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Can you feel it? Pride is coming.

SUNSET BILLS CAN BECOME XMAS TREES all lit up with spangley attachments and amendments that might be able to address agendas previously lost in bills now dead in the Texas Lege, according to Equality Texas' Chuck Smith. One such bill? House Bill 1323, Mark Strama's anti-bullying bill. Current status? "Neither party is covering themselves in glory on behalf of Texas school children. HB 1323 dies 11 bills out," according to a recent ET post. The 11th-hour actions to attempt to address any aspect of this and other lost bills are laid out for you to follow on the Equality Texas website (www.equalitytexas.org). And blogging (www.equalitytexas.typepad.com/blog) isn't fast enough, so ET is taking it to the Tweets (www.twitter.com/equalitytexas). For the most up-to-the-minute news about the status of Lege action on our behalf, check the ET sites. Now's also a great time to toss some scrilla their way and reserve your seat at the 2009 Texas "Sunrise" Brunch, happening Sun., June 7.

Pride Is Coming

WHIPPIN' IT OUT FOR PRIDE! Be a part of The Austin Chronicle's superspecial Pride pullout supplement for Austin Pride 2009. If you are hosting an event for Pride, around Pride, or leading up to Pride, send us info ASAP. Deadline: Fri., May 29, noon. 454-5766. Free. gayplace@austinchronicle.com, austinchronicle.com/gayplace, austinchronicle.com/gayplaceblog, austinchronicle.com/gaytx.

ALLGO PRIDE DANCE Dance your pants off pre-Pride at the hottest dance party on the Eastside with DJ Angel Rivera. Why don't we ALL GO? Fri., June 5, 9pm-2am. Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 472-2001. www.allgo.org.

THE MAJESTIC PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Movie. Costume contest. Dance party. All for aGLIFF. We are so there. Fri., June 5, 8pm. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 472-5470.

DON'T HIDE YO PRIDE Pride's just around the bend. Sign up now as a sponsor or volunteer. And while you're at it, reserve your booth for the festival and a position in the parade. AGLCC makes it easy to access online (you can even Facebook 'em, Dano). Check the site or e-mail today! Sat., June 6. www.austinpride.org.

FOODIES @ PRIDE You can't keep a good woman down. Unless, of course, you mean down South. Well, when it comes to watching the Pride Parade, all good foodies know the only way to go is west. Go to 219 West, young woman, and enjoy an annual tradition. Plan to get there early to reserve your spot. Sat., June 6, 5pm. 219 West, 219 W. Fourth, 474-2194. beatsagogo@aol.com, myspace.com/foodies_kitty.

PRIDE WOMEN'S DANCE Ladies in skirts. Ladies in pants. We aren't exactly ladies, but we wanna dance. Fri., June 12, 8-11pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Bergman, 480-8318. www.aglcc.org/event/713/Pride-Womens-Dance.html.

SUNRISE BRUNCH (AT 11:30!) It's called "Sunrise" because it used to be held at sunrise. Now, just think of it as "a new day to shed light." Join keynoter Annise Parker, Houston city controller and Houston mayoral candidate, and Austin's moving, shaking, big queer power base. Yummy. Sun., June 7, 11:30am. Austin Women's Club/North-Evans Chateau, 708 San Antonio, 474-5475. $50. www.equalitytexas.org/content.aspx?id=581#315.

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