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NewFest is New York’s premier LGBT film, media and arts organisations. It provides a platform for LGBT filmmakers and storytellers.
In October 2018 NewFest hosted the 30th New York LGBT Film Festival. Over 140 films and events took place and 12,000 people attended.
There are talks and film viewings throughout the year. Check their website for more details.
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26 Wooster St, New York
weekday: Weds: 12:00-18:00 Thursday: 12:00-20:00
weekend: Fri, Sat & Sun: 12:00-18:00
Located in SoHo, New York, the Leslie-Lohman Museum is dedicated to presenting art by or reflecting the lives of LGBT+ people. The permanent collection includes works by major gay artists such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney and also lesser known artists.
You’ll find a bit of everything here from avant-garde paintings, rare pulp novels and private *adult content* collections. Many of the artworks on display embody the gay experience throughout modern history. The shame, the pride, the isolation and everything in between.
The fact that such a museum now exists, loud and proud, in the heart of New York shows you how far we’ve come. Oh, and yes, there are loads of pictures of hot guys.
233 Fifth Avenue (@ 27th Street) New York, New York City
weekday: Mon-Thurs: 10:30-23:00
weekend: Fri-Sat: 10:30-00:00 Sun: 10:30-23:00
The Museum Of Sex opened on Fifth Avenue in 2002. It was the first dedicated sex museum in the world. From the bordellos of the 19th-century to gay bathhouses and Madonna’s Sex Book, this museum presents the history of sex in America and beyond.
It’s a must-see when you’re in New York City. There are regular guided tours of the museum’s highlights, as well as guided walking tours of NYC’s hidden sexual history.
Fascinating exhibitions are held exploring many different topics – from trans punk-pop artists to rare works of erotica.
nearest station : 28 Street Subway
The Duplex is a historic theatre and piano bar in the heart of Greenwich Village. Long a gay-popular venue, it helped to launch the careers of Joan Rivers and Barbra Streisand. It’s the home of New York cabaret and one of the major off-Broadway performance spaces.
There are regular drag shows on throughout the week. You can hang out in the Piano Bar and maybe even sing something if you’re brave.
The Duplex demonstrates that bohemia isn’t quite dead yet.
nearest station : 9th Street
1000 5th Ave, New York, New York
weekday: Mon-Thurs: 10:00-17:30
weekend: Fri: 10:00-21:00 Sat: 10:00-21:00 Sun: 10:00-17:30
One of the world’s biggest and greatest museums, The Met contains 5000 years worth of art. It’s also where the Met Gala is held, probably the most exclusive society event of the year.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art contains many glimpses of gay history. There are homoerotic artworks from ancient Greece, intense and erotic paintings by Caravaggio and modern works by Gertrude Stein. You can also see artworks of the Emperor Hadrian and his boyfriend, Antinous.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a great place to expand your mind and discover many of the most beautiful and significant artworks.
nearest station : 86 Street
Langston Hughes was a great New York poet, activist and one of the city’s major gay icons. He was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, a blossoming of black artistic and intellectual endeavour.
I, Too, Arts Collective strives to keep the legacy of Langston Hughes alive. They have leased his former home at 20 East 127th Street, where they provide support for emerging writers – particularly those underrepresented in the mainstream.
Since it opened in 1891, Carnegie Hall has been one of the premier venues for music performance in New York, and it’s a landmark space for many gay performers. Countless LGBT+ composers have played here, including Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten and Aaron Copland.
On one legendary night in 1961, Judy Garland performed. The show was recorded for her Judy At Carnegie Hall album, a masterpiece nearly all gay men of a certain age possess. She became the ultimate gay icon. Rufus Wainwright declared Garland to be a “gay saint” and recreated her show in 2006: Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall.
Carnegie Hall is a major gay landmark in New York. The Gay Men’s Chorus often perform here.
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Know your Herstory? If you’re looking to brush up then head to the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It’s a museum, archive and community centre dedicated to preserving the written history of ladies who love ladies. It’s the world’s largest archive of lesbian material.
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