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The best LGBT parties in NYC

Hit up the most happening drag shows, gay bars, RuPaul’s Drag Race viewings and queer parties in NYC

By David Goldberg

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.

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11. Dworld Underwear Party: Spring Fling


NYC's arch party maven Daniel Nardicio throws an indoor edition of his legendary, debauched Fire Island rager—this time with a provision allowing for long johns and thermal underwear. Once you get past the mandatory clothes check, join hundreds of confident guys as they get down on the dancefloor to thumping beats by DJ Johnny Dynell. And if you're looking to watch RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 in your skivvies, head over at 8pm for a special viewing. 

Battle Hymn
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12. Battle Hymn

Supreme diva Ladyfag hosts this subversive fantasy-party among legions of club kids, fashion clowns, buff boys and every imaginable permutation at this weekly religion-themed affair. You’ll see costumes (you know, walking tampons and satanic nuns) that will make the golden years of the nightclubs Limelight and Tunnel look like Sesame Street. Guests such as model Amanda Lepore and DJs Carry Nation and Eli Escobar inspire long lines—plan your furs accordingly. $15–$20

Party in France
Photograph: Courtesy Serichai Traipoom

13. Party in France

Reader, beware...Delight in totally satanic, blissfully sleazy bliss at this rager from the crew behind the infamous CHERYL parties. Dance among hellish visuals projected on-screen while you get down to the annals of pop iconography among costume-clad maniacs.

Nu Wave
Photograph: Courtesy Ben Wayne

14. Nu Wave

NYC’s wildest Club Kids descend upon Bushwick every month for this cinematic rager, with each month’s theme honoring beloved cult and underground films.

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