The last traces of SXSW have been packed up and swept away, but we're not calling it quits.
The Last traces of SXSW have been packed up and swept away, but we're not calling it quits. Sure, there's a momentary lull in dance parties (they'll be back in approximately seven days), but there's a building of intimacy happening this week – Queer Mountain is all about that homo love – and the hopeful creation of more queer spaces. For the first time in over a decade, Black Pride returns to Austin (see next Thursday/Gayly Ahead), to celebrate what it means to QPOC in ATX. There are bridges to be built and walked and danced on, and we're so excited to help lay the next level of foundation.
Queering Out The Comics 2 Dive into the geeky goodness that is HavenCon and Northwest Press hosting an epic "yard" sale of your comics, movies, books, and games to benefit HavenCon 2016. To donate, bring items to Out Youth on March 26, or contact Shane Brown. Sat., March 26, noon-5pm. Out Youth House, 909 E. 49th, 512/419-1233. Free. email@example.com, www.havencontx.com.
QUEERBOMB GATHERING FOR 2016 & BEYOND Wanna make sure Queerbomb is here to stay? Then put yer glitter where your mouth is and make it out to this meeting. The QB gang is talking volunteers, sustainability, and fundraising. Here's your chance to stop talking about history and make it. Sat., March 26, 6-8pm. The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo edit, 512/476-7833. Free. www.facebook.com/QBATX.
Matthew's Easter Circus presents Candyland Easter just got rated R thanks to the annual Easter Circus with Cyler the Bunny, and founder Matthew Simpson. Circus themes, egg hunts, and Candyland-loving performances. Benefiting Equality Texas, and VIPers drink free! Sun., March 27, 2pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. $10 General Admission, $27 VIP. www.fb.com/matthewseastercircus.
Cuddle Party & Consent Workshop Some days ya just need some cuddles, and not in a kinky way. Join Faye Fearless for a consent workshop and a safe space to enjoy "the power of human touch." This event happens sans alcohol, all genders welcome as long as you're 18 or older. Sun., March 27, 7-9pm. Bikram Yoga East Austin, 3801-B Berkman Dr. $11. www.fb.com/events/187800324926233.
Madonnarama DJ Wess gets intimate with Madonna's disc and videography. Remixed song, remixed videos, remixed studs. Sun., March 27, 9pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. www.oilcanharrys.com.
PFLAG Monthly Meeting North Group Need a place to be? PFLAG's monthly meetings invite everyone from teens to senior citizens to join the discussion, or just listen and snack. As always, they like to keep things confidential. Mondays. Independent Bank Community Room, 1503 Rivery Blvd., Georgetown. Free. www.pflagaustin.org.
Feminist Bookstore Movement With Author Kristen Hogan A launch party for a book about the making of feminist bookstores at our very own feminist bookstore. Local author and education coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT, Kristen Hogan will read from her book that pays homage to the lesbians and women of color who truly moved these meccas into a movement. Tue., March 29, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785.
Roleplay Workshop for Queer Allies Under the PFLAG, Dana Sayre leads a PG role-playing workshop to help guide LGBTQIAers through tough scenarios à la your daughter's bringing her GF home for the first time or talking to your son about PrEP. Like Vegas, what happens here, stays here. Now werk it out. Tue., March 29, 8:30pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, 512/923-5859. $20. www.pflagaustin.org.
TuezGayz It's infamous – TuezGayz with the Glitoris. Go ahead, dance like there's no tomorrow (cuz with that hangover, gurl, there might not be). Tuesdays. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 512/476-7766. Free. www.fb.com/barbarella.austin.9, www.theglitoris.com.
Greetings, From Queer Mountain Ep 35: I Love You Queer Mountain celebrates the end of another SX with a local love fest. Sweet Gwendolyn, Ursula & Jenny Bruce, and Mike Graupmann are just a few of the sharers. Michael Foulk and Ralphie Hardesty host. Can you feel the love tonight? Wed., March 30, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free.
Transgender Day of Visibility Featuring Drew Riley and Kristin Beck A day to celebrate the enTire T and nonbinary community. Drew Riley will talk on art for advocacy, and trans activist Kristin Beck gives one helluva keynote. Shine on. Thu., March 31, 4pm. LBJ Student Center, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. www.fb.com/transcendtxstate.
Black Light Showcase An open mic with the Mahogany Project kicks off Black Pride. Free your mind and the rest will follow. Thu., March 31, 6-9pm. Southern Hospitality Catering & Dining, 6700 Middle Fiskville #405, 512/458-4679. $10 buffet, free show. www.fb.com/austinblackpride.
Guerrilla Queer Bar: Dog Days are Here The dog days are here and extra queer. This month's GQB takes over Yard Bar for the queer dog park of yer dreams. Fur babies welcome and get free admission when ya bring a donation for Austin Pets Alive! And remember: Drink. Talk. Make out. Thu., March 31, 6-10pm. Yard Bar, 6700 Burnet Rd. www.fb.com/wherethegirlsgoatx.
Austin Black Pride: Relay Revel Weekend! After 10 years on hiatus, Black Pride returns to Austin! Happening simultaneously with Texas Relays weekend, this will be four fabulous-filled days to support and celebrate community. And of course, party like Beyoncé. Thu-Sun, March 31-April 3. Free.
Austin International Drag Festival ATX Drag Fest year two is upon us. Spend the days dolling around Drag Village, spend those nights stunned by stunning showcases. Plus a welcome dinner and show on the first night and a Bye Felicia Breakfast the final morning. It's a glamorama good time. See website for full schedule. Thu.-Sun., April 28-May 1. $30-99. www.austindragfest.org.
Hill Country Ride for AIDS Join the ride, end the stigma, raise some money, and make a difference. Bikers choose between 13, 27, 43, or 65 miles, with a celebratory swim at Krause Springs. Dive in. Ride on. Sat., April 30. www.hillcountryride.org.
Mortified Seeking LGBTQIA Participants Do you crave the spotlight? Are you a fan of TMI? Well then, Mortified Austin is looking for you to perform at their Big Gay Mortified show in May. If yer an adult with a horrific, embarrassing, hilarious (queercentric) story from yer teen years, submit it on the website! Submit for screening at www.getmortified.com/participate. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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