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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, 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 several of the artists in the show.


Appearing with Burton will be Gregg Bordowitz, a "beautiful, challenging, visionary" artist, AIDS activist, and writer who makes videos, including "Fast Trip, Long Drop," "A Cloud in Trousers," and "The Suicide;" writes including Drive: The AIDS Crisis is Still Beginning, and The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous and Other Writings, and an opera based on Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality. Having won a Guggenheim, he is currently working as a professor in the Video, New Media, and Animation department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Also Sasha Wortzel, an artist, filmmaker and activist living and working in New York City. She is the writer, director, and producer of Happy Birthday, Marsha! (with Reina Gossett) about trans-pioneer Marsha P Johnson. In addition to The New Museum, Wortzel has recently presented work at the Berlin International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Outfest LA, Newfest, BFI Flare, Tribeca Interactive, Leslie Lohman Museum, A.I.R. Gallery, and Cooper Gallery. Her work has been supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, the Astraea Foundation’s Global Arts Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

For more information about The New Museum and this show, see The New Museum.

For information about this presentation, see The LGBT Center.   

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