Gay & Lesbian events: Critics' picks

Find the best gay and lesbian events in New York City, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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"Tom, Dick and Harry: The Everyday Man Series"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

If you ran into G.I. Joe on Scruff, would you "woof" at him? Artist Robert Figueroa's installation of Polaroid-like images of dolls, on view in Leslie-Lohman's Wooster Street Window Gallery, explores how we're quick to judge people based solely on their social-media and dating-app photos.

  1. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St, between Canal and Grand Sts
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Sun Sep 28
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Magnus Hastings, "Why Drag?"

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  • Free

Photographer Magnus Hastings has been lovingly documenting drag queens for more than a decade. Check out his colorful staged portraits of Bianca Del Rio, Willam, Pusse Couture and other beloved performers, on view in the OUT's lobby all summer.

  1. The OUT NYC 510 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Tue Aug 26
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Monday Musicals

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  • Free

Get your week started musically with vintage show-tune videos and occasional drop-ins from Broadway stars.

  1. The Rosebud NYC 512 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Avenue Q

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

After many years, the sassy and clever puppet musical doesn’t show its age. Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s deft Sesame Street–esque novelty tunes about porn and racism still earn their laughs. Avenue Q remains a sly and winning piece of metamusical tomfoolery.—David Cote

  1. 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. $72.50–$92.50, premium $126.50
  3. Mon Jul 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Jimmy DeSana, "Portraits 1977–79"

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  • Free

Go back to New York's recent gritty past with this exact installation replica of artist Jimmy DeSanta's portraits, as they appeared at Stefanoti Gallery in 1980. Amid the surrealist and S&M images, you'll glimpse famous faces including Debbie Harry, William Burroughs and Andy Warhol.

  1. Daniel Cooney Fine Art 508 W 26th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, suite 9C, 10001
  2. Tue Jul 29 - Fri Aug 1
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Linda Loves Bingo

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  • Free

Linda really does love bingo! The delightful drag hostess is the city's undisputed champion ball-puller, and on Tuesdays you can find her doing her thing at this cozy Gramercy lounge. Prizes range from kitschy trinkets to a big cash jackpot.

  1. Cibar 56 Irving Pl, between 17th and 18th Sts, 10003
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Drink n' Draw

  • Price band: 1/4
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Burlesque performers, drag queens, fetish models and other creatures of the night pose for you at this weekly drinking-and-art-creation party. Bring a board or hard surface, and a dry drawing medium of your choosing—so don't be that asshole who breaks out a set of smelly oil paints. After the

  1. This n' That (TNT) 108 North 6th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Lady Bunny: Clowns Syndrome

  • Price band: 2/4
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Shameless drag legend and nightlife pioneer Lady Bunny is back with another delightfully offensive solo show packed with song parodies, original videos and savagely hilarious takedowns of everyone from Chris Christie to Justin Bieber.

  1. Escuelita 301 W 39th St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Courtney Act: Boys Like Me

  • Price band: 2/4
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Australian Idol semifinalist and RuPaul's Drag Race graduate Courtney Act (the fishy alter ego of Shane Jenek) is back in town with this solo show filled with popular tunes, song parodies and wacky tales of gender-bending international adventures.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Tue Jul 29 - Thu Aug 21
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Wednesday Night Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
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Bingo gurus Murray Hill and Linda Simpson bring their old-school antics to Brooklyn for a weekly night of ball-pulling and wisecracking.

  1. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club 514 Union St, between Nevins St and Third Ave, 11215
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Belasco Theatre (see Broadway). Book by John Cameron Mitchell. Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Directed by Michael Mayer. With Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: In brief The omnitalented Neil Patrick

  1. 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. $47–$142
  3. Wed Jul 30 - Thu Oct 9
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Drop Dead Perfect

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Drop Dead Perfect. Theatre at St. Clement's (see Off Broadway). By Erasmus Fenn. Directed by Joe Brancato. With Everett Quinton. Running time: 1hr 25mins. No intermission. Drop Dead Perfect: In brief Downtown legend Everett Quinton, who cut his teeth with Charles Ludlam and now smiles and bites

  1. 423 W 46th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. $25
  3. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Aug 10
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Dert

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  • Free

Remember the Bush 2 years?!? The AntiTwink Ernie Cote is reviving one thing we actually miss from that bygone era: insanely cheap drinking at the Phoenix every Wednesday. Mr. Cote presides in the DJ booth while a rotating roster of hosts keep the party moving. Beers are just $2 all night, so you

  1. Phoenix 447 E 13th St, between First Ave and Ave A
  2. Wed Jul 30
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John Early: Literally Me

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Actor-comedian John Early makes light of his time in the NYC showbiz trenches in this solo show of comedy, music and short films. The show features support from Yazan and the Gates Family Band, Jacqueline Novak and Ruby Roo.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Jul 31
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John Early: Literally Me

  • Price band: 1/4
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The hilariously fresh actor-comedian John Early (of Ars Nova's Showgasm) makes light of his time in the NYC showbiz trenches in this solo show of comedy, music and short films. The show features support from Yazan and the Gates Family Band, Jacqueline Novak and Ruby Roo.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Starlite Thursday

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Named for the beloved, departed Crown Heights gay drinkery Starlite Lounge, this queer dance party invites mid-Brooklyn folks to dance like there's no Friday morning.

  1. Friends and Lovers 641 Classon Ave, between Dean and Pacific Sts, 11238
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Jeffery Self and Cole Escola: Postcards from the Edge 2

  • Price band: 1/4
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Internet-comedy darlings Jeffrey Self and Cole Escola are back with a new collection of sketches inspired by Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and the ghost of Edith Head.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Fri Aug 8
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Code

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  • Free

Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks keep your kicks glossy while you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Penthaus

  • Price band: 1/4
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Cute young things congregate weekly at this summer rooftop dance party from Alan Picus, Justin Luke and BoiParty. Arrive before 11pm to lube up at the open bar.

  1. Copacabana Supper Club 268 W 47th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Queer Book Diorama Show

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  • Free

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and Lambda Literary Foundation bring you this unique exhibition in which artists created dioramas inspired by notable LGBT books, including Chelsea Girls, by Eileen Myles; Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel; and Dancer from the Dance, by Andrew Holleran.

  1. New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Library 425 Sixth Ave, between Christopher and W 10th Sts
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Wed Sep 24
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Sharon McNight: Red Hot Mama

  • Price band: 2/4
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Sharon McNight (Starmites) has a big mouth and a voice to match. Her risqué repertoire and outrageous off-the-cuff comments have earned her a raunchy reputation that she is happy to uphold. Now she reprises her salute to the legendarily saucy 20th-century entertainer Sophie Tucker (a favorite of

  1. Metropolitan Room 34 W 22nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sun Aug 3
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Hot Rabbit

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  • Free

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Aug 1
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New York Dirt

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  • Free

DJs Damian (Buddies, Piggy Bear) and Mirch spin punk, rock and metal on the Eagle's rooftop at this monthly shindig for boys into the devil's music. Cheap beer flows and attendees are encouraged (but not required) to dress creatively.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Murray Hill and the Rimshots

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Nightlife survivor and old-school funnyman Murray Hill comes to midtown for a solo show backed by a big band.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Union Square: Crossroads of New York

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  • Free

Union Square Partnership and Big Onion Walking Tours present this free, 90-minute jaunt around one of New York's best-worn junctions. You'll get the history of the bustling neighborhood, as well as of the square itself, named sensibly for its location at the union of Broadway and Fourth Avenue.

  1. Union Square 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Le Bingo

  • Price band: 1/4
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Join wisecracking host Linda Simpson and her rotating cast of lovely spokesmodels at this weekly bingo throwdown featuring wacky prizes and a cash jackpot. Full bar and food menus are available throughout.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Big Apple Ranch

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The weekly country-Western dance has been helping you spin your same-sex partners round and round for more than a decade now. Each week kicks off with lessons in two-step and line dancing, then continues with a soiree that calls beginners, experts and everyone in between to the floor.

  1. Dance Manhattan Studios 39 W 19th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, fifth floor
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Viva Saturdays

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Nightlife vets John Blair, Beto Sutter and Ric Sena present this man-heavy big-room Saturday night dance featuring an ever-changing cast of DJs. Shirtlessness is encouraged, but not required.

  1. Stage 48 605 W 48th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Be Cute

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  • Free

Don't let the imperative intimidate you: Cute is defined however you want it to be at this all-gendered Bed-Stuy throwdown featuring fruity drinks, Latin rhythms and all kinds of general adorableness. Matty Beats and Merkin Muffly preside.

  1. One Last Shag 348 Franklin Ave, between Greene and Lexington Aves
  2. Sat Aug 2
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