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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 LGBTHome & Upcoming Speakers 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, December 12 at 7:00 pm

A Tribute to the Wonderful Author Mark Merlis

Mark Merlis (1950 to 2017) was one of our favorite novelists, giving us American Studies (1994), An Arrow's Flight (1998), Man About Town (2003), and JD (2015). He won multiple awards, sold thousands of books, and was recognized as a modern gay master. A group of his peers and fabulous friends will read from his works and recall his life. Presenters will include:

-- Christopher Bram (moderator), author of the novels Father of Frankenstein, Hold Tight, and In Memory of Angel Clare, and the non-fiction Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America

-- Edward Hibbert, Mark Merlis's literary agent and a popular star of TV, appearing as the recurring character Gil on "Frasier" for almost 40 episodes, and on Broadway, starring as the narrator in The Drowsy Chaperone, and in a number of other shows.

-- Scott Heim, author of best-selling Mysterious Skin, In Awe, and We Disappear.

-- William Johnson, program director of Lambda Literary.

-- Paul Russell, award-winning author of The Salt Point, Sea of Tranquillity, The Coming Storm, and The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov.

-- Michael Lowenthal, author of The Same Embrace, Avoidance, Charity Girl, and The Paternity Test.

-- Patrick Merla, organizer and editor of Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories, book and magazine editor (including the seminal "Christopher Street" magazine), and prominent figure in gay publishing, to whom JD is dedicated in part.

-- Ed Sikov, author of Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis, On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder, and Screwball: Hollywood's Madcap Romantic Comedies.

-- William Sterling Walker, author of Desire: Tales of New Orleans.

And Bob Ashe, Mark Merlis' husband, will also be present.   

For information about this presentation, see The LGBT Center.   

 Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 pm

Johanna Burton, curator of "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon," currently at The New Museum

"Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” currently fills the New Museum. The show (which continues through January 18) investigates gender’s place in contemporary art and culture at a moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars. The exhibition features an intergenerational group of artists who explore gender beyond the binary to usher in more fluid and inclusive expressions of identity.

Johanna Burton is the curator of this fabulously reviewed show. She will discuss the show with a slide show and talk with one or two of the artists in the show. Check back to see which artists will be at the presentation.


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