Talking Drag Bingo and More With the LGBTQ Community Center's Executive Director
Jeff Rindler, executive director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, tells us his favorite things from A to Z.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Rindler
Apples. I love to go apple-picking every year with my nieces and nephews at Love Apple Farms in Columbia County.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This organization helps adults and children receive life-saving medications, healthcare, HIV/AIDS support.
Crock-pot. I can make a great chili and beef stew in my crock-pot.
Drag Bingo. Each month, we host a raucous Drag Bingo, featuring hilarious local drag queens and kings, like Sis Jenner and Pinky Socrates.
Educate. The Center provides an educational series on topics such as sexual health, the aging brain, prostate cancer, and breast health.
Flowers and vegetable gardening. I plant the yard with flowers and tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and lettuce.
Green Spaces. Some of my favorite parks are Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining and the Saw Mill River Park in Yonkers after it was daylighted.
Hollowville. Where I live, in my historic home (built 1774), right on the beautiful Claverack Creek.
Ice Cream. On a hot summer day, I crave ice cream from the Blue Pig in Croton-on-Hudson (above) or Jane’s Ice Cream in Kingston. Extra fudge, please!
June is LGBTQ Pride Month. For a blowout festival, join us on June 3 in New Paltz as we March down Main Street to Hasbrouck Park.
Kvetching. I try not to do it, but sometimes you just have to.
Living and loving Upstate New York after relocating from New York City.
Making new friends throughout the Hudson Valley.
New York. I love and sometimes miss New York City, with its incredible arts and culture.
Olana State Historic Site. The Hudson home, studio, and designed landscape of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church.
Pride Month. LGBT Pride Month is celebrated annually in June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a catalyst for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Pride March & Festival takes place in New Paltz on June 3rd. Worth mentioning twice!
Queer. A pejorative for gay, now being reclaimed by some gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered persons as a self-affirming umbrella term.
Reading classic novels. Favorites include East of Eden and House of Mirth.
Staying in bed late on weekends, which for me is 7 a.m.
Transgender Day of Remembrance. Annual gathering/memorial to remember those who have been senselessly murdered and to celebrate our resilience in the face of hatred.
Uptown Kingston. Home of the LGBTQ Community Center at 300 Wall Street.
Volunteers. I love to volunteer and love to have volunteers at the Center.
Waterfalls. I love waterfalls and some of my favorites are at Bash Bish and High Falls in Philmont (right).
X-ray machines at airports freak me out!
Youth. The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center is debuting brand-new programming for youth, such as our after-school study hall, which provides a safe space for students to hang out once a week.
Zumba. Something you will likely never find me doing. More of a stretch-and-weight-training kind of guy.