About the Second Tuesday
The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is a 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.
Thursday, May 16, Reception at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00
Holly Woodlawn, Andy Warhol's transgendered Superstar, screens her 1973 short film "Broken Goddess" and discusses her incredible life
Holly Woodlawn first gained international recognition in Trash, an Andy Warhol film directed by Paul Morissey in 1970. The Academy Award winning director George Cukor petitioned her for a best supporting actress award, but the Academy could not decide if he was a she so Holly was excluded from the nomination. A few years later Holly was immortalized in Lou Reed's classic song "Walk On The Wild Side" ("Holly came from Miami F-L-A") and her fame has been cemented in popular culture ever since.
Holly utilized her status as a Warhol Superstar to create a career as a successful cabaret performer and entertainer for the last 40 years. She has appeared in over 50 films, including Women In Revolt, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, Milwaukee Minnesota and most recently in The Lie and Dust. In 1992 Holly wrote her autobiography A Low Life In High Heels. Holly continues to entertain with her cabaret act and has performed in over 10 countries.
At the LGTB Center Holly will screen her rarely seen 1973 short film Broken Goddess, a salute to silent films with the story told via title cards by songstress Laura Nyro with music by Debussy. After the screening Holly will be interviewed by drag historian Joe E. Jeffreys of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with an audience Q&A following.
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