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

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

A look at our new Meat Packing District neighbor and its expanded programs at The Center.

This Spring, the Whitney Museum will open its huge new building at the base of the High Line in downtown Manhattan, just blocks from The LGBT Center. (Previously, The Whitney was famous for its bunker-like Upper East Side building, designed by Marcel Breuer.) But on March 10, Kathryn Potts, Associate Director, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education, will preview the modern glass-enclosed Whitney Museum building in the Meat Packing District and share information about its expanded programs, the prominent LGBT artists in the Museum’s permanent collection, the upcoming major David Wojnarowicz show, and the Whitney’s new collaboration with the LGBT Center’s youth programs. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

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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 some Whitney book at this event:

 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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