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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 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, February 14 at 7:00 pm

David France, author of the AIDS history "How To Survive a Plague"

The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic —from the creator of the seminal documentary— How To Survive A Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS.

This highly praised book is the riveting, powerful story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized on scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live. Despite the shame and hatred they confronted, they did this by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts.

Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights. Powerful, heart-wrenching, and finally exhilarating, How To Survive A Plague is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS.

“My favorite book of the year is easily David France’s How to Survive a Plague, a powerful history of the HIV/AIDS crisis… This book is heartbreaking, but it is also inspiring. We owe so much to those brave activists and to Mr. France for writing this vital book.” —Anderson Cooper, The Wall Street Journal

David France author photo   How to Survive a Plague book cover

David France is the author of Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal, a book about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, which Showtime adapted into a film. He coauthored The Confession with former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. He is a contributing editor for New York magazine and has written as well for The New York Times. His documentary film How to Survive a Plague was an Oscar nominee for best documentary.

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