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Sign Up Now: Queer History Walking Tour of the Lower East Side

By Nicole Fogarty

Two women at an open air market on a Lower East Side street, ca. early 1900s

The Lower East Side is an international crossroads of communities—including queer communities, which existed well before the dawn of a queer liberation movement and have continued into the post-Stonewall period. Henry Street will host our first ever FREE queer history walking tour of the Lower East Side. Join us on Wednesday, July 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Stops will include Henry Street Settlement headquarters, where you’ll learn about founder Lillian Wald’s relationships with women; the corner of Orchard & Hester Street, where Alice Austen took the above photo; the former site of Walhalla Hall, a German social club that later became a gathering place for socialist/radical groups; Rivington House, the former AIDS hospice center; STAR House, the former home of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson; and more. 

The tour will be led by Henry Street’s public historian Katie Vogel, Natalie Hill, Salonee Bhaman, Daniel Walber, and Jimmy Fay.

Spots are extremely limited! Due to COVID-19 precautions, tours are available only to the first 15 registrants. Sign up online at

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