Memorial Day for LGBT Community

On May 6, CLAGS co-sponsored, along with nearly forty other organizations throughout the City, the First Annual Memorial Day for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community. Presented by the Church of the Holy Apostles, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (CBST), and the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Children of Holocaust Survivors, Memorial Day 1999 took place at the Church of the Holy Apostles at 28th Street and Ninth Avenue. The program, which included speeches by Congressman jerrold L. Nadler, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and Professor john Fout of Bard College, initiated an international trend to commemorate the loss of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered I ives (through ki IIi ngs, beatings and suicides) throughout history. In particular, the emotional event explored the treatment of the homosexual community during the Third Reich, since it was the most systematic violent national reaction to homophobia. Rick Landman of the International Association of Lesbian & Gay Children of Holocaust Survivors facilitated the event. Plans for Memorial Day 2000 in New York City are already underway. We would like to take this space to thank Jill Dolan for her brilliant leadership and, most importantly, for the immense amount of fun we have had with her. jill’s idea of what CLAGS could be attracted each of us to work in the office, and we’ve been very proud to be a part of her staff. Additionally, after more than two years of service, jim Wilson is sad to announce that he will be leaving CLAGS, but he is looking forward to completing his dissertation with the help of a CUNY Dissertation Fellowship. We wish jill all the best and look forward to working with Alisa Solomon. Heidi Coleman, Rachel Cohen, Jordan Schildcrout, and James Wilson CLAGS Staff.