The Very Best of NYC Special Events

LGBT Career Fair, Eulogy for a Dyke Bar, Black Lesbian DIY Fest and much more

If you’re old enough to remember Karen Finley’s groundbreaking Shock Treatment, you’ll want to be at Bluestockings on Sep 24 for the NYC book launch of Shock Treatment: 25th Anniversary Edition. Finley will read and reflect on the expanded edition of her 1990 classic, which includes performance texts that were judged “obscene and indecent” at the time.

If you’re looking for a job, a career change or just want to see what’s out there, register for the Center’s LGBT Career Fair, held on Sep 25 at the Citi Executive Conference Center in midtown Manhattan. At this annual event, learn more about gay-friendly employers, enjoy panels and workshops and much more. Don’t miss your chance to network with people who value diversity in the workplace.

On Sep 25 at Brooklyn Wayfarers, Queer Memoir is hosting a storytelling event, Eulogy for a Dyke Bar, within Macon Reed’s installation. The list of storytellers is coming soon, so be sure to check the website. Queer Memoir is New York’s first and longest running LGBT storytelling series and Eulogy for a Dyke Bar seeks to acknowledge the widespread closing of dyke bars across the country. A host of questions will be asked—including the ones we’ve been asking ourselves—such as: Why are women’s spaces closing, and what socioeconomic, cultural and technological factors are causative to this trend?

Beginning Oct 1, the second annual Lesbians Who Tech New York Summit will bring together over 1,000 LGBTQ women and allies across all areas of technology, media, digital and finance. Stretching over four days, thru Oct 4, this promises to be the most unique (and awesome) technology conference ever. Be there!

The Black Lesbian DIY Fest, established in 2014, is a gathering event for self-identified black lesbians to showcase independent, small press books, zines, art posters, pamphlets, other DIY print-based items, films, workshops and presentations. This year’s second annual event will be held conveniently at The Center on Oct 3—so all zine-lovers, come on out. Allies with material(s) or content on or about black lesbians are invited!

LGBT children still suffer significantly at the hands of bullies, whether in school or online. You can make a big difference by wearing purple, and by also participating in Spirit Day on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Join activists, schools, non-profits and celebrities in supporting the cause on Oct 15. For more information, go to

Honor and support our LGBT elders this year at the SAGE Awards and Gala at Gotham Hall on Oct 19. This will be the 20th anniversary celebration of SAGE’s annual cocktail, dinner and awards ceremony. Honorees include: Jim Obergefell accepting the Windsor-Obergefell LGBT Pioneer Award; Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick receiving the Paula Ettelbrick Community Service Award; Ted Snowdon and Duffy Violante accepting the Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award; and Macquarie Group receiving the SAGE Philanthropic Leadership Award. The gala will also feature a special performance from the Tony award-winning musical Fun Home!

Runners from around the city, across the nation and throughout the world have been waiting all year for the TCS New York City Marathon! And spectators, it’s that time of year again. On Nov 1, watch these incredibly inspiring athletes compete for money, fame, achievement, personal glory and charity at this televised annual competition, spanning the five boroughs.

Women’s Event 18, held at Capitale on Nov 7, promises to be bigger and bolder than ever! Join the Center for an extraordinary evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing in celebration of our history and the women who are making a difference in our world. And there’s always an epic after-party, so stay tuned for the lineup of entertainment, DJ talent and other exciting details. This is the women’s party of the fall. You’ll definitely want to be there.

On Nov 12, join Lambda Legal at their annual NYC Women’s Event, Libations & Litigation, to celebrate and support women in the LGBT community and support Lambda Legal’s work for LGBT equality. Celebrate the incredible victories we have had as a community this year. And let’s recommit to continuing the fight for full recognition of civil rights for us all! Guests will enjoy an open bar of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres while learning more about Lambda Legal’s critical work for equality.

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