Five Sites of New York’s L.G.B.T.Q. History | The Daily 360 | The New York Times


This is Jacob Riis Park. The eastern end of this beach
has been a popular site for L.G.B.T. sunbathing and
socializing since the 1940s. This church was founded in 1972
to minister to the L.G.B.T. community. It’s been at this location in
Midtown Manhattan since 1994. Students at Columbia University
founded the country’s first L.G.B.T. student organization here
in 1966. The Student Homophile League, as
it was called, held meetings and social events
here in Earl Hall. Bum Bum Bar in Queens has
been a social center for a mostly Latino lesbian
community since it opened in the early 1990s. This Brooklyn bodega was once
the site of Starlite Lounge, a straight-friendly gay bar owned
by an openly gay African-American businessman. It opened in 1962, and
remained a pillar of the black L.G.B.T. community until
it closed in 2010.

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