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The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens

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, 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 historical portion of the exhibition draws largely from the Collection of Queens City Council Member Daniel Dromm (District 25), recently accessioned at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, and from the personal archive of photographer and filmmaker Richard Shpuntoff. Additional artifacts come from the personal archive of the Majority Leader of the City Council and Queens Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26).

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