N.Y. Scene Year in Review: Highlights from 2011

April

The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival took place in late April and featured many films with lesbian characters, including Angel’s Crest, The Perfect Family, and She Monkeys. Kate Walsh played gay once more in Angel’s Crest, and Emily Deschanel played the lesbian daughter of a devoutly religious mother, played by Kathleen Turner, in The Perfect Family.


Official press still by Oana Marian

 May

The 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards was held in New York City, and Eileen Myles’ Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) took away the award for Best Lesbian Fiction.

District 36 nightclub was host to Popped, an art show and benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Out Professionals launched its young professionals group, OP.Prime.

On Memorial Day weekend, the entire lesbian population of New York City jumped on the ferry to Cherry Grove, Fire Island, ushering in the summer.

June

At 10:30pm on Friday, June 24th, the New York Senate voted to legalize same sex marriage. Hundreds of people congregated on the streets adjacent to the historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement, to celebrate. The news was an auspicious beginning to Pride weekend, which is the one weekend where you see everyone you’ve ever dated, everyone you wish you’ve dated, everyone you lost touch with, everyone you still keep in touch with but wish you didn’t, and everyone else.

July

On July 4, spectators lined the boardwalks of Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines for the annual Invasion of the Pines event. The Invasion has its origins in a spontaneous protest by a few outraged drag queens 35 years ago over the ejection of a drag queen from a restaurant in The Pines, and it has grown into an annual celebration, with hundreds of drag queens boarding the multilevel Fire Island Ferry at The Grove to “invade” The Pines every 4th of July. 

New York City’s LGBT film festival, Newfest, featured films such as Chely Wright‘s Wish Me Away, a documentary about her coming out as a country music singer. Other films that screened included Sundance darling Circumstance, Sebastian Silva’s Old Cats and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, a screwball romantic comedy set in New York City.

Also, the Met held a special gay pride showing of Alexander McQueen‘s Savage Beauty exhibit, thousands of women descended upon gay friendly beach town Asbury Park to dance and play dodgeball in the annual Diva on the Shore event, and twelve same sex couples were wed in pop up chapels in Central Park to commemorate the legalization of same sex marriage.  

August

Mother nature decided to rattle the Big Apple. A hurricane and an earthquake hit within a week of each other. And we thought last year’s tornado in Park Slope was bad.

Original Sin, a women’s event in Atlantic City featured cast members of The Real L Word and the Truck Stop Girlz. And a candied apple.

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