Best LGBT things to do
If you've ever clocked the amount of cute boys wearing tight Batgirl t-shirts on convention floors around the country, you'd know that every comic con was gay. But, luckily, NYC hosts one of the country's finest explicitly-queer affairs. Now in its fifth year, this epic assembly of queer fandom moves from Brooklyn to Manhattan for its biggest edition yet at Sheraton Times Square. The weekend lights up on Saturday night with the Fire Ball at the Cutting Room. Look out for drag and burlesque divas taking on your favorite pop culture characters, and be sure to show up in a cosplay look that makes you want to dance like Adam West's Batman. As for the convention, brace yourself for two packed days of panels, performances, costumes and enough merch to satisfy you for a full calendar year; along with signings and appearances by comics favorites like Mariko Tamaki, Josh Trujillo and Melanie Gillman. Start planning your costumes now: It's not as easy as you think to make a patent leather catsuit!
IFC's always-excellent queer viewing series roars back with a killer 2019 season. The summer season promises a high camp showcase worthy of World Pride, with screenings of Split, Death Becomes Her, Thank God It's Friday and 9 to 5.
The persecution of LGBT people in Uganda is the subject of English playwright Chris Urch's 2015 family drama about a closeted gay man and his preacher brother. Kenyan-American director Saheem Ali directs the U.S. premiere for Lincoln Center Theater.
Meet at the arch at Washington Square Park and cruise through eons of queer history in the nexus of the West Village. Along with an expert queer tour guide, you'll journey through the gay nexus's history (back to the 1630s), indulge in a complimentary cone at Big Gay Ice Cream, hit up bars like Marie's Crisis and the Stonewall, and learn about the continued battles that queer activists face in NYC and beyond.
While we adore going to museums, in these waning days of summer you just want to be outside. The folks at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art are thinking along the same wavelength and bring the art into the greater outdoors for their annual block party. This year the focus is being turned towards "Being Seen Makes a Movement Possible," this year's QUEERPOWER Façade Public Art Installation by JEB (Joan E. Biren). And while you check out the art remember, it's also a party. So there will be music by ADAIR, treats by Sweetface Snoballs and art-making activities for kids.
He’s worked with Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue and just about every downtown act in NYC. Now composer, pianist and performer Lance Horne hosts his own wild night of singing, drinking and dancing, strip-teasing and bad behavior at the East Village nightlife hub Club Cumming. Expect advanced show-tune geekery and appearances by Broadway stars looking to get down by the piano. Plan on sleeping in on Tuesday.
Mark Mauriello and Andrew Barret Cox's queer nightclub musical immerses audiences in a secret future bunker at which culture has been whittled down to "sequins, reality television and the complete works of Oscar Wilde." Shira Milkowsky directs for the Neon Coven.
Among this club night’s selling points are host Laura Martinez, DJs Freddy and Joss, tequila drink specials and sexy sombrero-wearing bartenders. There’s no better place in town to shake to reggaetón and cumbia.
Head to Henrietta Hudson every Thursday for a seemingly endless happy hour (till midnight, seriously) and chill jams from veteran DJ Tikka Masala, who keeps you grinning all night with beloved soul and hip-hop classics.
During the 1970s, one of New York’s many gay golden ages, photographer Tom Bianchi captured love, sex and freedom among gay men in the paradise retreat of Fire Island. This show exhibits Bianchi’s white-hot Polaroids from his new printed collection.