Oscar Wilde Tour

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Gay History Walking Tour of Greenwich Village

Sunday April 19  2:00–4:00pm
Starting and ending at the Union Sq. Barnes and Noble (33 E. 17th St.)
Register Online at zerve.com Password: RAINBOW
or at Table 68 at the fair.

On this tour, we venture from Union Square to Washington Square and into the heart of the West Village, where the Stonewall riots took place in 1969 and the first Gay Pride parade started a year later. But the Village’s gay history goes back a century before that, to the time before the Civil War, when Walt Whitman read his “Calamus” poems to friends at a bar at Broadway and Bleecker. Since that time, like Paris’ Left Bank, the Village has been the center of all of the city’s many countercultures and artistic movements, from the Bohemians of the World War I period to the Beats, the New York School, Pop Art, the creators of Off (and Off-Off) Broadway, and of course the gay liberation movement.

We see the places where Villagers have lived and loved, including the sites of the drag shows and gay bars which have dotted the Village for 150 years–in particular the Stonewall Inn. The list of LGBT greats we discover reads like a history of American culture: Herman Melville and Henry James, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eleanor Roosevelt, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, as well as a host of other famous names including gay icon Billie Holiday.

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