Who’s setting the table? Tyler hosts a monthly tea dance party called BABY TEA at Wise Men. Over the past two years, the two have raised over $10,000 during two trans youth advocacy fundraisers.
What caught our eye about this party? Tyler plans to have a very diverse group of people in attendance. “I love having a lot of different types of friends from various backgrounds and industries, and I love to bring them together and get some juicy convos going!” Tyler says. “ I’m so lucky to have had my dance work presented on Fire Island a few years ago. Making friends of all ages and walks of life out there has been one of the most amazing and educational ways to look back on the LGBTQ experience of the past few decades.”
What inspired this SAGE Table? Tyler says that it is high time we all came together. In prepping the event, Tyler wanted something “low pressure, fun, and in welcoming space for us all to really talk, laugh, and inspire. Nothing too serious, but in complete opposition of threatening administrations and policies. We will hold space and we will not be defeated. Cheesy, but love really does trump hate!”
What makes this space ideal for the event? Tyler says, “Wise Men is a very comfortable neighborhood bar owned and managed by three women. The East Village location is perfect and has a long LGBT history.” In terms of accessibility, “the venue does have two small steps up from the street, but people will be available to help anyone who needs it when entering, and the bathrooms are on the main level,” says Tyler. “There’s plenty of seating at the bar and throughout the space with small tables at the red leather benches that line the walls.” Tyler’s conclusion? “Y’all better WERK IT, no matter what age!”
What’s for dinner? “Since the setting is unconventional and it’s happy hour, guests can expect yummy crudites and charcuterie-type nibbles that will be gratis,” Tyler says. Tyler’s SAGE Table runs from 5pm to 7pm, so if you’re still hungry, we recommend you attend one of the many other SAGE Tables happening in NYC!
Pull up a chair: SAGE Table with Tyler Ashley, The Dauphine of Bushwick