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What is "QUEER ATHENA?" 

QUEER ATHENA is a collaboration between Lia Athena and Zachary Leong. We host safe, queer events in NYC. We host queer art showcases, dating events, job fairs, social parties, etc! 

Follow us on Instagram for updates on future events!

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Create a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ communities to connect, feel welcomed, and enjoy themselves in New York City. No hate. No discrimination. Only love.

Meet the founders

Lia Athena - My pronouns are she/her. (You can also call me Athena) I identify as a queer lesbian. I am biracial - half Korean, half white - and grew up in New York City. Last year I self-published my first novel, Rainbow Plague, which tells the story of a gay, biracial teenager in a near-future dystopian America: one where it becomes illegal to be who we are - to be queer. This success came even though I dropped out of college after my first year in 2018, tried it again in 2022, and dropped out again. College wasn't right for me. Making a difference is.


Zachary - My pronouns are he/him. I am a straight, male ally to the LGBTQ+ community (of course "ally" just means a regular, decent human being, but that's besides the point). I am an American-born-Chinese and grew up in New York City and New Jersey. After graduating from Pratt Institute in the design field, I gravitated towards my own ventures. I created my own company, Corki Designs, in early 2021 where I currently design and sell handmade, sustainable cork planters. My goal: to incorporate sustainability into daily life and introduce plants as a means of connecting to nature and to each other.

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