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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, 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, June 13 at 7:00 pm

"In The Life" -- A 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Groundbreaking TV Series on PBS

Help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of the award-winning and Emmy-nominated series that shined a continuous, positive light on our community before it was in fashion.

The first and longest running series on American television devoted to LGBT topics, "In the Life" served for more than 20 years as a primary news and information source for social, political, and legal issues facing the LGBT community at a time before the mainstream media would do so.

The show openly celebrated culture and profiled political and religious leaders, activists, advocates, artists, writers, performers, and athletes who were making a difference in the lives of LGBT people.

The show’s team of technical staff and on-air talent provided national and state-level coverage of our legal and ideological battles for equal rights and protection under the law. The PBS public television network broadcast the series from 1992 to 2012. The entire archive of "In the Life" historical material is now held at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with the complete collection of "In the Life" episodes streaming from their website:

As a tribute to their original appearance on the pilot episode of "In The Life," the evening will begin with a musical presentation by the Lavender Light Gospel Choir.

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A fabulous group of former staff and others will share their reflections on the historic pilot, as well as the legacy of the groundbreaking series:

John Scagliotti, "In the Life" creator (and director of "Before Homosexuals")

Katherine Linton, "In the Life" on-air host and producer (and producer of "The Evolution Will Be Televised" for Logo)

Bob Diamond, director of the pilot "In The Life" episode

Jacqueline Gares, executive producer of "In The Life" (and director of "Free Cece!")

Charles Ignacio, executive producer of "In The Life" (and producer of "The Lady in Question is Charles Busch")

Desireena Almoradie, associate producer of "In The LIfe" (and director of "To Germany, With Love")

David P. Martin; director of membership and community relations for the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive (and author of "Dream Merchants: Making and Selling Films in Hollywood's Golden Age")

Madeleine Olnek, a member of the first live studio audience (and director and writer of "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same")

Maria-Elena Grant, a performer on the pilot episode as a member of the Lavender Light Gospel Choir.


 Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm

Kate Bornstein: Our favorite author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist

Kate has been lecturing and performing for over 25 years, including a recent gig at La Mama. You know her from her books "Gender Outlaws" and "A Queer and Pleasant Danger." She was a regular cast member of the second season of E! TV’s “I Am Cait,” with Caitlyn Jenner and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger,” by Sam Feder. Kate’s work on suicide prevention, and her advocacy for marginalized and at-risk youth has earned her two citations of outstanding citizenship from the New York City Council.



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