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



On September 19, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black premiered his play 8, based on the Proposition 8 trial in California, on Broadway. The one night run featured a star studded cast including Morgan Freeman and Ellen Barkin. Then the day afterwards, on September 20, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was packed into a Hefty bag and launched into the garbage truck of history.


The GLAAD Amplifier Awards spotlighted gay friendly companies and gay friendly advertising campaigns. Among the winners were Google Chrome, Absolut Vodka and American Airlines.

Ally Sheedy made an appearance at the benefit for the Ali Forney Center.

Music festival CMJ came to town, featuring many bands with queer members, such as Wild Flag, MEN, Making Friendz, and The Shondes.

Finally, Halloween gave lesbians an excuse to dress up as Hope Solo – or a giant butterfly – at events such as the Third Annual Vampire Bash and Stiletto’s annual Halloween party.


$1.3 million was raised to benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute at the Emery Awards, Patricia Field co-hosted DJ Tracy Young‘s birthday party at District 36 nightclub, and Kelly Ripa made an appearance at the opening night of Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Minetta Theater.


Dees Rees’ critically acclaimed film Pariah, set in the Fort Greene neighborhood in Brooklyn, opened in theaters.

And finally, the TruckStop Girlz donned purple Santa hats and threw down at the TruckStop holiday party, which was the craziest TruckStop of the year. Here are the photos to prove it.

So are you ready to take on 2012? According to the Mayans and Britney Spears, it’s all going to end on December 21, so what are you waiting for? Time’s a runnin’ out, so let’s get this party started, Chinese badgers!

All photos by Grace Chu unless otherwise noted

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