When the last bell rang to mark the end of the school year, Newtown High School eleventh-grade student Briana Rodriguez didn’t head for the beach or home to watch Netflix. Instead, she enrolled in a summer coding class.
Manhattan has rainbow flags coming out its eyeballs ahead of the big Pride Parade this weekend, which also marks the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. But Greenwich Village isn’t the only place in NYC with a rich history of queer resistance.
Eli Betts, the youngest Queens Pride Parade grand marshal in more than two decades, is committed to using his new platform to advocate for LGBTQ youth. Betts, 20, has been a member of Queens Community House’s (QCH) Generation Q youth program since the day that he was of age to attend.