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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, February 10, 2015
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

LaShonda Barnett reading from her new Oprah-featured novel "Jam on the Vine" to celebrate Black Lesbian and Gay History -- in conversation with a special guest [to be announced]

LaShonda Katrice Barnett with read from her new Oprah-featured book "Jam on the Vine" and discuss the history of Black Lesbian & Gay literature with a very special guest [to be announced].

Barnett blends fiction and reality in her new historical novel, "Jam on the Vine" (Grove/Atlantic, February 2015). It charts the jaw-dropping journey of Ivoe Williams, who becomes obsessed with newspapers while growing up in early 20th-century Texas. After earning a scholarship to college, Ivoe settles in Kansas City, where she and Ona, her former teacher and lover, found the first female-run African American newspaper in 1919. Essence magazine says that " 'Jam on the Vine' is as addictive as your mom's fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits, and just as delicious."

Jam on the Vine stack of books
Essence selects "Jam on the Vine" as one of its book picks for February 2014

From the Library Journal starred review:
This compelling work of historical fiction about a black female journalist escaping Jim Crow laws of the South and fighting injustice in Kansas City. Her reportage, will bring wider recognition to the role of the African American press in American history, especially during 1919’s Red Summer of lynchings and race rioting in northern cities.

Review from Sarah Schulman, author of Rat Bohemia:
From Juneteenth in Texas to the 1925 Pan African Congress in Paris, Barnett combines an historian's craft with a novelist's heart. Her heroine is propelled through her love of knowledge, her passion for women, and her determination to use the printed word as a tool for freedom. A romance of the Black female intellectual that is compelling, informative and triumphant.

Lashonda Katrice Barnett   Jam on the Vine book cover
Author photo by ellen foto

LaShonda Katrice Barnett is the author of debut novel Jam on the Vine (2015, Grove/Atlantic) and editor of two volumes on women musicians and creative process: I Got Thunder (2007) and Off the Record (2015). Her short fiction appears in the collection, Callaloo & Other Lesbian Love Tales (1999), The Chicago Tribune, Guernica Magazine, and New Orleans Review. Barnett attended the University of Missouri, Sarah Lawrence College, and the College of William and Mary, where she received the B.A., M.A. in Women’s History and Ph.D. in American Studies, respectively.  She lives on Manhattan’s upper west side, where she writes full time. 

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

BGS-QD logo The amazing Bureau of General Services - Queer Division will be selling copies of the catalog from the Leslie-Lohman's show "Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History" at this event:

 Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

An overview of our new neighbor: The Whitney Museum of American Art

This will feature a look at our new Meat Packing District neighbor and highlight some of their gay and lesbian holdings.

Whitney image   Whitney cross-section   

Details to be announced.

 Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

Hugh Ryan and Matthew Leifheit on the unknown world in David Wojnarowicz's "Magic Box"

Hugh Ryan and Matthew Leifheit are the founders of the Pop-up Museum of Queer History. They will present their fascinating study on one of our favorite and most significant artists: David Wojnarowicz. After he died, his friends found “Magic Box” under his bed. The “Magic Box” is a collection of unexplained objects, a private world that Mr. Wojnarowicz didn’t share, even with his friends. The box and its contents are currently in the holdings of NYU's Fales Library, but we’ll review them on April 14.



Full details to be anounced.

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