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Free Public Programs

The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018-2788

Friday, June 12, 2009, 6:30–9 p.m.
Anti-Prom: Vam-Prom
Astor Hall
For ages 12–18 only
Celebrate a night with bite: secure your cape and slip in your fangs for an evening among the marble pillars of Astor Hall. Nibble on a tasty morsel (mortal?) and dance the night away. Whether you sparkle in the spotlight or brood in the dark corner, the night belongs to you. The Anti-Prom provides an alternative, safe space for all teens who may not feel welcome at official school proms or dances because of their sexual orientation, the way they dress, or any other reason.
Guest hosts: Tim Gunn, author of Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style, and Austen Scarlett, Project Runway consultant.

Saturday, June 13, 2009, 2 p.m.
LGBT Studies Research
South Court Classrooms (enter from Astor Hall)
NYPL has one of the preeminent collections of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) history in the country, ranging from the archives of the Mattachine Society to the most up-to-date electronic resources. This class explores databases, digital collections, books, journals, and archival collections, as well as the many challenges posed by evolving conceptions of homosexuality historically, changing terminology, cataloging and archival practices, and the still-looming specter of the "closet."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 6 p.m.
David Carter — Stonewall: Myth, History & Symbol
Berger Forum (second floor)
Historian David Carter, author of Stonewall, discusses myths and facts about the epoch-making riots that launched the Gay Liberation movement.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 6 p.m.
Gay Liberation Front Alive
South Court Auditorium (enter from Astor Hall)
Surviving Gay Liberation Front members reunite to reminisce on their experiences in the movement and its historical purposes.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
Bruno Walter Auditorium
Information: 212.642.0142 or

Great Pretenders: A series celebrating drag kings and queens

Saturday, May 30, 2009, 3 p.m.
When She Was King — D.R.E.D.: Daring Reality Every Day
Mildred Dred Gerestant's act is a gender-bending roller-coaster ride in which Dred alternates between man and woman, outrageous and serious, ironic and sincere. Blending poetry, dance, music, and monologue, she explores the fragile, fluid definitions of sexual identity and cultural stereotypes. Q and A to follow.

Thursday, June 4, 2009, 6 p.m.
Female Impersonator Extraordinaire: The Many Faces of Julian Eltinge (1881–1941)
Lecture by Alexis Greene

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 6 p.m.
Third Annual Drag Show Video Vérité: The Ultimate New York City Drag Show ... on Videotape
Never-before-publicly-screened footage captures more than four decades of New York City's top male and female impersonators, including Divine, Flawless Sabrina, Charles Ludlam, Mr. Lynn Carter, Joey Arias, Rose Wood, Sherry Vine, Lady Bunny, and RuPaul. The program also includes a special slide show of Ves Pitt's drag portraits with live piano accompaniment. Drag historian Joe E. Jeffreys made the selections and will introduce the program.

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 6 p.m.
A Date with Liberace
This glittering and enchanting evening of virtuoso piano solos, songs, and comic vocal selections features a narrative that looks at the life and times of Mr. Showmanship himself, Liberace. The glamorous, multitalented female concert pianist/drag diva Jacqueline Jonée looks at Liberace's life from his humble beginnings in Milwaukee through his success as a television matinee idol, his movie and recording career, and his concert career on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas, and Radio City Music Hall.

In the Branches

"Out Loud"
For ages 12 to 18
Interested in LGBT issues? Want to talk about homophobia? Come join in the discussion. Learn about issues facing LGBT teens and how you can get involved.

Monday, June 8, 2009, 4 p.m.
Westchester Square Library
2521 Glebe Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Telephone: 718.863.0436

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 4 p.m.
Harlem Library
9 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027-5699
Telephone: 212.348.5620

Monday, June 22, 2009, 6 p.m.
Ten More Good Years: Screening and talk by filmmaker Mike Jacoby
Tompkins Square Library
331 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10009-5099
Telephone: 212.228.4747
lgbt@nypl presents a screening of a groundbreaking documentary, followed by a talk with director Mike Jacoby. Ten More Good Years explores the unique challenges facing gay and lesbian seniors, offering a look at life for these elders today and suggesting directions for the future of LGBT aging.

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