Gay Place: Big Proud Bomb

It's not an anti-Pride: It's Queerbomb!


BIG, PROUD BOMB

It's not an anti-Pride. It's accelerated Pride. A Pride on scrappy, DIY, can-do spirit steroids: Queerbomb, a fully community-engaged, choose-your-own adventure, where you are the parade, you don't pay someone else to express your commitment to community, and you take it to the streets, not the sidelines, to remind everyone that yes, we're here, yes, we're queer, and we're blowing up with love. (See Saturday.)


ON OUR GAYDAR

Transgender Community Data Survey 2015 Help reflect the true state of the trans* experience in Texas (or beyond, for our non-Lone Star readers). 278 questions, may take up to an hour to complete. Completely confidential. Trigger warnings. Search the title on Facebook for a full description and link. June, 2015-May, 2016. Online. Free.

Patrice Pike Take a hike, and see the Pike. Thursdays, 8-10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. www.fb.com/patricepikeband.

Texas Hold 'Em Tourneys Wild West presents puh-puh-puh-poker for your poker face. Thursdays, 8pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35; Tuesdays, 8pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.fb.com/wildwestcasinogames/events.

Free HIV/STD Testing Keep it clean, fellas! Know your status. Then plan accordingly. Fridays, 1-4pm & Tuesdays, 1-4pm & 8-11pm. Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport, 512/302-9696. www.midtowne.com.

MORTIPRIDE It's the big, gay Mortified show come to town to help ease those junior high anxiety attacks. Fri.-Sat., June 5-6, 7:30 & 10:30pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. $15, $12 advanced. www.getmortified.com.

QueerTan Kirtan Chant together, communally, the night before Queerbomb. Fri., June 5, 7:30-9pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood. Free. www.somavida.net.

First Friday Ladies' Night Lesbutante & the Boss present this Warehouse District eve for the grrrlz. First Fridays, 9pm-1am. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. www.fb.com/thelesbutanteandtheboss.

She Rocks Two-day womanpowering vocal and performance coaching workshop with a live all-gal band, culminating in your own performance slot in a live grand finale rock show. Sets will be available via live-stream at www.concertwindow.com. Workshop: Sat.-Sun., June 6-7. One-2-One Bar, 1509 S. Lamar. Two-day workshop, $247; show, free. www.sherocks.us.

Queer & Trans Women's Health Workshop Workshop with People's Community Clinic's Dr. Gray and Dr. Neavel. Sat., June 6, 1-3pm. Women's Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St., 512/284-9221. Free. www.womenctx.org.

LezzDance at Maria's The legendary Margaret Wright and Kimmie K shall entertain you. Sat., June 6, 6pm. Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar. $10.

Queerbomb Welcome to Queerbomb 6-6-6! (June 6, 6pm!) Meet at Fair Market, across the street from the recent regular QB site (the late, lamented Pine Street Station). FM is the site of the rally, procession launch-point, and afterparty. Show up in colorful, irreverent regalia and expect 7-8,000 of your closest, queerest, creative-classiest friends, curiously playful mainstream gays, neighbors, lovers, allies, kids, pets, granny-grampies, and supporters alike to listen together to stirring sentiments from filmmaker Sheridan Aguirre, Lisa Scheps, khattieQ, Daniel Webb, and everlovin' host-con-most, Paul Soileau. Then march like you mean it, and get back to Fair Market quickshape for an afterparty to blow out all afterparties. Sat., June 6, 6pm. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth. Free. www.queerbomb.org.

CCMC: Rainbow Connections Capital City Men's Chorus' annual spring concert with guests for 2015, San Antonio's mixed LGBT choir, Live Oak Singers. Sat., June 6, 7:30pm. Bates Recital Hall, 27 E. Campus Dr., 512/477-7464. $25, $20 advance, discounts for students and seniors. www.ccmcaustin.org.

Unofficial Outdoor Dance Queerbomb AfterParty Mt. Gushmore, Cap'n Tits, Mouthfeel, Popular Slut's Clubhouse, Girlfriend, Chelsea Star, and surprise guests. Sat., June 6, 10pm-2am. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free.

Ministry The Hunger opens. Sun., June 7, 7pm. Mohawk, 912 Red River. $69.69. www.alfuckingjourgensen.com.

Queerdalini Yoga for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Mondays, 7:30pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 512/628-1580. $5+ donations encouraged. www.fb.com/groups/qyogaaustin.

TuezGayz Dependably fruitastic: Austin's legendary weekly weekday gay night on Red River. Tuesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River. www.fb.com/barbarella.austin.9.

Sushi Coochi Drag Queen Bingo It's the monthly FUNdraiser for Pride, and the sponsor pockets go deep with great prizes. Cupcake and Lady Grackle Birdbreath host. Second Tuesdays, 7pm. Bambu Austin, 310 Colorado. Free. www.fb.com/austinpride.

Stonewall Democrats Happy Hour Mix and mingle with the Stonewall Dems and other politically curious creatures. Second Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm. Brass House, 115-B San Jacinto. www.stonewallaustin.org.

Queer Ride Check the QR Facebook group for up-to-date details on meeting spots and stops of this weekly ride. Wednesdays, 7pm; wheels, 7:30pm. Free.

PFLAG South Monthly Meeting Family is nice; allied family is love. Second Thursdays, 6:30-9pm. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 512/444-1314. Free.


HO-RIZON

Gay Beach Week One solid week of community, support, and fun on the island with highlights including AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas Annual Champagne Brunch, parties with drag and dancing, a big gay beach event, a Sunday brunch, and Sunday funday party. Through June 7. Various locations in Galveston. www.supportacct.org, www.splashbargalveston.com, www.kravegalveston.com.

Houston LGBT Pride Celebration For you Pride groupies: This is the big one, y'all, the fourth-largest Pride in the USA, and worth the trip. The parade, the festival, the sights, the sounds, the rainbows, the unicorns (the humidity!), all on one day, for free (yes, we said free), for the first time, in downtown H-town. So, where's the afterparty? Sat., June 27, noon-11pm. Downtown Houston, for the first time. Free. www.pridehouston.org.

Austin Pride It's on, baby bunnies. Check the web for pre-sale and to make your plans. Sept. 13-21. Fiesta Gardens, Downtown, and so much more. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 22-30, all week long. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. www.austinpride.org.

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