The Business Council of Westchester congratulates The Crowne Plaza White Plains on a successful partnership with The LOFT LGBTQ Community Center which presented a unique photo exhibit to celebrate Pride Month and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered to be the birth of the modern LGBTQ movement.
During the 1969 Stonewall Riots, 500 people held a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park, followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square in Manhattan.
The exhibit in the Crowne Plaza lobby featured photographs commemorating LGBTQ Pride with historic images from the Stonewall event and photos of various Westchester/New York Pride demonstrations and achievements throughout the years.
“We were thrilled to partner with The LOFT LGBTQ Community Center for Pride Month and look forward to a long and happy association,” said Monika Henry, general manager, Crowne Plaza White Plains, a BCW member. “The LOFT is and has been a wonderful resource to the LGBTQ community.”
Judy Troilo, executive director, The LOFT LGBTQ Community Center, said, “Our photo archives contain many images, each with a powerful message that is still relevant 50 years later. Stonewall is a historic event and we feel that our exhibit has done it justice.”
Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the BCW, congratulated The Crowne Plaza and The LOFT on a meaningful event celebrating Pride Month.
“It’s important to recognize the progress we have made and to continue to raise awareness about inclusivity in our community,’’ she said. “The Crowne Plaza is an example of a company that takes this very seriously.’’