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From Whitman to Wigstock: an LGBTQ writers and artists tour of Greenwich Village

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm


Where did Walt Whitman hang out? Where did James Baldwin write? Where did Rita Mae Brown do her PhD? Where did Harvey Fierstein workshop Torch song? You guessed it: in Greenwich Village. The Village has a long history as America’s first gayborhood, and an even longer one as America’s first Bohemia. It is here that many movements and artistic institutions started and flourished, such as Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, the Beats, Pop Art, the Factory, and Wigstock. And local LGBTQ artists have included: Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, Edna St. Vincent Millay, W.H. Auden, Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, and Audre Lorde; Arthur Laurents, Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Charles Busch, and Harvey Fierstein; Herman Melville, Henry James, Djuna Barnes, Willa Cather, James Baldwin, William S. Burroughs, Rita Mae Brown, Larry Kramer, and Edmund White; Paul Cadmus, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat; Berenice Abbott and Robert Mapplethorpe; Merce Cunningham and John Cage; Lou Reed, and of course the Village People. So come on this Zoom tour (with Q&A), and let Professor Andrew Lear show you where America’s great LGBTQ artists and writers lived, worked, and played.—in the Village. Professor Andrew Lear of Oscar Wilde Tours will discuss where America’s LGBTQ artists, writers, performers lived, worked, and played in the Village’s years as the great LGBTQ artists’ colony. Learn how these fascinating artists, poets, and writers shaped and changed American culture and society from one neighborhood in Manhattan.


$10 per person. Register at Eventbrite.

About the Author
Shoshanna M.

Shoshanna M.

Shoshanna McCollum is editor of Fire Island News. Author of two books, and award-winning journalist for multiple Fire Island and South Shore Long Island publications since 2000, she resides year round on Fire Island with her husband and many cats.