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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: Jeff Eason
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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


Dina Martina: Christmas Show

You might mistake her for an elegant rodeo clown, but superstar drag artist Dina Martina is a 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 Christmas show features "overburdened costumes" and accompanist Chris Jeffries.

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Until Mon Nov 28

On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits

Seminal Rolling Stone photographer Mark Seliger shares images of New Yorkers from his new book of photography On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories, co-written by Janet Mock. View mesmerizing images of trans, genderqueer and drag New Yorkers featuring their own testimonies at this stunning exhibition.

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231 Projects Until Saturday January 7 2017


Queer black and Latinx collective Freak the Mic. hosts this regular showcase of Harlem and Bronx talent, featuring storytelling and poetry, along with chances for the crowd to come together with karaoke, dancing and plenty of eats from the Nabe kitchen.

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Until Wed Nov 30


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 December 9 2016 - Friday December 23 2016

LGBT Night at The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden’s annual LGBT Bar Car night celebrating the annual Holiday Train Show kicks out the kids and brings out the bar as you enjoy live music, ice sculptures, spiked cocoa and more. Dec. 2.

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02 Dec 2016

Hot Rabbit

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 December 9 2016 - Friday December 23 2016

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Holly Dae, Bootsie Lefaris, Pixie Aventura and Brenda Dharling share the bill for this holiday send-up, now in its fifth year. Expect high-energy dance numbers, glittery costumes and wrongheaded twists on Chrismas classics like "The 12 Drunks of Christmas," plus a special tribute to Bea Arthur.

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Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe , Hell's Kitchen Friday December 9 2016


Head to Cielo at the Mayfair for a relaxed night of crowd-pleasing jams from your favorite divas and queens from the past and present. While Britney, Christina, Left Eye and Aaliyah play all night, revisit classic N64 games (GoldenEye, anyone?), snag cheap drink specials (two for one vodka soads), and even play some sloppy beer pong.

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Mayfair New York Times Square , Midtown West Friday January 6 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

Gay Secrets of the Met

Meet at the statue of the Sphinx and let professor Andrew Lear whisk you through eons of queer history immortalized in the famed museum's halls. Learn about same-sex rituals in New Guinea, inspect homoerotic vases from ancient Greece, and get to know major artistic forces from Caravaggio to Gertrude Stein. After the tour, the group heads to the one of the Met's bars for drinks and discussion.

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Saturday December 3 2016


When it comes to wild lap dances, perky go-go boys and a steamy back room, this weekly party at Pieces takes the cake. Ms. Holly Dae performs quick drag numbers and hosts the night with DJ Xavier Mazara spinning the perfect top 40 tunes to a tiny towel show that might raise a few flags.

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Pieces , West Village Sunday December 4 2016 - Monday February 20 2017
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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