Austin's gay communities are the best
By Kate X Messer, Fri., Oct. 14, 2011
BEST LGBTQIA COMMUNITY Maybe on the planet. That's how we're feeling right now – in the pink with pride at the number of those initials represented in the Chronicle's annual "Best of Austin" (umm, this issue for you snoozers). While we don't wish to tick through the ones we believe qualify (we'd be basically copying most of the winners), know that we are well-represented in this town. Granted, our myopia gives us no right to compare ourselves to any city we've not visited, but what makes Austin so LGBTQIAwesome (...) is that we are marbled throughout this city – even in the meatiest flanks, we are ribboned throughout. This point is made everyday. We were listening to a certain FM morning team jock (OK, it was Deb from 101X's Jason & Deb) go on about how much she loved a cool local club. The morning crew got some rightful mileage out of the fact that Deb could not tell whether or not East Sixth Street icon Cheer Up Charlie's was a gay bar. And most importantly, that it didn't matter. Because it doesn't. More on this later (perhaps after a visit with said morning crew, hmmm ...). As far as this week is concerned, please come out and support AIDS Walk 2011. DJs Fine & Dandy (that would be Yours Truly and Andy) will be spinning some vinyl luv before, during, and after the walk. See you Sunday!
ON OUR GAYDAR
QUEER STATE(S) Texas artists queer (as in, the verb) gender representations in performance and visual art. We'd call that our cup of tea (or T? or E? or pee?). Do not miss. Through Sat., Nov. 5. Visual Arts Center, 23rd and Trinity, 471-1108. Free. email@example.com, www.utvac.org/node/537.
LIZZY CAROLOKE It's kinda like your own private, dimly lit karaoke, but with other people, who won't make fun of you. Seriously, it should be called Lizzy Cuddlyoke. Fridays, 8pm-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free. www.bernadettesbar.com.
BEARRACUDA If a DJ named Matt Consola comes all the way from San Francisco, does a bear sit in the woods? Or dance? Sat., Oct. 15, 9pm. ND at 501 Studios, 501 N. I-35, 485-3001. $10-15. www.bearracuda.com/Austin, www.bearups.com.
LEZMINGLE SATURDAYS Our ol' pal Yellastud presents this new weekly LGBT hip-hop spot. Mexita's Mexican Food Restaurant, 1109 N. I-35, 467-4444. $5. www.yellastud.com.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY MARCH & RALLY Get yourself tuxed up or poured into a gown, however your flag flies, and come get gay married ... or not. Take a stand against DOMA. Speak now or forever hold your lack of rights. Sat., Oct. 15, 5-7pm. Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury, 974-6700. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROTEUS AND BAREFOOT IN THE PARK If the names Herb, Brett Johnson, Joey Foley, or the Rev. Kathy Russell mean anything to you, you might be a club kid from the Nineties. Wander in a dance haze at Bob Wentz Park then somehow make it alive to Karma to shake it until the morning's light. Sat., Oct. 15, 1pm, Bob Wentz Park, 10pm. Karma Lounge, 119 W. Eighth, 469-0504. www.karma-austin.com.
AIDS WALK AUSTIN 2011 Hoofers, stompers, strollers, and shufflers have been getting ready for AIDS Walk 2011 for months. Teams have been assembled, funds have been raised, and now we are ready to roll. Please join your Friendly Neighborhood Gay Place DJs Fine & Dandy (aka Kate & Andy) for a pre-walk warm-up and the return victory lap. We can hardly wait to see you. Sun., Oct. 16. Registration, 12:30pm; walk, 2pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 452-WALK. $20 registration fee. www.aidswalkaustin.org.
QUEER THEORY STUDY GROUP Coffee, tea, vegan cupcakes, and you – and a whole mouthful of ideas relating to queeritude. Recommended reading, while not necessary, is emailed in advance, so get on the list. Every other Sunday, 1pm. Location disclosed with RSVP. email@example.com.
DOO WOP N DROP IT DJs Amerykah, Isabel J., and I Wanna Be Her spinning the best of the Fifties and Sixties, and you get all Fonzie on her ass. Thu., Oct. 20, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. $2 donation for OutYouth but no one turned away. www.facebook.com/girlfriendatx.
WORKOUT WITH ERICA NIX LIVE Learn a new workout routine and perhaps end up on a workout vid! Sundays, 6pm. Royal Blue Grocery, 609 Congress, 469-5888. $3 suggested donation. www.workoutwithericanix.com.
QUEERDALINI YOGA Yup. It's kundalini in a safe environment, for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Mondays, 7-8:15pm. Guari Movement Studio, 1627 Barton Springs Rd. Donations encouraged. firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROCK OUT LOUD Best Best Best Friends, Jonny Gray, Return to Coda, Lucas Silveira of the Cliks, DJ Mouthfeel, and some surprise guests on wheels rawk for OutYouth. Sat., Oct. 22, 8pm. Blind Pig Pub, 317 E. Sixth, 472-0809. Free. email@example.com, www.facebook.com/rockoloud.
A NIGHT OF PINK Ooh, pink! And ooh, lesbians! Hey, y'all, Dino's back at Lipstick, and she's throwing a breast cancer benefit featuring drag, raffles, and, well, it wouldn't be a lez fundraiser without beer pong and flip cup. Sat., Oct. 22, 9pm. Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 474-2950. www.lipstick24austin.com.
HIV/AIDS & AGING SYMPOSIUM Geared toward caregivers but open to all, this event will explore the effects of HIV/AIDS on an aging population. Keynote speaker: Dr. James Masten. Register online now. Fri., Nov. 4, 8am-2pm. Meals on Wheels and More, 3227 E. Fifth, 804-3682. $10 for registration, $5 more for social work CEUs. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, www.hivandaging.wordpress.com.
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