OSCAR WILDE TOURS INVITES OUT PROFESSIONALS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ON A PRIDE-TIME TOUR OF THE HISTORIC WEST VILLAGE.
On Saturday, June 9, Members and friends of Out Professionals celebrate Pride with an exploration of the West Village, historic home of LGBT culture and counter-culture. Today’s walking tour and mixer is led by Professor Andrew Lear, four-time winner of the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching and founder of Oscar Wilde Tours.
On this Pride-time history walk, you discover where legendary LGBT achievers — including Berenice Abbott, Merce Cunningham, Harvey Fierstein and Herman Melville — have lived, worked and loved.
The West Village is famed as the home of gathering places with gay history, including Off Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theater and the former speakeasy Chumley’s, closed for a decade and recently reopened as an upscale restaurant.
. Visit the scene of the Sip In, an early gay rights protest
. Enter gay New York’s most famous bathroom
. Visit the city’s new AIDS memorial
. See where James Baldwin wrote “Giovanni’s Room”
. Hear the story behind New York’s narrowest house — and the bisexual woman poet who lived there
Afterwards we adjourn to the Grove Street home of Big Gay Ice Cream.
Professor Andrew Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU. Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history, and the winner of the Travel Industry’s 2016 Travvy Award for best escorted tour operator, LGBT; and the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 LGBT Tour Operator of the Year.
A private, rain-or-shine exploration of the rich LGBT history of the West Village. Meet at 12:45 p.m. in front of Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue South. Subway: 1 train to Christopher Street; A/B/C/D/E/F/M to West 4th Street; PATH to 9th Street. Tour begins at 1:00 p.m. sharp. Open-ended mixer at about 3:00 p.m. at Big Gay Ice Cream, 61 Grove Street. Refreshments on your own.
Nonmember, $30. Dues-paying OP Member, $20. The personalized nature of our tours limits the number of participants; sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Please print and pocket a copy of your online registration; thanks! Advance ticketing ends at noon on Friday, June 8. Cash only at the door, space permitting.
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As a registered nonprofit, Out Professionals relies on our Members’ continuing support. Enjoy a 12-month Individual OP Membership PLUS admission for one to today’s private tour for just $79. Or tour and enjoy the enhanced benefits of Business Membership — just $129. All sales final. As a Member you enjoy free entry to every month’s OP.LOUNGE and free or discounted admission at other OP events. Join or renew here — and thank you!