On a hot June Pride day in 2005, Suzanne Poli captured this infamous roller-skating pair, renowned for their dramatic and colorful flair, posing with their favorite companion. Miss Columbia (l.), the beloved drag queen from Queens died last October and was widely mourned and celebrated. Her swirling antics, as well as Rollerina’s, became part of the fabric of the annual half-century Pride March in New York City.
Poli’s iconic photographs of the 50-year Gay Pride movement from 1969 to 2019 are on display at the Norwood Club, 241 West 14th St. through July 16. NYC Pride has designated the exhibit as an official World Pride event opening on Thurs., June 13, 7-10 pm. This is a true honor for Ms. Poli as this is one of only 75 World Pride events.
—Photo by Suzanne Poli
“Her work is amazing: the best representation of the Gay Rights movement I have ever seen.”
—Sir John Richardson, world renowned art historian and Picasso biographer