Policies of Prides

The Policies of Pride is a special series curated by the LGBTQ Policy Center at Roosevelt House, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots–the event which marked the birth of the modern LGBTQ movement.

With film directors, authors, activists and policy makers, we are looking back at our remarkably successful struggle for equality, and forward to all the policy challenges that still lie ahead.

Film Screening and Discussion – The Lavender Scare

Josh Howard & Charles Kaiser

The Lavender Scare is a documentary film about a little-known chapter of American history — when, during the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Eisenhower deemed homosexuals “security risks” and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian.

Following the screening, Josh Howard, director of The Lavender Scare, and the winner 24 Emmy Awards, mostly for his work on the 60 Minutes, joined in conversation with Charles Kaiser, Acting Director of the LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center at Roosevelt House.

Remembering Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

Remembering Audre Lorde commemorated the life and legacy of the late Audre Lorde, marking what would have been her 85th birthday this month. Lorde was the first African American and first woman poet laureate of New York, appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo. This evening of tribute and recollection included a panel discussion and poetry readings featuring many who were close to Lorde and were influenced by her: Jacqueline Nassy Brown, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Hunter and the Graduate Center; poet Cheryl Clarke, an administrator and teacher at Rutgers for more than 40 years, and founder of the school’s Office of Diverse Community Affairs and Lesbian-Gay Concerns; Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies, John Jay and the Graduate Center; Donna Masini, Professor of English at Hunter; and Meagan Washington, poet, adjunct professor of literature and composition, Hunter. Moderator: Daniel Hurewitz, Associate Professor of History at Hunter.

LGBTQ Rights in New York City: Looking Back and Looking Forward

For the LGBTQ Rights in New York City: Looking Back and Looking Forward event, the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the LGBTQ Policy Center at Roosevelt House marked the 33rd anniversary of the passage of the New York City gay civil rights law, in 1986, and a distinguished panel discussed the current climate for LGBTQ rights.

The panelists were: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, then members of the City Council who voted in favor of the bill; James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project; and former City Councilman and State Senator Tom Duane.

Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, introduced the evening. Charles Kaiser, Acting Director of Hunter’s LGBTQ Policy Center, moderated the discussion.