May 31, 2018 By Tara Law
The Jackson Heights Community Library will mark the day of the Queens Pride Parade with special activities for the entire family.
The Jackson Heights Community Library, located at 35-31 81st St., will host events celebrating LGBTQ Pride from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3. The library is located around the corner from the parade route, which goes along 37th Avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street.
Visitors can go to the library and explore the history of Queens Pride by viewing the “Lavender Line Mini Exhibit.” This photographic exhibit traces the parade from its founding after the 1990 homophobic murder of 29-year-old Jackson Heights resident Julio Rivera to the present day. Library visitors can also try out virtual reality equipment throughout the day to view pride parades from around the world.
Those who are inspired by the exhibit can sign up to be an interviewee or volunteer for the Queens Memory program, a documentary project working to record the personal histories of residents of the borough. The project is focused in part on documenting the history of activism, discrimination and life of Queens’ LGBT community. Library visitors can also nominate people they know to share their stories with the initiative.
The library will also host events for children, including “Rainbow Storytime” with stories, songs and activities from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kids will also be invited to create pride-themed keepsakes during “Rainbow Crafts for Kids” from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A popular recurring event at the library, Drag Queens Story Hour, will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Drag queen Angel Elektra will lead the children of all ages in songs, stories and a craft activity. Storytime is intended for kids ages 3 to 8.