Streaks of Lavender: 1. Rage Launch

Join the alumni of Leslie- Lohman’s Creative Writing from Queer Resistance for the launch of their zine Streaks Of Lavender Issue #1: Rage. Streaks of Lavender was created by and features work from the alum writers of the “Creative Writing from Queer Resistance” workshop, led by writer Nancy Agabian. Rage is the theme of the zine’s debut issue, in honor of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The writers will be reading selections from the zine and celebrating the launch. Copies of Streaks of Lavender will be available for purchase.

Creative Writing from Queer Resistance is an eight-week workshop that started in 2017 and brought together a group of 10-15 queer writers to meet in community and read the work of queer writers before them, including the inspiring texts of Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, James Baldwin and other literary heroes, and to continue their legacy of queer resistance through writing. Join us in the Museum’s beautiful, queer creative space as we share our resulting texts that express our resistance to the oppressions we face in this particular cultural moment under the current administration. Hear our short stories, essays, poems, plays, and mixed/multi-genre texts of defiance and celebration: physical and mindful, experimental and innovative.

Doors open 6PM. RSVP via Eventbrite is required and only guarantees entry until 6:30PM, so please arrive promptly to secure your seat.



Support for the Creative Writing from Queer Resistance Workshop at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art was provided, in part, by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Funding for the first edition of this zine and the usage of museum space has been provided by The Leslie-Lohman Museum. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is the only dedicated art museum in the world to exhibit and preserve artwork that speaks about the LGBTQ experience. Their roots trace back to 1969 when Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman held an exhibit of gay artists for the first time in their SoHo loft. Throughout the 1970s, they continued to collect and exhibit gay artists while supporting the SoHo art community. During the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, the collection continued to grow as they rescued the work of dying artists from families who, out of shame or ignorance, wanted to destroy it. This lead to the formation of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in 1987. In recognition of its importance in the collection and preservation of LGBTQ history, the organization was accredited as a museum in 2016. With a collection of over 30,000 objects, the Museum hosts six major exhibitions annually, offers several public programs throughout the year, publishes an arts newsletter, and maintains a research library of over 3,000 volumes.

…Thank You…