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The best LGBT things to do in New York this week

We've got all of our picks of the best parties, events, performances and more LGBT things to do in NYC this week.

Leslie-Lohman Museum Block Party
Courtesy: Leslie-Lohman Museum
By Time Out contributors |

Every week there are a plethora of LGBT things to do in NYC. Whether you’re looking for drag shows, LGBT-themed plays, talks or world-class gay bars and gay clubs in NYC. This week there is a comic convention just for the LGBT community, Flame Con. If you like your art with a little more introspection and a little less cosplay, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is throwing their annual block party


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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Club Evolution
Photograph: Alex Strada

Lunes Picantes

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.

Henrietta Hudson


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.

Untitled, 674Fire Island Pines
Photograph: Courtesy Tom Bianchi

“Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983”

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.

Ryan Raftery as Martha Stewart (low-res)
Photograph: Courtesy Joe's Pub
Music, Cabaret and standards

Ryan Raftery: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart

After scoring a hit with a solo musical devoted to Vogue's Anna Wintour and her discontents—and then another about Bravo diva wrangler Andy Cohen—the boyish and persistently irreverent singer-actor Raftery returns to Joe's with new camp biography. This one uses pop music to tell the story of style maven, media titan and ex-prisoner Martha Stewart.

Dungeons & Drag Kings
Photograph: Courtesy Jong Clemente

Dungeons & Drag Kings

Anja Keister and Lee Valone host this mad monthly night of gender-bending, kink and geek ecstasy at Talon. Witness inventive drag from Valone and JJ Sparks and gagworthy burlesque from Ms. Suki E, Trinity Starlight and Qualms Galore.

2Scoops: Legally Oblig8ted
Photograph: Courtesy John Keon
Music, Cabaret and standards

2Scoops: Legally Oblig8ted

Aaron Fuksa and Adam Enright play former bandmates from 2Scoops, a fictional ’90s pop duo better known for its breakups and comebacks than for its music. Watch the divas rap and battle like it’s 1996 at this outrageous show, which features special guest appearances from Allison Guinn and Anna Marquardt, and plenty of sass.

Photograph: Courtesy Maro Hagopian

Yas Mama

Hannah Lit and Horrorchata spin a delicious night of Latina bangers, featuring your favorite pop songs from Selena, Paulina Rubio and beyond. Momo Shade performs.



This party for Arab men and their friends offers belly dancers and a sexy, sweaty crowd dancing to Mediterranean dance tunes.


Big Gay Roller Skate

Skate to the sounds of Xanadu and Beyoncé at this joyous dudes’ night on the rink. Enjoy a full menu and cocktails, jams from DJ William Francis and totally insane drag performances. Just in time for Flame Con, this superhero edition welcomes you to serve your most spectacular capes and spandex at the LeFrak Center. 

Isaac Oliver
Photograph: Luke Fontana

Isaac Oliver Won’t Stand for This

If David Sedaris and Fran Lebowitz had a baby who wrote about subways, theater patrons and blow jobs, he might be a lot like Isaac Oliver. The hilarious and poignant comic essayist is also a deft deliverer of his own work; at Joe's Pub he shares new work as well as pieces from his compulsively readable debut collection, Intimacy Idiot.

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