Tuesday, July 23, 2024

“Never Silent” author and AIDS activist Peter Staley at LGBT Center

The Second Tuesday Series is thrilled to present Peter Staley with the book launch of his memoir “Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism” on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 7:00 pm at the LGBT Center on 13th Street in NYC.

Register here: https://gaycenter.org/never-silent-actup/registration/

This is a very special in-person event with Peter Staley reading from ” Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism,” which tells the untold stories of his life, including his childhood rebelliousness, sexual coming out, and behind-the-curtain takes on his mission-impossible actions that helped to define ACT UP. “Never Silent” reveals Staley’s wild ride from Wall Street bond trader to ACT UP poster boy, and the explosive and sometimes painful years to follow—years filled with triumph, humiliation, joy, loss, and persistence.


Peter Staley has been a long-term AIDS and gay rights activist, first as a member of ACT UP New York, then as the founding director of TAG, the Treatment Action Group.

He was a 2016 Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and is a leading subject in the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague.

More recently, Staley co-founded the PrEP4All Collaboration and the COVID-19 Working Group – New York, and is the lead named plaintiff in Staley v Gilead, a major federal antitrust case against big pharma set for trial next year.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, program at 7:00 pm

Reception with the author and special guests starts at 6:00 pm

The LGBT Community Center
208 W 13 St (near Seventh Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
phone 212-620-7310


The LGBT Center is thrilled to welcome the community back to in-person events! The priority for The Center is the health and safety of its staff, visitors, and community. The Center is actively monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the Delta variant as well as the guidelines from New York City, New York State, and the CDC. The Center will keep guests apprised of all requirements for entry to the building and will continue to update this page with current safety policies.


At 35 years, the Second Tuesday Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. Since 1985, more than 400 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations. Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world.

The Second Tuesday link: http://www.secondtuesday.org/


Established in 1983, the LGBT Community Center is at the heart of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. The Center serves the community with a full-service approach to programming, from hosting arts and entertainment events and advocacy groups to offering youth and overall wellness programs. Before temporarily closing for the Covid lockdown, the Center welcomed more than 300,000 visits each year to their building in the West Village. The Center has a long history as a cultural hub, with ongoing presentations that showcase the work of both emerging and established artists.

The LGBT Center link: https://www.gaycenter.org

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