The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan, which draws millions of spectators and marchers annually, has never allowed LGBT groups to march, citing religious reasons. This outdated rule has been protested over the past 20 years by plenty of activists, Irish New Yorkers and political figures such as Christine Quinn, and even the former Irish president.
Image source: Sunset Parkerpix on Flickr – food donations to Rockaways residents after Hurricane Sandy
With Thanksgiving and the end of the year coming up, most of us have a lot to be thankful for. Although Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on neighborhoods and transportation systems, it also made us more grateful for what we do have. During the past two weeks, many Queens residents donated supplies, money, and time to help out those devastated by the superstorm. Emergency workers, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and other groups have been working hard to get people back on their feet.
Now, as “giving season” approaches, let’s not forget the great organizations that work hard year-round to promote equal rights, environmental sustainability, arts education, economic development, and more in Queens. If you’re looking for a local nonprofit organization to donate to in the next couple of months, consider this your guide.
The mission of the Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) is to screen “challenging films from around the world and around the corner.” Categories for submission are Animation (under 25 minutes), Documentary, Narrative (shorts, and features over 50 minutes; longer animated and LBGT films can be entered in this category, too), and LGBT (any form or genre, under 25 minutes). (more…)