In 1969, the Stonewall Riots gave the gay liberation movement an enormous breakthrough- but the West Village’s LGBT history goes way before that, back to the days of Walt Whitman hanging out in a Village beer cellar.
On this tour, discover the iconic LGBT figures who lived, loved, and worked in the Village, from Billie Holiday to Allen Ginsberg, from James Baldwin to Edna St. Vincent Millay.
You’ll also learn of all the countercultural and artistic movements the Village has been home to, including the Bohemians, Abstract Expressionists, the gay liberation movement (of course), and many more.
Whatever your orientation, as you listen to Professor Lear’s fascinating anecdotes, plus literary excerpts from the Village’s many famous writers, you’ll just feel the LGBT history coming to life.
Note: The exact meeting location is given upon confirmation of booking.
What to expect
- Explore the West Village, and learn about its LGBT history, stretching back to the nineteenth century
- See where some of the LGBT greats, including Allen Ginsberg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Andy Warhol, lived and loved
- Visit the sites of the drag shows and gay bars which have graced the village for 150 years
- Venture into the heart of the taking-off point of the gay liberation movement
About this Activity
|Price||$35.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||2 hours|
About the Teacher
Professor Andrew Lear is a Classicist and art historian and a world expert on sexuality in the ancient world. He has been a beloved teacher at Harvard, Columbia, and NYU and also has many years of experience designing and leading tours. His tours are intellectually stimulating, culturally rewarding, and above all fun!
There are no refunds: all sales are final.