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Collection #148

Queens Gays and Lesbians United Records

Date:1991 - 1996
Size:1 foot


This collection was donated by founder Ed Sedarbaum in 2015.

Use Restrictions

No member names may be published except for people publicly known to be LGBT or no longer living.

Scope and Content

This collection contains institutional records of the Q-GLU organization, including financial records and membership rolls, as well as planning documents and fliers on political actions, meetings, and events. It includes material on the controversial “Children of the Rainbow” curriculum, including correspondence and responses to press coverage, as well as planning and programming material for the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. This collection also contains many Q-GLU newsletters.

History or Bio

Queens Gays and Lesbians United, or Q-GLU, began in October 1991 with a meeting of just 18 to 20 people in the living room of Ed Sedarbaum’s Queens apartment. Sedarbaum decided to create the group after Julio Rivera, a gay Queens resident, was beaten to death by bigots on a local playground. Q-GLU’s statement of purpose was “to unite all gays and lesbians in the borough of Queens,” including members from “all cultural, racial, social, and economic backgrounds.” The group aimed to “gather, network, socialize and through education and political action, work to overcome homophobia and other forms of intolerance.” The group was active from 1991 through the early 2000’s.

Folder List

Box 1

1. [Q-GLU Minutes]
2. Incorporation
3. Treasury
4. Fundraising
5. Q-GLU Membership
6. [Q-GLU] Program Committee
7. [Q-GLU] Political Committee
8. [Q-GLU] Social Committee
9. [Claire Shulman (Queens Borough President)]
10. [Q-GLU] Newsletters
11. [Q-GLU Events]

Box 2

12. Hate Mail
13. [Elected Officials]
14. Children of the Rainbow [Curriculum]
15. [March on Washington (1993)]
16. Candidates Night – Jackson Hts. (Pride Agenda)
17. Pride Agenda Conference
18. Boycott Colorado
19. Newtown Project
20. [Other LGBT Organizations]
21. Computer & Office Equipment
22. [Tee Shirt/Button Designs]
23. [Q-GLU] Mechanicals