The free event was sponsored by Council Member Daniel Dromm, the Department of Transportation (DOT), New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA), Flushing Town Hall and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Flushing Town Hall teaching artist Timothy Bellavia hosted the event.
Five acts showcased their artistry at the event. Illustrators from Sidra Bell Dance New York and SALGA Dance Company performed along with Jessie Logan, a dance-styled singer and song writer. Ramona Montanez, a Queens based songwriter, lyricist and producer, and Keith Anthony Fluitt, a singer from New York City, sang some of their most popular songs.
"We are grateful to Council Member Dromm for his support of this program," said Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. "Flushing Town Hall celebrates diversity in the arts, and Council Member Dromm also recognizes and champions its importance."
The event was flooded with members from the LGBTQ community coming together to celebrate this event that Dromm originally put together 25 years ago to support the community.
“I am pleased to see are both LGBTQ families here today with non-gay families to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Queens pride,” Dromm said. “To be here right now in the middle of Jackson Heights after coming out as an openly gay teacher shows how far the gay movement in Queens has come and we want people to know we are here for them.”
Richard Quinones, from Manhattan, was a first time attendee of the LGBTQ Voices Event and thought it was a great way to bring people together.
“I think this is a great opportunity to get involved with the LGBTQ community,” Quinones said. “There was great music, great people and great acts.”