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
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Photograph: Courtesy Elisabeth Fuchsia
By David Goldberg |
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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.

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Viva La Diva

icon-location-pin Club Cumming, East Village
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When it comes to hands-in-the-air, pretension-free queer joy, DJ William Francis always gives the people what they want. The dashing discaire celebrates divas of every great era at this weekly rager, suited perfectly for Club Cumming's timeless East Village vibe. 

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Karen Chee, Larry Owens
Photograph: Courtesy Bridget Badore
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Decolonize Your Mind

icon-location-pin Union Hall, Park Slope
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They're smart, they're mercilessly funny, and they're connected. Join the unstoppable power pack of Larry Owens and Karen Chee as they shut down systematic societal gibberish with the help of their hilarious friends. February's edition is a banger of fully funny intersectionality, with Hari Kondabolu, Benito Skinner, Joyelle Johnson, Karolena Theresa, Xazmin Garza and Lorelei Ramirez hitting the Union Hall stage. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Elisabeth Fuchsia
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Switch N' Play

icon-location-pin National Sawdust, Williamsburg
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Brooklyn's most subversive ensemble brings their outrageous brand of drag and burlesque to National Sawdust for their annual VAMP blowout. Witness gender-obliterating, hyper-inclusive comedy and stunts from the mischievous minds of Divina GranSparkle, K.James, Miss Malice, Nyx Nocturne, Pearl Harbor, Vigor Mortis, and Zoe Ziegfeld,alongside guest artists Vander Von Odd and Miscallaneous Dom Top. 

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Romy & Michele's Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance

icon-location-pin Club Cumming, East Village
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DJ Bright Light Bright Light’s joyous tribute to the still-untouchable heroines of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion delivers a consistent stream of Mariah Carey, Scissor Sisters, Bette Midler and TLC to a merry band of adorable acolytes. Share your favorites on the DJ booth via Post-it and revel in the fact that you look totally cutting edge.

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Otter Box

icon-location-pin The Deep End, Ridgewood
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Dig into this dope, dirty night of dancing at the Deep End every Sunday, at which you'll find a game queer crowd not ready to give up its weekend. Look out for rowdy go-go boys and unstoppable drag acts to keep the wild shenanigans going. 

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Sucker Punch Comedy

icon-location-pin Stand Up NY, Upper West Side
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Justin Zirilli brings his all-star LGBTQ stand-up showcase to the Stand Up New York. For the January edition, he's joined by Paris Sashay, Christine Meehan Berg, Ali Clayton, Justin Randall, Jaye McBride, Gianmarco Soresi, Gus Constantellis and Justin Covington.

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Hot Rabbit

One of our favorite parties in NYC continues its total nightlife domination with a new residency at Drom. Step into a wicked, wild arena for women-identifying revelers and their queer buddies, featuring aerialists, dope DJs, late-night food and drink specials and go-go dancers of different genders ready to entice you. 

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Club Evolution
Photograph: Alex Strada
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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.

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Homotown

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.

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Photograph: Courtesy Tom Bianchi
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“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.

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