While Manhattan has long been recognized as the birthplace of New York City’s LGBTQ movement, the stories of LGBTQ activism in Queens have been largely absent from the historical narrative. It’s an incredible story of activism in the face of tremendous opposition.

An exhibit at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, called The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens, honors these stories. Located in the College’s historic Hall of Flags, in Joseph Shenker Hall (the “M” Bldg., 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, Queens), the exhibit includes photographs taken by LaGuardia students.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, New York City Council Member Daniel “Danny” Dromm, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and other officials, will celebrate the opening of the exhibit at a reception at LaGuardia on Monday, March 26 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Curators from the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives drew from the personal files of City Council Member Danny Dromm, who helped found the Queens Pride Parade, the first LGBTQ-rights parade to take place in one of New York City’s outer boroughs. The inaugural Queens Pride Parade was held in 1993, and since then it’s become an annual (and very popular!) tradition.

A wal with mane photos of the LGBTQ community.

A wall with many photos of the LGBTQ community.

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, who marched in the first Queens Pride Parade as a representative of the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Alliance that he started as a student at St. Johns University, contributed materials from his personal archives as well.