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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, May 13,
Doors open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

Tom Spanbauer, author of "I Loved You More" and other "dangerous" gay fiction

Tom Spanbauer is the critically acclaimed author of four bestselling LGBTQ novels and a noted writing teacher. As a writer he has explored issues of race, sexual identity, and how we make a family for ourselves to surmount the limitations of the families into which we were born.

I Loved You More presents a modern love triangle similar to Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, but this time with a gay narrator who charms both men and women alike.

The trailer for I Loved You More is available on YouTube:

Tom Spanbauer is the founder of the "Dangerous Writing" method which, like his novels, combines a fresh and lyrical prose style with solid storytelling.

All of Tom’s previous novels have garnered exclaim and a dedicated readership. About The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, the NY Times said, “The miracle of this novel it that it obliges us to rethink our whole idea of narration and history and myth. Tom Spanbauer’s wild West is the hurly-burly of the mind. He takes us into territories where few of us would ever dare to go.” The Washington Post wrote, “Spanbauer’s genius resides even in the asides… teas[ing] out the genuine complexity of human love.”

Tom Spanbauer   I Loved You More Spanbauer cover

Tom Spanbauer lives in Portland, Oregon where he teaches Dangerous Writing. In addition to his new novel I Loved You More, his books include Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, In The City Of Shy Hunters, and Now Is The Hour. You can find more information about Mr. Spanbauer at his personal website:

BGS-QD logo The amazing Bureau of General Services - Queer Division will be selling copies of "I Loved You More" at this event:

Find information about the evening at The Center here.

And keep your eyes open for news about the fabulous free after-party at the Soho Grand Hotel for lecture attendees (and their friends).

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