The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens
Friday, June 9, 2017
Queens Pride Parade, 1993
Photo Credit: Courtesy Daniel Dromm Collection, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
VIP GUESTS EXPECTED:
NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, & featuring City Council Member Daniel Dromm
What: Opening reception for The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens featuring performances by SALGA, a well-known troupe of South East Asian Transgender Dancers.
The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens is a multimedia exhibition at the Queens Museum that marks the 25th anniversary of the Queens Pride Parade, the first LGBTQ-rights parade in one of NYC’s outer boroughs.
The exhibition showcases historical and contemporary work, which chronicles the largely unknown history of LGBTQ activism in Queens from the 1990s to the present, in particular the impact of the hate crime murder of Julio Rivera, and the rejection of the Children of the Rainbow Curriculum.
Coming Out in Queens draws from the collection of Queens City Council Member Daniel Dromm, recently acquired by the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College. City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and producer-director Richard Shpuntoff contributed materials from their personal archives.
Refreshments will be served
Why: While Manhattan is recognized as the birthplace of NYC’s LGBTQ movement, the stories of LGBTQ activism in Queens are largely absent from the historical narrative. It’s an incredible story of activism in the face of tremendous opposition, and helped motivate Council Member Dromm’s career shift from teaching to public office.
When: Friday, June 9th, 2017, 6—8 p.m.
Who: Hundreds of guests are expected to attend including:
- NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray
- Comptroller Scott Stringer
- Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
- City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer
- City Council Member Daniel Dromm
- Alan Sack, Julio Rivera’s former partner and longtime friend
- Peg Fiore, Julio Rivera’s sister-in-law
- Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College
- Curators of the exhibition, LaGuardia faculty Thierry Gourjon and Javier Larenas
Two of LaGuardia’s Gardiner-Shenker Student Scholars who worked on the exhibit: Ryan Tiscareno, Photography Scholar Student and Jham Valenzuela, English Scholar Student
[The additional LaGuardia Community College students who worked on the exhibit were: Allison Minto, Stanley Olivera, Gianni Sanchez, and Paul Yanchyshyn.]
- Laura Raicovich, Director of the Queens Museum
Where: Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona, NY 11368
*Free Parking On-Site