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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 (GayCenter.org) 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, November 14 at 7:00 pm

Love Without Borders: The Emergence of Global LGBT Rights

Please come back to see the full list of panelists for this fabulous 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.

For information about this presentation and to buy tickets, see The LGBT Center.   

 Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm

A Tribute to the Author Mark Merlis

Mark Merlis was one of our favorite authors. A top-notch group of his peers and fabulous friends will read from his works and recall his life. Presenters will include:

-- Christopher Bram (moderator for the evening), author of the novels Father of Frankenstein (which was turned into the movie Gods and Monsters directed by Bill Condon staring Brendan Fraser and Lynn Redgrave), Hold Tight, and In Memory of Angel Clare, and the non-fiction Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America

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

-- Patrick Merla, author of Boys Like Us, editor (including the seminal gay magazine "Christopher Street") and prominent figure in gay publishing

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

Come back to see the final list of speakers.

 

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