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Please join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibit The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens in the Panorama Room of the Queens Museum!

There will be refreshments, brief remarks, and a small gift for the first 150 attendees!

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Queens Pride Parade in June, the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY will present The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens at the Queens Museum, a multimedia exhibition of the Queens LGBTQ community from the 1990s to the present. Curated by LaGuardia Community College/CUNY faculty Thierry Gourjon and Javier Larenas and LaGuardia’s Gardiner-Shenker Student Scholars, the exhibition uses photographs, flyers, video footage, and audio recollections to illuminate the pride and protests of a community unknown to most New Yorkers.

The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens illustrates the evolution of the Queens Pride Parade from a community event in 1993, with some 1,000 marchers and thousands of spectators, to a festival that attracts crowds of more than 40,000 and gains the support of major politicians and corporate sponsors. The parade, a reflection of the ethnic diversity of Queens, remains an opportunity to come out and celebrate amid cheering neighbors, festive music, and colorful floats.

The contemporary photographs in the exhibit, by LaGuardia’s Gardiner-Shenker Student Scholars, chronicle a range of Queens LGBTQ social organizations and cultural institutions. These include centers that offer social and counseling services as well as bars that function as leisure and entertainment spaces.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY and the New York City Council, through the office of Daniel Dromm.

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