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 July.

The White Dress by Roger Q. Mason

July 6—20

Part religious rite, part dance/performance, The White Dress is Jonathan Howard’s genderqueer coming-of-age journey through familial shaming, peer bullying, and unrequited love to redefine what male looks, sounds and feels like. Underscored live by Brooklyn-based DJ SunSon PDX and directed and choreographed by Adin Walker, The White Dress features a music and movement score that accentuates Jonathan’s odyssey to be free in their own skin.
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Voss Events Drag Brunch

July 7

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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Queer|Art|Film screening of “Thank God It’s Friday”

July 8

Christian John Wikane presents “Thank God It’s Friday”
(Robert Klane, 1978)

It’s Friday night, 1978, and a crowd of cool cats are headed to LA’s hottest disco looking for love, lust, drugs, and dancing! Most famous among them is Donna Summer, who plays an aspiring singer trying to convince the disco’s DJ to let her perform her new song “Last Dance” (which quickly became Summer’s biggest hit). Tonight’s guest presenter, music journalist and essayist Christian John Wikane, is a veritable scholar of disco and an expert on all things related to tonight’s film. Wikane will be organizing a panel with some of disco’s biggest aficionados to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Last Dance” winning an Oscar, Grammy, and cementing itself as a timeless anthem of the disco genre.
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July 9 – July 14

The 20th anniversary tour of the celebrated ’90s next-generation musical arrives at the Pantages as part of an ongoing national tour. A retelling of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent remains popular for its timeless profile of seven young artistic outcasts as they embrace gender, sexuality and love. Fighting for joy, friendship and creativity in the face of fear, Rent is more relevant now than ever.
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A Hotsy Totsy Burlesque tribute to Harry Potter and the Sexy Hallows

July 11

Once again Harry Potter and his pals come to celebrate his birthday with Cherry Pitz and the performers at Hotsy Totsy Burlesque and this year she has organized a special birthday party where she promises that nothing will go wrong again. But Harry is not used ot calm and happy, and when things indeed do begin to go wonky Cherry suspects it is Harry himself that is causing the trouble and organizes and intervention hopefully she can get Doctor Phil on board to help.
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“Bar Dykes” by Merril Mushroom (NYC Premiere!)

July 11 – August 3

In Bar Dykes, playwright Merril Mushroom, drawing on her experiences as a lesbian in the Deep South and New York City in the pre-Stonewall era, transports us into the hidden subculture of lesbian society in mid-century America, and into the women and their relationships in a precarious time.
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Bike, Zip, and Raft Zoar

July 13 – July 14

Cool-off this summer with other LGBTQ adventurists on an adrenaline-packed trip rafting and ziplining (or mountain biking) the Zoar Gap with Get Out And Trek.
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Pretty Please

July 19

This drag show requires good manners! Pretty Please is presented by rockstar drag king Maxxx Pleasure and Baby’s All Right, and features drag performers that will have you asking for more! Come on Friday, July 19, to see Miss Toto (Miami’s premiere gender-bending body-building drag queen), Maxxx Pleasure, Jenn d’Role, Show Ponii, and Andramada, with Angelica Frankenstein as your host and DJ TenYards on tunes!
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Fire Island Dance Festival

July 20

The charitable event of the Fire Island summer returns this July 19-21 as Fire Island Dance Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. Don’t miss world-class dance ranging from ballet to Broadway set on a picturesque waterfront stage on the Fire Island Pines’ Great South Bay, as well as unparalleled opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow Fire Islanders. This year’s lineup features choreography by Kyle Abraham, Emmy Award winner Al Blackstone, Michelle Dorrance, the legendary Paul Taylor, Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon and more.
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RISK! Live Storytelling Show at Caveat, NYC

July 25

RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public, hosted by Kevin Allison of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe, The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles and has featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly RISK! podcast gets over one million downloads each month. called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.” Hosted by Kevin Allison
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Princess Lockeroo Presents Waack to the Future Africa

July 27

Join Princess Lockerooo for a night of dancing, spellbinding dance battles & performances from some of the best Waackers and Voguers in the world. Waack to the Future attracts some of the greatest talent from across the globe to contest in an all-or-nothing dance showdown, featuring a star-studded cast of NY’s top choreographers and top tier dance industry judges. This year’s theme is AFRICA! The final battles will ignite to the sound of live African drumming. Grab a fancy drink, enjoy a vegan treat, and don’t forget to strike a pose at the photo booth. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.
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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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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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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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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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If you are going to be traveling this July, these are a few of the Pride celebrations happening around the world

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Last modified: July 19, 2019