This week is all about the ties that bind

Adrienne Butcher
Adrienne Butcher

Kin transcends conception. For us, it's about LGBT Family Planning and keeping yourself safe, legally. Learn how, then celebrate our greater family at the Stonewall Rally at the Capitol. (See Thursday.)


LGBT FAMILY PLANNING ESSENTIALS Attorneys Liz Brenner and Adrienne Butcher show how to protect your kin in Texas, a state not known for its fairness toward same-sex couples and families. You do have recourse. Let these legal eagles show you the way. Thu., June 28, 6-8pm. Plaza 7000, NW corner of MoPac & Far West. Free with RSVP.

FULLY COMMITTED WILDE PARTY Martin Burke x 39! You're invited to a special LGBT preshow reception. Thu., June 28, catered reception, 6:45pm; show, 8pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541 x1.

STONEWALL RALLY The past, present, and future all inform each other. Gather with the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation and reps from Equality Texas, Get Equal, ASA, TENT, Out Youth, and more on the south steps to learn and create our history. Plus, performances by Mr. & Miss Austin Pride 2011: Fernando & Kai Lee Mykels. Thu., June 28, 7pm. Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress, 305-8400. Free.

HOOK'D Lauren YellaStud and Demetrius Campbell present Dee Jay Munk-in-the-Mix's urban LGBTness. Thursdays, 10pm. Club Ambitious, 6700 Middle Fiskville, 832/878-4527. Free before 11pm; $5, 21 and up; $10, 18-20 after 11pm.

Liz Brenner
Liz Brenner

STONEWALL RALLY OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY Celebrate after you commemorate. Thu., June 28, 10pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823. Free.

22 MAJOR ARCANA Local photog Joie Rey Cohen shot a buncha locals and now they can tell your fortune. Yup: It's a local tarot deck by way of art exhibition. We see lots of staring in your future. Through June 30. Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. Free.

WET DREAMS CALENDAR PARTY Simone Riviera hosts this calendar-signing bash and ASA fundraiser with a wet boxer contest and pumped up tunage by DJ Divorcée. Mon., July 2, 7-10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

JACKPOT KARAOKE Karaoke queen Murrah Noble invites you to win big at her innovative twist on karaoke night. Pick the right song and go home with the jackpot. Mondays, Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823. Free.,

TUEZGAYZ means OooonceGays. Tuesdays, 10pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 476-7766.,

LUSHE Cheap drinks and hot lady 'tenders by the eyeful. Not just for lushes, ladies. First Tuesdays, 9pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 494-1150.

Join the Austin Pride Foundation for this week's Stonewall Rally.
Join the Austin Pride Foundation for this week's Stonewall Rally.

FOURTH OF JULY POOL PARTY Don the thong for a good cause: "cause" you can! Just make it a red, white, and blue one. Salute! Come celebrate your independence poolside, with beer, food, sweet tea vodka, Murrah Noble, Kelly Kline, and DJ Robert Josef Cross, all courtesy of our bighearted Octopus Club. Wed., July 4, 1-8pm. Private residence. Contact for details. $10-20 suggested donation, appreciated but not required.

LIZZY CAROLOKE Karaoke realness. Wednesdays, 8pm-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free.

QUEERDALINI YOGA Yup. It's Kundalini in a safe environment, for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Thursdays, 7-8:15pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 628-1580. Donations encouraged.

GET YOUR JUICES FLOWING Do you aspire to be a Lipschticker? Or simply wish to acquaint yourself with the concept? Wanna hang out with fellow queeratives and bounce around some ideas? Bring your tools of creativity: pens, sketchpads, Play-Doh, etc. Just please, don't eat your Play-Doh in front of this new group of pals. That's just gross. Thu., July 5, 7-9pm. Summermoon Coffee Bar, 3115 S. First, 804-1665.


TREASURE CITY DESIGN CONTEST Design it. Submit it. It might win, and you might see it on the backs of the hottest thrifters in town! All artwork needs to include the phrase: "Treasure City Thrift." See website for more details. Deadline: Sat., June 30. Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. Seventh, 524-2820.,

RED HOT 2012 is coming. Details soon. Just a hint: What has a Hig on top and a bottom on bottom? Fri., July 21, 6-10pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823.

GREASE SING-ALONG Hopelessly devoted to helping out your neighbors struggling with HIV/AIDS? Purchase your advance tickets through AIDS Services of Austin and it will benefit them. Sat., July 21, 7:30pm. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 472-5470. $45. $75 per couple.

SPLASH DAYS, MOFOS! Early bird tickets on sale now! There's little labor involved in checking out the hot papis sprawled across Hippie Hollow all Labor Day weekend long. Sign up to volunteer. Check the website for specific party and price details. Event: Labor Day Weekend, 2012.

AUSTIN PRIDE 2012 IS COMING! ... And it smells like Peaches. Early bird tickets on sale now! Watch this space! Sat., Sept. 22. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia, 480-8318.,

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