In this illuminating talk, journalist and curator Hugh Ryan will discuss the ways in which, for more than a century, the waterfront spaces in Brooklyn supported Brooklyn's queer community - providing work, entertainment, and anonymity. From Coney Island to Red Hook - the Navy Yard to Brooklyn Heights, these areas offered a sense of freedom and belonging not found anywhere else in the borough.
Hugh Ryan was awarded a 2016 Martin Duberman Visiting Fellowship at the New York Public Library, and a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction. His book, When Brooklyn was Queer" will be released in 2019 by St. Martin's Press. An exhibit "On the (Queer) Waterfront" will open in 2019 at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m.. The lecture will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.