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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 (NYC 6th precinct Police Dept.. including the first appearance and speech by an openly gay NYC officer, Ofc. Edgar Rodriguez.)
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 )
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 supportor 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 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 (Veteran movie, television, and theater producer on "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood")
May – Michelangelo Signorile (nationally syndicated columnist, author of Outing Yourself: How to Come Out… and Life Outside - The Signorile Report on Gay Men: Sex, Drugs, Muscles, and the Passages of Life)
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 Lambda award-winning 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 chaplin and hero of 9/11)
June – Sandi Simcha DuBowski (director of documentary film Trembling Before G-d, with 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, A Spiritual Thriller)


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 Councilmember on her work on recognition for domestic partnships)
April – "Our Front Porch: Family Portraits from Queer America," featuring stories about queer families with Paul Rudnick (playwright of Jeffrey and Mr . Charles , Currently of Palm Beach - with an excerpt performed by Peter Bartlett, screenwriter of Addams Family Values, and author of Social Disease ), 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 including 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 "La Dolce Musto" 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 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 (art critic at
April – Four Short Plays to Long Remember.


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