Join Dr. Richard Isay for a discussion of “Commitment & Healing: Gay Men and the Need for Romantic Love.” In this groundbreaking book, eminent gay psychiatrist and author Isay discusses why and how gay men need romantic love in a committed relationship—while explaining the difficulty many have finding or maintaining it. While illuminating the psychology of gay men, Isay shows how they can overcome the obstacles to developing fulfilling, committed relationships and how romantic love can take hold with gay couples. Isay discusses how open relationships, once considered the norm in the gay world, can lead to problems-and tells what to do about them. Filled with fascinating real-life stories, “Commitment and Healing” is both a testament to the benefits of romantic love for gay men and a guide to finding, sustaining, and nurturing love. 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave. at 21st St. Co-sponsored by The LGBT Community Center.
The Jewish Community Center New York City Pride Party is the event where all the Hebrew school drop-outs love to drop in. The queer klezmer-benders, Isle of Klezbos, set the stage for a night of all-you-can-eat-drink-dance-play celebration on the roof of the JCC—fabulous view if weather permits. Co-sponsored by Rodeph Sholom, B’nai Jeshurun, JQ Youth, GLDYSA, CBST, the LGBT Community Center, and JewChicks. 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. $20/25 in advance, $25/30 at the door; 646-505-5708, jccmanhattan.org or metropolit
The New York Public Library of the Performing Arts presents pianist Anthony de Mare performing “UNITIES: Music of Pride and Celebration,” a program exploring diverse social, political and intimate perspectives that have inspired gay musicians and writers across the generations. The program includes works by gay American composers Lou Harrison, Leonard Bernstein, and Fred Hersch, in addition to a world premiere written especially for this occasion by the young Philadelphia composer Joseph Hallman entitled “Aphorisms,” featuring texts by Garcia Lorca. Included also is a work by Canadian composer Rodney Sharman entitled “The Garden,” a gay parable of love and sex with original text by playwright Peter Eliot Weiss. Works by two important American heterosexual composers who continue to support civil rights for everyone are featured as well—Jerome Kitzke’s moving “Sunflower Sutra,” based on Allen Ginsberg’s poem, and excerpts from Frederic Rzewski’s timeless political masterpiece “The People United Will Never Be Defeated.” Post-Concert “Talk-Back” immediately following with Anthony de Mare, Frederic Rzewski, Rodney Sharman, Jerome Kitzke, and Joseph Hallman, moderated by Joseph Dalton. Presented as part of the Art & Activism: Contemporary LGBT Art and Protest series. Co-sponsored by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center. 6:30 p.m. at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, 111 Amsterdam Ave. at 65th St. Free.
Gallery 138 is pleased to present “Bare Exposures: Behind the Scenes on Broadway,” an exhibition of photographs to benefit Broadway Cares/EFA by Rivka Shifman Katvan. Through June 23 at Gallery 138, 138 W. 17th St. 5th Fl. Wed.– Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 212-633-0324 or gallery138.com.
Leslie/Lohman’s first collaboration with a major exhibitor in the U.S highlights J.B. Harter, a Louisiana artist who came out of the closet late in life and died young, and is supplemented by work from nine other queer Louisiana artists as well as by 27 works from the permanent collection of Charles Leslie and Friz Lohman, who have been collecting and displaying erotic male art for thirty years. 26 Wooster St. at Grand St. Tue.-Sat. 12-6 p.m. 212-431-2609. Through Jul. 1.
Park Avenue Christian Church announces an exhibition of the “Showers of Stoles Project,” a collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and sacred items representing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons of faith from 26 denominations in six countries. The majority of stoles in the exhibit represent those who are being denied their vocation because of their faith community’s stance on sexual orientation or gender identity. In some cases, the stoles represent persons who are serving while unable to fully disclose their sexual or gender identity for fear of reprisal. The collection is displayed in hundreds of locations each year as a witness to the project’s mission—to end religious discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Through Jun. 25 in the church’s Idleman Parlor at 1010 Park Ave., at 85th St.
Join Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People and allies to rally and march in solidarity against police brutality, to oppose the racist and xenophobic immigration policies of the Bush Administration, to show outrage at the lack of access to living wage employment, adequate affordable housing, quality education, basic healthcare for our communities, and to demand and end to the devastating impacts of U.S. imperialism being waged against people at home and abroad. The second annual Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice begins at 2:30 p.m. Gather at Chelsea Park, W. 27th St. btwn. Ninth and 10th Aves. 4 p.m. protest at the Human Rights Administration, 330 34th St. 5 p.m. Rally to Stop the Murders of Trans People at Port Authority Bus Terminal, 42nd St. and Eighth Ave. 6 p.m. Rally at Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. at 42nd St. Trans Day of Action is organized by TransJustice, a political group created by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people of color working to mobilize communities and allies into action. TransJustice is a project of the Audre Lorde Project, A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit & Trans People of Color Community Organizing Center located at 85 So. Oxford St. in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 718-596-0342, ext 18 or email@example.com.
Lesbian Cinema Arts and executive producer/founder Sandra Grace bring fresh new Best Lesbian Short Films from her recent travels to South Beach, Palm Springs, and New York City! Potential films include hot shorts from Dinah Shore weekend, award-winners from the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and a provocative improv short from Ripfest. Co-sponsored by The New York Public Library and Princeton BTGALA. $10. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310. 6 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m.
This gathering is a memorial to all the people who died of HIV/AIDS, to show support for survivors in addition to support for those now afflicted with HIV/AIDS. This event is nondenominational. There is no discrimination of color, race, and/or sexual orientation. AIDS Candlelight Vigil NYC is not associated with any political, religious, or city, state, or federal agency. It is just a group of loving, caring individuals with a common cause, to remember, and to show support. Everyone is welcome! AIDS Candlelight Vigil NYC provides candles free of charge. The procession starts at Sheridan Square Park and proceeds down Christopher Street. A banner and wreath are carried down Christopher Street. Supporters of those struggling with HIV/AIDS, and friends, family members, and loved ones of those who have passed from AIDS carry light candles in a quiet march to the waterfront. At the end of Christopher Street at the Hudson River waterfront the wreath is tossed into the waters in memory of those who have passed of AIDS. 7 p.m. at Christopher St. & Sheridan Square. For more information, mothersmarchnyc.org.
As the queer nation gets ready for a weekend of celebration, there’s no better place to start than with Congregation Beth Simchat Torah Pride Shabbat. One of the cornerstones of CBST’s year, this service is the perfect place to welcome Shabbat. Come to meet friends, to make friends, and to hear very special Pride Shabbat guest, Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn. No RSVP necessary; this is the perfect time to come find out about CBST and its services. 7p.m. at Church of the Holy Apostles, 28th St and Ninth Ave. Free.
The 19th Annual Center Kids Pride picnic takes place at the Church of St. Luke-in-the-Fields. Take in games, crafts, food, entertainment, and other forms of fun in the sun in St. Luke’s lovely fenced-in play space. Celebrate LGBT family pride in this peaceful Village spot that will be all about the kids! Noon, 487 Hudson St. at Christopher St.
The second in a series of readings celebrating the power of language and the imagination during LGBT Pride Month, curated by the Lambda Literary Foundation, the nation’s leading advocate of LGBT literature. The Library welcomes the celebrated voices of transgendered author/activist Kate Bornstein (“Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Teen Suicide”), poet Cheryl Clarke (“The Days of Good Looks”), and Bernard Cooper (“The Bill from my Father”) as they read from their newly published works. 2-4 p.m. at Humanities and Social Sciences Library, 476 Fifth Ave. at 42nd Street, Celeste Bartos Education Center Auditorium, South Court.
The New York City Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade—no permit is requested because the right to protest resists the notion of permission. Thousands of dykes take over the streets every year in celebration of lesbians and to protest against ongoing discrimination, harassment, and anti-lesbian violence in schools, on the job, in families, and on the streets—to fight for our rights, our safety, and for visibility. As always, the Dyke March is open to all women, biological or otherwise, no sign-up or registration required. Just come out with banners, signs, noisemakers, and join in the march! Allies are encouraged to support the Dyke March by cheering from the sidelines. Bryant Park, 42nd St. and 6th Ave. Step off at 5 pm sharp!
Rapture on the River is in its third year. DJ Brenda Black will kick start the evening with her eclectic and utterly unique style of spinning. From hip-hop to pop to lounge, she can read the crowd perfectly and create seamless moments that last long after the party’s over. DJ Twisted Dee returns for an encore presentation, kicking it up straight into high gear with her penchant for vocal house anthems and her vast collection of underground beats that stray from the beaten path of other women’s parties. All proceeds from Rapture will benefit New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Week Events and community organizations. Pier 54, 13th St. at the Hudson River in Hudson River Park. 5-10:30 p.m. $25 at 212-206-7579 or boxofficet
For more than three decades, Dignity NY has provided spiritual strength and prophetic witness for the struggles of the LGBTQ community in New York City and beyond. At the 34th annual Pride Liturgy, LGBT Catholics and friends will sing, pray, and celebrate the beauty of our lives and our love. Come and attend a festival Eucharist and reception. The guest homilist will be Ms. Jamie Manson, M.Div, director of faith formation at St. Francis Xavier Church and editor of Yale Divinity School’s theological journal. Father Dan McCarthy will preside. There is also a social after Mass at Judson Memorial Church, which is air conditioned and handicap- accessible. 7:30 p.m. at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square So. at Thompson St. Free at 646-418-7039 or dignityny.org.
Join the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Program for a free breakfast at the Center before heading uptown to march in the Heritage of Pride Parade. For folks 13-21 years old. Everyone will get a T-shirt and a Metrocard. Come eat, make a sign to carry, and join the march behind the Center’s banner on Fifth Avenue! All youth welcome. 10 a.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
The Center Kids stroller brigade will march behind the Center’s gorgeous float. As always, we’ll have toys and rainbow trinkets designed to entertain and distract your toddlers from the heat—parents bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and drinks. This multigenerational group makes a powerful statement to onlookers—kids are the future! Check the Center’s website (gaycenter.org) for details regarding line-up location and time, or call Alex, Center Pride Coordinator, 212-620-7310 x 294. 12 p.m.
Heritage of Pride’s Fight For Love And Life begins at noon, with a moment of silence at 2 p.m. The parade route follows Fifth Avenue down from 52nd St., turning right onto Eighth St. and continues on Eighth St., crossing Sixth Ave. onto Greenwich Ave. then left onto Christopher St. through the village.
This party was born out of a time when members of our community could not dance, openly and proudly, with other members of the LGBT community. It is a protest set to music, a celebration set to the western skyline, and a reminder of how far the community has come these last two decades. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Dance on the Pier benefit New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Week events and community organizations. Pier 54, 13th St. at the Hudson River in Hudson River Park, 4-11p.m. $55 until Jun. 24, $75 the day of, at Universal Gear, 140 Eighth Ave. or 212-206-9119, or boxofficet
This gathering is more than just an ordinary street festival, it is several events in one! Whether coming to grab some food after the March, to go shopping in the MarketPlace, to buy some art in ArtSpace, or to watch the kids play in KidSpace, or enjoying the hours of entertainment at StageFest, revelers are sure to have a very exciting day! Greenwich and Washington Sts. btwn. Christopher and Spring Sts. 11 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
After the parade... where else but the Center? Continue celebrating at the Center’s After the Parade party. You won’t want to miss it! Dance... Dance... Dance. Music and dancing on two floors with DJ Carlos Sanchez and DJ Lugnut. Complimentary first beverage. 5-10 p.m. $10 at gaycenter.org. The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. 212-620-7310.
Through interviews conducted by John Malkin, “Sounds of Freedom” provides a unique look at the personal and often private motivations of very public musicians. Ani DiFranco, The Indigo Girls, Michael Franti, Utah Phillips, Michelle Shocked, and other musicians from a wide range of genres discuss their inspirations and commitments to peace, justice, and happiness. All of the interviews were originally broadcast on Malkin’s weekly radio program on Free Radio Santa Cruz, “The Great Leap Forward.” Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. Free at 7 p.m.
The second of two programs co-sponsored by the Schomburg Center’s Black Gay and Lesbian Archive will focus on cultural publications produced by non-heterosexual people of African descent in the United States. It is a little known fact that the majority of black LGBT/SGL books and periodicals have been produced by small presses or self-published. This panel will discuss the complicated history of the black LGBT/SGL press, and the challenges independent and self-publishing pose historically and currently. Panelists include Lisa C. Moore (Redbone Press), Charlene Cothran (Venus Magazine), Colin Robinson (Other Countries), and others. Steven G. Fullwood, project director for the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive, will moderate the panel. 6-8 p.m. at The New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
L.B. Thompson is fascinated by metaphors of currency and authenticity, and finds that these political interests often turn into jaunty, rhythmic love poems. New York poet Soraya Shalforoosh writes poetry that is international in scope; her obsession with both the superstitious and the spiritual results in risky, unpredictable work. Women’s Poetry Jam is hosted by Vittoria Repetto, the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side. Open mic sign-up starts at 7 p.m.; come and deliver up to eight minutes of poetry, prose, songs, and spoken word. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. 212-777-6028. 7 p.m. $3-$5 suggested.
TransJustice is a political group created by and for trans and gender non-conforming people of color, working to mobilize communities and allies into action on pressing trans political issues. These issues include gaining access to jobs, housing, and education; the need for trans-sensitive healthcare, HIV-related services, and job-training programs; resisting police, government, and anti-immigrant violence. These meetings are open to all gender non-conforming people of color who self-identify as trans, butch lesbians, drag queens, bi-gendered, two-spirited, drag kings, femme queens, A.G.s, genderqueer, non-gendered, andro, crossdressers, gender-benders. Sylvia Rivera Law Project 322 8th Ave. at 26th St., third fl. 6:30-8: 30pm For more information, contact Imani Henry at the Audre Lorde Project, 718-596-0342, ext. 18.
Gay Teen Writers
Meet gay teen writers David Levithan and Billy Merrell, editors of the new book called “The Full Spectrum,” and their special guest contributors for a celebration of a new generation of “Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities.” Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 2289 Broadway at 82nd St. Free at 7 p.m.