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6 Fun Facts About LGBTQ Leaders

LGBTQ Leaders in Action will be the focus of the Media Lab workshop during this Sunday’s Pride Cultural Festival! Tell your own story using cut-outs of iconic cultural and historical figures. Break through the boundary of time and place and to celebrate lives and contributions of these amazing people! Learn all about six important LGBTQ leaders below, and join us on Sunday in celebration of Pride month.

1. Marsha P. Johnson was a gay liberation activist and drag queen. As a prominent figure during the Stonewall uprising of 1969, Marsha was known as the “mayor of Christopher Street” due to her welcoming presence in Greenwich Village. She even modeled for Andy Warhol! In 2019, Marsha and her close friend Sylvia Rivera will be honored with monuments in Greenwich Village, near the site of the Stonewall Inn.

2. Sylvia Rivera was a Latin American gay liberation and transgender rights activist. Widely regarded as a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, Sylvia, along with her friend Marsha P. Johnson, also co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens, gay kids, and trans women.

3. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the state of California. Milk’s political legacy centered on making government responsive to individuals, gay liberation, and the importance of neighborhoods to the city. He was assassinated in 1978 at the height of his popularity.

4. Eleanor Roosevelt served as First Lady of the United States from 1933—1945. As one of the most powerful and admired women of her time, Eleanor was a fierce champion of equal rights for women and minorities, instituting regular White House press conferences for female correspondents.

5. Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt. As the patron and protector of young girls, Artemis preferred to remain a maiden and is sworn never to marry. Her temple at Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

6. Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde is the author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde was imprisoned for homosexuality and later exonerated (or forgiven) of his crimes.

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.


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