Queens, New York — On Monday May 24th, New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm resumed his annual LBGT Pride celebration in partnership with the Queens Center Mall, Flushing Town Hall and the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives. The event was previously canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the event was recorded on Facebook Live for the public to view at any time.
The event sponsors were joined by District Attorney Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Former State Senator Tom Duane and Council Member Karen Koslowitz. There were also a number of organizations present, like Stonewall Community Development Corp., Asian/Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS and AIDS Center of Queens County.
The event honored New York City Speaker Corey Johnson. Speaker Johnson used the opportunity to speak about his passion for the LGBT community, the struggles that came with his status as an openly HIV positive elected official, and the challenges faced last year.
The evening’s musical show was performed by J. Hoard, a Brooklyn-based artist who is best known as a writer and singer on Chance the Rapper’s Grammy award-winning “album “Coloring Book”.
As a finale, Flushing Town Hall gave a big thank you to Council Member Daniel Dromm for his support in continued programming of the arts at Flushing Town Hall. The Deputy Director, Sami Abu Shumays announced “Pride Trilogy” a new program which will live stream performances by famous artists in the month of June to celebrate Pride month. Mark Nadler kicks off the trilogy with “Gay As They Say” on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 PM (ET).
Council Member Dromm said, “Because of Corey’s position as the Speaker of the City Council we have given reckon levels of funding to LGBTQ organizations. With my position as finance chair, we put together the first ever trans-equity initiative, which was a package of 2.8 million dollars, and it hasn’t stopped there. In our initiative we have added an additional package for LGBT curriculum at DOE schools. I am proud to honor Corey Johnson because he has done so much for LGBTQ rights in the past three years.”
Sara Capezza the Senior Manager of Queens Center Mall said, “Queens Center is once again so very proud to host Councilman Dromm’s Celebration of Pride Event, honoring not only the LGBTQ Community but the legacy of Councilman Dromm’s leadership over the years.”
New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm represents the 25th Council District, which includes Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. He chairs the Committee on Finance and serves on the following committees: Immigration; Education; Civil and Human Rights; and State and Federal Legislation. For more information