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Beyond the Rainbow: Peekskill Pride celebrates a month of coming out

Closing Reception of Living OUT Loud, Coming OUT Proud series

Peekskill Pride is presenting the closing reception of “Living Out Loud, Coming Out Proud” on October 28, 2023, at the Hudson Valley MOCA from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The art exhibition is the fourth in a series inspired by National Coming Out Day, celebrated on October 11 since 1988. Each event Peekskill Pride had over the course of the past month has featured displayed works of art, discussions, readings, poetry, and songs on embracing, and expressing LGBTQIA+ identity. 

This Saturday marks the culmination of the month-long coming-out celebration with an art exhibition entitled “Beyond the Rainbow” at the Hudson Valley MOCA. Rafael Cuello curates the evening and will feature artworks by Leandro Comrie, Danielle Scott, Seth Ruggles Hiler, Ricardo Francis, Reinaldo Perez, and James Murry. Cuello is a visual artist whose career has involved producing and curating special events focusing on community, call-to-action outreach, and community enrichment projects. A special screening of the short film Opulen will begin at 8:30pm. Opulen, starring Monet X Change, and directed by Dan Graziano, is a film illustrating the journey many go through to find their true colors. Opulen also features the New Jersey Symphony and artwork by Rafael Cuello.  Join Peekskill Pride as the group celebrates the conclusion of Living OUT Loud, Coming OUT Proud series.

Peekskill Pride is a community-minded social support network formed by a group of LGBTQIA+ Peekskill residents in 2016. Peekskill Pride grew from that spark with the continuing objective to raise awareness and visibility, showing visitors and prospective residents that there is a strong, supportive, welcoming community here in Peekskill. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to foster safe, healthy, and supportive environments for LGBTQIA+ individuals of all ages, their allies and families. They work to further the foundation for inclusion, diversity, and pride through education, advocacy, and celebration. For more information, like Peekskill Pride on Facebook or visit



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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]