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NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

LGBT Harlem: In the Life

This experience is sponsored, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, a Humanities New York Action Grant, and the NYC & Company Foundation. This collection focuses on extant LGBT sites in Harlem, a neighborhood that has been home to a significant portion of the black LGBT community since the 1920s. Included are a number of sites associated with one the 20th century’s most significant cultural movements, the Harlem Renaissance, which produced an outpouring of celebrated works by African-American artists and writers from roughly 1919 to 1935. Unfortunately, many of Harlem’s LGBT historic and cultural sites have been demolished. This tour represents a selection of sites associated with LGBT history that are located within a small geographic area. As such, it does not represent the entire long LGBT history of New York City, nor does it entirely reflect the diversity of today’s LGBT community. This collection is limited to the research we have included on the project website so far. For more information or to suggest a site, please visit our website at

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