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Past Second Tuesday Presentations


October – David Rothenberg (theater producer, publicist, political candidate, and activist for prison reform)
November – William Hoffman (playwright of AIDS drama As Is)
December – Quentin Crisp (writer, author of The Naked Civil Servant)
January – John Sayles (writer and director Lianna)
March – Joseph Papp (theater producer Chorus Line and Sondheim, founder NY Public Theater)
April – Fran Leibowitz (writer, author of Social Studies and Metropolitan Life)
May – Audre Lorde (poet, author of Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and Sister Outsider)


November – Anne Meara (actress)
December – Frances Fitzgerald (Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Cities on a Hill)
January – Albert Innaurato (playwright, author of Gemini)
March – Larry Kramer (founding meeting of ACT-UP, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power)
June – Doris Grumbach (author of Coming into the End Zone: A Memoir and Chamber Music)


October – Allen Ginsberg (poet Howl and Kaddish)
November – Blanche Wiesen Cook (historian, author of The Declassified Eisenhower)
January – Tobias Schneebaum (anthropologist, author of Where the Spirits Dwell: New Guinea and subject of the feature documentary film Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale)
February – Jim Hubbard (filmmaker)
March – Jewelle Gomez (poet, writer)
April – Gregory Herek (hate crimes and homophobia expert)
May – Vito Russo (film historian, activist, author of The Celluloid Closet)
June – Martin Duberman (writer/academic, author of About Time: Exploring the Gay Past)


September – Ginny Apuzzo, Rev. John McNeill (Gay Catholics)
October – Deborah Perry (witch)
November – George Stambolian (editor Men on Men)
December – Gay and Lesbian Poets in Our Time, arranged by Carl Morse and Joan Larkin
January – Dolores Klaich (writer, author of Woman Plus Woman)
March – Barbara Ulrich (performance artist)
April – Ken Lewes (psychoanalyst, author of Psychoanalysis and Male Homosexuality)
May – David Greenberg (author of The Construction of Homosexuality)
June – Stonewall Reunion organized by Michael Scherker


October – Brad Gooch (writer, author of Scary Kisses)
November – James Purdy (author of Malcolm, In a Narrow Room, and Eustace Chisholm and the Works)
December – John Preston (author of Mr. Benson, Love of a Master, and I Once Had a Master)
January – Vanessa Ferro (NYC police officer)
February – David Dinkins (NYC Mayor - 1989 to 1993)
March – Joan Nestle (founder Lesbian Herstory Archives)
April – Ed Sikov (film historian, writer, author of Screwball: Hollywood's Madcap Romantic Comedies)
May – David Feinberg (writer, author of Eighty-Sixed and Spontaneous Combustion)
June – Richard Plant (historian, author of Pink Triangle: Nazi War Against Homosexuals)


October – Inspector Charles Campisi (speaking for the Police Department as the representative of the NYC 6th precinct. When asked if there were any gay or lesbian police officers, Inspector Campisi said yes and Ofc Edgar Rodriguez stepped forward and introduced himself, making this the first appearance and speech by an openly gay NYC officer to the community.)
November – David Leavitt (author of Family Dancing and The Lost Language of Cranes)
December – Ann Northrop (journalist, activist)
January – Sarah Schulman (author of The Sophie Horowitz Story and People in Trouble)
February – Bruce Nussbaum (author of Best Intentions)
March – Liz Holtzman (NYC Controller)
April – Joyce Warshow (co-editor of Lesbians at Midlife: The Creative Transition)
May – James Saslow (art historian, author of Ganymede in the Renaissance: Homosexuality in Art & Society)
June – Martin Duberman (writer, academic)


October – Robert Giard (photographer of gay and lesbian writers)
November – Pamela Robin Brandt and Lindsy Van Gelder (authors of Are You Two Together?: A Gay and Lesbian Grand Tour of Europe and The Girls Next Door: Into the Heart of Lesbian America)
December – Dr. Richard Isay (psychiatrist, author of of Being Homosexual: Gay Men and Their Development)
January – Arnie Kantrowitz (activist, author of Under the Rainbow: Growing up Gay. Red ribbons were handed out at this presentation, the first time they made their appearance at The LGBT Center.)
February – Dr. Marjorie Hill (liaison to the gay community for Mayor Dinkins)
March – Geraldine Ferraro (politician, former vice presidential candidate)
April – Michael Cunningham (author of A Home at the End of the World)
May – Blanche Wiesen Cook (historian, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume I: 1884-1933)
June – Robert Hilferty (filmmaker, Stop the Church)


October – Douglas B. Turnbaugh (art historian, author of Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury Group)
November – Charles Silverstein (author of The Joy of Gay Sex)
December – Darryl Yates Rist (travel writer, author of Heartlands: A Gay Man's Odyssey Across America)
January – Ruthann Robson (CUNY School of Law professor, advocate of lesbian legal theory )
February – Audre Lorde tribute
March – Joan Nestle (author, co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archive)
April – Allen Ellenzweig (author of The Homoerotic Photograph: Male Images from Durieu/Delacroix to Mapplethorpe)
May – Sandy Rapp (singer, activist)
June – Bella Abzug (former member of US House of Representatives for NYC, early supporter of gay rights)


October – Donald Vining (playwright, essayist, author of multi-volume A Gay Diary)
November – Dennis DeLeon (NYC Commission on Human Rights, Latino Commission on AIDS)
December – John Lauritsen (AIDS writer, author or The Early Homosexual Rights Movement:1864-1935)
January – Brendan Fay (co-founder, Irish Lesbian and Gay organization)
February – African-American poets, arranged by Eva Yaa Asantewaa
March – Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (Rabbi for NYC Congregation Beth Simchat Torah)
April – Martin Duberman (writer, academic, author of Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey and Stonewall)
May – Asian and Pacific-Islander poets
June – Michael Korie (librettist for the opera Harvey Milk)


October – Steven Dubin (art and social critic, author of Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions)
November - Paul Alexander (biographer, author of Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life of James Dean)
December – Jean-Claude Baker (adopted son of Josephine Baker)
January – Leslie Feinberg (writer, transgender activist, author of Stone Butch Blues)
February – Cheryl Clarke (poet, author of Experimental Love, Humid Pitch: Narrative Poetry, and Living as a Lesbian)
March – Carmen Vasquez (the Center's Director of Public Policy, activist)
April – Karen Burstein (candidate for NY State Attorney General, Judge)
May – Melinda Paras (Executive Directory of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force [NGLTF])
June – Bill T. Jones (dancer and choreographer of "Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land" and "Still/Here")


October – Howard Cruse (cartoonist, author of Wendel and Stuck Rubber Baby)
November – Letitia Gomez (Executive Director, LLEGO, the only national Latino/a lesbian and gay organization)
December – Mark Green (NYC Public Advocate)
February – Al Sharpton (no-show politician, he sent representatives and returned in January 1997)
March – Clare Coss (editor of The Arc of Love: An Anthology of Lesbian Love Poems) and poets
April – Christopher Lynn (NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner)
May – Ruth Messinger (Manhattan Borough President)
June – John Scagliotti and Katherine Linton (Executive Producer and host of In the Life TV newsmagazine)


October – Dr. Richard Isay (psychiatrist, author of Becoming Gay : The Journey To Self-Acceptance)
November – Ned Rorem (composer of operas and song-cycles, including gay-themed songs, and author of NY Diary and Setting the Tone)
December – Edward Albee (playwright of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Zoo Story)
January – Beatrix Gates (poet and editor of The Wild Good) and other contributors to the book
February – Al Sharpton (politician, activist, NYC Mayoral Candidate)
March – Kerry Lobel (Executive Director, National Gay Liberation Task Force [NGLTF])
April – Hilton Als (author of The Women, The Group, essays)
May – Urvashi Vaid (former Executive Directory of NGLTF, author of Virtual Equality)
June – Andrew Sullivan (Adweek's Editor of the Year at The New Republic, author of Virtually Normal)


October – Bruce Bawer (cultural critic and author of A Place at the Table and Stealing Jesus)
November – C. Dixon Osburn (organizer for Service Member's Legal Defense Network)
December – Terrance McNally (playwright of Love, Valor, Compassion)
January – C. Virginia Fields (Manhattan Borough President)
March – Joo-Hyun Kang (Andre Lorde Project in Queens)
April – Rikki Anne Wilchins (founder of Transgender Menace)
May – Samuel R. Delany (science-fiction author of Dhalgren, Neveryon, and The Motion of Light in Water)
June – Charles Kaiser (historian, author of The Gay Metropolis: 1940-1996 )


October – Eric Rofes (activist, author of Dry Bones Breathe: Gay Men Creating Post-AIDS Identities and Cultures)

November – Christopher Bram (author of Father of Frankenstein, basis of the movie Gods and Monsters)

December – Donna Futterman, M.D. (gay youth health and suicide concerns)

January – Paula Vogel (Pulitzer-prize winning playwright How I Learned to Drive)

February – Pat Parker tribute (with poet Cheryl Clarke and others)

March - Barbara Smith (author of The Truth That Never Hurts: Race, Gender, and Freedom)

April – Sara Davis Buechner (transgender pianist)

May – Jonathan Capehart (Editorial writer at Daily News when it won the Pulitzer-prize for editorials)

June – John Loughery (historian, author of The Other Side of Silence)


October – Maria Irene Fornes (playwright of Mud with a season dedicated to her work at Signature Theater)

November – Donna Minkowitz (journalist, uncovered the Brandon Teena story for Village Voice)

December – Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer-prize winning novelist of The Hours)

January – Richard Goldstein (Village Voice editor)

February – E. Lynn Harris (best-selling author of Abide with Me and Just As I Am)

March – Blanche Wiesen Cooke (historian, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, 1933-1938)

April – Rick Whitaker (former hustler, author of Assuming the Position)

May – Karla Jay (activist, historian, author of Tales of the Lavender Menace)

June – Reno (actor, entertainer)


October – Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (post-colonial author and critic of cultural politics, academic)

November – Edward Stein (author of The Mismeasure of Desire: Science, Theory, and Ethics of Sexual Orientation)

December – James Saslow (art historian, author of Pictures and Passions: Homosexuality in the Visual Arts)

January – Patrick Horrigan (author of Widescreen Dreams: Growing Up Gay at the Movies)

February – Kevin McGruder (Executive Director Gay Men of African Descent)

March – Blanche McCrary Boyd (author of Revolution of Little Girls and Terminal Velocity)

April – Poets read from The World in Us (with Elena Georgio and Michael Lassell [eds.] and collected poets Regie Cabico, Cheryl Clarke, Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, Joan Larkin, Robert Penn, and Richard Tayson)

May – John Corigliano (Pulitzer-, Grammy-, and Oscar-winning composer of Of Rage and Remembrance, the opera The Ghosts of Versailles, and The Red Violin)

June – Gary Schmidgall (biographer, author of Stranger Wilde and Walt Whitman: A Gay Life)


October – Arthur Laurents (Broadway and Hollywood playwright, director, producer; author of Original Story By)

November – Lisa E. Davis (drag historian, author of Under the Mink)

December – Chip Kidd (book and graphic designer, illustrator, author of Cheese Monkeys)

January – Andrew Solomon (National Book Award winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression)

February – Robert Reid-Pharr (Professor at The Graduate Center and author of Black Gay Man: Essays)

March – Amber Hollibaugh (activist, documentary film director, Lesbian AIDS Project director at GMHC, author of My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home)

April – Michael Abbott (Movie, tv, and theater producer on "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood")

May – Michelangelo Signorile (syndicated columnist, author of Outing Yourself and Life Outside - The Signorile Report on Gay Men)

June – Daniel Harris (author of The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture and A Memoir of No One in Particular)


October – Queer witches Eva Yaa Asantewaa and Donna Henes (author of Celestially Auspicious Occasions)

November – David Rakoff (contributor to NPR's "This American Life," author of Fraud)

December – Andy Humm (author, activist, journalist)

January – David Nimmons (former president of The Center, author of The Soul Beneath the Skin: Unseen Hearts and Habits of Gay Men)

February – Keith Boykin (special assistant to President Clinton, author of One More River to Cross: Black & Gay in America and Respecting the Soul: Daily Reflections for Black Lesbians & Gays)

March – Barbara Ulrich (performance artist, author of The Hot Girls of Weimar Berlin)

April – Steven Gaines (best-selling author of Simply Halston, Obsession: The Lives and Times of Calvin Klein, and Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons)

May – Brendan Fay (Gay Irish remembrance for the 70th birthday of the late Father Mychal Judge, NYC firefighter chaplain and hero of 9/11)

June – Sandi Simcha DuBowski (director of documentary Trembling Before G-d, a showing of the film, and a panel discussion with people from the film, including Michelle, Israel, and Rabbi Steve Greenberg)


October – Robert Schanke (theater historian, author of "That Furious Lesbian": The Story of Mercedes de Acosta)

November – Tom Duane (first elected in 1998, NY State's first openly-gay and openly HIV-positive Senator)

December – David Strah (author of Gay Dads: A Celebration of Fatherhood)

January – "Bloom" queer literary magazine launch (author Stacey D'Erasmo, poet Edward Field, and editor Charles Flowers)

February – George Ayala, Steven G. Fullwood, and Colin Robinson (editors of Think Again on innovative HIV prevention for black men who practice same-sex desire)

March – Dale Peck (author of the memoir What We Lost: Based on a True Story and the non-fiction criticism Hatchet Jobs)

April – Sandy Rapp (author and performer of "Everyone Was At Stonewall")

May – David France (author of Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal)

June – Perry Brass (poet and author of Lambda Literary Award finalist The Substance of God)


December – Alan Hollinghurst (author of The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, and the Booker award-winning The Line of Beauty)

January – Alain Dang (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force), Nancy Yu (Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund), and Glenn D. Magpantay (Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of NY) on "Queer Asians: A Groundbreaking Study of Asian Same-Sex Households," the results from a study of the U.S. 2000 Census sponsored by the Asian American Federation of NY

February – Rabbi Steven Greenberg (Orthodox rabbi, author of Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition)

March – Alison Smith (author of Name All the Animals: A Memoir )

March (special) – Christine Quinn (NYC City Council member on her work on recognition for domestic partnerships)

April – "Our Front Porch: Family Portraits from Queer America," featuring stories about queer families with Paul Rudnick (screenwriter of Addams Family Values, author of Social Disease, and playwright of Jeffrey and Mr . Charles, Currently of Palm Beach - with an excerpt performed by Peter Bartlett), Margarita Lopez (City Council Member and Manhattan borough president candidate), and Terry Boggis (Director of Center Kids) in discussion with Christopher Murray (coordinator from the Center's Mental Health and Social Services)

May – Allen Ellenzweig (author of The Homoerotic Photograph: Male Images from Durieu/Delacroix to Mapplethorpe and a panel discussion with novelist Christopher Bram -- author of Father of Frankenstein and Lives of the Circus Animals -- and SUNY-Purchase anthropology professor Esther Newton -- author of Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town -- discussing "Photography in the Realm of Human Sexuality")

May (special) – Michael Joseph Gross (journalist and author of Starstruck: When a Fan Gets Close to Fame in conversation with Michael Musto, celebrity and author of a weekly column in the Village Voice)

June – Karen Krahulik (author of Provincetown: Pilgrim Land to Gay Resort in conversation with NY Times book editor Billy Goldstein)


September – Dr. Richard Gartner (psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute and author of Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse)

October – Jeff Shames (producer and subject of the documentary film Spit it Out on stutterers and other outsiders)

November – Tom Atwood (photographer of Kings in Their Castles: Photographs of Queer Men at Home)

January – The creative team of new musical Grey Gardens: Doug Wright (Pulitzer-prize winning playwright of I Am My Own Wife), Michael Korie (librettist for the operas Harvey Milk and The Grapes of Wrath), and Scott Frankel (composer of Doll and Meet Mister Future)

February – Warren Allen Smith (author of Cruising the Deuce on NYC before gentrification)

March – Anthony Rapp (film and stage actor in Adventures in Babysitting, A Beautiful Mind, and Rent, and author of Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent)

April – Kenji Yoshino (Yale Law professor, author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights)

June – Jonathan Silin (educator, author of My Father's Keeper: The Story of a Gay Son and His Aging Parents)


October – Jonathan Ned Katz (author of the 1976 breakthrough Gay American History on "Gay, Old, Single - and Kicking!", co-sponsored with SAGE)

October (special) – James McGreevey (former 2002-2004 NJ Governor, first openly gay governor of any state, author of The Confession)

November – Barbara Ulrich (author of The Hot Girls of Weimar Berlin on "Wild Boys and Hot Girls: Sex Magic in Decadent Berlin")

December – Robert Swope and Michel Hurst (editors of the book-length photo-essay Casa Susanna, on a cloistered party of cross-dressers in 1950's and 1960's New Jersey)

January – Steven Goldstein (chairperson of Garden State Equality on the recent gains for marriage equality in NJ and the status of the movement in America)

March – Larry Kramer (gay activist and the founder of ACT-UP, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power, on "Twenty Years of ACTing UP," the new ACT-UP Army and the Gay Justice League)

March (special) – John Amaechi (first out gay professional NBA basketball player and author of Man in the Middle, interviewed by Clay Cane)

April – Keith McDermott (Broadway and film actor, director, and author of Acqua Calda)

May – Grant Stoddard (straight sex columnist at, author of Working Stiff: The Misadventures of an Accidental Sexpert)

May (special) – Martin Duberman (academic and author of the biography The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein)

May (special) – Wayne Besen (activist, essayist, and author of Bashing Back: Wayne Besen on GLBT People, Politics, and Culture)

June – Stephen Pascal (editor of The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman)


October – Janine Avril (author of Nightlight: A Memoir)

November – The African American Playwrights Exchange (AAPEX) with readings by Owa, Alan Sharpe, Francesca Blumenthal, Julia Press Simmons, Fernando Manon, and Ben Marshall

December – Daniel O'Donnell (the first gay NY State Assembly Member on passage of his NY Marriage Equality Act)

December (special) – Erin McHugh (author of three books of collected facts, quotes, and history in "The Portable Queer" series)

January – Authors from First Person Queer anthology (Lawrence Schimel, editor on modern GLBT+ diversity and complexity, Karen Taylor, converted-Jewish author of "Daughters of Zelophehad," and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, effeminate drama-prone author of "Uncle Arthur")

March – Nancy Polikoff (family lawyer and author of Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the Law)

May - "The Literature of Porn," a panel discussion with authors Perry Brass (Angel Lust and Carnal Sacraments), Laura Antoniou (The Marketplace series and the S&M Leatherwomen anthologies), and Michael Luongo (travel writer, editor of the erotic travel collection Between the Palms, and the author of the novel, The Voyeur)


October – The first speaker for Second Tuesday returns 23 years later: David Rothenberg (long-time activist, founder of The Fortune Society, and producer of the Off-Broadway play, The Castle) and Casimiro Torres (former prison inmate and performer) discuss The Castle.

November – Catherine Opie on her Guggenheim Museum show: "Catherine Opie: American Photographer."

December – "Where Have All the Sissies Gone?" Sirius Radio Host Frank DeCaro and memoirist/author Josh Kilmer-Purcell discuss the role of effeminate gay men.

March – Mike Albo (author of The Underminer, NY Times columnist, performance artist, and founder of The Dazzle Dancers)

March (special) – Mark Doty (author of the National Book Award-winning collection Fire to Fire and the memoir Dog Years)

May – Wayne Besen (Executive Director of Truth Wins Out on the Boycott Jamaica campaign to change the most homophobic place on earth)

June – The Stonewall National Historic Landmark: 1969, 1999, and Beyond, a panel discussion led by Andrew Berman, Executive Director of The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation with David Carter (author of Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution), Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt (artist and Stonewall veteran), Françoise Bollack (architect and preservationist), and Jay Shockley (staff member of the Research Dept at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission)


October – Mary L. Gray (author of Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America, on youth seeing lesbian and gay culture on TV and coming out online in Appalachia)

November – Malinda Lo (author of Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella for young adults)

December – Richard Berkowitz (author of Sex Positive: A Frontlines Memoir of the Battle Over Safer Sex and the subject of the documentary file by the same, and author with Michael Callen of the first safe sex pamphlet How to Have Sex in an Epidemic)

January – Benoit Denizet-Lewis (author of American Voyeur: Dispatches from the Far Reaches of Modern Life and NY Times contributing writer on youth culture and sexuality)

February – Kalup Linzy (queer performance and video artist - direct from his Sundance Film Festival premiere of "Sweet, Sampled and Leftova" - presents fierce love stories)

March – A panel discusson the paintings of Branden Charles Wallace including Perry Brass (author), Bruce Donelley (filmmaker), Peter Drake (Dean at The New York Academy of Arts), Jerry Kajpust (from the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation), and Philip F. Clark (author and art critic).

April – Four rarely seen plays from "Short Plays to Long Remember" edited by Francine L. Trevens, including "Bar None" by Perry Brass, "Quintessential Image" by Jane Chambers, "Saturday with Martin" by David Johnston, and "The Importance of Being Doug" by Paul Dexter. Actors include Marni K. Connelly, John Finch, Brian Fuqua, George C. Hosmer, Robby Johnson, Fred Milani, and Michael Edward O'Connor.


March – Chris Beam (author of the non-fiction book Transparent, about seven years in the lives of a group of transgender teenagers, and I Am J, a young adult novel about a transgender teen)

May – Four queer authors for young adult readers: Cris Beam (Transparent and I Am J), David Levithan (The Lover's Dictionary and Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist), Malinda Lo (award-winning Ash and now Huntress), and Jacqueline Woodson (Brooklyn author of more than 20 young adult and middle school novels)


October - Frank Bruni (the first gay op-ed writer at the NY Times, former restaurant critic for the NY Times, and author of the best-selling memoir Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater and the political portrait Ambling Into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush)

November - Jonathan David Katz (co-curator of the Washington DC National Portrait Gallery 2010 exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" on same sex portraiture, which opens at The Brooklyn Museum this month)

Jan - Michael Schiavi (author of the new biography Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, reading and showing film clips from the soon-to-be-released HBO documentary Vito)

February - Simon Doonan (designer, fashionista, artist, and fabulous author of six books including the book of advice and essays Gay Men Don't Get Fat)

March - Josh Rosenzweig (director of the HERE! TV documentary "30 Years from Here" and a showing of the film about the discovery of AIDS, as well as the follow-up activism and medical breakthroughs)

April - "AIDS Activism NOW!" panel with Jill Harris (moderator, group leader at the Drug Policy Alliance), Jim Eigo (founding member of ACT-UP and one of the principal architects of its demands), Michael Tikili (Queerocracy grass roots organization), Julie Davids (AIDS Foundation of Chicago and HIV Prevention Justice Alliance), and Gregg Gonsalves (ACT-UP and researcher, now working to improve access to HIV treatment in developing nations), GRAN FURY members, and new artists (calling themselves "The Oversight Committee") presenting political posters and pinatas developed during a semester-long workshop with GRAN FURY activists and artists at NYU.

May - James Bidgood (director of the 1971 erotic cult fantasy Pink Narcissus, including a full showing of the film and an interview by film director Ira Sachs, director of "Keep the Lights On.")

June - "Inspirations: A Yaddo Pride Event Celebrating Our LGBT Writers" featuring a panel headed by best-selling author Allan Gurganus (White People and Plays Well With Others) and panelists Cris Beam (I am J) and playwright Jorge Ignacio Cortinas (Blind Mouth Singing and Look! A Latino).


October - Panel "How Can New Yorkers Help Win the Freedom to Marry?" with Ari Waldman (panel leader, law professor, and legal editor), Nicole Bronzan (communications director at Freedom to Marry), Ryan Davis (cofounder of with Bruce Ellner and social media director at Blue State Digital), Lynn Faria (interim executive director at Empire State Pride Agenda), and Brian Silva (executive director at Marriage Equality USA).

December - Cynthia Carr (author of Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz, with a slide show and video on the artist's legacy)

February - "Positive Assertions: Three Artist Snapshots" with artists Amos Mac (Original Plumbing Trans Male Quarterly), Jessica Whitbred (AIDS ACTION NOW!), and Ivan Monforte (artist, photographer, GMHC) all hosted by performance artist Sacha Yanow (of Art Matters). Positive Assertions is presented in support of the Visual AIDS "Play Smart" series, which uses an honest and sexy approach to harm reduction, testing, and post-exposure prophylaxis among gay men.

March - John Schwartz (author of Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come To Terms with His Sexuality)

May - Holly Woodlawn (Andy Warhol's transgender Superstar screened her 1973 short film "Broken Goddess" and discussed her autobiography A Low Life in High Heels with NYU drag historian Joe E. Jeffreys)


October - Ayana Mathis (author of the phenomenal best seller The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, the second book for the Oprah Book Club 2.0)

December - Perry Halkitis (NYU Professor of Psychology and Public Health, author of The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience)

April - Bob Hofler (entertainment writer and theater critic, author of Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange-- How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos)

May - Tom Spanbauer (author of I Loved You More and other "dangerous" fiction, one of our most beloved queer authors taking about the families that we create for ourselves)


September - Alex Hortis ("When the Mafia Ran Gay Nightlife" multi-media presentation based on his book The Mob and The City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York)

October - Elisa Rolle (author of "Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time" with panelists Charles Silverstein (author of The Joy of Gay Sex, commemorating his late partner William Bory, together 20 years; Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters and Eminent Outlaws, & Draper Shreeve, filmmaker - together 36 years; Jeffrey Costello & Robert Tagliapietra, creators of our favorite fashion house: Costello Tagliapietra, together 21 years; Fay Jacobs, author of The Rehobeth Diaries and journalist, with her partner 33 years; Ulysses Dietz, museum curator and author, with his partner for 40 years; and Vincent Virga, author of Gaywick, with his partner, the novelist James McCourt, for 50 years)

November - Michael Mann (best-selling author of Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, and other books.)

December - Hunter O'Hanian (Director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art on "What is Gay Art?" in conjunction with the museum's current show “Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History")

January - Lisa E. Davis (drag king and queen historian and archivist with images of drag artistes from the 1940's to 1960's, and reading from her re-published historical novel, Under the Mink)

February - LaShonda Katrice Barnett (academic and author reading from her debut historical novel Jam on the Vine and talking with Sarah Schulman about Black Lesbian culture)

March - Kathryn Potts (Associate Director, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education at The Whitney Museum, on the new "Meat Packing Whitney" and the museum's outreach programs to The Center and its Youth Services.)

April - Hugh Ryan (freelance writer and founder of the Pop-up Museum of Queer History) and Matthew Leifheit (photo editor at VICE magazine and founder of MATTE photography magazine, on the unknown world in David Wojnarowicz's "Magic Box")

May - Richard Goldstein (former editor of The Village Voice and author of Another Little Piece of My Heart on his creation of "rock criticism")


September - Terrance McNally (Tony-award willing playwright for "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Masterclass" as well as the author of the musicals "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Ragtime", and author of Selected Works: A Memoir in Plays)

March - George Hodgman (NY Times best-selling author of the memoir Bettyville)

April - Saleem Haddad (author of Guapa, a novel about a gay man during the Arab Spring)

May - Andrew S. Dolkart (Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia Univ), Jay Shockley (Senior Historian at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission), and Amanda Davis (architectural historian and Project Manager) from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project ( partly funded by the US National Park Service.

June - Jim Downs (Harvard historian and author of Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation)

July - Garth Greenwell and Paul Lisicky (two hot authors reading from Greenwell's wildly well reviewed novel What Belongs to You and Lisicky's extraordinarily moving recollection The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship)

August - Edmund White (literary lion, author of his thirteenth novel, Our Young Man)


September - Celebrating Fun Home, the Broadway sensation - a week after its closing (with playwright and Tony best book winner Lisa Kron, Tony best musical composer winner Jeanine Tesori, Tony best actor in a muscial winner Michael Cerveris, Tony best actress in a musical nominee Judy Kuhn, and moderator Adam Hetrick from

October - Tim Murphy (activist and author of the epic novel Christodora about AIDS, NYC, and the East Village)

November - Sarah Schulman (activist and author of the novel The Cosmopolitans and the non-fiction book: Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair)

December - Kaki King (jazz guitarist, composer, and Rolling Stone-declared "guitar god")

January - Blanchse Wiesen Cook (author of the monumental biography -and the third time she's read from it for Second Tuesday: Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962)

February - David France (author and director of the Oscar-nominated documentary film and now the author of the fabulously reviewed book How To Survive a Plague)

May - Paula Vogel (Pulitzer-prize winning playwright for "How I Learned to Drive" and now TONY-nominated for "Indecent")

June - In the Life 25th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking TV series on PBS (featuring John Scagliotti, "In the Life" creator; Katherine Linton, on-air host and producer; Bob Diamond, pilot episode director; Jacqueline Gares, Charles Ignacio, and Desireena Almoradie, producers; Madeleine Olnek, a member of the first live studio audience; and David P. Martin and Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, from the UCLA Film & Television Archive where the In the Life archive resides; with music from The Lavender Light Gospel Choir, who originally appeared in the pilot episode)


September - Kate Bornstein (author of Gender Outlaws and other works, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist)

November - "It's an LGBT World: The Quest for Our Rights Around the Globe" in collaboration with Men of All Colors Together/New York (MACT/NY) with co-chair Ted Freed, and international panelists Kamal Fazazi (Moroccan and American activist and OutRight Action International at the UN), Kyle Knight (researcher at Human Rights Watch), Luis Mancheno (immigration attorney from the Bronx Defenders), Star Rugori (from Mouvement pour les Libertes Individuelles and the Pan Africa International LGBTI Assoc), and Pamela Spees (attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on the Federal case against Scott Lively in Uganda)

December - "A Tribute to Mark Merlis" (1950 to 2017), award-winning author of American Studies, An Arrow's Flight, Man About Town, and JD. Readings and rememberances by Christopher Bram (moderator and author of Father of Frankenstein), Edward Hibbert (Merlis's literary agent and popular actor), Scott Heim (Mysterious Skin), William Johnson (Lambda Literary), Paul Russell (The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov), Michael Lowenthal (The Same Embrace), Patrick Merla ("Christopher Street" editor), and William Sterling Walker (Desire: Tales of New Orleans)

January - Johanna Burton (curator of "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" exhibition at The New Museum with artists from the show Gregg Bordowitz --artist, AIDS activist, and writer who makes videos-- and Sasha Wortzel --artist, filmmaker, activist, and producer with Reina Gossett of Happy Birthday, Marsha! about trans-pioneer Marsha P Johnson)



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