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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, May 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Richard Goldstein, former editor of The Village Voice and author of "Another Little Piece of My Heart," on his creation of 'rock criticism'

A famous writer talks about the new world of rock journalism that he created at the same time that he also discovered his "queer" feelings.

In 1966, at the ripe age of 22, Richard Goldstein approached The Village Voice with a novel idea. "I want to be a rock critic." The editor replied, "What's that?"

In the weekly column he would produce for the Voice for many years, Goldstein became the first person to write in a major publication about the music that changed our lives. He deeply believed deeply that this music was a serious art form. From his unique position in journalism, he saw the full arc of events that shaped culture and politics in the 1960s--and participated in them, too. He toured with Janis Joplin, was good friends with Jim Morrison, and dropped acid with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. He was present for Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech as well as the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Norman Mailer challenged him to a boxing match by Norman Mailer. He took Susan Sontag to her first disco.

Richard Goldstein photo by Danny Bright   Another Little Piece of My Heart book cover   Another Little Piece cover2
Photo by Danny Bright

During this time Goldstein also discovered that he was "queer," which seriously affected his relationship to the burgeoning rock world. Another Little Piece of My Heart is the intimate memoir of the writer as a young man with profound ambition. It presents a dual revolution in rock music and queer possibilities that occurred in the late '60's.

For information about this Second Tuesday Presentation at The LGBT Center.

BGS-QD logo The amazing Bureau of General Services - Queer Division may be selling copies of Another LIttle Piece of My Heart at this event:

 Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

An important speaker on the history of gay and lesbian liberation

Details are being worked out.

An announcement will be made.

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