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  • A First for Recognizing LGBT History in the South Village

    Over the past several weeks, we’ve been highlighting the recent designation of the South Village Historic District, which GVSHP fought ten years to achieve, as well as the treasure trove of information found in the newly-available designation report for the district, which in several cases […]

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  • Landmarks Preservation Commission Celebrates Gay Pride, Doesn’t Designate Gay Landmarks

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission has recently begun creating on-line slide shows to showcase various history months as represented by some of the city’s roughly 31,000 landmarked properties.  In March, they highlighted Women’s History Month, and in February, Black History Month. Now for the first time, […]

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  • Remembering Jeanne Manford and the Founding of PFLAG

    GVSHP is proud to be working with PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the Church of the Village at 13th Street and 7th Avenue to memorialize and celebrate Jeanne Manford. Jeanne died earlier this year at 92, but forty years ago […]

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  • Ed Koch (1924-2013) and the Village

    Today we note the passing of Edward I. Koch, Mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989 and former Greenwich Village Congressman, City Councilmember, and Democratic District leader.  A resident of Greenwich Village since the 1950’s, for the last several decades Koch lived in […]

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  • Jeanne Manford, PFLAG, and the Village

    This Tuesday, Jeanne Manford died at the age of 92.  Sometimes referred to as the “Mother of the Straight Ally Movement,” Jeanne’s may not be a household name in all quarters, but her legacy and impact upon our broader culture is enormous.  And it has […]

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  • Wilde poses in 1882 for photographer Napoleon Sarony. Courtesy of the George Eastman House.

    Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

    Irish writer Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born October 16, 1854. The author of many short stories, plays such as The Importance of Being Ernest and The Duchess of Padua, and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde was a popular writer during […]

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  • Documenting the Fight

    In our continuing efforts to save 186 Spring Street in the South Village, we’ve highlighted the significant role the building played in the early LGBT rights movement.  In the immediate post-Stonewall era, 186 Spring Street was home to an array of critical figures of this […]

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  • Press Conference to Save 186 Spring Street: Press Release and pictures

    PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release                                                                                   August 22nd, 2012 EARLY GAY RIGHTS LANDMARK FACES DEMOLITION BUT CITY AND DEVELOPER REFUSE TO SAVE IT Gay Leaders and Preservationists Rally to Preserve Threatened 1824 House With Profound Role in Gay Rights and AIDS Activist History Manhattan – Today […]

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  • The Times They Are A-Changing — Same-Sex Couples and the Village

    As one-time Villager Bob Dylan famously called it, the Times, They Are A-Changing.  This Sunday New York State will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and apparently the New York City Clerk’s office is expecting a flood of marriage license applicants that first day.  […]

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  • 101 Avenue A -- home to the Pyramid Club, photo courtesy of Barry Munger

    Pushing the Envelope on Avenue A

    While Greenwich Village will always be equated with the Gay Rights Movement, particularly for its role in the series of protests at the Stonewall Inn in 1969, the East Village is also known for pushing the envelope for gay culture. And no establishment played a […]

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