Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Queens Pride Parade – New Exhibit at Queens Museum Through July 30

Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Queens Pride Parade

The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens

Queens Museum
Now until July 30, 2017

Exhibition Opening At Queens Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Queens Pride Parade
Queens Pride Parade, 1993
Photo Credit: Courtesy Daniel Dromm Collection, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

What:  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.

Click here to watch a NY1 story about the exhibit.

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: Open to Museum visitors, during regular Queens Museum hours (Wednesday through Sunday 11am-5pm) through July 30, 2017

Where: Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona, NY 11368

*Free Parking On-Site

Who: Hundreds of guests attended the exhibit’s opening on June 9, including 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. Additional attendees included:

– 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