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JILLIAN SWITKO, AN artist from North Branch, displays one of her mirrors, reflecting a male couple at “Day To Be Gay” in Callicoon Saturday.

It Was a Day for All

By Ted Waddell
CALLICOON — September 10, 2004 – What do a pair of the Divine Miss M's pumps and State Senator Thomas K. Duane have in common?
They were both stars at the 4th Annual Day To Be Gay (DTBG) in the Catskills Festival on Saturday at the Delaware Community Center in Callicoon.
Bette Midler's snazzy shoes (minus the Divine Miss M) made their appearance during the benefit auction, while Sen. Duane took to the microphone as an openly gay man who serves his constituency as a senator for the Empire State.
DTBG IV featured a glittering array of performers, including actor/singer Jonathan Brody; singer Reuben Butchart; KJ Denhert and her band The NY Unit; Latin pop star Jade Esteban Estrada; guitarist/songwriter/singer Vicki Genfan; blues-based R&Ber Nedra Johnson; Paprika, a multinational, all-inclusive dance music band; Bob Smith, billed as "being the first openly gay comedian to appear on ‘The Tonight Show’"; and Peterson Toscano, an actor on his way up who originally hails from Lake Huntington.
This year's edition of Day To Be Gay was presented by the Day To Be Gay Foundation, which was created to raise funds from the gay and lesbian community to support charitable organizations in the county.

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