ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – On June 1, the city of Albany will host three events throughout the day to kick off Pride Month:
State Senator Neil Breslin Honors LBGTQ History with Check to Capital Region Pride Center
At 10:45 am at Albany City Hall, New York State Senator Neil Breslin will present a check for $ 25,000 to the Capital Region Pride Center. Established in 1970, the Capital Region Pride Center is the oldest operating center in the United States. 2020 was the 50th anniversary of the Pride Center, but due to the pandemic, the anniversary has not been honored publicly. Senator Breslin believes in the importance of safe spaces and the mental health and inclusive and assertive spaces that the Pride Center has represented for 51 years.
LGBTQ flag raising
At 11 a.m. at Albany Town Hall, the City of Albany will host the annual Pride Flag raising event, marking the official kick-off of LGBTQ Pride Month for the City of Albany , the Capital Region, and New York State. Pride Center Board Chairman John Daniels and In our own voices Executive Director Tandra LaGrone will join elected officials and community leaders. The Pride Flag Raising can be viewed live by visiting Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s Facebook page.
Parade launch reception
At 5.30 p.m. the Pride 2021 launch reception will take place at the Palace Theater. The free reception will include a live show, cocktails and light meals.
To learn more here about all the June Pride events in the Capital Region, visit the Capital Region Pride website.