Space on TV solely for LGBTQIA ladies has been scant since that mediocre Showtime series
Sure, there's a lez on almost every TV show these days, but a space solely for LGBTQIA ladies has been empty since that mediocre Showtime series ended in 2009. Her Story not only fills that void, but manages to do it better. The web series that focuses on the story of two transwomen and premiered online in January, is headed to Alamo this week (see Wednesday) for an aGLIFF, OutYouth, and HRC event. OutYouth will meet the cast and crew, and proceeds go to helping queer kids get into filmmaking. On another, shameless promotion, note – come out and mingle with "Gay Place" tonight at Spider House for a gay take on summer camp (s'mores included).
Gay Place presents Summer Camp (Queerbomb Fundraiser) Spend tonight with us! Relive your summer camp days in the gayest of ways – But I'm a Cheerleader, crafts, s'mores, queers, and DJ Bree Rose will make you feel you're home away from home. And proceeds go to making Queerbomb 2016 a reality. Thu., May 12, 7pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth. Free. austinchronicle.com/gay-place.
Valerie Wetlaufer Reading & Signing: Call Me by My Other Name Lambda Award-winning writer Valerie Wetlaufer brings her poems to life with a live reading. Fri., May 13, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A. www.ebookwoman.com.
Urban LGBT Night Hold on to yer panties – there's a new takeover in town for the "urban LGBT." Join 'em and DJ Q Marie for a night that'll getcha hot'n'bothered. Fridays. ScratchHouse, 617 E. Seventh. $10 for 21+, $20 for 18+.
Hail Yasss! The Wig On The Door (A drag tribute to The Cure) While Robert Smith serenades the Frank Erwin Center, the platter queens will scare Elysium dwellers. Yes, it's a Cure tribute drag-style brought to you by yer host Arcie Cola. 18 and up welcome. Fri., May 13, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5, free with the Cure Tour 2016 ticket stub. www.fb.com/poopooatx.
Contemporary Relationships Conference with EQTX It's the third annual Contemporary Relationships Conference, and they say third time's a charm. Twenty-nine speakers talk LGBTQIA love, dating, and family. EQTX hosts with Phyllis Randolph Frye – the first openly transgender judge in America – offering this year's keynote. Sat., May 14, 8am-5:15pm. St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Eighth. $100-229. www.contemporaryrelationships.com.
Cuddle Party for Women & Non-Binary Folks Some days ya just need some PG cuddles. Join Faye Fearless for a consent workshop and safe space to enjoy "the power of human touch." Sans alcohol, this cuddle puddle is exclusively for ladies, grrrls, and non-binary folks. Sat., May 14, 3-5pm. Rose Movement Studio, 2015 E. Riverside. $16.82.
Naked Girls Reading Austin: Queer Intentions Queer lit read by naked grrrls. This is a thing that happens and is happening this very Saturday. In case you need more incentive, this event is BYOB. Sat., May 14, with two showings: 8 & 10pm. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. 512/474-7886. $15 in advance, $20 at door. www.nakedgirlsreading.com.
GayTripper: The Big Gay River Float This month, GayTripper puts the gays on floaties and sets them downstream. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the float. Sun., May 15, noon-5pm. Bus departs from Rain. $55 with bus, $25 without bus.
TGQ Social XXVI Sometimes ya just need a social free from gender binaries. This is that social. All people and gender identities welcome, but if yer new, get there early and mingle! Sun., May 15, 6-9pm. Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. Free. www.fb.com/tgqsocial.
17th Annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service Getting to zero. With HIV cases rising once again here in Austin it's time we focus our combined efforts on zero – infections, discrimination, deaths. Remember those we've lost, and honor those we have. Sun., May 15, 7-8:30pm. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe. www.candlelightmemorial.org.
Queer Erotica Art & Music The Sweetest of Gwendolyn's gives us a night of queer music and even queerer OG erotic art from around the globe. Bitter Heart Society, Popper Burns, and more will rock yer socks off. Sun., May 15, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. www.cheerupcharlies.com.
Dining Out for Life Dine out. Fight AIDS. That's the whole idea behind the 24th annual Dining Out for Life. Nosh at a participating restaurant and part of your check will go to ASA. See website for participating restaurants. (Warning: There are a lot of them!) Tue., May 17, 8am-12mid. www.diningforlife.org.
Her Story: Cast+Cocktails Before aGLIFF screens Her Story they're offering a meet-and-drink with the cast. Proceeds go to aGLIFF's Queer Youth Media Project. Tue., May 17, 7:30pm. Seven Building, 615 W. Seventh, 8th floor living room. $50. www.agliff.org.
UT Lavender Graduation & LGBT Alumni Celebration It's graduation time again, and you're invited to celebrate with UT's cap'n'gown clad LGBTQIAers. #longhornlavgrad Wed., May 18, 4-7pm. UT Student Activity Center Ballroom and Etter-Harbin Alumni Center Connally Ballroom. Free. ddce.utexas.edu/genderandsexuality/lavender-graduation.
Her Story – Monthly aGLIFF Screening with Human Rights Campaign Her Story, the web series that premiered in January, fills the void left by the much-to-be-desired L Word. See what all the fuss is about. Wed., May 18, 7pm. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar. $20. www.agliff.org.
The Nothing Song "Rainbow fuzz power" band Pearl Earl is kickin' off a tour at CUC. Wed., May 18, 8:30pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $3. www.pearlearl.bandcamp.com.
Happy Hour Meet-Up with Beyond Brothas Beyond Brothas is a space-making social org for black queer men. Gay, bi, or trans, this group wants to know and support ya while fighting the good fight. Thursdays. Side Bar, 602 E. Seventh. www.fb.com/beyondbrothaint.
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