang, some Japanese Theater, and I had to throw in a little NYC Architecture love in there too.
(Skip to the next paragraph if you already know). For those who do not know the organization Our Brothers' Keeper Foundation(OBKF): it is a grassroots organization originating and operating in the capital district of New York. The Organization operates to provide funding to other organizations in the capital district dedicated to assisting individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
This weekend was quite a show with Elvis preforming at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy for OBKF's Monthly Event. The night started off with h'orderves and mingling with the attendees followed by a glorious buffet dinner. Afterwards the band The American Longboards Played a couple of great songs to warm up the crowd before introducing the King himself, Elvis! Both Elvis and the Band were amazing all night long. Just Check out the performance!