Explore Brooklyn’s LGBT History at Six Historic Sites

Trans Activist Slyvia Rivera of the Transy House in Park Slope. Photo via nyclgbtsites


    Can you name six places connected to the history of the LGBT community in Brooklyn?

    The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project in April debuted a map of historic and cultural sites associated with the LGBT community in the five boroughs.

    The project, begun in 2015 but using research gathered over 25 years by the organization’s founders, is designed to boost public awareness of the significance of the sites as well as the LGBT community’s role in the history of the U.S.

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    The Starlight Lounge in Crown Heights before its closure in 2010. Photo by Emily Nonko

    So far there are six sites mapped out in Brooklyn: the Oliver Smith and Truman Capote House in Brooklyn Heights, the Transy House in Park Slope, the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Green-Wood Cemetery, the Starlight Lounge in Crown Heights and the Walt Whitman Residence in Wallabout.

    The project was founded by Columbia historic preservation professor and author Andrew Dolkart, historic preservation consultant Ken Lustbader and former Landmarks Preservation Commission historian Jay Shockley.

    In addition to documenting and mapping the historic locations, the group is working to nominate sites to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service, which oversees the National Register of Historic Places, announced an LBGTQ Heritage Theme Study in 2014, part of an effort to expand the diversity of American history represented on the Register.

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