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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

Holly Dae

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


Frankie’s at the Jane Hotel

DJ Nita Aviance and rotating guests lead fun-seeking ravers, club kids, muscle boys and fashion deviants on a midweek binge in the ballroom. Staying late will be rewarded with live music and drag performances.

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The Jane , West Village Tuesday March 28 2017 - Wednesday April 19 2017

White Elephant Burlesque

Viktor Devonne’s weekly downtown affair gets saucy and sexy with a rotating roster of the burlesque boys and girls of NYC. With insane themes that range from geeky to gory, this act promises a bizarre, high-energy and totally titillating night.

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Rockbar , West Village Wednesday March 29 2017 - Thursday June 8 2017

Dinner with the Divas

NYC’s 20 year-old drag hub Lips welcomes you to enjoy a night of old-school dinner theater while master impersonator Jesse Volt buzzes on and off stage as Joan Rivers, Cher, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry and more. Try not to blink: you may miss a costume change.

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Lips , Midtown East Thursday March 30 2017 - Thursday June 22 2017

Kink Thursdays

Bears, wolves, and otters, oh my! This multi-room bar and club has every caniform you can cruise your way into. You’re guaranteed to find a furry partner at this bondage party, where your wildest fantasies and fetishes come to life. A strict dress code of leather, rubber, belts, and jocks is enforced on the second floor, but the rest of the club is open to any piece of clothing (or lack there of).

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The Eagle , Chelsea Thursday March 30 2017 - Friday July 21 2017

New York’s Next Top Drag Queen

For the fifth year in a row, this hardcore drag arena welcomes the city's toughest queens to sinc, dance and lip-sync their way to eternal glory. Head to Metropolitan Room to witness Constance Busti-ae, Shuga Cain,Diana Carfire, Florence D’Lee, Celah Doore, Jenna Fitz, Emi Grate, Bella Lemay, Easy Mac, Bella Noche, Cherry Poppins and Mildred Scrodum.

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Metropolitan Room , Flatiron Thursday March 30 2017 - Thursday April 13 2017


Gather round and warm your hands as The World Famous *Bob* and Dust Tea Shoulders host a monthly queer storytelling show in this parlor-like Lower East Side lounge above an experimental theater. They serve great cocktails, but you’ll have to BYOS (bring your own s’mores).

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Until Thu Nov 10

Big Gay Sing: Welcome to NY

The always merry men of the NYC Gay Men's Chorus welcome their brethren from Mexico City's Chorus for a night of adoring numbers in celebration of those pesky "New York Values."

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Sunday March 26 2017

Fabulous: Fashion Dance Party

Work it, serve it and live your most opulent fantasy at this divine Brooklyn ball. $100 prizes will be awarded to the Most Extreme, Most Obscene and Worst Fashion, so you better start airing out your Matrix-era patent leather trench now.

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Until Sun Mar 26

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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25 Mar 2017

Murder Mystery at Beardlee Castle

Join a spectacularly campy escapade as Gay Trippers takes you on a boozed-out bus ride (with some drag accompaniment) to Little Neck NY, where you'll get to dig into an over-the-top murder mystery performance over a stacked dinner at the Beardlee Castle. We're guessing the open bar will only make the show better.

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25 Mar 2017
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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