Activism Outside Manhattan
While much of the narrative of LGBT activism and liberation has long been focused on Manhattan, the other four boroughs also have important sites that help contextualize the broader movement for LGBT rights in New York City.
Activists living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island formed community groups and organized pride marches and protests to counter homophobia and related hate crimes in their neighborhoods as well as instill pride in LGBT people to live openly in their home boroughs and not just in the more gay-tolerant Manhattan.
This curated theme features the residences of LGBT activists, from community organizers, such as Bronx resident Ronald I. Jacobowitz and trans activists Rusty Mae Moore and Chelsea Goodwin in Brooklyn, to nationally-renowned figures, such as Queens-born Frank Kameny and long-time Staten Island resident Audre Lorde. It also includes sites connected to community groups, commemorative street signs, and public demonstrations and marches.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 24 )
In June 1969, a week before the Stonewall uprising, a group of local Queens residents formed a “vigilante committee” to harass gay men cruising in a nearby Flushing Meadows-Corona Park... Learn More
The Gay Alliance of Brooklyn was one of the first gay civil rights organizations established in New York City outside of Manhattan. The group, which was active from 1971 to... Learn More
The Gay Activists Alliance zapped the Board of Examiners, the agency responsible for the licensing of teachers, in downtown Brooklyn on April 13, 1971. This was GAA’s second zap focusing... Learn More
The Gay Activists Alliance held a zap at the Board of Education headquarters in downtown Brooklyn on January 25, 1971, over the issue of discrimination faced by LGBT teachers getting... Learn More