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Jesús Lebrón Papers, 1977–2018

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Collection Information

Reference: MS-LEBRÓN.1–2

Dates: 1977–2018

Physical Extent: 2.45 linear ft. across 3 archival boxes

Finding Aid Information

Creator(s): Steven Payne, Ph.D., Director

Date created/updated: August 23, 2022

Biography

Jesús Lebrón stands at the center of struggles for marriage equality over the last thirty years. Jesús is the founder of multiple grassroots collectives, including Marriage Equality, one of the most important LGBTQ+ activist organizations of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Jesús also played a pivotal role in the life of Edie Windsor, whose landmark 2013 Supreme Court case paved the way for Obergefell vs. Hodges (2015). The history of marriage equality as it has developed in the U.S. owes much to The Bronx and people like Jesús Lebrón. This is his South Bronx story, one that, like most such stories, you won't find in the history books—yet.

South Bronx Childhood

Like many Puerto Ricans at the time, Amelia Cruz and William Lebrón moved to New York City from Puerto Rico in the 1950s. They settled in the South Bronx, where they rented an apartment for $93/month. Their fifth child, Jesús, was born in 1962 in the old Lincoln Hospital. The family eventually moved into the John Adams Houses, a public housing complex located near the intersection of E. 152nd Street, Westchester, and Tinton Avenues in the South Bronx. Jesús and his siblings were raised by their mother, who worked multiple jobs to ensure they had a strong educational foundation.

Jesús has many fond memories of his childhood. While poor, Jesús's family enjoyed a relative degree of stability. As Jesús grew older in the 1970s, an arson epidemic was devastating the private apartments around the South Bronx. Landlords neglected their buildings so much that tenants needed to sleep near their ovens to stay warm and fetch water for baths from fire hydrants. Some landlords paid to have their buildings burned down to collect on insurance.

Meanwhile, the city was decreasing fire, sanitation, and other public services in the South Bronx in the name of "planned shrinkage." City planners aimed to force the working-class, Black and Latino residents of the South Bronx to leave. Some left. Others stayed and organized, refusing to be uprooted from their communities, inventing new music and art forms in the process.

Becoming Jesús

By the 1980s, Greenwich Village in Manhattan had long been the epicenter of gay liberation on the East Coast. The Stonewall rebellion had occurred there in June 1969, and queer and trans Bronxites, including Sylvia Rivera, were pivotal in these events and their aftermath.

Another pioneer activist from the Stonewall generation, Craig Rodwell, opened the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in the neighborhood in 1967. Now shuttered, this was the first lesbian and gay bookstore on the East Coast. In August 1985, after attending college upstate, Jesús walked into the bookshop, asked about a job, and was hired as bookshop manager. As manager of the shop for eight years, Jesús kept track of inventory, created catalogs and newsletters, and designed store displays. For the annual Valentine's display, "Have a Heart," Jesús celebrated queer love by showcasing lesbian and gay couples.

In 1991, Jesús learned he had AIDS. For many, the diagnosis was a death sentence, as he knew painfully well from volunteering as a "Buddy" with Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in The Bronx. After his own diagnosis, he joined the fundraising committee of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), the most historic grassroots organization working to end the AIDS pandemic, formed in Greenwich Village in 1987. With the support of family and activist friends like Carl Goodman, Andy Humm, and Brendan Fay, Jesús was determined to survive.

Organizing Against Hate

Jesús Lebrón highlights 1993 as the year in which he started taking a leading role in grassroots activism. In April of that year, he organized a protest with Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA) against the New York Post, which had published a series of hateful anti-gay cartoons and editorials.

Soon after, Jesús became a lead organizer with the campaign to remove Rubén Díaz, Sr. as commissioner of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), which reviews cases of police brutality. Díaz claimed to represent the interests of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos throughout New York City. Jesús, himself a proud Puerto Rican, asserted that Díaz, who regularly went on record with homophobic and AIDSphobic remarks, was not an impartial advocate.

Things came to a head on October 5, 1994. At a meeting of the CCRB, Jesús learned about the dismissal of Thomas Lim, a straight Asian-American ally who introduced a resolution distancing the Board from Díaz's homophobia. With Lim's removal, the resolution was shelved. In protest, Jesús grabbed a pitcher of water and threw it towards Díaz. Some landed on Christopher Lynn, a gay white member of the Board and supporter of Díaz. Díaz and Lynn filed criminal charges against Jesús, and Jesús was arrested. Jesús's family members and friends rallied to his defense, and the charges were dropped. Díaz resigned from the CCRB in 1996.

Rid Rude Rudy! Rally Round Ruth!

During his struggle with Díaz and the CCRB, Jesús Lebrón confronted the complicity of whiter, wealthier members of the LGBTQ+ community. The white "representatives" of lesbians and gays on the CCRB sided against Jesús and others who protested Díaz's presence.

In the 1993 mayoral election, Rudy Giuliani defeated David Dinkins, the first Black mayor of New York City. During the campaign, Giuliani successfully used racist appeals to win over enough "liberal" white voters. During the 1997 mayoral election, Giuliani was challenged by Ruth Messinger, a staunch advocate for marriage equality and LGBTQ+ rights. Giuliani only supported "domestic partnerships." For Jesús, the choice was an easy one: Rid Rude Rudy! Rally Round Ruth! Full marriage equality, not second-class citizenship.

Jesús soon learned that the corporate, majority-white lesbian and gay organizations in New York City were, in fact, Rallying Round Rudy. To challenge this trend, Jesús and others founded the grassroots collective Gay & Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC), which provided robust support for Ruth Messinger's mayoral campaign.

Although Giuliani prevailed against Messinger, one of GLAC's most important contributions was Project StandOut, which circulated an extensive questionnaire on LGBTQ+ rights to political candidates. Many of these questionnaires, including one filled out by Chuck Schumer, survive and shed important light on political struggles for LGBTQ+ equality in New York City at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Marriage Equality

A devastating setback for marriage equality was the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), H.R.3396, passed under the Republican-majority 104th U.S. Congress and signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton in September 1996. The act gave individual U.S. states the right to reject same-sex marriages carried out in other states or countries. DOMA also defined "spouse" as "only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife."

In early 1998, in response to DOMA and similar developments around the country, Jesús Lebrón and a small group of like-minded activists founded Marriage Equality, originally called Equality In Marriage. The organization engaged in extensive educational and political campaigns, growing to a membership of over 40,000. From its founding till its folding in 2017, Marriage Equality was at the forefront of struggles for marriage equality in the U.S.

Of great importance was the organization's framing of marriage equality as an "umbrella issue," which furthered LGBTQ+ equality while also addressing economic, racial, national, and gender oppression. More "radical" people in the movement, often whiter and wealthier, argued that marriage equality represented nothing more than an "assimilation" to straight culture. Jesús, grounded in his experience growing up in the South Bronx, asserted that he and many others like him did not have the luxury for utopia. He insisted that the 1000+ legal, political, social, and economic protections and benefits of legal marriage were a necessity now, especially for those in the LGBTQ+ community who were poor, people of color, or immigrants—the majority.

The Civil Marriage Trail

In June 2003, the Canadian province of Ontario became the first place in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage. Although Brendan Fay and Tom Moulton had already married earlier that year in Brooklyn, they decided to travel to Canada to have their marriage legally recognized. Soon after, Brendan and Jesús started The Civil Marriage Trail Project as a way to help same-sex couples attain legal status for their marriages across state borders. The Civil Marriage Trail began organizing annual trips, first to Canada, then to Massachusetts and Connecticut, as same-sex marriage was legalized in individual jurisdictions.

Among the couples who traveled the Civil Marriage Trail was Edie Windsor and Thea Speyer, married in Toronto on May 22, 2007. When Thea passed in 2009, Edie's struggle to inherit her wife's estate led to the first landmark victory for marriage equality in the U.S.: United States vs. Windsor (2013). This Supreme Court decision, in favor of Edie, declared DOMA unconstitutional. Edie's case set the groundwork for the more wide-ranging decision of Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which legalized marriage equality nationwide.

Friendship and Activism

Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay first met In June 1987 at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop, where Jesús was manager. The connection was instant. Brendan, recently arrived from Ireland and trying to make sense of New York City, was welcomed with open arms by Jesús and his family in the South Bronx. Jesús, for his part, tried to introduce Brendan to Blondie and other musicians then popular among young, queer New Yorkers.

Over time, their friendship developed into a close bond of struggle, and Jesús and Brendan began to build grassroots organizations together. Each of the organizations that Jesús started or became involved in, Brendan would become involved in, and vice versa. Brendan would show up to support Jesús during the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and Jesús would do likewise for Brendan during the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Over the years, Jesús designed countless buttons, postcards, and flyers for the Lavender and Green Alliance, an organization started by Brendan to organize for LGBTQ+ equality within Irish and Irish-American communities.

Jesús and Brendan's relationship draws on a rich tradition going back to Pedro Albizu Campos (1891–1965) and James Connolly (1868–1916), towering figures of Puerto Rican and Irish independence. Both men lived in The Bronx, albeit at different times, before returning to their respective homes to struggle for national liberation. The young Pedro Albizu Campos, as many Puerto Ricans in The Bronx know by heart, was a source of inspiration for James Connolly personally and for the wider Irish independence movement. Jesús and Brendan's friendship has likewise sustained and inspired them and many others over the years.

Biography adapted from the panel text from Have a Heart, an exhibit about Jesús Lebrón first hosted by The Bronx County Historical Society, Bronx Community College Archives and Special Collections, and Bronx Community College LGBTQI+ Resource Room in October–November 2022.

Description/Scope and Content

The collection is organized in the following six series:

1) General/Subject Files, which includes miscellaneous material from a variety of subjects of interest to Jesús, organized alphabetically by subject.

2) Educational Records, which contains general material from Jesús's academic career as well as items from a course he took on grant-writing, all organized alphabetically by title.

3) Activism, which comprises records from Jesús's years of activism, organized alphabetically by organization, institution, personality, or general issue.

4) Photographs, which includes photographs of Jesús with friends and members of organizations at a variety of events.

6) Electronic Media, which comprises a variety of electronic storage media, such as floppy and zip disks.

6) Buttons, which contains buttons from a variety of organizations and causes.

7) Posters, which includes posters created by Jesús for various protests or organizations.

Provenance

The Jesús Lebrón papers were donated to the Society by Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay during the summer of 2022.

Preferred Citation

[Item name or description,] The Jesús Lebrón papers, box _, folder _, The Bronx County Archives at The Bronx County Historical Society Research Library.

Points of Access

  • AIDS/HIV -- ACT UP
  • Ethnic groups and nationalities -- Irish -- Puerto Ricans
  • Fascism and far-right politics -- and homophobia -- presence in New York City -- Radical Right Conference -- religious fundamentalism
  • Individuals -- Albizu Campos, Pedro -- Blondie (Debby Harry) -- Díaz, Rubén -- Duane, Tom -- Fay, Brendan -- Ferrer, Fernando -- Giuliani, Rudy -- Lebrón, Jesús -- Lebrón, Lolita -- Messinger, Ruth -- Milk, Harvey -- Moulton, Tom -- Rodwell, Craig -- Rygor, Robert -- Stanley, Kathleen -- Wong, Billy
  • LGBTQ+ equality -- Civil Marriage Trail -- Gays Against Bush -- Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA) -- Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC) -- Lavender and Green Alliance -- Marriage Equality/Equality in Marriage -- Project StandOut -- St. Pat's for All -- Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop
  • Police brutality -- Civilian Complaint Review Board -- Coalition for an Impartial CCCRB

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Series

Series Title Box Folders/Items
1 General/Subject Files 1 1–9
2.1 Educational Records, General 1 10–28
2.2 Educational Records, Grant-writing 1 29–39
3 Activism 1 40–179
4 Photographs 1 180–189
5 Electronic Media 1 190–197
6 Buttons 1 198–200
7 Posters 2 1–7
Posters (cont.) 3 1–7

Container List

Series 1: General/Subject Files

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

1

AIDS Education

1994

1

2

Blondie

2000

1

3

Clinton, Hilary

n.d.

1

4

Lebrón, Lolita

1998

1

5

LGBTQ+ issues, events, misc.

2002–2003

1

6

LGBTQ+ Resource List—Asylum and Immigrant of Color issues

1998

1

7

LGBTQ+ Resource List—General

n.d.

1

8

Remembering Kathleen Stanley and Robert Rygor poster

n.d.

1

9

Rosales, Ana María, Letter to the Editor (by Jesús Lebrón)

1993

Series 2.1: Educational Records, General

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

10

“AIDS Testing” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1994

1

11

“Aileen Wuornos: America’s First Female Serial Killer” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1994

1

12

Application material, Hunter College CUNY

1996

1

13

“Application of Theories to the Problem of Alcohol and Substance Abuse in LGBT Communities” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

2002

1

14

“Beginning of Year Overview of Agency Assignments and Learning Objectives” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1998

1

15

“Candles . . . But Not for the Cake” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1981

1

16

Class journal

2002

1

17

“Family History: Being Puerto Rican” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1984

1

18

“LGBT Parents and Homophobia in Schools” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

2000

1

19

“A Man’s World” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1994

1

20

Notes

n.d.

1

21

“On a Clear Day” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

n.d.

1

22

“People with HIV/AIDS” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

2000

1

23

“The Problem of the Right and New York” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

n.d.

1

24

“Proposal Analysis” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1999

1

25

“A Silent Guidance Counselor” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1981

1

26

Untitled [Getting up at eight . . .] (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

n.d.

1

27

“Valley of the Doll” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1994

1

28

“The Vietnam War” (Jesús Lebrón, unpublished manuscript)

1979

Series 2.2: Educational Records, Grant-writing

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

29

Chronicle of Philanthropy

2000

1

29

Clippings

2000

1

30

Establishing a 501(c)(4)

1998

1

31

Foundation Center, brochures

1999–2000

1

32

Foundation Center, course information

2000

1

33

Foundation Center, miscellaneous resources

1998

1

34

Foundation Research and RFPs

2000

1

35

Kurzman, Paul A., “Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing” (syllabus), Hunter College School of Social Work

2000

1

36

Notes

2000

1

37

Lowell, Stephen S., “On Being a Superior Math Teacher”

1978

1

38

Miscellaneous Campus Activities

2000

1

39

Proposal Outline, Hunter College School of Social Work

2000

Series 3: Activism

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

40

ACT UP—Contact sheets

1995–1996

1

41

The Center—Legal Services and Economically Disadvantaged LGBT Families

n.d.

1

42

The Center—Memorandum

1998

1

43

The Center—Resignation letter from Jesús Lebron

2002

1

44

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Diaz, Rubén: Action; Account by Jesús

1994

1

45

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Díaz, Rubén: Action; Clippings

1994

1

46

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Díaz, Rubén: Action; Committee to Defend Jesús Lebrón

1994

1

47

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Díaz, Rubén: Action; Desk appearance ticket for Jesús Lebrón

1994

1

48

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Díaz, Rubén: Action; Legal papers

1994–1995

1

49

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Díaz, Rubén: Opposition to Gay Games

1994

1

50

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Díaz, Rubén: Resignation

1996

1

51

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Díaz, Rubén: Testimony from Jesús

n.d.

1

52

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Ferrer, Fernando, support for

1996?

1

53

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Flyers

n.d.

1

54

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Interview with Jesús Lebrón, Newsline

June 1995

1

55

Coalition for an Impartial Civilian Complaint Review Board—Interview with Jesús Lebrón, SIDA/ahora

June/July 1995

1

56

Civil Marriage Trail—Business Card

2000

1

57

Civil Marriage Trail—Flyers

2004

1

58

Civil Marriage Trail—Food for Thought on Same-Sex Marriage

n.d.

1

59

Civil Marriage Trail—Lebrón, Jesús, speeches

n.d.

1

60

Civil Marriage Trail—Press releases

2004

1

61

Civil Marriage Trail—Windsor, Edie, clipping

2013

1

62

Civil Marriage Trail—Windsor, Edie, speech

2014

1

63

Gays Against Bush—Administrative documents

2004

1

64

Gays Against Bush—Bush Goes on Trial (flyer)

August 26, 2004

1

65

Gays Against Bush—No to the Bush Agenda (flyers)

August 29, 2004

1

66

Gays Against Bush—Planning meeting (flyer)

2004

1

67

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—clippings

1994

1

68

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—Cuomo in the Clost on Gay Rights/AIDS

1994

1

69

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—Cuomo and Pataki, media release

October 6, 1994

1

70

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—Cuomo and Pataki, records on lesbian/gay rights

1994

1

71

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—opposition to Rubén Díaz

1994

1

72

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—GLA Forum newsletter

April 1994

1

73

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—New York Post protest

1993

1

74

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—Town Hall meeting

1994

1

75

Gay & Lesbian Americans (GLA)—Vacco, Dennis, protest

1994

1

76

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—By-Laws, first draft

n.d.

1

77

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Clippings, general

1998

1

78

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Correspondence: Humm, Andy

1998

1

79

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Correspondence: Messenger, Miriam

1997

1

80

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Correspondence: Quinn, Cristine

1997

1

81

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Correspondence: Thank You letters

1998

1

82

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Domestic Partner Bill: clippings

1998

1

83

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Giuliani, Rudy: clippings

1997

1

84

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Giuliani, Rudy: Letter Demanding Equal Rights

1998

1

85

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Giuliani, Rudy: Posters in opposition

1

86

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Giuliani, Rudy: Rid Rude Rudy t-shirt, correspondence

1997

1

87

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Giuliani, Rudy: Rid Rude Rudy t-shirt, design

1997

1

88

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Giuliani, Rudy: Support for Rubén Díaz

1995

1

89

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Lebrón, Jesús: Reflections

1997

1

90

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Meeting agendas

1994–1996

1

91

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Meeting flyers

1997

1

92

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Messinger, Ruth: Campaign flyer

1997

1

93

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Messinger, Ruth: Campaign material, general

1997

1

94

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Messinger, Ruth: Rally Round Ruth business card

1997

1

95

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Messinger, Ruth: Rally Round Ruth flyer

1997

1

96

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Messinger, Ruth: Solicitation of support letter

1997

1

97

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Messinger, Ruth: Support statements

1997

1

98

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Milk, Harvey, and George Moscone Memorial

1998

1

99

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Press releases

1996–1997

1

100

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Administrative documents

1998

1

101

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Candidates Forum

1998

1

102

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Candidates Questionnaire

1998

1

103

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Contact sheet for campaigns

1998

1

104

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Abate, Catherine

1998

1

105

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Davis, Evan A.

1998

1

106

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Falco, Diana

1998

1

107

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Ferraro, Geraldine

1998

1

108

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Green, Mark

1998

1

109

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Hynes, Charles

1998

1

110

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; King, Charlie

1998

1

111

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Koppell, Oliver

1998

1

112

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Larocca, Jim

1998

1

113

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; McCall, H. Carl

1998

1

114

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Rabidean, Clyde

1998

1

115

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Ross, Betsy McCaughey

1998

1

116

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Schumer, Chuck

1998

1

117

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Project StandOut: Questionnaire; Vallone, Peter

1998

1

118

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Radical Right Summit research

1996

1

119

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Santoro, Betty, and Brendan Fay birthdays

n.d.

1

120

Gay and Lesbian Advocates for Change (GLAC)—Stationery

n.d.

1

121

Fay, Brendan—Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad

2016

1

122

Fay, Brendan—Taking a Chance on God screening (postcard)

2012

1

123

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—Clippings

1996

1

124

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—Irish Aids Outreach (345 E. 204th Street): programs

1996–1997

1

125

Irish LGBTQ+ issues—Lavender and Green Alliance: General

1998

1

126

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—Lavender and Green Alliance: Celebration of Irish Lesbian and Gay Life (Oiche Aerach); postcards

2000–2003

1

127

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—Lavender and Green Alliance: Celebration of Irish Lesbian and Gay Life (Oiche Aerach); programs

2000–2003

1

128

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—Lavender and Green Alliance: Parade, St. Patrick’s Day; postcards

2018

1

129

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—St. Pat’s for All: Benefit concert tickets

2011–2017

1

130

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—St. Pat’s for All: Parade flyers

2000–2018

1

131

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—St. Pat’s for All: Parade postcards

2002–2018

1

132

Irish LGBTQ+ struggles—St. Pat’s for All: Remembering Mychal Judge OFM/Interfaith Vigil at Ground Zero

2008

1

133

Marriage equality struggles, general—Clippings, general

1998

1

134

Marriage equality struggles, general—DOMA: campaign against

n.d.

1

135

Marriage equality struggles, general—DOMA: “Claiming Out Right to Love” (Do Ask, Do Tell)

2000

1

136

Marriage equality struggles, general—DOMA: Correspondence with Senator D’Amato (New York)

1996

1

137

Marriage equality struggles, general—DOMA: Correspondence with Senator Moynihan (New York)

1996

1

138

Marriage equality struggles, general—DOMA: Gay City, vol. 3, no. 331, article

August 4, 2004

1

139

Marriage equality struggles, general—DOMA: Kerry, John, editorial

1996

1

140

Marriage equality struggles, general—Eigo, Jim, “What’s the Use of Being Queer if You Can’t Be Different?” (argument against marriage equality)

n.d.

1

141

Marriage equality struggles, general—Equal Marriage Rights Resolution: New York State Democratic Committee

2003

1

142

Marriage equality struggles, general—Events and miscellaneous

n.d.

1

143

Marriage equality struggles, general—Human Rights Campaign, “A Basic Human Right: Talking About Gay Marriage”

1998

1

144

Marriage equality struggles, general—”LGBTQ Community Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage Ruling” (contains mention of Jesús Lebrón’s supposed “passing away”)

2015

1

145

Marriage equality struggles, general—New Jersey struggle for marriage equality, clipping

2002

1

146

Marriage equality struggles, general—Permanent Partners Immigration Act

2000

1

147

Equality in Marriage (Marriage Equality)—Button design

n.d.

1

148

Equality in Marriage (Marriage Equality)—National Freedomto Marry Day: clipping

1998

1

149

Equality in Marriage (Marriage Equality)—National Freedomto Marry Day: correspondence

1998

1

150

Equality in Marriage (Marriage Equality)—National Freedomto Marry Day: flyer

1998

1

151

Equality in Marriage (Marriage Equality)—Town Meeting flyer

1998

1

152

Marriage Equality—Announcement in Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee newsletter

2003

1

153

Marriage Equality—Applications for Fellowships

2001

1

154

Marriage Equality—Business card

n.d.

1

155

Marriage Equality—Clippings

1999

1

156

Marriage Equality—Flyers and postcards

n.d.

1

157

Marriage Equality—Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center

2000

1

158

Marriage Equality—Letter to Editor in Support of Marriage Equality (Jesús Lebrón and Doug Robinson)

2000

1

159

Marriage Equality—Lobbying in Albany

2003

1

160

Marriage Equality—The Marriage Declaration

n.d.

1

161

Marriage Equality—Membership card of Jesús Lebrón

n.d.

1

162

Marriage Equality—Press releases

2002

1

163

Marriage Equality—Sign-in sheets

n.d.

1

164

Marriage Equality—Speech at event, unspecified

2002?

1

165

Marriage Equality—Speech at event honoring Jesús before The Wedding Party

2002

1

166

Marriage Equality—The Wedding Party, program

2002

1

167

Marriage Equality—Where Do We Go From Here? (Strategy After Vermont)

2000

1

168

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—General Catalog

1977–1978

1

169

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—General Catalog

1978–1979

1

170

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—Love Stories Catalog

Fall/Winter 1983–1984

1

171

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—General Catalog

1985

1

172

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—General Catalog

1986–1987

1

173

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—General Circular

Spring 1988

1

174

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—Holiday Circular (green)

1992

1

175

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—Holiday Circular (red)

1992

1

176

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—Inventory card

n.d.

1

177

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—Supplement 24

August 1985

1

178

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—Supplement 25

October 1985

1

179

Wilde, Oscar, Memorial Bookshop—T-shirt catalog

n.d.

Series 4: Photographs

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

180

PH-LEBRÓN.001: Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay

April 1995

1

181

PH-LEBRÓN.002: Jesús Lebrón and Brendan at Brendan Fay and Tom Moulton’s Wedding in Canada

2004

1

182

PH-LEBRÓN.003: Jesús Lebrón, Brendan Fay, and Tom Moulton

n.d.

1

183

PH-LEBRÓN.004: Jesús Lebrón at event for Mark Green for Public Advocate NYC

1993

1

184

PH-LEBRÓN.005: Marriage Equality, meeting with Dutch representatives, showing Brendan Fay on right in jacket

March 30, 2001

1

185

Lavender and Green Alliance:

— PH-LEBRÓN.006: Jesús Lebrón marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade holding his poster of Pedro Albizu Campos and James Connolly (n.d.)

— PH-LEBRÓN.007: Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay holding Jesús’s poster of Pedro Albizu Campos and James Connolly (n.d.)

— PH-LEBRÓN.008: Jesús Lebrón and Tom Moulton holding Lavender and Green Alliance banner at Pride Parade (n.d.)

— PH-LEBRÓN.009: Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay receiving funding check from Manhattan Neighborhood Network for documentary project (n.d.)

— PH-LEBRÓN.010: Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay receiving funding check from Manhattan Neighborhood Network for documentary project (n.d.)

n.d.

1

186

Philadelphia protest, July 4:

— PH-LEBRÓN.011: Jesús Lebrón (far right) and Brendan Fay (far left) with others holding Pride flag outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia

— PH-LEBRÓN.012: Jesús Lebrón (left) and Brendan Fay (right) holding Pride flag in front of Liberty Bell in Philedelphia

July 4, 1998

1

187

PH-LEBRÓN.013: Uncle Sam Snubs Gay People, protest, showing Billy Wong (left), Brendan Fay (center), and Jesús Lebrón (right)

n.d.

1

188

U.S. Constitution/Marriage Equality protest, Boston, MA:

— PH-LEBRÓN.014: Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay (center) with members of Marriage Equality during U.S. Constitution protest, Boston, MA

— PH-LEBRÓN.015: Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay (center) with members of Marriage Equality during U.S. Constitution protest, Boston, MA

— PH-LEBRÓN.016: Jesús Lebrón (center, in black leather jacket), speaking with members of Marriage Equality during U.S. Constitution protest, Boston, MA

— PH-LEBRÓN.017: Jesús Lebrón, Brendan Fay, and members of Marriage Equality posing with signs during U.S. Constitution protest, Boston, MA

— PH-LEBRÓN.018: Jesús Lebrón and Brendan Fay at U.S. Constitution protest, Boston, MA

— PH-LEBRÓN.019: Jesús Lebrón, Brendan Fay, and members of Marriage Equality posing with signs during U.S. Constitution protest, Boston, MA

— PH-LEBRÓN.020: Jesús Lebrón, Brendan Fay, and members of Marriage Equality posing with signs during U.S. Constitution protest, Boston, MA

March 13, 2004

1

189

The Wedding Party, New York City:

— PH-LEBRÓN.021: Jesús Lebrón speaking at The Wedding Party in New York City, front view

— PH-LEBRÓN.022: Jesús Lebrón speaking at The Wedding Party in New York City, back view

— PH-LEBRÓN.023: Jesús Lebrón speaking at The Wedding Party in New York City, side view

— PH-LEBRÓN.024: Jesús Lebrón speaking at The Wedding Party in New York City, front view

2002

Series 5: Electronic Media

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

190

Word processor software and related software on Macintosh 1.40 MB high density disk 1986–1996

1

191

Multi-Media Music Project Report and Findings, Society of Vincent de Paul, on 2HD IBM 1.44MB disk 2003

1

192

Word processor software on Macintosh 1.40 MB high density disk 1987

1

193

St. Pat's for All files on 2HD Macintosh disk 1999–2000

1

194

"HTRINB" (corrupted .PCX image file) 1997

1

195

Files from Brendan and Irish LGBTQ+ struggles, almost entirely photographs, on Zip100 disk. 2001

1

196

Files from academic studies, The Center, and Marriage Equality (including old website) on Zip100 disk. 2000–2003

1

197

Files labelled "SLAM/JUDGE Back-Up from AVID" on corrupted Zip100 disk. 1998

Series 6: Buttons

Box

Item

Contents

Date

1

198

Lavender and Green Alliance

n.d.

1 199

Marriage Equality

n.d.

1 200

Miscellaneous, LGBTQ+ struggles

n.d.

Series 7: Posters

Box

Item

Contents

Date

2

1

"Diaz Is Fair and Impartial, Not Bigoted," Christopher Lynn, Gay "Representative" on the CCRB (front)/Special People Not Special Rights (back)

1994

2

2

Marry Me USA! Canada Will

n.d.

2

3

No Taxation Without Representation!

n.d.

2

4

Born-Again Bigot? Rep. Schumer

n.d.

2

5

Discrimination Can Be Taxing. (Marriage Equality)

n.d.

2

6

No Taxation Without Representation!

n.d.

2

7

Uncle Sam Snubs Gay People

n.d.

3

1

Uncle Sam Slights Gay People!

n.d.

3

2

Uncle Sam Slights Gay People

n.d.

3

3

Uncle Sam Snubs Gay People!

n.d.

3

4

Uncle Sam Wants (But Won't Give).

n.d.

3

5

No Taxation Without Representation!

n.d.

3

6

Uncle Sam: Balance Your Books

n.d.

3

7

Gays and Lesbians for Ruth Messinger (front)/Rid Rude Rudy (back)

1997