Starting in the mid-1800s, there were LGBTQ+ people living and working in Brooklyn's waterfront communities, including poet Walt Whitman, who lived near the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. Curated by local NYC historian and author Hugh Ryan (When Brooklyn Was Queer), this is the first exhibition of its kind to take a broad look at the queer history of Brooklyn, starting in the 19th century and going all the way up to the present, with a focus on the individuals who challenged the norms of identity and sexuality over more than 150 years.
"Stevedores Bathing Under Brooklyn Bridge" (1939) by Edward Casey. Courtesy of the Green-Wood Historic Fund.
Brooklyn Historical Society
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