Welcome to the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s official kickoff to the SXSW season, and the official first place you can pick up the 2014 gAyTX SXSW Fun Guide produced by the AGLCC and yours truly. 6pm. RSVP for free drinks and VIG badge.
Meet La Femme Nostra at the picnic tables in the outdoor back patio next to the tattoo/screen printing shop. Open to femmes of all genders. First Fridays, 8-11pm, self-ID femme time; after 10pm, allies, admirers, and pals may join.
Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth, 512/480-9562
Nathan James, Austin's one-man booking machine who turned our annual Pride into a destination fest is getting back to his roots, curating the art of rock. Not simply posters and marketing designs, but visual art created by artists associated with rawwwwk, like: Nicole Steen (The Pop Tarts), Inger Lorre (The Nymphs), Christy Kane (Hazard County Girls), Jarboe (The Swans), Jeormie Journell, Jill Emery (ex-Hole), and more. March 6 to 15, 7pm.
Finally! A socially intricate yet easy-to-use Web presence designed to "help foster communication and planning within the queer community to avoid competing events." Thank you, Poochie. Go check it out, and upload all your events. Now! What are you waiting for? Free.
Holy gay moly, bat boy, the GayBi lineup is POW! ZAP! BANG! ZOWIE!!! Grazin’ in the grass, can you dig it? Here’s the latest as we know it: … … … The mise-en-scène is the most heart-bursting of the entire conference season: Revel in the set design and live art installations; and unicorns and you prancing across spring meadows. Spread out on picnic blankets (if you see a Hulk Hogan sleeping bag, come say heeeeeyyy!), and take in the joy and wonderment that is the Austin queer community opening her arms (and other parts) to the entire planet and beyond. All day; all gay! All yay! Sun., March 16, noon-12mid. Free and open to the public. All ages..
GayBi's back. Tell a friend. Or grab that friend and go sign up for any number of two-hour volunteer shifts pre-fest in building and arting, and fest-proper, "in jobs like merch, parking, and water-boi." Sun., Mar. 16, noon-12mid.
The cuddliest, hairiest, most barrel-chested bigboys of the Heart of Texas Bears are a social service group dedicated to all things "grrrrr." Get on their list for info about monthly coffees, movie nights, beer busts, etc.
For those who are wild about the theatre, Zach brings you the Wilde Party offered at each main-stage show. Food, drinks, and a fabulous show especially for the family and those that love us. Preshow mixer, 6:45pm; show at 8pm.
The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is throwing their annual #BigGay Kickoff Party next week to welcome newcomers and visitors to town for SXSW. Aside from being the number one way to connect with LGBTQ for the conference, the party is also the launch party for our gAyTX Fun Guide man and the next issue of the Agenda. AGLCC in collaboration with The Austin Chronicle (yours truly, plus some characters from our Gay Place blog) present these spangley gay digest-sized gay mag promoting economic equality and gender diversity and a full map of gay bars and LGBTQ SXSW events just in time for the teeming masses. Fri., March 7, 6pm.
It's Jewish with a queer bent or queer with a Jewish bent, either way, you won't get bent, you'll get strrrrrretched into some fabulousness, three times a week. Pick your power: Night Light (Sundays), Go Flow (yoga and dance, Mondays), or Salute the Sun (Wednesdays). Sundays, 8:30pm; Mondays, 7:30pm; and Wednesdays, 8am. $8-10 suggested donation, sliding scale.
San Marcos Pride is a go. Whoooo! The kids behind Rainbow Night have been hard at work getting this together for mid next year, and all's they need is you. Hey, Bobcat Qs, allies, and Austinites who just want to see neighbor pals enjoy the same tolerance and acceptance we feel here in the big city, come lend a hand. San Marcos Pride seeks volunteers, performers, graphic designers and printers, hotel partnerships, vendors, and especially $ponsor$. Call or email Silvia. Let's do this. Coming Summer or early Fall, 2014.
Every closet purge, you run into it – that slab of silicone or whatever, the one that reminds you of … you know who. What the hell do you do with an old dong? Or buzzing egg? Or Fleshlight? Why, you recycle it, of course. Read the requirements to participate in Q Toys recycling program, and get a $5 certificate for your trouble … and for a less stressful closet. Starts March 1.
That's THCFES to you, delicate nymph of the forest glen. (All's we wanna know is: Where are the fekkin' unicorns?!) THCFES is a group for alternative/progressive gay men who understand the goodness of all things fae. Yae!
Gently used goodes! Junque! Crappé! Austin's darling den of dignified detritus wants your stuff. Give until your closets are squeaky clean. Donations accepted on-site, Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Pickups arranged by appointment.. Free.
Your Longhorn queer hub, as it were. Regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm) so you can learn about cool campus doin's like Queer Students Alliance, GLBTGrad, OutLaw, Queer People of Color and Allies, Transgender Texas, She Says, and more.
In a time of ancient gods, warlords, and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a movie, and this online petition might just make it happen. Don't you want to be able to tell your grandkids that you helped reunite Xena & Gabrielle? Sign the petition now, before that nasty Samurai gets wind of all this.