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Mickey Harmon and Ari Moore’s Western New York LGBT History Mural, 2020, on Q Bar at 44 Allen Street. Photograph by Brenda Bieger.

Location: 44 Allen Street (Get Directions)

Buffalo-based artists Mickey Harmon and Ari Moore’s Western New York LGBT History Mural recognizes the historical and ongoing struggle of LGBTQ+ activists through portraits of key local and national figures in this history from its beginnings at New York’s Stonewall Inn to the present. Based on Moore’s research, the featured leaders, cultural producers, advocates, and entertainers include Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde, Henry "Harry" Hay Jr., Hal Call, Frank O’Hara, William “Bill” H. Gardner, Don Licht, Dr. James “Jim” D. Haynes, Madeline Davis, Ann Hubbard, Sam Loliger, Don Behr, Mark Bozer, Mary Thomas, Bobbi Pepis, Alexis DeVeaux, Leslie Feinberg, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major-Griffin-Gracy, Tangarra, Dorian Corey, Vicky Vogue, Carol Speser, Peggy Ames, Conde Peoples, and Barbra Kavanaugh. 

Artist Mickey Harmon working on the Pride mural at 44 Allen Street. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

About the Artists

Mickey Harmon is a Buffalo-based illustrator and graphic designer, co-owner of the Pine Apple Company gallery on Allen Street, and the chair of Exist, the event that annually commences Buffalo Pride weekend. An active member of Buffalo’s LGBTQ+ scene, much of Harmon’s personal artwork revolves around themes related to this community.  
   
As Buffalo’s first prominently out Black trans woman, artist Ari Moore has established herself as a leader and matriarch of the local movement for decades. After studying at the University of Buffalo and Daemen College, Moore has served an art instructor at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Langston Hughes Institute Center. She was one of the first artists to show at Buffalo's Juneteenth Festival. Moore owned and operated the Inner City Art Studio before joining the Buffalo Police Department, where she served as an officer for twenty-five years before retiring.

Project Sponsors

This mural would not have been possible without the help of Madeline Davis and the  Buffalo LGBT History Project. It is generously supported by M&T Bank.

Initiative Sponsors

The Public Art Initiative was established and is supported by leadership funding from the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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