Oscar Wilde Tours Gay Owned Tour Operator in New York, NY, USA
GAY HISTORY FOR GAY TRAVELERS
Luxury guided tours focused on gay history. Exclusive experiences, including visits to places normally closed to the public and lectures by prominent gay authors and performers. Our 2014 tour follows Oscar Wilde's life from Dublin to Paris. Gay Italy in 2015, Greece in 2016.
Our Upcoming Tours
Greenwich Village Gay History Walking Tour - USA, NY, New York: Union Square
On this tour, we venture to Washington Square and into the heart of the West Village, where the gay liberation movement took off, with the Stonewall riots in 1969 and the first Gay Pride parade a year later. But the Village's gay history starts a century before that, in the time when Walt Whitman hung out in a beer cellar at the corner of Broadway and Bleecker.
Since then, like Paris's Left Bank, the Village has been the center of all of New York's many countercultures and artistic movements, from the Bohemians of the 1920s to the Beats, the Abstract Expressionists, the New York School, the creators of Off (and Off-Off) Broadway, and of course the gay liberation movement.
During this tour, we see the places where Villagers have lived and loved, including the sites of the drag shows and gay bars which have dotted the Village for 150 years - and of course the Stonewall Inn.
The list of LGBT greats we discover reads like a history of American culture: Herman Melville and Henry James, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eleanor Roosevelt, James Baldwin, Edward Albee, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as gay icon Billie Holiday.
Queer Art Tour of the Metropolitan Museum - USA, NY, New York: Metropolitan Museum
Join us for an entirely new concept: an exploration of homoerotic art in the Metropolitan Museum.
On this tour, we discover some of the Met's queer treasures, from ancient Greek nudes to homoerotic paintings from the Renaissance and a panoply of modern works, some by LGBT artists, some portraying LGBT people.
We learn about famous pieces - from Michelangelo's Cupid to Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein - but in addition we explore lesser-known artists and works that are often ignored. And we delve into the fascinating forms of homosexuality in other cultures, such as same-sex initiation rites in New Guinea, represented in the Met's Oceania collection.
It's all part of the hidden gay story in one of the great museums of the world, which you'll never look at the same way again.
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