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: Courtesy Cate Hellman

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.

Best LGBT things to do


Living For It: A Benefit Comedy Show

The pretty perfect trio of Kendall Farrell, George Civeris and Anya Volz gather their funniest buddies every month to share sets and raise money for different causes, with drinks provided by Brooklyn Brewery. The July edition raises money for the NYC Democratic Socialists of America's Immigrant Justice Working Group, and packs yet another bangin' lineup, with Bowen Yang, Jamie Loftus, Rebecca Vigil, Eman El Husseini, Lillian DeVane, Rohan Padhye and Samantha Ruddy getting in on the action. 

Monday July 16 2018

U Host?

Hyper-prolific, wickedly-funny stand-up Zach Zimmerman takes aim at gay culture's lowest hanging fruits at this fabulously-curated comedy show. He's joined by local favorites and visiting stars including Dewayne Perkins, Pat Regan, Marcia Belsky, Eric Lewis Baker, Peter Kim, John Loos and Eunji Kim. 

Monday July 16 2018


At this glam night featuring magicians, variety acts and underground talent, laugh at jokes and juggling by Marcus Monroe, gag to the knife-hurling skills of the Great Throwdini, witness fabulous burlesque by Jenny Rocha and her Painted Ladies and many other fabulous sights.   

House of Yes , Bushwick Thursday July 19 2018

Larry's Musical Breakdown

Though Larry Owens intends to musically break down some of your favorite ballads and bangers, it's likely he'll lose his mind—along with his voice, and buckets of sweat—giving you life at this totally lit stage bonanza. Along with pianist Henry Koperski and guest acts Mitra Jouhari, Mary Houlihan, Pat Regan, Matt Rogers, Sydnee Washington, Kuhoo Verma, The September Eighteenths, Emily Olcott and Gaby Hornig, the high-drama, unstoppable stage presence serves diva worship, dancing and wicked arrangements for his own entertainment. Owens could wake the dead with his god-given talent; he's certain to make a lifelong fan of you within seconds.

Caveat , Lower East Side Thursday July 19 2018

Femme Turf

The party starters behind XOXA host this weekly soiree that features an array of musicians, performers, artists and vendors. This month, they're joined by DJs and performers DNB Girls ft. Mizeyesis, Lovelace and Bulletproof Tiger (July 5); playsuit, Mike Swells and Panooc (July 12); and Mira Fahrenheit and Kandylion (July 19). Count on $6 well drinks and free pizza at midnight to keep you going all night long. 

The Deep End , Ridgewood Thursday July 19 2018 - Friday July 27 2018

House of Vogue

Join DJs MikeQ, Mean Red and Qween Beet for their spectacular vogue ball. The once-underground queer nightclub dance technique has become a canonized genre. Catch the fierce competition, as dancers show off their cat walks, duck walks, dips and hands to win cash prizes.

House of Yes , Bushwick Wednesday July 18 2018 - Thursday July 19 2018

Glace Chase's Neurotica

If Rue McClanahan were resurrected by occult means in Amy Sedaris’s craft closet, she’d be reborn as the delightfully satanic Glace Chase: the bonkers drag darling known for her NYC walking tours and for stomping over stages like Bushwig year-round. This time, Chase takes over Dixon Place with another rowdy, dirty version of her "colostomy cabaret calamity” with pianist James Sheppard. Look out for drunken song covers, vicious crowd interactions and brilliant gems of gibberish from the superheroic diva. Not to be missed.

Dixon Place , Lower East Side Thursday July 19 2018


Yes Gawd! At his monthly queer comedy throwdown, pop-culture maven Bobby Hankinson hosts some of his favorite queer comedians and performers for songs, sketches and stories. Hankinson kicks off an epic summer of storytelling shows with the July 20 edition, which boasts Dave Mizzoni, Hann Cowger, Jimmy Schatz, Rodney Daniels and Jesse Roth. 

Pete's Candy Store , Williamsburg Friday July 20 2018 - Saturday August 18 2018


The stunt of the summer is on. Producer Jessa Angel transforms the Museum of Sex into a queer pop paradise ruled by the city's fiercest POC party monsters, with a sweaty soundtrack of Selena, Shakira and Azealia keeping the dance floor burning. Beats come from DJs Young Wavy Fox, Soda Pop and Jessa Angel; and count on outrageous sets from go-go dancers Pan Dulce and Alex Jackson; along with hosts Andersen Anderson, Remy Duran, Matt McMahon, Airik Henderson, Zuni, Ruby Fox, Rbatz, Eliel Cruz and Radical Pom. Show up early and don't serve a sweat-proof look. 

Museum of Sex (MoSex) , Flatiron Saturday July 21 2018 - Sunday July 22 2018

Fire Island Dance Festival

Choreographers and performers from around the world hit the Pines for this annual weekend showcase. This year's installment boasts Dancing with the Stars' Carrie Ann Inaba, choreographers Camille A. Brown, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon and more. Look out for innovative performances by the sand from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Robert Fairchild. Proceeds benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS. 

Various locations Saturday July 21 2018 - Sunday July 22 2018
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