June is Pride Month and the Capital Region is kicking off the month with a series of upcoming events.

According to News 6, New York State Senator Neil Breslin kicked off the celebration for Pride Month this morning by presenting a $25,000 check to the Pride Center of the Capital Region.  The ceremony was held at the Albany City Hall.

The Albany Pride Center is the longest-standing Pride Center in the United States.  The Center dates back to it’s establishment in 1970.

Shortly after the presentation of the check by Senator Breslin, the Pride Flag Raising Ceremony was hosted by the City of Albany at City Hall.

In Our Voices Chief Executive Director Tandra R. LaGrone and Pride Center Board President John Daniels were excited for the opening of Pride Month.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan was at the presentation with a host of elected officials.  Present at the ceremony were Assembly Member John McDonald, Assembly Member Patricia Fahey, Senator Neil Breslin, Albany Chief City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs, Albany City Treasurer Darius Shaninfar, Albany Council President Corey Ellis, and Albany Executive Liaison for the LGBT Community and Common Councilman Richard Conti.

A Pride Kickoff Reception will be held at the Palace Theater later on tonight.  There will be a live performance with cocktails and a light meal.

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This is just the beginning of the celebrations.  Festivities will continue with the Saratoga Pride Ribbon Cutting Ceremony tomorrow, Schenectady Pride Day of Visibility on Saturday and Chosen Family Sober Reunion on Sunday.  For a complete list of scheduled events, go to 518capitalpride.com

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