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By Kate X Messer, August 3, 2012, Columns

Yes, that fil-A is deee-licious, but the community has turned a blind eye and the other cheek for too long. Dan Cathy's creepy anti-gay/"I'm still on my first wife" comments are just using a bully pulpit for bullying. Even Teddy Roosevelt wouldn't say "Bully!" to that. Nope.

On Our Gaydar

XANADU WILDE PARTY There you are! A shooting star! You're invited to a special LGBT preshow reception, and you know you'll be in good company. Thu., Aug. 2. Catered reception, 6:45pm; show, 8pm. Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541 x1. Wilde Party season tickets available.

BLOGGITY BLOG BLOG BLOG Why wait 'til Thursday? Come visit K8, Frank, Andy, and hot n00bs Brandon, Liz, Tyler, and more at the Gay Place blog. Say hello and hump a unicorn. 454-5766.,

EAT MO' JOHNNYE'S That new East Texas soul food trailer next to Beauty Ballroom on Riverside? Totes allies. Good people. In response to the anti-gay shitstorm involving a certain chicken sandwich chain, they are introducing the Gay-fil-A and donating a portion of the proceeds to GLAAD. Beauty Ballroom, 2015 Riverside, 943-2985.

OLYMPICS AT SCORE @ OILCAN'S You know that Score will be the place to be and see as the flamers cheer on the torch! Through Sun., Aug. 12. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823.

OUTLANDER ON KOOP Community radio gays it up with some fab live music and the bands that make it. Fridays, noon-1pm. KOOP Radio 91.7FM.

CHICK-FIL-A KISS-IN Search Facebook and check the Gay Place Blog for the latest as we get closer to this anything but chicken-lipped response to Dan Cathy's smug comments. (First wives – really, Dan?) Locals Team ProHomo are planning a meet-up. Check online for updates. Careful about loitering and go with a buddy or 12. If you plan to smooch, you may need to buy and eat some of their delicious, spicy, goddamned chicken. Fri., Aug. 3, 7pm. Chick-fil-A, various locations.

SING MUSE Rudy Ramirez directs this trek back to the times when Muses mused and messed with everyone. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 3-5 and Thu.-Sat., Aug. 9-11, 8pm. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 478-5282. $10-30 sliding scale, $25-30 priority seating, $15-20 general admission, $10 starving artists.

FEMME MAFIA These mamas mean business. Look for the pink boa. First Fridays, 9-11pm, self-ID femme time; after 11pm, admirers and friends may join. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth, 480-9562.

MIKE BURNS 'AUGUST 3RD' VIDEO PREMIERE It's not just the date: it's the name of the song. Vid airs before full band set. Fri., Aug. 3, 9pm. Flipnotics Coffeespace, 1601 Barton Springs Rd., 480-8646.

MY EDUCATION The Facebook event page for this night contains one of our favorite cop-out descriptions of the indescribable that we've ever read: "Trying to pigeonhole the music of Austin's My Education is akin to trying to stuff a pigeon in a hole." Watch Out for Rockets, Jonas & the Plastic Habit, and She Sir round out the bill. Fri., Aug. 3, 9pm. Frontier Bar, 2421 Webberville Rd., 243-7153. Free, 21 and up; $10, under 21.

BE IN JULIE NOLEN'S VIDEO Who knows? Maybe one of your "Whoooo hooo"s will make it in the mix? Julie Hollub opens. Fri., Aug. 3, 10:30pm. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd., 828-7636. Free.

AUSTIN LEATHER SOCIAL Shiny, shiny ... shiny boots of leather. Every first Saturday. First Saturdays, 8-10pm. Chain Drive, 504 Willow, 480-9017. $5 to benefit CTBOL charities.

BANANA HAMMOCK BBQ 3 DJs JFrancis, Supafly, Adam Warped, Richard.Gear, and Zack Highwire spin (or click, as it were) whilst long fruits fry on the grill and in the sun. Sat., Aug. 4, 3-9pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free.

DIRTY FILTHY SATURDAY Supastar DJ Filthy Rich spins gobs of gay gold. Just gobs of it. Saturdays, 10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 494-1150.

GEAR NIGHT AND UNDERWEAR AUCTION Don your throbbing fetish, leather, uniform, sports, and/or kit (street legal, please) and bid on some gear. Sat., Aug. 4, 10pm-2am. Chain Drive, 504 Willow, 480-9017. $3.

KITTENFEST The whole family can has cheezburger and fun to build the baby kitties at Austin Pets Alive a Bottle Baby Nursery. What?! Ten bands compete for your affection. Good luck, what with all teh kittehs. Sun., Aug. 5, noon-10pm. Weirdos, 12408 MoPac N., 291-6703. Donations.

VOODOO CHILE Different DJs, all vinyl, all night. Sundays, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. Free.

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

LIZZY CAROLOKE Best li'l queereokemo's in Texas! Wednesdays, 8pm-12mid. Bernadette's, 2039 Airport. Free.

OCCUPY AUSTIN OCCUQUEERS MEETING Take up your rightful place in the political pantheon. Every other Wednesday, 5-6:30pm. The Q, 3408 West, 420-8557. Free.

STEEL VAGINAS Search Facebook for "The Steel Vaginas: Discussion Group on Feminism(s)" to discover this semiweekly romp through the nuanced ebbs and flows of the "F" word. Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7:30pm. The Q, 3408 West, 281/733-0576.

KARAOKE WITH KRAMER Croon with the Krame, or whatever nickname you want to call him. Wednesdays, 9:30pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

PFLAG SOUTH MONTHLY MEETING Family is nice; allied family is love. PFLAG represents the best of our community. Second Thursdays, 6:30-9pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 444-1314. Free.

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