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Letter from Mayor Dinkins

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A letter to Robert Rygor from NYC Mayor David Dinkins, thanking him for support of the Mayor's efforts to address discrimination in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Subject

Rygor, Robert
Dinkins, David N.
Saint Patrick's Day--New York (State)--New York
Gays--Civil Rights--United States

Creator

Dinkins, David N.

Source

RobertRygorPapers.Box5.Folder16

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1991-05-16

Date Created

2014-09-23

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JPEG

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268,643 bytes

Language

English

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

New York (N.Y.)

Text

THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10007

May 16, 1991

Mr. Robert Rygor
338 West 11th Street
New York, New York 10014

Dear Mr. Rygor:

Thank you for your letter of support regarding my participation in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. As I have stated, we must not flinch from our responsibility ever to widen the circle of tolerance. I would rather be booed in a parade than bow down to the forces of exclusion, fear and intolerance. I have always believed this truth to be self-evident -- the St. Patrick's Day Parade was not a new day for me.

Many people worked hard to arrive at a compromise regarding the day's events. The members of the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization and Division 7 of the New York County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians joined efforts with the staffs of the Mayor's Office for the Lesbian and Gay Community and the Office of European-American Affairs to resolve difficulties and pave the way for our day in the sun.

Unless we all work together to put an end to discrimination based on race, religious faith, national origin, age, physical ability and sexual orientation, the future of our City will be bleak. By working together to fight discrimination against some of us, we will improve the quality of life for all of us.

Sincerely,

David N. Dinkins
MAYOR

Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)
Paper
Correspondence

Collection

Citation

Dinkins, David N., “Letter from Mayor Dinkins,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 26, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/303.

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