Well, that was a game changer, wasn't it? What a crazy few weeks it's been. Whether you are giddily planning your proposal strategy to surprise your sweetie and seal the deal or drawing up a white board for your action team because there is so much more work to be done, well done! One down, full equality in all matters governed by civil law to go! To this end, may we reco a few great events this week?
Go get married (see, we no longer have to say "gay married") with hundreds of your closest pals at the Capitol on the Fourth of July at Austin's Big Gay 4th of July Wedding. Just be sure to get your marriage license in time from the ever-irrepressible, terrifically prepared, and wonderfully allied office of our Travis County Clerk, Dana DeBeauvoir!
Not ready for nuptials? Kinda "over" the rainbow? Over the red, whine, and blue as well? Well, so is the Revolutionary Alliance of Trans People Against Capitalism (RATPAC) and they are hosting F*ck the Fourth featuring our favorite mad rapper: Houston's Biz Vicious. This werd magnate will dress you down, dress you back up, and wrap you up in a cuddlepuddle. Seriously. Go see Biz. Tell them a Dandy Unicornn sent you. Happy Fourth, pals, no matter how you choose to blow it up.
Happy Hour with Ms. Wright What a great way to kick off your holiday weekend. Thursdays & Fridays, 6-8pm. The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport, 512/730-0759. Free. www.fb.com/theskylarklounge.
Transition with Erica Nix Erica Nix will PUMP. YOU. UP. Errrr, we mean: Erica Nix will help facilitate your process of change. Early session for bulking up. Second session for long and lean. Thursdays, 6:45 & 7:15pm. The Center Spot, 213 W. North Loop. $10-15, sliding scale. www.northloopcenterspot.com.
Swings Asunder World premiere of Sky Candy's avant-garde exploration of gender roles, sex, and self-worth through modern dance, gesture, and innovative aerial movement. Original score by local Austin composer Justin Sherburn. Thu.-Fri., July 2-3. Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664. $15-50. www.skycandyaustin.com, www.thelongcenter.org/event/swings-asunder.
Big Gay 4th of July Wedding Local legal eagles Lenore Shefman and Jodi Flint will marry you, with all the frills. Search that title on Facebook for details. Can't get it together for the Fourth? See "SPIDER HITCHED" under Ho-Rizon in the next column. Sat., July 4, 4pm. Texas Capitol, South Steps. Free, but get your marriage license no later than 4pm on Wed., July 1 to comply with required waiting period. www.traviscountyclerk.org.
Fuck the Fourth ATX The RATPAC (Revolutionary Alliance of Trans People Against Capitalism) hosts as Houston truth-spitter Biz Vicious heads a lineup (the Artemis Glow and Mean Girls, among others) that is truly, queerly, fruitfully independent. Set that off. Sat., July 4, 5pm. The Red Yard, 1004 S. First. $5 donation. www.fb.com/ratpacfightsback.
Gear Night No bad-mouthing or judgments! Save that for Facebook. Sat., July 4, 10pm. Badlands, 1203 Chicon.
Free Burgers Drink specials start at 2pm followed by free food at 4pm. Sundays, 4-6pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192. Free. www.bouttime2.com.
DJ Lady Bunny The walkin', talkin', hawkin' squawkin' Laugh-in of drag spins it to win it. Never seen Bunny? Do yourself a flavor. Sun., July 5, 5-10pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free. www.ladybunny.net.
Planet Fabulous Karaoke Karaoke's grande dame humps for Hump Day and Sunday funday at the 'Bear. Wednesdays & Sundays, 9:30pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.theironbear.com.
Free Buffet Soak up all those drink specials, yo. Mon.-Fri., 5-7pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. Free.
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.
Big Boobie Bingo Bring your big ... BINGO daubers and raise $ for Austin Pride with CupCake and Maeve Haven. First Tuesdays, 7-9pm. Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar. Free. www.fb.com/austinpride.
Stonewall Democrats Happy Hour Mix and mingle with the politically curious creatures. Second Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm. Brass House, 115-B San Jacinto. www.stonewallaustin.org.
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.
Queer Ride Check the QR Facebook group for up-to-date details on meeting spots and stops of this weekly ride. Wednesdays, 7pm; wheels down, 7:30pm. Free.
BEARRACUDA AUSTIN: UNDERWEAR NIGHT Buck up and strip down, grrr-babies. Nakia and DJs Fine & Dandy with Kate & Andy (oh, hush) will make you wanna take it off. Take it all off. Sat., July 11, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. $5. www.fb.com/bearracudaaustin.
Spider Hitched Spider House and The Austin Chronicle present this opportunity, with officiants, cake, flowers, and DJs Fine & Dandy with Kate & Andy (shucks!) for you to get your ball & chain on. Get married, renew vows, invite your loved ones to witness your love. Sat., July 18, 7pm-2am. Spider House, 2908 Fruth. Free. You read right: Free. Get your marriage license by Wed., July 15, 4pm to comply with required waiting period. Reserve space via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.spiderhouseaustin.com, www.fb.com/spiderhousecafe, austinchronicle.com/gay.
Austin Pride Cho-ho alert! You know she's coming! Along with a host of wild entertaining queerities. Check the web for the lineup and make your plans. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 22-30, all week long at various locations. Festival, Sat., Aug. 29. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia. www.austinpride.org.
Transgender DATA Survey 2015 Reflect the true state of the trans* experience in Texas (or beyond). 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.
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