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Brooklyn's First Gay Wedding Expo At Borough Hall January 15

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Joe Bednar (R) and Phil Mason look on during the Gay Pride parade on June 26, 2011 in New York City.
Joe Bednar (R) and Phil Mason look on during the Gay Pride parade on June 26, 2011 in New York City.

This Sunday, Borough Hall is opening its doors for the city's first gay wedding expo, where gay couples looking to tie the knot can weave through over 75 vendors looking to help plan for the big day.

Presented by the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, director Daniel Brooks explained to The Brooklyn Paper benefits for both city business and gay couples the gay-friendly event would help provide, "It's a new niche for businesses. This is a very different venue and it's a chance for people to explore...This is a celebration and we're thrilled."

The expo will mark both Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and nearly six months after gay marriage was passed in New York state. Organizers received much support from the neighborhood and community leaders, including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz who announced in a statement:

I am thrilled that Brooklyn-proud home of everyone from everywhere, including one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered populations and certainly the biggest lesbian community in the country-will be the location of the first ever major expo of its kind in New York City.

The expo is expecting to draw thousands of guests and popular Brooklyn stores including Sposabella, Bride and Joy Photography, and Fresh Fanatic bakery advertising everything from rental specials, "queer wedding DJs," and legal expertise from "alternative friendly" lawyers.

Proceeds from vendor fees will go towards the center which aims to provide a safe environment and information center for the LGBT community.