Writer, storyteller, and queer legend Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, stopping at important places along the way sharing personal stories, and historical moments. Hear more about  the neighborhood through stories about historic lesbian bars, the Women’s House of D (Detention), homelessness in Washington Square park, the mafia's connection to local gay bars and much more. 

Jay Toole is an activist and storyteller with over fifteen years of experience organizing around LGBT homelessness issues, and forty years of experience navigating homelessness herself in NYC. From 2002 - 2012, Jay was a co-founder and Shelter Director at Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), which became the first LGBT organization to facilitate support groups for queer individuals within the NYC shelter system. 

If you would like to schedule a walking tour with Jay for your community organization, class, or campus, please write NYCTransOralHistory@nypl.org for information about space and pricing.