History Exhibit Reception: With Open Heart and Open Arms: LGBTQ Cuban Refugees and the LGBTQ Community's Response to the Mariel Boatlift

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With Open Heart and Open Arms: LGBTQ Cuban Refugees and the LGBTQ Community's Response to the Mariel Boatlift

      
From April through October 1980 approximately 125,000 refugees fled their homes in Cuba and traveled by American ships and boats to Key West in the United States. Among those who left from the Cuban port of Mariel (and thus have become known as Marielitos) were a sizable number of LGBTQ Cubans. These new residents of the United States were assisted in their resettlement by dedicated members of the LGBTQ community, including many from Pennsylvania who assisted at the resettlement camp in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, or helped those who settled in Pennsylvania. This traveling exhibit explores the circumstances surrounding the exodus and resettlement, focusing on the personal stories of LGBTQ Cuban immigrants who have since made their lives in this country. The exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of this event through photographs, documents, videos and narrative text (in both Spanish and English).
                                 
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is proud to host this important exhibit honoring the 40th anniversary of the Mariel Boatlift, on display from August 3-7, 2020. The exhibit can be viewed each day this week during our opening hours of 10am-6pm. Join us for the exhibit reception on August 4th from 6-8pm featuring remarks by John Anderies, exhibit curator. Anderies is Director of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives at William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia.
                 
This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Alcohol will not be present. 
             
Image on the postcard, caption: 
Garry Lenton, photographer, Cuban Refugees at Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, 1980. Lebanon Daily News. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
WHEN
August 04, 2020 at 6pm - 8pm
WHERE
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Will you come?