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Leslie-Lohman Museum Spring Benefit

March 12, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Stonewall 20th Anniversary Pride March, NYC, 1989

Image credit: (c) 1989 JEB (Joan E. Biren), Stonewall 20th Anniversary Pride March, NYC, 1989, 35mm positive color transparency, variable sizes, courtesy of Leslie-Lohman Museum.

Leslie-Lohman Museum Spring Benefit Honoring JEB (Joan E. Biren) and Thor Perplies

Kick off our 50th anniversary year at our Spring Benefit — celebrating leaders at the intersection of art and activism.

Recipient of the 2019 QUEERPOWER façade commission at The Leslie-Lohman Museum, we celebrate JEB for the outstanding documentary work she started in 1971. The façade installation embraces JEB’s practice of photography as activism. JEB was one of the earliest photographers to bring visibility to the LGBTQ movement. Her fierce and tender images have been praised as giving the movement a face.

This year, JEB’s photographs will be in six major exhibits commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, including our Museum façade. We are proud to begin our 50th anniversary celebrations by honoring her artistic trajectory working at the intersection of art and activism.


  • JEB (JOAN E. BIREN), recipient of the 2019 QUEERPOWER façade commission, for her art and activism to make the LGBTQ rights movement visible.
  • THOR PERPLIES, recipient of the 2019 Young Queer Philanthropy Award, for his support of queer artists and LGBTQ organizations.
  • HONORARY HOSTS: Meryl Allison, Dr. Daniel S. Berger, Adrienne Z. During, Jason Kemper, Michael Manganiello, Jon Tilli
  • INFLUENCERS’ CIRCLE: Jason Bauer, John-David Brown, Thomas Dewey Davis, Cristhian De Jesus Escobar, Paul J. Heckler, Rocco Lofaro Buonpane, Shaun Newport, Thor Perplies, Gwen Shockey, Robert Tofolo, Jordan Traxler