Daniel Dromm became a trailblazer for LGBTQ rights while he was a teacher at P.S. 199 in Queens. In 1992, the New York City Board of Education released “Children of the Rainbow,” a multicultural curriculum that included guidelines promoting the acceptance of gay people. The local school board where Dromm taught voted to reject the curriculum, claiming it “undercut the moral codes of many families in the district.” Dromm then came out of the closet on the cover of Newsday in support of “Children of the Rainbow.” The next year, he founded the Queens Pride Parade in honor of Julio Rivera, a gay man killed in a hate crime in Flushing in 1990.
Elected to the New York City Council in 2009, Dromm chaired the Education Committee, co-sponsoring a 2018 initiative to combat anti-LGBTQ bullying and educate students about LGBTQ history. Now head of the influential Finance Committee, Dromm also chairs the legislative body’s LGBT Caucus.