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About the Second Tuesday Lecture Series

The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the oldest and longest running cultural event of The LGBT Community Center ( in New York City.

Since 1985, the series has presented over 140 noted speakers in the arts, academia, and politics in lectures, discussions, and readings. Speakers representing every major cultural award in America, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award (Grammys), the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway's Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, the National Book Award, and the British Man Booker award, have made presentations.

It was through this program that Larry Kramer (a last minute replacement speaker) in March 1987 spoke about the devastating plight of the AIDS Crisis. Critical of the organized community's response to the disease, what began as a speech led to an intense discussion and the decision to meet again the following week to see what could be done. This was the beginning of ACT-UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), which became one of the largest direct action AIDS organizations in the world.

Unless noted otherwise, Second Tuesday programs start at 7:00pm, usually with a reception before or after the presentation. The LGBT Center suggests a donation of $10, although all donations are voluntary and any amount is appreciated. All are welcome and no one is ever turned away because they can't afford to pay.

Upcoming Speakers

 Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm

Kate Bornstein: Our favorite author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist

Kate has been lecturing and performing for more than 25 years, including a recent gig at La Mama. she has written multiple award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies including her books "Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us" and followed up with "Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation," and, with S. Bear Bergman "A Queer and Pleasant Danger." Her 2006 book, "Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws" propelled Kate into an international position of advocacy for marginalized youth.

Kate Bornstein author photo   Kate Bornstein book cover Gender Outlaw   Kate Bornstein book cover Gender Outlaws Next Gen

Kate has earned two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe. Affectionately known to thousands around the world as Auntie Kate, Kate lives in New York City with her girlfriend, author and sex educator, Barbara Carrellas, along with one cat, two dogs, and a turtle. Most recently, Kate co-starred in E! TV’s reality series, “I Am Cait” with Caitlyn Jenner and her road-tripping crew.

 Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 pm

in development...

check back for details...

 Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm

A presentation with Men of All Colors Together...

An international panel to discussion the current state of LGBT affairs...



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