About the Second Tuesday
The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the oldest and longest running cultural event of The
LGBT Community Center (GayCenter.org) in New
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, often with a reception before the presentation. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center recommends a donation of $10, although all donations are voluntary and all proceeds go to The Center.
Tuesday, April 8,
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00
Bob Hofler, entertainment journalist and author of "Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange-- How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos"
The six years between 1968 and 1973 saw more sexual taboos challenged than ever before. Film, literature, and theater simultaneously broke through barriers giving birth to what we still consider to be the height of sexual expression in pop culture: Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge, Hair on Broadway, Andy Warhol and his superstars, Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy, Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice, Larry Kramer's Women in Love, actors such as Alan Bates and Dirk Bogarde, and the proto-reality celebrity Lance Loud.
In Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange-- How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke all the Taboos, Robert Hofler weaves a lively narrative linking the writers, producers, and actors responsible for creating such controversial works, placing them within their cultural and social frameworks. While the Stonewall Riots were shaking Greenwich Village, a group of daring artists challenged the status quo and defined the country's concept of sexual liberation. Hofler follows the creation of and reaction to these groundbreaking works, tracing their connections and influences on each another and the rest of the entertainment industry.
From the review by Christopher Schultz at LitReactor (http://www.litreactor.com/):
Sexplosion is a bona fide page-turner. While Sexplosion covers all aspects of sexuality during the period, perhaps the most eye-opening narrative involves the homosexual revolution in novels, non-fiction, plays, and films. I had no idea that The New York Times was such a gay-bashing, socially conservative publication, throwing around the word “faggot” without blinking an eye. Ditto for studio executives and film crews, who were clearly uncomfortable with gay themes in the works of Schlesinger, Vidal, and a host of others. Though we still have some distance yet to travel, overall we’re doing well where cultural acceptance of homosexuality is concerned, and Sexplosion tells the story of the people who made our current enlightenment possible.
Always colorful and often unexpected, Sexplosion is an illuminating account of a generation of sexual provocateurs and the power their works continue to hold decades later.
Robert Hofler has spent more than forty years as an entertainment journalist, at both Life and Us magazines, and most recently at Variety. His nonfiction works include the Henry Willson biography, The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson and Party Animals, a biography of Allan Carr. Hofler is the theater critic for The Wrap and lives in New York City.
The amazing Bureau of General Services - Queer Division will be selling copies of "Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange-- How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos" at this event: BGSQD.com
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