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End Hate Doors

June 21 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Public Art Exhibition on the West End Ave steps to the church

As the world celebrates Pride Month this June, renowned lesbian artist V.L. Cox brings her most well known work, the ‘End Hate’ doors, to New York City for its first NYC exhibition in its finalized conception. Originally conceived in 2015 in response to Arkansas’s discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQIA+ individuals (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act), Cox juxtaposes historical symbols of segregation on eight colorful yet solitary doors, serving as a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for justice and embodying the resilience and defiance of marginalized communities.

The interactive mixed media work will be on display June 21-23 on the steps to the sanctuary at St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church, a faith community that has been one of the leading voices for full LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the United Methodist Church. The installation at the church follows the historic vote in early May at the United Methodist Church’s General Conference to remove 52 years of discriminatory language against the queer community in the denomination’s Book of Discipline, including marriage and ordination bans.

On Sunday, June 23 at 12:15pm, Cox will discuss the ‘End Hate’ installation with St. Paul & St. Andrew church member, Karen Erren, in a 90 minute artist talkback in the church’s sanctuary. Reservations are not required.

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