As the weather warms up and New York City moves towards reopening, there are more reasons to get outside, explore, and check out activities for queer New Yorkers.
Check out our list of options — from a Pride 2021 exhibition to virtual nightclubs, rock climbing, queer comedy shows, and more — to keep you busy from May 5 through May 23.
Brooklyn Ghost Project: Free Meals
When: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 5
Where: Brooklyn Community Pride Center
The Brooklyn Ghost Project is bringing free hot meals and personal protective equipment to the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. For more information, contact LaTravious Collins at [email protected]
A Talk with Congressman Mondaire Jones
When: 12 p.m. Thursday, May 6
The New Pride Agenda is hosting a discussion with Congressman Mondaire Jones, who will discuss his first 100 days in office. Folks can register for the event on Zoom.
The Tiny Cupboard LGBTQ Comedy Show
When: 7:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 7
Where: 1717 Broadway, Brooklyn, at the side door on the Cooper Street ground floor entrance.
Watch a lineup of emerging and iconic LGBTQ and women comics as they perform at a special indoor comedy event. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.
The Queer Victorian Garden: Alice Austen House
When: 1 p.m. Friday, May 7
Attendees can virtually explore queer history at the historic LGBTQ garden in Staten Island. Event-goers can RSVP online.
Prison Library Support Network Book Club
When: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9
The Prison Library Support Network, which supports incarcerated individuals, has a book club facilitated by the Bluestocking Cooperative to help get you up to speed on all things about decriminalization and incarceration. Attendees can RSVP online for the meeting link.
Art Gallery: Pride Outside
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 10 – June 28
Where: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
A group of up-and-coming artists will debut an exhibition celebrating Pride 2021. The artists include Melike Baskoylu, Jared Freschman, Dylan Hurwitz, and Drew Kohler. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Visitors can make a reservation on the gallery’s site.
Party at a Virtual Nightclub
When: 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday, May 15
Virtual Figure Drawing Session
When: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, May 16
People of color and queer folks are encouraged to join for a virtual drawing session that will teach artists how to draw nude models. Tickets cost $7 – $15, and event-goers must register on Eventbrite.
Shop Small: A Socially-Distanced Pop-Up Shop
When: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 23
Where: 188 Woodpoint Road, Brooklyn, New York
During this socially distanced event, patrons can support small business owners and shop for everything from candles to haircare and clothing. Visitors must wear masks and register on Eventbrite.
LGBTQ Rock Climbing
When: 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays
Where: The Cliffs at LIC, 11-11 44th Drive, Queens, New York
For individuals seeking an indoor adventure, you can learn how to rock climb with the support of other LGBTQ people. Visitors can find more information about registering for the session on Eventbrite. A day pass to the facility costs $25.
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