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I would like all my people to be free in this country and all over the world, my gay people and my black people. Pictured here is a portrait from the exhibition of Mabel Hampton, who ran away from her home in North Carolina at age 8, eventually performing as a dancer and singer with an all-black female ensemble at Coney Island. From Coney Island, she moved onto bigger stages in Harlem—but in , Mabel and a friend were set up by the police, arrested under false prostitution charges, and sentenced to prison for three years, where she encountered an entirely new lesbian underground of prisoners and guards. She never returned to the stage upon her release, but embraced an out lesbian life, meeting the love of her life in , and in , Mabel served as the Grand Marshall of the New York City Pride Parade. Uncover more hidden stories of queer Brooklyn during your next visit to BHS!
Ali Forney Center — protecting LGBTQ youth in New York City from the harm of homelessness, and supporting them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. Circle of Voices, Inc — providing opportunities to foster a collaborative and supportive environment where Womyn artists and friends of the community can have the opportunity to increase their appreciation of the arts through performances, seminars and workshops given by Womyn of African Descent and Womyn of Color. We foster personal growth, free of traditional gender, sexual orientation and cultural biases. Health Resources.