In August of 1990, approximately 150 gay men and lesbians confronted the devotees of Our Lady of the Roses, a group that claims a membership of 42,000 Catholics who believe that a Long Island woman named Veronica Lueken is a "voice box" for divine revelations. The action, dubbed "The Rosary Action" was organized by Queer Nation to highlight the hypocrisy of fundamental christians. The Lady of The Roses protests New York's Gay Pride Parade in front of St. Patricks Cathedral every year.
Queer Nation is an LGBTQ activist organization founded in March 1990 in New York City, by HIV/AIDS activists from ACT UP. The four founders were outraged at the escalation of anti-gay violence on the streets and prejudice in the arts and media.
Veronica Lueken was a Roman Catholic housewife from Bayside, New York, who, between 1970 until her death in 1995, reported experiencing apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and numerous Catholic saints. She gave messages she claimed to have received from them at both the grounds of Saint Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Bayside, and at the exedra monument at the 1964 New York World's Fair Vatican Pavilion site in Flushing Meadows Park. Pilgrims from around the world would gather to pray for the world's salvation, witness miraculous healings and receive messages from the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ.