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More Things to Do for Gay Pride Month in NYC

If you’ve been looking for things to do during gay Pride month, you’ve probably encountered scores of articles featuring all the major parties and official WorldPride events (You can find the official events here). However, if you are looking for some of the less publicized events in NYC during WorldPride, we’ve compiled a list of stuff going on in June.

 

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“Resplendent”: The Silver Season Concert

June 1

ECMC was originally founded in 1993 as The Gay Gotham Chorus, a chamber group to perform classical repertoire primarily of and for the LGBTQ community. The chorus was later renamed Empire City Men’s Chorus to reflect inclusivity of all men and to comment on a variety of social justice causes, especially via new commissions. The Silver Season Concert is the inexorable culmination of a gay-affirming group of men and allied women who have touched thousands of hearts, lives, and legacies of those who are no longer with us. Resplendent will kick off NYC World Pride 2019 and ECMC’s next 25 years by presenting two world premieres from two rising composers. Be sure to raise a glass with us at The Resplendent Reception before the concert, and afterwards at the Silver Season Gala as one of our most fervent supporters.
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Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp

June 1 – June 2

For you pet lovers, Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp, the premier cat-celebrating event in the country for cat lovers of all stripes, will return to NYC this June 1 and 2 for its 3rd consecutive year of furry fun, featuring engaging, educational presentations by stars of the cat world; informative animal behavior and advocacy workshops; every kind of cat-related merchandise available; and of course, adorable, adoptable cats and kittens.
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Tharp Trio – American Ballet Theatre

May 30 – June 3

Few choreographers have had as profound an impact on American dance as Twyla Tharp has. In these three beloved one acts, classic ballet mixes with modern forms, showing why Tharp is considered a master of movement. This variety is supported by the classic scores of Brahms and Haydn, the chill vibes of 1960s beach rock, and the compelling modern aesthetic of Phillip Glass.
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Reviving Assotto Saint’s New Love Song (1989)

A celebration of the life and work of Assotto Saint (1957-1994): poet, playwright, performer, editor, publisher, performer, caretaker, and trouble-maker.

In 1989 Assato Saint’s multimedia theater piece New Love Song put black gay men on center stage in New York City, providing a space for storytelling, ritual, and healing. Join original cast members, collaborators, and friends as we reflect on the 30th anniversary of this undersung production and its “Forever Gay” creator.
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Camp Morning Wood (A Very Naked Musical)

May 29 – July 7

“Camp Morning Wood”, A Very Naked Musical with book and lyrics by Jay Falzone and music by Derrick Byars, Bobby Cronin, James Dobinson, Matt Gumley and Will Shishmanian, plays a five-week limited engagement, May 29 – July 7, off-Broadway at The Anne L. Bernstein Theater at The Theater Center (210 W. 50th Street). The official opening night is June 6 at 8PM. Conceived and directed by Marc Eardley (Fat Kid Rules the World, 50 Shades), “Camp Morning Wood” tells the story of gay couple that decides to escape the city for a weekend camping in the woods to reconnect and unplug but get caught up in an adventure they never expected.
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Trans Brilliance Now

In the fifty years since the Stonewall Rebellion, the LGBT community has seen major wins and losses. Media narratives about the legacy of Stonewall are often overwhelmingly positive, creating easily consumable portrayals of historical figures and events. But those struggles are still with us.
 
We didn’t just inherit the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and Syliva Rivera—working class trans people build upon it every day, politically and culturally. Listen to a panel of important contemporary trans political and culture makers reflect on the radical legacy of Stonewall, and how trans life resists and flourishes today.
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The 5K LGBTQIA+ Brooklyn Pride Run

June 9

What better way to start off your Brooklyn Pride Saturday than with a morning 5K (3.1 mile) LGBTQIA+ fun run? You’ll be joined by hundreds of runners from across NYC and beyond as you race through scenic and historic Prospect Park, and a portion of the run’s proceeds will go to Make The Road New York.
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Literature Out Loud: Stonewall and LGBTQ

Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join us on your lunch hour or your free afternoon to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! At each session of Literature Out Loud we will read aloud and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe.
 
This month’s theme is Stonewall and LGBTQ+. This session, experience the evolution of LGBTQ+ identities through the medium of poetry.
 
All literary enthusiasts are welcome! We invite you to come participate in literature, connect with other readers, and take with you a bit of literary insight to season the rest of your day.
 
Literature Out Loud is on a drop-in basis, so feel free to drop by whenever you can! We meet in the alcove outside of room 78, the program room.
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Spill the Tea — Celebrating Pride

In our 2nd annual Pride program we give voice to the unique experiences of Southern Black Gay Men. E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his collection of oral histories for his book, Sweet Tea, and how he adapted the book to a stage play and then to a documentary film. Following the conversation he will perform an excerpt from the collected oral histories and from the forthcoming documentary film, Making Sweet Tea. Tavia Nyong’o moderates the discussion. The Illustrious Blacks aka ManchildBlack and Monstah Black bring their ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthly musical messages from the cosmos in a gravity defying performance and DJ set. The AfroFuturistic, Funky, Fly and Fierce duo fuse music, dance, theater & fashion as the main ingredients to expand minds, shake booty’s and encourage all to be bold, be brave and be you! #LiveTheHypeLife
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Broadway Bares
 

Broadway Bares

June 16

The show will be directed by Laya Barak, an accomplished dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in the last five editions of Broadway Bares. Barak co-directed last year’s Broadway Bares: Game Night with Nick Kenkel, who joins Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell as an executive producer.
 

Broadway Bares was created in 1992 by Mitchell, then a Broadway dancer, as a way to raise awareness and money for those living with HIV/AIDS. In Broadway Bares‘ first year, Mitchell and six of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000.
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The World Between Empires

March 18 — June 23

For over three centuries, the territories and trading networks of the Middle East were contested between the Roman and Parthian Empires (ca. 100 B.C.–A.D. 250), yet across the region life was not defined by these two superpowers alone. Local cultural and religious traditions flourished, and sculptures, wall paintings, jewelry, and other objects reveal how ancient identities were expressed through art. Featuring 190 works from museums in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, this exhibition will follow a journey along the great incense and silk routes that connected cities in southwestern Arabia, Nabataea, Judaea, Syria, and Mesopotamia, making the region a center of global trade. Several of the archaeological sites featured, including Palmyra, Dura-Europos, and Hatra, have been damaged in recent years by deliberate destruction and looting, and the exhibition will also examine these events and responses to them.
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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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If you’re looking for the hottest events, including official NYC Pride events and parties, check out What to Do for WorldPride, Coming to NYC in June.

 
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