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The best LGBT things to do in New York this week

Get busy with our picks of the best parties, mixers, performances and more LGBT things to do in NYC this week

Photograph: Grace Chu

There’s never a shortage of LGBT things to do in New York, whether you’re looking for talks, film screenings, drag show or world-class gay bars and gay clubs in NYC. And the city's queer scene isn't confined to the established gayborhoods in Manhattan either. Nowadays, you'll find LGBT events throughout the boroughs every night of the week. With so much to choose from, there's no excuse not to get out there and have a gay old time.

The best LGBT things to do



Critics' pick

Gay ladies pack the upstairs dance floor at Stonewall for this Friday night party featuring cheap drinks with visiting guests rotating on the decks.

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The Stonewall Inn , West Village Friday August 5 2016 - Friday December 23 2016


The baddest gals in town (and a sprinkling of dudes) gather on Wednesdays for pop and hip-hop crowd-pleasers, cheap drinks and wild dancing. Past themes include "Missy Elliot Appreciation Night" and "Britney Spears' Birthday."

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The Woods , Williamsburg Wednesday August 3 2016 - Wednesday January 18 2017

White Elephant Burlesque

Critics' pick

Viktor Devonne’s weekly downtown affair gets saucy and sexy with a rotating roster of the burlesque boys and girls of NYC. With insane themes that range from geeky to gory, this act promises a bizarre, high-energy and totally titillating night.

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Rockbar , West Village Wednesday August 3 2016 - Thursday June 8 2017

Señor Frog’s Drag Brunch

Considering the fact that drag is in season year-round, there’s never a bad time to embrace total Times Square tackiness and watch some crazy, cackling queens perform at Señor Frog’s. With acts from Sugga Pie Koko, Epiphany, Bootsie LeFaris and more, this brunch promises to be outrageous.

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Señor Frogs , Midtown West Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday November 20 2016


Head to Henrietta Hudson every Thursday for a seemingly endless happy hour (till midnight, seriously) and chill jams from veteran DJ Tikka Masala, who keeps you grinning all night with Motown, soul and beloved hip-hop classics.

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Henrietta Hudson , West Village Thursday August 4 2016 - Friday November 17 2017

Balls Deep with Tammy Spenks

The ever-so-fabulous Tammy Spenks leads various rounds of bingo and karaoke—yes, you will have your diva moment—while dishing out cash prizes along the way.

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Phoenix , East Village Wednesday August 3 2016 - Wednesday December 28 2016


This packed multilevel throwdown, the creation of nightlife queen Ladyfag, features resident spinner Michael Magnan, plus weekly guests.

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Open House , East Village Friday August 5 2016 - Friday December 30 2016

After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights

Professor Carlos A. Ball and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar discuss various social, political and legal issues faced by the LGBT community, exploring the impact of marriage equality on religious liberty, parenting laws and policies, transgender rights, sexual autonomy and more.

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Until Thu Jul 28

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running girlcentric party goes down every Friday night at Boots and Saddle. DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice, but you can rely on a cute mixed crowd and sexy go-go dancers to help you get in touch with your inner bunny.

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Boots and Saddle , West Village Friday August 5 2016 - Friday December 23 2016
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Best gay clubs and parties in NYC

The best gay club nights and parties in NYC

These days, gay club nights are centered around gay bars—where you'll find world-class drag queens every night of the week—or nights in mixed spaces like Stage 48. But the demise of the megaclub hasn't diluted queer clubbing. If anything, the slacking velvet rope has resulted in a more mixed and democratic scene, from the basement discos of the Village to loft parties in Brooklyn.

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By: Ethan LaCroix