LGBT Jewish New Yorkers have made a profound impact on the American arts scene, LGBT activism, and American religious life. These include composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, poet Allen Ginsberg, archivist and activist Joan Nestle, PFLAG co-founder Jeanne Manford, leaders and community members of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, and more. New York has also hosted Jewish LGBT visitors with global impacts like Magnus Hirschfeld.

Join the Museum and Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley, Co-Founders of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, for an exploration of New York’s Jewish LGBT History.

Advance registration recommended

Photo: The Angel of the Waters statue atop the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park is the 1860s masterpiece of lesbian sculptor Emma Stebbins and was the earliest public artwork by a woman in New York City. In Tony Kushner’s AIDS-themed play “Angels in America,” the statue formed the backdrop of the final scene of the Perestroika section. (Statue description from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. Photo: Public domain in the United States)