The Best LGBTQ Things to Do This Month in NYC

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Looking for gay events in NYC? Whether you’re looking for drag shows, parties talks & lectures, film screenings, theater, or art exhibits, Metrosource is your guide to the NYC queer scene. Our complete calendar of LGBT things to do is just a click away, but here are a few handpicked favorite queer events this November.

Black Grace

October 29 – November 3

Performing a “strikingly imaginative fusion of traditional Samoan/Maori dance and contemporary styles” (The Boston Globe), New Zealand’s Black Grace makes its Joyce debut with a selection of works choreographed by founder and artistic director Neil Ieremia spanning the company’s 24-year history. A US premiere, Kiona and the Little Bird Suite, draws from signature pieces (Pati Pati and Gathering Clouds), utilizing body percussion and incorporating live drumming, singing and chanting. Excerpts from recent full-length works include Crying Men, which explores masculinity from a Pacific perspective, and As Night Falls, set to music by Vivaldi.
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New York Coming Out Conference

October 30 – November 3

New York Coming Out is an international transgender conference where we welcome all individuals within the transgender spectrum, along with their families, friends, and loved ones. Come celebrate your uniqueness within the transgender community and learn, inspire, and make an impact on the lives of others!
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Tan France Meet & Greet at Foxwoods!

November 3

Queer Eye star Tan France is heading to Foxwoods Resort Casino to enjoy a jam-packed New England weekend, including an exclusive public meet-and-greet on November 3rd from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to have their photo taken and get up close and personal with television’s most beloved fashion designer and expert.
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The Wonder Bar Boys: EXposed!

November 4

Billy Anderson and John Hume are The Wonder Bar Boys: EXposed! New York City rock icons to play Club Cumming on the eve of the New York elections. Experience a rapturous, raucous good time with The Boys! Witness these phoenixes rising, revealing their explicit opulence, exposing them as the diabolical diamonds in the rough they are. Unclad! Uncloaked! Vulnerable! Join them on an odd-yssey to the Eighth Stage of Extravaganza. Come conflict free! Stop yelling, start singing! Stop fighting, start loving! Stop hating and start celebrating! EXpose yourself!
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New York Comedy Festival Presents Häus Party Show

November 4

As part of the New York Comedy Festival, stunt queens Zach Teague & Drew Lausch are back for their acclaimed Häus Party Show on November 4th at 8PM at Manhattan’s premier avant-garde performance space, PUBLIC Arts, for a night of comedy, drag, glitter & dance.
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It’s Snow Time – GOAT Winter Launch Party

November 6

It’s Snow Time!!! Celebrate with other LGBTQ skiers and snowboarders as Get Out And Trek (GOAT) launches their 2020 winter ski season. GOAT is giving away 2 IKON ski passes (and more!
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Musical Comedy at the Duplex with Sally Ann Hall

November 6

Cabaret and comedy fans, rejoice! The Duplex’s own Sally Ann Hall hosts an evening of musical hilarity featuring New York legends and bright new stars in one of the city’s most historic venues, as part of the New York Comedy Festival.

Performances by…
Rebecca Vigil (Netflix)
Reformed Whores (ICF, Glamour)
Dylan Adler (UCB, Club Cumming)
Kim Dinaro (Someecards, Reductress)
Shawn Hollenbach (Comedy Central)
Benny and Griff (The Producer’s Club)
Sami Schwaeber (iHeart Radio)
Mark Benjamin (New York Times)
Maggie Lalley (Edinburgh Fringe, McSweeney’s)
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Queer Film Theory 101-November!

November 6

Queer Film Theory 101 is a monthly comedy show, hosted by Veronica Garza (MTV), where LGBTQ performers “out” the films that influenced their identity. It’s free and fabulous!
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“The Lesbian Agenda” at the New York Comedy Festival

November 6

Did you hear that lesbians are taking over? It’s all thanks to Sophie Santos & her Lesbian Agenda! Megan Rapinoe gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated? We did that. The Anti-Discrimination Bill being passed in the House? Good job us. Brandi Carlile winning a grammy? You’re so welcome! The Lesbian Agenda is proud to be infiltrating every major sport, pop culture, government & Hollywood outlet.

Sophie Santos brings you her Agenda (that is 1000% working), with this banging comedy show. Buckle up those Birkenstocks ladies… she’s got big plans! This month’s lineup includes standup from Ali Kolbert (The Tonight Show), musical and sketch comedy from comedians Jessica Henderson & Sami Schwaeber, and Lesbian Icons Emma Mcilroy (CEO of Wildfang) & Arlan Hamilton (Founder of Backstage Capital).

Sophie Santos was named “One Of The LGBTQ POC Comedians You Should Know” by Time Out New York. She has written for shows on Bravo and MTV. Her memoir will be published by Jill Soloway’s imprint, Topple Books in April 2021. Santos has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Kennedy Center.
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The World Stripped Bare / FCGN by GO NAKED

November 7

Who: 21+, predominantly cis men, we welcome ALL BODIES – young folx, gay folx, bi folx, straight folx, folx of color, folx of all body types, all languages, all abilities – there is no room for discrimination here.

What: All nude, social event, intended to make friends in a social environment. 8:00pm-1:00am bar remains open and nude until 4:00am. Free Mandatory clothes check, ID required for entry.

Guests: Please invite guests willing to get naked, contribute a social environment, party responsibly, respect boundaries, and celebrate all bodies.
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The New York Comedy Festival Presents: Randy Rainbow Live

November 9

No, he’s not really dating Mel Gibson, but he is performing at this year’s New York Comedy Festival! We’re talking about Randy Rainbow, the openly fabulous YouTube star who has a talent for staging outlandish faux encounters with both Hollywood and Washington, D.C. celebs and sticking it to Donald Trump with showtune parodies like “You’re Making Things Up Again, Donald”(to the tune of “Making Things Up” from Book of Mormon) and “Fact Checker” (a playful spin on “Matchmaker” from the Broadway classic, Fiddler on the Roof). Rainbow is certain to rustle a few feathers when he brings his antics to the Beacon Theatre on November 9th as part of the annual stand-up comedy event, taking place at various venues across the city November 4-10.
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Darlinda Just Darlinda: One Woman Rainbow

November 10

The Village Voice dubbed Queer Performance Art Burlesque Performer, Darlinda Just Darlinda “Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza,” and after 15 years in the entertainment world Darlinda Just Darlinda is turning over a new colorful leaf! In Fall 2018 she wrote Untitled Rainbow Project with a cast of 8 performers. She’s on a rainbow kick with the world premier of “One Woman Rainbow” (Untitled Rainbow Project Abridged)!

“One Woman Rainbow” is Darlinda Just Darlinda’s one woman performance art variety show! Join her as she takes you on a participatory journey through the colors of the rainbow. “One Woman Rainbow” explores the guiding depths of the rainbow color chakras in an autobiographical dance theater multimedia color explosion!
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Night Out for Trevor!

November 14

Night Out for Trevor is a happy hour fundraiser designed to support The Trevor Project’s life-saving work. Come enjoy an open bar sponsored by Three Olives® Vodka, meet local and national Trevor representatives, and learn about ways you can support LGBTQ youth in the months ahead!

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people. We work to save young lives by providing support through free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs on platforms where young people spend their time: our 24/7 phone lifeline, chat, text and soon-to-come integrations with social media platforms.

100% of the ticket sales will go to support The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention services.

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New Plays from Taiwan: What’s Next After Marriage Equality?

November 14

In May 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Join us for an evening with Taiwanese playwrights, Chao Chi-Yun (趙啟運), Lin Meng-Huan (林孟寰), and Liu Chien-Kuo (劉建幗), who have created short plays embracing the achievements and struggles of this historic moment. This evening will feature three staged readings performed by a stellar cast of New York-based actors and directed by Michael Leibenluft of Gung Ho Projects. The readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwrights, curators, director, and translator Jeremy Tiang moderated by Linnea Valdivia, Literary Manager for the National Queer Theater.
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Nature Boy / FCGN by GO NAKED

November 15

Who: 21+, predominantly cis men, we welcome ALL BODIES – young folx, gay folx, bi folx, straight folx, folx of color, folx of all body types, all languages, all abilities – there is no room for discrimination here.

What: All nude, social event, intended to make friends in a social environment. 8:00pm-1:00am bar remains open and nude until 4:00am. Free Mandatory clothes check, ID required for entry.

Guests: Please invite guests willing to get naked, contribute a social environment, party responsibly, respect boundaries, and celebrate all bodies.
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Lip Sync For A Life

November 20

Come and Lip Sync at our Hump Day Happy Hour!! This is a popular show where you can challenge your friends/coworkers to Lip-Sync popular songs from today and yesterday. Prize for the best performance!! Special guest performers!! FREE Admission.
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A Sip With Vodka, Paige Turner and Friends at Club Cumming!

November 20

A Sip With Vodka, Paige Turner and Friends is a variety show hosted by drag performer Paige Turner and Natasha Ivonevska Solyanka Split Pea Vodka (played by actress Sarah Lazarus). This epic night will feature the cast and creative team members of “A Sip With Vodka: A Russian Guide To Becoming A Real Housewife And Making It In America., a new digital comedy series. A Sip With Vodka follows the story of a Russian immigrant who moves to NYC with her son in the hopes of becoming a Real Housewife and cabaret star. The team includes comedians Zach Zimmerman, Tai Leclaire, Andy Vega, and Shannon Constantine; Singer/songwriter, Lyda and off-broadway composer, playwright and cabaret performer Billy Recce. Known as the illegitimate love child of Pee-wee Herman and Barbie, Showbiz Spitfire Paige Turner is a staple of nightlife and cabaret throughout New York City. This tawdry blonde bombshell is known for her outlandish mayhem and foolishness and always leaves her audiences wanting more.
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Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall

Through December 8

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising — a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. The exhibition draws its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, underscoring both the precariousness and the vitality of LGBTQ+ communities.

The exhibition presents twenty-two LGBTQ+ artists born after 1969 whose works grapple with the unique conditions of our political time, and question how moments become monuments. Through painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video, these artists engage interconnected themes of revolt, commemoration, care, and desire.
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The Donna Summer Musical

Through December 31

Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”
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Last modified: November 14, 2019