A free download of the calendar is available on the Archives’ website.
The calendar draws inspiration from the Archives' LGBTQ Collection, which explores the LGBTQ community’s struggle for social equality in New York with a special emphasis on Queens.
Representatives from Visual AIDS and Queer|Art|Mentorship provided input on the calendar.
Several CUNY faculty have their work featured in the calendar, including LaGuardia’s own Liena Vayzman, York College’s Margaret Rose Vendryes, and Brooklyn College’s Patricia Cronin. Work from Brooklyn College alum Felicita Maynard is featured as well.
“Pieces were selected not just for their beautiful artistry, but to explore the impact of art on the decades-long advocacy work of New York’s LGBTQ community to come out of the shadows and gain social acceptance and protections under the law,” said Stephen Weinstein.
As an example, Cronin’s sculpture of a loving embrace between her and her partner was unveiled in 2002 at Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx as a statement against laws that prevented same-sex couples from being legally allowed to marry.
Her work and the work of other LGBTQ artists are credited with helping to pave the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, and for other milestones in the fight for LGBTQ rights.
Weinstein and Vayzman, along with Chelsea Del Rio, Steven Hitt, Arianna Martinez, and Natalie Willens, selected the works featured in the calendar, which was designed by artist Tuesday Smillie.