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Javier Muñoz’s Proud Night at Gracie Mansion

First Lady Chirlane McCray presents Javier Muñoz the mayoral proclamation of “Javier Muñoz Day.” | DONNA ACETO

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Even with Mayor Bill de Blasio a no-show at his annual Pride Celebration at Gracie Mansion — the crisis precipitated by President Donald Trump at the southern border took him to Texas — the June 21 event remained festive, with First Lady Chirlane McCray stepping up to host.

Javier Muñoz. | DONNA ACETO

A highlight of summer’s first night was a mayoral proclamation of June 21 as “Javier Muñoz Day,” in honor of the out gay, HIV-positive Broadway actor who for 18 months until early this year was the lead actor in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” after the show’s creator left the role.

Javier Muñoz and his mother. | DONNA ACETO

Tyler Clementi Foundation board member Kevin Carroll, Joe Soranno, Tyler’s mother Jane Clementi, and Matt Dolloff. | DONNA ACETO

Upper East Side State Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright, former State Senator Tom Duane, Judith Kasen-Windsor, Edie Windsor’s surviving spouse, and City Human Rights Commission chair Carmelyn P. Malalis. | DONNA ACETO

David Hansell, the commissioner of the city Administration for Children’s Services, and his partner Rob Cimino. | DONNA ACETO

Amit Paley, CEO of the Trevor Project, and Erik Bottcher, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s chief of staff. | DONNA ACETO

Transgender activist Chelle Lhuillier. | DONNA ACETO

Erin Drinkwater, deputy commissioner of the city’s Human Resources Administration. | DONNA ACETO

DJ Mary Mac entertained the crowd. | DONNA ACETO

Guests Steven and Dushawn, who said they “support the mayor.” | DONNA ACETO

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