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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, May 9 at 7:00 pm

Pulitzer-prize Winning Playwright Paula Vogel

Renowned for such works as "The Baltimore Waltz" and "How I Learned to Drive" (Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, 1998), Paula Vogel is a 2017 TONY Award nominee for her first Broadway production, "Indecent."

Based on the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway play "God of Vengeance," by Sholem Asch, "Indecent" is set during a time when waves of immigrants were changing the face of America. The play featured the first Broadway kiss ever between two women, and the company was indicted on indecency charges.

Paula Vogel

Vogel has also been influential as a mentor to younger playwrights, founding the playwriting program at Brown University, and serving as Chair of the Playwriting Department at the Yale School of Drama. She is currently Playwright in Residence at Yale Repertory Theatre.

This evening will be presented in collaboration with Playbill, moderated by Olivia Clement and Adam Hetrick, Deputy Editorial Director of


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