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NYC will soon get its first monument honoring the LGBTQ community

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NYC will soon get its first monument honoring the LGBTQ community

Last week Governor Cuomo announced that New York City would finally get its first monument dedicated to the LGBTQ community and the enduring role our city plays in creating a fair and more just world.

Just over a year ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo established the LGBT Memorial Commission. The decision came in the fallout of the tragic 2016 attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 innocent people dead. Over a year later, last Sunday, on the day of NYC’s 2017 pride march, Cuomo announced that NYC will get its first monument to the LGBTQ community.

Hudson River Park will be getting the city’s first LGBTQ monument (See Below).

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The design comes from the Brooklyn–based mixed-media artist Anthony Goicolea. Goicolea isn’t a slouch in the art world, he earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute of Art in 1996 and his work has been exhibited throughout the world, as well as right here in the city (the MoMA, Whitney, and Guggenheim).

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The piece consists of nine boulders with strips of borosilicate glass. The refraction of the sunlight hits the boulders and passes through the glass will protect rainbows around the lawn surrounding the installation.

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It is still not clear when the piece will be installed, but we’ll keep you posted as more details emerge.