Bflo Days / A tribute to LGBTQ heroes
It’s a teaching moment, as it takes a while to match up the names and faces. Not all are familiar, either, so some phone Googling is necessary.
Photo by Jean-Pierre Thimot
Both local and national figures from more than fifty years of stuggle and triumph are featured in a new Allentown mural. It’s on the west side of Q, at 44 Allen Street. Unlike many other colorful murals throughout the neighborhood, this one invites prolonged contemplation, if only to find out the identities of each of the twenty-six people included. The list: Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde, Henry “Harry” Hay Jr., Hal Call, Frank O’Hara, William “Bill” H. Gardner, Don Licht, Dr. James “Jim” D. Haynes, Madeline Davis, Ann Hubbard, Sam Loliger, Don Behr, Mark Bozer, Mary Thomas, Bobbi Pepis, Alexis DeVeaux, Leslie Feinberg, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major-Griffin-Gracy, Tangarra, Dorian Corey, Vicky Vogue, Carol Speser, Peggy Ames, Conde Peoples, and Barbra Kavanaugh. The artists are Mickey Harmon, whose bright, accessible graphic style is instantly apparent, and Ari Moore, a longtime teaching artist and Buffalo’s first prominently out black trans woman.