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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, 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.

Upcoming Speakers

 Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 pm

George Hodgman, author of the hilarious and moving bestselling-memoir "Bettyville"

Bettyville is the witty, tender memoir of a son’s journey home to care for his irascible mother—a tale of secrets, silences, and enduring love. They have been through it all, but when George returns to Missouri to take care of his mother, something amazing happens. Beneath the comic banter lies undying love, loyalty, and the desire to throttle each other.

George is now “fiftysomething-ish,” bruised from Manhattan where he has lost his job. Despite his doubts (“I am a care inflictor…I am the Joan Crawford of eldercare”) and his near-lethal cooking skills, George tries to take over, mounting epic expeditions for comfortable but stylish shoes, coming to understand the battle his determined mother is waging against a world determined to overlook the no longer young.

George Hodgman author photo   Bettyville book cover

“The idea of a cultured gay man leaving New York City to care for his aging mother in Paris, Missouri, is already funny, and George Hodgman reaps that humor with great charm. . . As George and his mother come to terms with one another at the end of her days, the book begins to shimmer with something much more rare than love: a boundless, transcendent, and simple kindness. Bettyville is a beautiful book about the strange plenitude that comes from finally letting go of everything.” —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

George Hodgman is a veteran editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair, and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W, and Harper’s Bazaar. He lives in NYC and Paris (Missouri, of course).

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The amazing Bureau of General Services - Queer Division will be selling copies of Bettyville at this event:

 Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm

To be announced

Check back for details. Presentation to be announced....

 Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm

Jay Shockley, co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, funded by the National Park Service

Invisible no more! The Federal Government has funded a project to document and preserve LGBT history in NYC. While significant LGBT events continue to occur around us right now, this is a giant step in guaranteeing that our history isn't lost. Jay Schockley will talk about the historical survey and present the interactive web site that will soon be online to track sites so that we can all learn more about our LGBT history.

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project will document locations in all five boroughs to identify important historical and cultural sites and events, and to prevent threatened sites from disappearing. The survey will include clubs, bars, restaurants, theaters and performance venues, residences of lesbian and gay notables, spaces where civil rights and organizational events took place, and works of art and architecture important to lesbians and gays. Although NYC has been a national leader in the LGBT rights movements, this is the first time that a comprehensive survey has been attempted. The Project has received a grant from the National Park Service to work on this project. (These are the same folks who who take care of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Yellowstone National Park out West.)

The LGBT community is among the least represented in national, state, and local designation programs, with only seven of the over 80,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places listed for their primary association with LGBT history.

While this is the first LGBT preservation grant from the National Park Service, it shows a genuine concern on the part of the federal government to preserve queer history. The three Project co-directors are national pioneers with over 20 years involvement in issues related to LGBT history and historic preservation: Andrew S. Dolkart, former Director, Historic Preservation Program, Columbia University; Ken Lustbader, Historic Preservation Consultant; and Jay Shockley, former Senior Historian, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Amanda Davis, a NYC-based architectural historian, is the Project Manager.



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