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Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

BY ANDY HUMM | Hundreds of proud activists crowded into the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Corona Park for the June 9 opening of an exhibit on the unique history of the LGBTQ movement in New York’s most diverse borough. “Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens” emptied the closet of out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, […]

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal 1990 murder of Julio Rivera, 29, by three skinheads “hunting homos” in Jackson Heights was marked by an emotional vigil near the site of the killing at 37th Avenue and 78th Street, since renamed Julio Rivera Corner. More than half of the 50 people who gathered the evening of July […]

At Schools Panel, Spirited Debate, Agreement More Work Needed    

At Schools Panel, Spirited Debate, Agreement More Work Needed    

BY NATHAN RILEY | The New York City Department of Education (DOE) supports LGBT diversity, but with an uncertain trumpet that only erratically integrates queer concerns into the curriculum. That was the message of a September 17 panel hosted by the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City that included educators, the City Council’s Education […]

The Fire that Forged Bravery

The Fire that Forged Bravery

BY BETH STROUD | On the first day of school in 1992, when broke poets could still afford loft shares on Avenue B, Kelly Cogswell scrounged a subway token to get to the first-ever Lesbian Avengers action in Middle Village, Queens. Right-wing groups in New York had raged for months about the Children of the Rainbow […]