10 Things to Do in Queer NYC May 5-May 23

FILE PHOTO: A view of the One World Trade Centre tower and the lower Manhattan skyline of New York City at sunrise as seen from Hoboken
Keep yourself busy at queer events across the city.
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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 brooklynghostproject@gmail.com.

A Talk with Congressman Mondaire Jones

When: 12 p.m. Thursday, May 6

Where: Virtual

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 

Where: Zoom 

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

Where: Virtual

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
Where: Zoom
Eschaton is hosting a grand opening for their virtual nightclub, which features everything from drag performances to DJs to burlesque and more. Clubbers can RSVP at Eschaton@WeAreRHC.com or buy tickets on the venue’s website. 

Virtual Figure Drawing Session

When: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, May 16
Where: Virtual
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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