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 has got you covered. Our complete calendar of LGBT things to do is just a click away, but here are a few handpicked favorite queer events this May.

Cher at Barclays Center

The legendary Goddess of Pop Cher will bring her Here We Go Again tour to Barclays Center on Thursday, May 2, featuring special guests Nile Rodgers & CHIC.*

*Special guests subject to change.
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Cher at the Prudential Center

The ONE and ONLY Cher is set to hit the road with the Here We Go Again Tour and will include a stop at Prudential Center! Following the recent global success and rave reviews for Cher’s role in the Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again film, the multi-award winning singer, actress and show-stopping performer will be crossing the U.S. for the first time in five years. Cher is expected to perform many of her hits along with some new songs from the Dancing Queen album – Cher’s tribute to the music of ABBA.
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Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall

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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Dialogues des Carmélites

Set in Paris at the start of the French Revolution, Dialogues des Carmélites weaves the mournful tale of a nun’s undying faith and her path to martyrdom. John Dexter’s riveting production of Francis Poulenc’s classic tragedy will be led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and sung in French by leading ladies Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano) and Karita Mattila (soprano).
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Tribeca Celebrates Pride

Grab your seat at an unforgettable symposium of talks, films and panels to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, including one-on-one interviews with LGBTQ+ boldfaced names like actor Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell, AIDS activist and playwright Larry Kramer, Billions and Orange Is The New Black actor Asia Kate Dillon, and more, with panel conversations on topics including activism through the ages, gay Hollywood, media visibility, seeking asylum as an LGBTQ+ refugee, and being out in political office.
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Voss Events Drag Brunch

Unleash your inner diva at our world famous Drag Brunch at Highline Ballroom with wild performances by NYC’s top female impersonators and special guests from the hit television series RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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Live Out Loud 18th Annual Young Trailblazers Gala

Live Out Loud’s Young Trailblazers Gala is our annual event where we bring together 400 donors, corporate supporters, elected officials and youth scholarship winners to celebrate Live Out Loud’s life-affirming educational programming for LGBTQ+ youth. At the event, we will honor advocates in the community who further our mission, and we will be awarding $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors for their leadership in the LGBTQ community – our favorite moment of the evening.
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Patience & Sarah

Hunter Opera Theater in Association with American Opera Projects present Paula Kimper’s “Patience & Sarah.” Set in Connecticut in the Winter of 1816, the opera tells the powerful story of two young women who meet, fall in love, and resolve to devote their lives to each other.
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Spirit of New York Mother’s Day Cruise

Make this Mother’s Day celebration one you’ll always remember and treat the family to the best views of the iconic city skyline for a special day on the water aboard the Spirit of New York. This fun and festive cruise promises a relaxed atmosphere with a delicious buffet-style meal offering salads, entrees, and dessert dishes (with options for everyone!), DJ entertainment, games, and unbeatable skyline views to make this Mother’s Day truly spectacular! Step outside to the rooftop lounge where the entire family will enjoy NYC’s most iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more!
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Join us for a night of comedy, characters and storytelling that’s sure to make Mike Pence uncomfortable. It’s not just gay, it’s GAAAAAYYYYY. Gay like The B-52s are gay. Gay like Hocus Pocus is gay. Gay like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is gay. Come for the laughs, stay for the fresh faces in your Grindr grid.
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The Stonewall Operas

These four brand-new 30-minute operas are written and composed by alums of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, as part of the Advanced Opera Lab led by Randall Eng, Associate Arts Professor of GMTW, and Sam Helfrich, Associate Arts Professor of Design for Stage & Film at Tisch. The operas are designed by Tisch students from the Design Department and choreographed by students from the Dance Department, directed by students from the New School, and performed by professional opera singers from American Opera Projects. Some of the works are set on the night of the Stonewall uprising; others focus on Stonewall’s impact on societies as disparate as contemporary Ukraine and a post-apocalyptic 2418.
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Doric Wilson’s “Street Theater” at The Eagle NYC

The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS) has been invited to participate in World Pride events at The Eagle NYC on Monday May 20, 2019 with a concert reading of our founder Doric Wilson’s Street Theater, his 1981 play about the moments prior to the Stonewall uprising.

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Set in Greenwich Village on June 28 1969, shortly before the first brick was thrown at the Stonewall Inn, Doric Wilson’s legendary satire Street Theater follows the exploits of the cruisers, drag queens, undercover cops, dykes, hippies, mobsters and bystanders (innocent and otherwise) as they catapult toward the moment that changed the course of history.
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P!nk: Beautiful Trauma World Tour

After major success and high demand, esteemed performer and international pop star P!NK brings her Beautiful Trauma World tour back to Madison Square Garden for two more nights! The Beautiful Trauma World tour stops back in Manhattan for 5/21 and 5/22 2019!

*date subject to change due to playoffs
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Amore Opera Presents Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera”

Opening on Friday evening, May 24, 2019, Amore will present Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” (May 25-June 2, 2019) in eight performances. On Saturday evening, June 1st, the performance of “Un Ballo” will be followed by a Masquerade Party to celebrate the finale of Amore Opera’s tenth season, featuring champagne, hors d’oeuvres, disguises & prizes for every participant.
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The Ultimate Tantric Massage

Jason Tantra developed The Ultimate Tantric Massage over 10 years, during his in-depth study of secret techniques from the timeless, ancient body of Tantra. This weekend is designed for you to learn The Ultimate Tantric Massage directly from Jason. It’s simpler than you think, but there are many secret tricks that can only be learned from Jason directly. After a few teaching sessions you will be able to practice and experience the massage by yourself, with other course participants. You will give and receive The Ultimate Tantric Massage at least once, and have lots of hands-on practice and hot fun throughout the entire weekend. You will go home afterwards with a sense of awe and wonder at an experience like no other.
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Next Generation Mental Health Symposium: Bullying and Mental Health

Join Hope for Depression Research Foundation, the leading non-profit dedicated solely to advanced depression research, for an urgent mental health conversation.
At a time of rising depression and suicide rates among our nation’s youth, this program is designed to educate adults and teens on the nature of children’s mental health issues and how to access help. It aims to increase understanding and awareness and reduce stigma attached to mental illness
All panelists will discuss issues relevant to bullying and victimization including immediate and long-term effects on health and quality of life, and bullying prevention and effective interventions.
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GLOW: 50 Years of Callen-Lorde

(New York, New York) April 30, 2019 – Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the local non-profit providing sensitive, quality healthcare targeted to New York’s Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgender communities free of judgment and regardless of ability to pay since 1969, today announced that it will present GLOW: 50 Years of Callen-Lorde, a historic five decade anniversary party and fundraiser that will take place on Friday, May 31st from 5pm to 9pm at Union Park (6 East 18th Street). The event will be hosted by actress, singer, television personality and activist Peppermint with music by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 star Honey Davenport. More special guests to be announced.
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The Governors Ball Music and Arts Festival

Now in its ninth year, The Governors Ball Music and Arts Festival returns to beautiful Randall’s Island for three days of performances from such world-renowned acts as English indie rockers Florence + The Machine, hip-hop legend Nas and electro visionary Gesaffelstein. In addition to four stages of non-stop entertainment, the festival also features a decadent food lineup, which in the past has included critically acclaimed bites from the renowned Ramen Burger to Korilla’s signature Korean BBQ tacos. Finish your visit with a few rounds of mini-golf and you’ll understand why GovBallNYC may be the best way to kick off summer in the city! Three-day and one-day tickets are now available.
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Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now

Through January 5, 2020

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now will show the groundbreaking work of gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The prolific artist captured the images of famous folks like his friend Patti Smith, as well as striking self-portraits and images of the S&M scene that drew controversy during Mapplethorpe’s lifetime. This exhibition will also showcase artists who succeeded Robert Mapplethorpe, portraying self and/or the body with similar frankness and beauty. These artists will include Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Lyle Ashton Harris, Glenn Ligon, Catherine Opie, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. This exhibition runs January 25-July 24, 2019, closes briefly, and reopens July 24, 2019-January 5, 2020 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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Kim Sings Kylie – at Joe’s Pub!

May 28

Australian cabaret performer Kim David Smith salutes summer, NYC Pride and perennial pop goddess, Kylie Minogue with an intimately fabulous cabaret-fantasia, celebrating Kylie’s catalogue of gargantuan hits and glittering deep cuts, from 1987’s “Locomotion,” all the way through to 2018’s “Golden.” Labeled the “male Marlene Dietrich” by the New York Times, Smith deconstructs three decades of Minogue dance anthems with music direction by the multi-MAC Award winning Tracy Stark, and with costumes by Miodrag Guberinic (Katy Perry, Madonna, Nicki Minaj).
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Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Through August 4, Official opening date April 11th

Comedic icons Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin star in the original Broadway “sequel” to William Shakespeare’s epic tragedy. The two on-stage marvels portray servants tasked with the dreadful deed of post-war time cleanup. Written by Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Taylor Mac, and directed by five-time Tony Award winner, George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus will make you wonder “O why should wrath be mute and fury dumb?”. Very dumb indeed.
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“Art after Stonewall”

April 21 — July 21

Art after Stonewall, timed with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, is the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the LGBTQ civil-rights movement on the art world. Much has been written on the impact of the LGBTQ movement on American society and yet almost 50 years after Stonewall, key artists and their works of art are little known. This exhibition, which includes over 150 works of art and related materials, focuses on the work of openly LGBTQ artists like Nan Goldin, Holly Hughes, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tim Miller, Catherine Opie, and Andy Warhol, and considers as well the practices of such artists as Vito Acconci, Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis and Karen Finley in terms of their engagement with a newly emerging queer subculture.
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The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

March 5 – June 6

The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes a collection of works inspired by one of the Eastern world’s most revered literary works.

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated will be the first major loan exhibition in North America to focus on the artistic tradition inspired by Japan’s most celebrated work of literature, The Tale of Genji. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting in the early eleventh-century imperial court, and often referred to as the world’s first psychological novel, the tale recounts the amorous escapades of the “Shining Prince” Genji and introduces some of the most iconic female characters in the history of Japanese literature. Covering the period from the eleventh century to the present, the exhibition will feature more than 120 works, including paintings, calligraphy, silk robes, lacquer wedding set items, a palanquin for the shogun’s bride, and popular art such as ukiyo-e prints and modern manga. Highlights include two National Treasures and several works recognized as Important Cultural Properties. For the first time ever outside Japan, rare works will be on view from Ishiyamadera Temple—where, according to legend, Shikibu started writing the tale
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Hap-penis – Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception

Through May 12

In honor of the 50th anniversary of a Japanese tradition, Kanamara Matsuri, Festival of the Steel Phallus, La Vie Galerie LLC is presenting a special exhibit by international artist Kou Shou –Hap-penis. The images are lyrical and fun with the penis being personified in everyday activities. The exhibit runs from March 31 to May 12, 2019 with an Opening Reception on March 31st from 12 – 4pm.
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Through July 11

safeword., an exploration of power dynamics through BDSM and food, reveals how the people closest to us often have the most to hide. An unlikely meeting between New York City neighbors fosters a new friendship among two couples, laden with secrets. After an incident in which everything is revealed, they must all come to grips with the pieces of themselves they keep most hidden.
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