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Great shows featuring trans and nonbinary performers in NYC

Trans performers shine all over NYC's stages—see them at these comedy, music, burlesque, and Broadway shows.

Justin Vivian Bond
Photograph: Courtesy Kevin Yatarola Justin Vivian Bond
By David Goldberg |
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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. 

Justin Vivian Bond
Photograph: Courtesy Kevin Yatarola
Music, Cabaret and standards

Justin Vivian Bond is Refrigerated

Supreme stage siren Justin Vivian Bond has developed a cult of fans who don't miss their annual holiday show—a classic cabaret blowout featuring songbook favorites, queer protest and meandering musings from the singular mind of JVB. Look sharp and look up: you're about to see the very best act in town. 

Switch N' Play
Photograph: Courtesy Elisabeth Fuchsia
LGBT

Switch N' Play

Brooklyn's most subversive ensemble brings their outrageous brand of drag and burlesque to National Sawdust for this special Adamms Family Values tribute edition. Witness gender-obliterating, hyper-inclusive comedy and stunts from the mischievous minds of Divina GranSparkle, K.James, Miss Malice, Nyx Nocturne, Vigor Mortis, Zoe Ziegfeld, Fem Appeal, Heart Crimson, Hystée Lauder and MiscAllaneous DomTop.

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Peter Smith & Sandy Honig's Bongo Hour
Photograph: Courtesy Sandy Honig
Comedy

The Bongo Hour with Peter Smith and Sandy Honig

It's the most gorgeous night in town...and it happens every month! Costume-clad stage meteorites Peter Smith and Sandy Honig take over the legendary Slipper Room for a classic variety revue, featuring infinitely agile musical director Ben Moss and burlesque angel Luna Love. Like the aunts out of any teen witch movie, Smith and Honig seem to cast spells in a language all their own; good luck trying to resist their magic. 

The ’Sup Show
Photograph: Courtesy Carly Hoogendyk
LGBT

The 'SUP Show

Juliet Prather, Maddie Fischer, Fareeha Khan, Jesse Roth and Stephanie Pace host this comedy showcase highlighting female, queer and gender non-conforming talents. November's edition boasts a killer lineup, including Gara Lonning, Andrés Govea, Joe Castle Baker, Rachel Joravsky, Rachel Pegram, Jess Salomon and Larry Owens. 

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Patti Harrison, Mitra Jouhari and Catherine Cohen
Photograph: Courtesy Sandy Honig
Comedy, Stand-up

It's a Guy Thing

You’ll certainly be telling your grandchildren about the summer you caught Mitra Jouhari, Patti Harrison and Catherine Cohen live in Brooklyn—for only $10 dollars. The untouchable bi-coastal trio unites its powers of satire, musical composition and self-awareness for this special show. Look out for subversive original songs, outrageous looks and a pantheon of hilarious guests. Snatch your tickets fast—you’ll soon be out of chances to catch these three imminent icons on one stage. 

Onegaishimasu
Photograph: Courtesy Lanny Li
LGBT

The best LGBT things to do in New York this week

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.

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