The Gay Village walking tour will take you to the houses, businesses, bars, and art installations where gay men and lesbians have lived, loved, partied and worked over the past 130 years in Greenwich Village, New York's most storied neighborhood. The Gay Village walking tour includes a cast of characters that is sure to amuse, surprise and inform you, whether you are gay or straight or none of the above!
From a closeted multimillionaire to a First Lady's circle of friends, to well-known and lesser-known artists, poets, photographers and musicians to New York City elected officials and political activists, the Gay Village Walking Tour includes a cast of characters that is sure to amuse, surprise and inform you, whether you are gay, straight or none of the above!
The Stonewall Riots that irrupted in late June and early July of 1969 announced to the world that Greenwich Village was the epicenter of gay life, and now it was where gay liberation was born. This was not news to the gay men and lesbians who had called The Village home for most of the 20th century. Walk in the spaces and the places that witnessed history. Discover the characters who gave Greenwich Village its character. In many cases the men and women who are highlighted on this Tour have influenced art, politics, music and literature, reaching far beyond the borders of Greenwich Village.
This is an inclusive Tour. Although its focus is the gay community of the Village, we cannot ignore the larger context in which the members of that community thrived. Village art and architecture, as well as general Village history, is included.