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New York City’s best guide to gay clubs, gay bars and LGBT events throughout NYC

The best LGBT things to do in New York this week
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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

Great shows featuring trans and nonbinary performers in NYC
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Great shows featuring trans and nonbinary performers in NYC

NYC would be a sadder place without the cultural contributions of its rich trans and nonbinary community. You can catch some of the city's most spectacular artists—who happen to be gender-nonconforming—at these comedy events, Broadway shows, cabaret performances, drag parties and beyond. 

The best New York City drag shows and events
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The best New York City drag shows and events

New York is, without question, the world capital of the drag arts. Gender-bending superstars from Bob the Drag Queen to Bianca Del Rio have honed their craft on NYC stages, and the scene shows no signs of slowing. These days, you can catch drag queens (often for free) every night of the week onstage at gay bars throughout the boroughs (and in Fire Island), and even on Broadway stages with shows like Kinky Boots serving fierce performances. 

The Best queer POC (person of color) parties in NYC
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The Best queer POC (person of color) parties in NYC

Josephine Baker once said: “He was my cream, and I was his coffee, and when you poured us together, it was something.” The Queer POC community has always been a vital part of LGBT culture and at these nightlife events, you can party with the crème de la crème. Along with the best gay bars and lesbian bars in NYC, these queer POC parties make up the diverse LGBTQ rainbow. 

The best LGBT parties in NYC
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The best LGBT parties in NYC

NYC’s queer nightlife is more innovative and inclusive than ever. Whether you’re looking to gag to fabulous drag queens, chill at the city’s best gay bars, or belt out your favorite gay songs at parties, we’ve got the event for you. RECOMMENDED: Our full guide to NYC nightlife

Gay & Lesbian events in NYC: Critics’ picks

Torch Song

Torch Song

For gay history to stay alive, torches must be passed. So it is with Second Stage Theatre’s welcome and well-assembled revival of Harvey Fierstein’s plangently funny and touching play, which opened on Broadway in 1982 and ran there for three years. Then called Torch Song Trilogy, it was four hours long and covered a range of topics related to gay men in the window between Stonewall and AIDS: self-esteem, dating, violence, adoption, family tension. What it isn’t about is shame: Its central character, Jewish drag queen Arnold Beckoff, accepts his own queerness without fuss and with plenty of pithy quips. 

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Kunst
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Kunst

A lineup of queer nightlife greatest hits take over the Elsewhere roof for a nasty night of dancing. Pace yourself for a late night with DJs Katie Rex, Mazurbate, Amber Valentine and Bebe, with some of the borough's fiercest queens going hard on the outdoor stage. With Susanne Bartsch's high-glam imprimatur, this party is guaranteed to be outrageous. 

Dina Martina: Christmas Show

Dina Martina: Christmas Show

You might mistake her for a lost rodeo clown, but superstar drag artist Dina Martina is a unique and hilarious genius. She blends the traditional elements of a drag show—singing (sort of), dancing (in a way), jokes and stories (stream of consciousness)—into an intoxicating cocktail of demented glee. Her annual Christmas show features "overburdened costumes" and accompanist Chris Jeffries. The Dina experience is hard to describe and even harder to forget. Don't miss out.

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Pig
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Pig

Peter Smith and Sandy Honig—two of the most fantastic beasts in the NYC comedy stable—unleash their wildest friends upon the Slipper Room stage at this weekly stand-up showcase. Count on an always-diverse lineup of marvels from across NYC's alt-comedy spectrum, all giving it to you for free. 

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Feast your eyes on these images from RuPaul's DragCon NYC
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Feast your eyes on these images from RuPaul's DragCon NYC

The time has come—and apparently gone too soon—for NYC's drag community to hold court at Javits Center  for the first NYC edition of RuPaul's DragCon. Photographer Elyssa Goodman was at the convention to capture the extravaganza.  

The 10 hottest chorus boys of 2017
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The 10 hottest chorus boys of 2017

Here is our seventh annual roundup of 20 talented and men and women who will be heating up stages in the months ahead. 

Backstage photos from Night of the Living Drag and Madame Tussauds Halloween
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Backstage photos from Night of the Living Drag and Madame Tussauds Halloween

Calloway's Salon
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Calloway's Salon

Flame Con and Fire Ball
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Flame Con and Fire Ball

Stars on the Brooklyn drag scene
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Stars on the Brooklyn drag scene

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The cast and creator of Pose on bringing authentic trans POC stories to TV
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The cast and creator of Pose on bringing authentic trans POC stories to TV

“Live! Work! Pose!” cries Broadway mainstay Billy Porter in the opening-title sequence of Pose, evoking the magic words of the queer ballroom scene. For the cast of this FX show, which premieres on June 3, this three-word directive is a command—on and off camera—for an unprecedented assembly of gay men and trans women of color. They have been held back from opportunity in the entertainment industry for too long. Now, it’s their time to shine. 

Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Matt Bomer hit Broadway
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Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Matt Bomer hit Broadway

When The Boys in the Band opens on the Great White Way this month, it will be one hell of a celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the Off Broadway debut with a hotly anticipated cast that comprises only openly gay actors. 

Cabaret icon Justin Vivian Bond talks gender, politics and their new shows
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Cabaret icon Justin Vivian Bond talks gender, politics and their new shows

Nightclubs close, luminaries leave and the wild nights of the past recede into memory. But so long as downtown’s definitive cabaret artist Justin Vivian Bond reigns, New York remains a bastion of beautiful ideas. 

Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears breaks out on Broadway’s Kinky Boots
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Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears breaks out on Broadway’s Kinky Boots

For a generation of fiendish fans, the Scissor Sisters were perhaps the sole bastion of blissful expression in a straight-laced age of Nickelback and Jack Bauer. At the center of the technicolor explosion stood Jake Shears, a big-eyed, boyish soprano with a penchant for stripping down to his skivvies on stage—latent from his years as an East Village go-go dancer. 

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The best New York City drag shows and events
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The best New York City drag shows and events

New York is, without question, the world capital of the drag arts. These days, you can catch drag queens every night of the week onstage at gay bars throughout the boroughs, and even on Broadway stages with shows like Kinky Boots serving fierce performances to midwestern tourists. We've rounded up the best performances to see. Go get your life! 

The best New York City drag queens
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The best New York City drag queens

You can't walk two feet in NYC without stepping on a drag queen. Whether you're down to see the experimental Bushwig scene in Bushwick, or to witness cabaret queens give Broadway songs their stamp downtown, you're bound to fall in love. Here are some of the queens who have defined NYC's drag scene, from hosting drag shows to winning RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The best gay club nights and parties in NYC
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The best gay club nights and parties in NYC

The best gay bars in NYC
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The best gay bars in NYC

The 50 best gay songs to party to
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The 50 best gay songs to party to