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The South Street Seaport Museum presents a special lecture in celebration of Pride Month, The Queer Histories of Brooklyn's Waterfront by Brooklyn-based writer and curator Hugh Ryan on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street, NYC. Tickets are $10 (free for members). Doors open at 6:15pm. Reception to follow.

In Brooklyn, queer history began along the waterfront, from the docks of downtown Brooklyn to the factories of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to the seaside amusements of Coney Island. In this talk, Hugh Ryan covers 100+ years of queer Brooklyn, from Walt Whitman to WWII and beyond.

Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator based in Brooklyn, whose book When Brooklyn Was Queer, chronicles the LGBTQ history of Brooklyn, and is due out in March 2019 from St. Martin's Press. He is the Founder of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and sits on the Boards of QED: A Journal in LGBTQ Worldmaking, and the Museum of Transgender History and Art. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Buzzfeed, the LA Review of Books, Out, and many other venues. He is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Martin Duberman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, and a 2018 residency at The Watermill Center.

The Seaport Museum's monthly book talk and lecture series in 2018 explores New York's rich maritime history. Authors and guest speakers discuss topics from the great clipper ships in the Golden Age of Sail (Baron of the Seas by Steve Ujifusa) to the Erie Canal (Heaven's Ditch by Jack Kelly), New York's many islands, and the murky history of piracy on the high seas.


The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic Seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins."

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