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Out Professionals is the nation's leading LGBT social and business networking organization, founded in 1983. We host events where members make connections and sharpen strategies. With a diverse membership of entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals and corporate executives, Out Professionals hosts panels, celebrity interviews, workshops on business, and personal growth, and informal seminars with leaders in pop culture, commerce, and academia. With close to 1,000 members, Out Professionals is the conduit for gay and lesbian professionals to create their own personal and business networks.

Note that joining the Meetup OP group doesn't necessarily mean you're a dues-paying member of OP. You'll still need to pay the nonmember price to attend our events. You can join OP at out professionals.org/join. If you show up at the event as a nonmember with a member ticket we'll assume you want to join on the spot at the then current price.

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Upcoming events (4)

VIRTUAL TOUR: LGBT+ SECRETS OF EUROPE'S MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

>>> THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE http://outprofessionals.org/HISTORYSLGBTHEARTBEAT <<< OUT PROFESSIONALS PRESENTS PROFESSOR ANDREW LEAR ON THE HIDDEN ROLE OF SAME-SEX LOVE IN SHAPING EUROPE'S GREAT URBAN CENTERS. Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Athens, Delphi, Berlin — all great places to visit, rich with fascinating history and fabulous art. But are you aware of the key role that same-sex love played in shaping these urban centers? And of the roles that they, in turn, have played in creating gay history? On Thursday, March 28, Out Professionals presents Professor Andrew Lear with "LGBT Secrets of Europe's Museums and Monuments." A longtime OP favorite for his private "Gay Secrets" tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU. Tonight Professor Lear focuses on European museums and monuments with roles in gay history. He discusses historical figures and relates stories behind historical events and great art, uncovering hidden meanings. During the evening you discover: - Which gay couple founded the world's first democracy? - Which emperor's boy toy became a god? - What was the first nude statue of the Renaissance? - Which Christian saint did Japanese author Yukio Mishima venerate? - What was the world's first gay rights organization? - Who was Berlin's coolest gay, Jewish, anti-Nazi resistance fighter? And what was the ballsiest thing he did? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Professor Andrew Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history, and the winner of the Travel Industry’s 2016 Travvy Award for best escorted tour operator, LGBT; and of the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 award, LGBT Tour Operator of the Year. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT’S UP Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for networking and seat selection. From 7 to 9 p.m., slide presentation, discussion, Q&A. Beverages available on your own in the LGBT Center lobby. WHERE The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Subway: 1/2/3, A/C/E or F/M to 14th Street; L to 6th or 8th Avenue. We meet in Room 210, the bookstore operated by BDSQD (Bureau of General Services-Queer Division). JOIN NOW -- ATTEND FREE! Nonmember, $20. Dues-paying Individual or Business Member of Out Professionals, $10 with advance registration; $15 at the door, if available. Event limited to 40 attendees. Pre-registration is highly recommended and closes at noon on March 28. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Please print and pocket a copy of your online receipt. Thanks! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- • Important to know Purchase your tickets at http://outprofessionals.org/HISTORYSLGBTHEARTBEAT

HISTORIC GRAND CENTRAL: THE OP LGBT+ WALKING TOUR AND MIXER

>>> THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE http://outprofessionals.org/grandcentraltour <<< OUT PROFESSIONALS OFFERS AN IN-DEPTH TOUR OF A MIDTOWN ARCHITECTURAL MARVEL. On Saturday, March 30, you are invited to join Members and friends of Out Professionals for an enduringly popular offering in our City Secrets Series: “Historic Grand Central: The Walking Tour and Mixer.” After an insider’s tour of this national historic landmark, you’re welcome to unwind among new friends under the vaulted ceilings of the venerable Grand Central Oyster Bar. A majestic Beaux Arts rendition of a classical form, New York’s Grand Central Terminal rivaled the Eiffel Tower as one of the turn-of-the-century’s most dramatic architectural achievements. It symbolized the exploding intellectual and commercial reach of what was then the world’s second largest city. Highlights of our tour include: • A briefing on the tragedy that led to the terminal’s creation • An outline of the ingenious design scheme that moves people and possessions • The terminal’s history-making role in landmarking New York City's architectural heritage • The legendary Campbell Apartment, once the private salon of ’20s mogul John W. Campbell • The historic roles played by Commodore Vanderbilt, Whitney Warren and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis • A visit to the Whispering Arch Out Professionals’ private Walking Tour/Mixer series is designed for us — and you — by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York. Joyce teaches Manhattan history at New York University and the New School. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT'S UP Tour begins at 2 p.m. sharp, rain or shine. We meet at 89 East 42nd Street, under the Park Avenue Viaduct and just inside the entrance to Grand Central Terminal. Subway: 4/5/6/7/S to 42nd Street/Grand Central. Open-ended mixer begins about 4 p.m. in the Grand Central Oyster Bar; refreshments on your own. ADMISSION Nonmember, $30; sorry, no exchanges or refunds. Dues-paying OP Member, just $20. Print and pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! The personalized nature of our tours requires us to limit the number of participants. Pre-registration ends at 6pm Friday, March 29. At the door, space permitting, cash only. JOIN NOW AND TOUR FREE! As a registered nonprofit, Out Professionals relies on your continuing support. Enjoy a 12-month Individual OP Membership PLUS free admission for one to “Historic Grand Central: The Walking Tour and Mixer” for just $75; final sale. Or enjoy the expanded benefits of Business Membership — just $125. Membership provides free entry to every OP.LOUNGE and free or discounted admission at other OP events. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- • What to bring Business cards encouraged, but not required. • Important to know Purchase your tickets at http://outprofessionals.org/grandcentraltour

FOR A DIFFERENT NETWORKING EXPERIENCE, IT'S OP.LOUNGE!

>>> THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE http://outprofessionals.org/OPLoungeApril <<< THIS MONTH, OP.LOUNGE, THE OUT PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING CLASSIC, GOES MEDITERRANEAN. On Wednesday evening, April 3, join Members and friends of Out Professionals for purposeful networking at Le Reve, the sprawling, Mediterranean-themed lounge in Midtown East. Nothing beats communicating face to face, and tonight's OP networking experience promises to be exceptionally friendly and productive. Pocket some business cards and head to the East Fifties to join Members of Out Professionals … OP.LYNX, our dynamic women’s network … and scores of LGBT up-and-comers. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT'S UP Networking and socializing from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening's specials, available until 8 p.m., include beer, $5; wine or sangria, $7; well drinks, $8; and top-shelf brands, $10. Coat check available. WHERE Le Reve, the 4000-square-foot, Mediterranean-themed lounge downstairs at 125 East 54th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. Subway: 6/N/R to 59th St./Lexington Ave. E/M to Lexington Ave./53rd St. ADMISSION Nonmember, $10. Pre-registered, dues-paying OP Member, free. OP Member at the door, $5. Pre-registration closes at noon on Wednesday, February 13; sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Walk-ins welcome; cash only at the door. JOIN NOW — ENJOY FREE ADMISSION As a registered nonprofit, Out Professionals relies on the support of our Individual and Business Members. Enjoy a 12-month Individual Membership PLUS free admission tonight -- just $65. Or enjoy the enhanced benefits of a 12-month Business Membership PLUS free admission tonight — $125. Sales final. Membership guarantees you free entry to every month’s OP.LOUNGE and free or discounted admission at other OP events. As a Member, you are helping OP provide a full range of affordable LGBT programming year round. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- • What to bring Business cards encouraged, but not required. • Important to know Purchase your tickets at http://outprofessionals.org/OPLoungeApril

LGBT+ SECRETS OF THE MET - MUSEUM TOUR

Metropolitan Museum of Art

>>> THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. THIS TOUR HAS BEEN COMBINED WITH 'SCANDALS & SECRETS AT THE MET.' PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE http://www.outprofessionals.org/lgbtsecrets <<< OUT PROFESSIONALS INVITES YOU TO ENJOY AN EYE-OPENING PRIVATE TOUR OF THE MET WITH PROFESSOR ANDREW LEAR. Encore! On Saturday, June 1, Out Professionals offers OP Members and friends “Secrets of the Met,” a private tour of homoerotic treasures from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, conducted by Professor Andrew Lear. This OP tour explores some of the Met's choicest homoerotica, from ancient Greek nudes and erotic vase-painting to works from the Renaissance and the present day, many expressing same-gender desire. Famous artists and subjects appear, but so do lesser-known artists and works whose homoerotic charge is often ignored, including phallic totems from the Met’s Oceania collection. Near “Portrait of a German Officer” (above right), a monumental painting by Marsden Hartley memorializing his lover, who died at 24, is “Gertrude Stein” (above left), a central figure in the Parisian art world, as painted by Pablo Picasso. And then there’s “The Horse Fair,” by the French artist Rosa Bonheur, who portrayed herself dressed as a man because women were barred from such events. For Lear’s insights on just one of the works included in our tour, visit The Gay and Lesbian Review. Professor Andrew Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia, and NYU. Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history, and the winner of the Travel Industry’s 2016 Travvy Award for best-escorted tour operator, LGBT; and of the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 award, LGBT Tour Operator of the Year. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT’S UP Limited to 20 persons, today's tour departs promptly at 1 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours. Your Out Professionals ticket includes admission to the Met’s galleries, cafe and store until 9 p.m. “Secrets of the Met" is not an official Met offering. WHERE The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Subway: Q/4/5 to 86th Street, 6 to 77th Street. NOTE: Allow a minimum of 15 minutes to walk from the subway. Expect weekend crowds and MTA subway service changes. Use the Met's 81st Street entrance, which accesses the Uris Center for Education and is south of the main entrance staircase. Lines are shorter here and it will be easy to find our group near the Group Tour desk. (Repeat ticket buyers, please note: The 81st Street entrance may be different from the one you used on a previous Met tour.) ADMISSION BY PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY Nonmember, $55, museum entry included. Dues-paying OP Member, $45. Met Museum member or student, $45. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Quick response advised: These private tours typically sell out in record time. If tickets are available, advance ticketing ends at 5pm on Friday, May 30. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Museum member or student: Your Met or student ID is required. Sorry, no walk-ins. OUT PROFESSIONALS REWARDS YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT! As a registered nonprofit, Out Professionals relies on the support of our loyal Individual and Business Members. Why not join them? Enjoy a 12-month Individual OP Membership PLUS one tour ticket — museum entry included —for just $95; final sale. Membership includes free entry to every month’s OP.LOUNGE and and free or discounted admission at all other OP events. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- • Important to know Purchase your tickets at http://www.outprofessionals.org/lgbtsecrets

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