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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, November 11, 2014
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

William J. Mann, author of the true Hollywood story "Tinseltown: Madness, Morphine and Murder at the Dawn of the Movies"

Best-selling author William J. Mann's latest book is an addictive tale of ambition, scandal, murder, and the modern creation of the California film industry. "Tinseltown" brings 1920's Hollywood to life as the movies are becoming America’s new favorite pastime as well as a booming new industry. Yet Hollywood’s glittering ascent was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies, including the murder of the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association.

The Story: Silent film director William Desmond Taylor was murdered in 1922. Powder burns indicated he was shot at close range, but the circumstances surrounding his death -- including who might have pulled the trigger--remain fuzzy. Anyone might have done it: the three young actresses who both used him and loved him, his devoted valet, an overprotective stage mother, a gang of criminals... The crime shook Hollywood, even as Adolph Zukor, Taylor's boss at Paramount Pictures, scrambled to cover it up. The author claims to have solved the crime here, but I, for one, am reading for the Roaring Twenties, and the scandal, ambition, and intrigue of a dangerous and glamorous young city.

In this richly involving narrative, Mann draws on a host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of Taylor and the odd-ball cast that surrounded him, including the three ambitious actresses (Mabel Normand, Margaret Gibson and Mary Miles Minter), a grasping stage mother, and a gang of two-bit thugs. Overseeing this virtual minefield was Adolph Zukor, the ruthless founder of Paramount, who was locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. 

Tinseltown book cover   William Mann author photo

William J. Mann is a biographer and historian known for his studies of Hollywood and the film industry, including Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn (named a New York Times Notable Book), Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand, and Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines (for which he won the Lambda Literary Award). Mann is also the author of Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger, and How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, which USA Today described as “like gorging on a chocolate sundae.” For more information, visit

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 Mob and The City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York" at this event:


 Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

Hunter O'Hanian, the Museum Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, explores "What is Gay Art?"

Hunter O'Hanian is the Museum Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian art. He has a slide show and presentation that spans the world and generations to explore the tope "What is Gay Art?" More importantly for the queer artists and museum goes may an answer to the question, "Why do we need a Gay and Lesbian art museum?"

Hunter O'Hanian portrait

This slide show and presentation is presented in conjunction with the Leslie-Lohman's current show, "Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History", which will be open through January 4, 2015. The exhibition traces the same-sex gaze as grounded in the classical form, from Antiquity to the modern day. Curated by Jonathan David Katz, the show establishes the centrality of the classical nude in the historical development of same-sex representation by following a chronological timeline.


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