On Sunday, the 62-year-old will walk down Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie as an openly gay, legally married man, and he’ll hear the sound of cheers.
Dupree and Common Council member Sarah Salem will serve as the co-grand marshals for an inaugural celebration of the LGBTQ community, the PK Go Pride Parade.
"I, as a gender queer non-binary gay person, feel that in Poughkeepsie there hasn't been enough visibility and there hasn't been enough events surrounding pride festivals and activities throughout the Hudson Valley," Salem said.
The pride center provides support groups for LGBTQ children, young adults, friends and families, with monthly meetings and various events at pop-up locations.
The First Friday celebration kicking off the weekend will be held 7-10 p.m. at the Underwear Factory, and will including live music, poetry readings and food.
A bring-your-own picnic, hosted by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center is scheduled for Waryas Park from noon-5 p.m., which will including a “Drag Queen Story Hour.”
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