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 August.


The Seashore Variety Hour!

August 1

Paying homage to the rich tradition of American Circus and Sideshow in a family friendly atmosphere, The Seashore Variety Hour includes new music by Portland Oregon favorites, Three For Silver.
in addition, The Seashore Variety Hour presents the extraordinary marionette stylines of Rasputin’s Marionettes.
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Becoming a Dad – Fatherhood for Gay Men Through Surrogacy

August 1

Interested in becoming a gay dad? Fertility specialist John Norian, MD, FACOG, discusses fatherhood through surrogacy in a special seminar for Members and friends of Out Professionals.

Encouraging you to think of his seminar as Surrogacy 101, Dr. Norian plans to discuss how gay couples and single gay men can achieve fatherhood through surrogacy. He is actively involved in all of the detailed clinical care separating him from other practices which helps to ensure the highest success rates with a warm patient-centered experience.

You can expect to take away a better understanding of key issues:

  • What to expect throughout the surrogacy process
  • An overview of the timeline and costs involved in surrogacy
  • The IVF medical process and modern advances to fertility treatments
  • The role and importance of a Patient Advocate
  • How egg donation works
  • Selecting an ideal surrogate
  • The importance of genetic screening of embryos
  • IVF treatment for HIV+ men
  • Legal musts and must-nots

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Through August 11

Based on the smash hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is on stage for a limited run at the Forestburgh Playhouse. The musical tells the heartwarming, uplifting tale of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love The Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!
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“Bar Dykes” by Merril Mushroom

Through 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.

Follow 11 bar dykes as they drink, dance, date, duke it out, and grab a few undisturbed moments. Bar Dykes will be an immersive staging so the audience can experience and eavesdrop on a girls’ night out captured in time as it once was
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Barbra Streisand Live at Madison Square Garden

August 3

Actress, singer, director, composer, producer, author, activist, and best-selling female recording artist, Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career and is the only recording artist or group to achieve number one albums in each of the six consecutive decades. She is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards, as well as Frances Legion d’Honneur, the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented her with the highest civilian honor the United States bestows, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Hot Rabbit Presents: F L O A T – An LGBTQ+ Sunset Boat Party!

August 4

Anchors away, my boys! Step on board a three-deck yacht with some of our favorite queer partymakers, Hot Rabbit! Over Labor Day Weekend, the Hornblower Infinity is transformed into a floating nightclub where guests dance to the beats of award-winning DJs, vogue with go-go dancers, or mix and mingle over expertly crafted cocktails. Don’t miss your chance to get free on the open sea at Hot Rabbit’s only summer boat party.
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August 7 – September 1

Arch is a month-long exhibition celebrating the structures of support that queer collectives provide to the greater LGBTQ community. Each week a different artist or collective displays their unique creations through a gallery “takeover” with projects that range in style from Tripod Sweep, an interactive experience during which artist Savannah Knoop approaches spectators with a Jiu Jitsu-inspired movement (to explore the many qualities of human reaction), to Sin Sol / No Sun, an augmented reality game in which players get an inside look on the devastating impact of climate change on trans, disabled and immigrant communities. Visit the gallery every week in August for surprising new experiences.
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“Bayard”: A New Musical

August 8 – August 10

Bayard: A New Musical celebrates the life of Bayard Rustin, affording long overdue recognition of Bayard’s singular, powerful impact upon the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. Bayard is sponsored through the combined contributions of SCAN New York and Boys and Girls Harbor, with significant co-sponsorship support from Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Facing History and Ourselves.

Bayard Rustin is acknowledged as one of the two or three most pivotal civil rights leaders of the 1960s. He is widely recognized as the architect of the 1963 March on Washington. However, for decades, this great leader, who was often at Dr. King’s side, has been denied his rightful place in history because he was openly gay. Even today, Bayard Rustin’s legacy remains in the shadows.
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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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Gay Speed Dating for Professionals

August 14

If you are a Gay Professional looking to find love, then look no further. You may meet the future love of your life, make a great new friend, or even meet a future business partner. This event caters to New York City’s most eligible bachelors, and have proven to be huge success making lots and lots of couples. You will go on 8 short dates in one night! Each date lasts 6 minutes and is a really fun, quick and easy way for gay men to meet each other. Plus, you will get 3 additional bonus periods where you may meet anyone in the room. If there is mutual chemistry, we will connect the two and you can go on more dates.
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Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha

Through August 18

Brooklyn is where it all started for Russian Ghanaian artist Liz Johnson Artur (b. 1964). While visiting in 1986, she stayed with a Russian family in a predominantly Black neighborhood and began experimenting with her first camera. Having grown up in Bulgaria, Germany, and Russia, she was inspired by her visit to use photography as a way to connect with other people of African descent. Since moving to London in 1991, she has employed photography not only to make a living—publishing work in magazines such as i-D and The Face—but also to document the multiplicity of everyday life in Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean.

Dusha, the Russian word for “soul,” is Johnson Artur’s first solo museum exhibition. It primarily features a selection of photographic works, including photo “sketchbooks” and videos, that draw from her vast Black Balloon Archive. This includes some of her most iconic pictures from the past thirty years as well as new photographs, such as portraits of people associated with a monthly East London club night. A copious selection of the artist’s photographic sketchbooks highlights the ways in which she has organized and conceptualized her Archive since the early 1990s. Two videos and a sound installation show how she focuses on the unique voices of her subjects, from the stories of other Russians of African and Caribbean descent to a visual and audio portrait of legendary Ghanaian photographer James Barnor.

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Celebration: Happy Birthday, Marsha!

August 22

Celebrate the life and legacy of activist Marsha P. Johnson with screenings of Happy Birthday, Marsha! (Sasha Wortzel and Tourmaline, 2018, 14 min.) and Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson (Michael Kasino, 2012, 54 min.). Afterward, join us for a champagne toast and cake to commemorate her 73rd birthday, as well as music by Roze Royze, a Brooklyn DJ who throws the monthly queer hip-hop party SET IT OFF. Thirty percent of proceeds from this event benefit the new Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
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GayLarious The LGBT Stand Up Show—Thurs 8/22

August 22

Gaylarious is the stand-up comedy show featuring a great line-up of NYC’s funniest LGBT and LGBT friendly comedians from TV, radio and comedy clubs across the country. You’ll have a gay ole’ time with a line-up of hysterical comics designed to have you laughing right down to your gay funny bones.

LINE UP: Featuring Jessica Kirson (Bill Burr Presents on Comedy Central, Relatively Sane Podcast) with Justin Covington (Netflix), Joanne Filan (Comedy Cellar, Armed Forces Entertainment), Alex English (Viceland, BET), Rosa Escandón (Laugh Exchange), Jaye McBride (Tale of the City), Jimmy Schatz (Orange Is The New Black), and Michelle Slonim (Late Night with Seth Meyers).
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inQUAD — Inclined Dance Project

August 23 – August 24

inQUAD, presented by Inclined Dance Project, is a performance series featuring the work of four emerging female choreographers. These four like-minded artists share similar backgrounds, experiences, and creative theories but showcase uniquely different styles. Each choreographer’s distinct virtuosity and singular exhibition give way to a dynamic showcase of innovative and contemporary dance. inQUAD debuted in 2015 and aims to network, connect, and promote female dance makers in New York City.

The fourth iteration of inQUAD features the works of dance choreographers Alexis Robbins (kamrDANCE), Lauren Beirne (Lauren Beirne Dance Works), and Charly Santagado (mignolo dance), as well as Kristen Klein of presenting company Inclined Dance Project.
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LIBERATION: A Pool Party in the Fire Island Pines

August 24

Whether you’re there for a day or a weekend, there’s always something to do on Fire Island. This week you can take advantage of the warm weather and join Immigration Equality for LIBERATION: A Pool Party in the Fire Island Pines on August 24th, with cocktails, open bar and beats by DJ Randy Bettis.

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Social Justice Tours Presents: Queer History of the Village Tour

August 24

Social Justice tours brings you a journey back to the queer 60s with someone who experienced it all first hand with Writer, storyteller and queer legend Jay Toole.

Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, sharing personal stories and stopping at important places and historical moments along the way. Learn more about the neighborhood through stories about historic lesbian bars, the Women’s House of D (Detention), homelessness in Washington Square Park, the mafia’s connection to local gay bars and much more.
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EurovisionNYC Announces Euroclub Night at Rockbar NYC

August 24

EuroClub Night will feature videos of this year’s Eurovision hits and audience favorites from past competitions. EurovisionNYC will also be giving away two VIP tickets to an upcoming concert with the Ukrainian singer MARUV on October 4 at Sony Hall.
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Dirty Thursday: Born This Way

August 29

Fame monsters, artpoppers, bad romancers, highway unicorns – Tonight we devote our dancefloor to the visionary icon Lady Gaga!

Ride this disco stick. Inspire your look. Embrace your creativity on our dance floor. Flirt till it hurts.

LOOKS: Red lace. Caution Tape. Meat. Gigantic Hair Bows. Latex. Leather. Pearls. Crystals. Platforms. Wigs. Epic capes. Larger than life styles. Art on your head.

Embrace your filth on our dance floor. Shake it off, sweat yourself clean, and get dirty all over again. Flirt till it hurts. Drink water. Drink everything.
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Electric Zoo: Evolved

August 30 – September 1

Bust a move and break a sweat at Electric Zoo, the East Coast’s premiere electronic music festival. Following the wild success of their 10 year anniversary celebration, Electric Zoo: Evolved is back, and bigger than ever. The 2019 lineup is impressive, with a slate including Eric Prydz, Kaskade and Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) topping the all-star roster. New to the Zoo this year are never before seen collaborative sets from the likes of DJ Diesel (aka Shaquille O’Neal) B2B Borgore and Nitti Gritti B2B Wuki. Blessedly, it all takes place over a holiday weekend as revelers will need that extra day to rest and recoup. Single day tickets and three day passes are available.
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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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Last modified: August 23, 2019