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Saturday marks Austin's seventh annual Queerbomb, a free, all ages, all inclusive queer celebration

By Sarah Marloff, June 3, 2016, Columns

Saturday marks Austin's seventh annual Queerbomb, a free, all-ages, all-inclusive queer celebration. For a short moment, though, it looked like our counter-Pride had thrown its last glitter bomb. There have been demands for people to step down, for Queerbomb to be more political; there's been rumors and accusations thrown, and feelings hurt and scarred on all sides. But this weekend the show goes on, and with it – I hope – a refreshed feeling of community. It can be cramped and complicated under this ol' umbrella, but together we're a magical tribe. There's a lot of power in uniting to let our freak flags fly. "For all the people that can't find their kind of weirdo, they can come to Queerbomb," says co-founder Tamicka Phillips, "and find at least one person that's part of their tribe."


Ginny Gilder Reading & Signing: Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX Ginny Gilder: Rowing's Olympic silver medalist, queer woman, CEO, and co-owner of the Seattle Storm. Join her for a reading and signing of her memoir, Course Correction. Thu., June 2, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785.

Class Transitions A strength training-meets-boot camp-style class developed for Austin's trans community. Thursdays, 7:15pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, 512/923-5859. $15.

Pageant: The Musical It's gay, wild, and crazy. It's a musical beauty pageant of dudes. Together they'll compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse. Through June 19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm, Sun., 3pm. City Theatre, 3823-D Airport. $15-35.

The Nothing Song Presents Pema, Ponyboy & the Horsegirls, Nadia, Unpopular The Nothing Song makes making music look easy. Say bon voyage to Ponyboy & the Horsegirls and Unpopular cuz they're headed out on tour. Pema, on the other hand, celebrates an LP release. Thu., June 2, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $3 suggested donation.

Feel Good Friday The Q wants to get you in the mood for the weekend. Do yerself a favor; take advantage of the free testing and free foods. Plus, games galore! Fri., June 3, noon-5pm. The Q Austin, 3408 West Ave.

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. This event is 18 and up. Fridays. ScratchHouse, 617 E. Seventh. $10 for 21+, $20 for 18+.

LezzDance with Patrice Pike Band Double up the trouble when Patrice Pike joins forces with LezzDance. Warm it up with DJ KimmyK. Sat., June 4, 6-10pm. Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar. $10.

Queerbomb 2016 Queerbomb returns for the annual rally, march, and fabulous kweer party because the greatest protests are the ones with glitter, dancing, and this gorgeous qmmunity. Sat., June 4. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth. Free.

Corpus Christi Splash Pride Get outta town and get yer pride on in Corpus. Get yer beach permit at H-E-B. All the deets online. Sat.-Sun., June 4-5, all day. Sanctuary Night Club and Lounge in Corpus Christi. $5 ($10 minors).

Rob Townsend Live in Austin! Lez be honest, Rob had us at "uncomfortably gay music." If that doesn't whet yer palate we don't know what will. Welcome home this former Austinite and his big gay band. Sat., June 4, 10pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar.

For Doms with Matthew M. Daude, Ph.D. Are you a Dom? Or looking to become one? Then this is for you. Explore topics on power exchange, how to be an effective "top," and relationship structures. Subs – this one isn't for you – stay tuned for July! Sun., June 5, 6-8pm. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd. $10 suggested donation.

KARAOKE ON THE CATWALK Croon and swoon with the kitty queens in the land of the baying Bobcats. Meoooooow! Mondays, 9pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667.

Workout! with Erica Nix Make exercise fun again. Dance and strength training workouts inspired by Eighties and Nineties aerobics (think Richard Simmons, Jane Fonda, and a side of Big Freedia). Mondays, 6pm; Wednesdays, 6:30pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, 512/923-5859. $15.

We Were Feminists Once with Andi Zeisler Bitch Media founder Andi Zeisler shares her thoughts and 20 years of experience on the changing landscape of feminism. From riot grrrl to Cover Girl. Tue., June 7, 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785.

Tomboy Tuesday: Boiz of Summer The days of bikinis and briefs are here and Boiz 4 Now are snapping on the spandex to celebrate summer's return. Wet the whistle with yer hosts Simba and Jax Spade. Tue., June 7, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free for 21+, $10 for 18-20.

Lesbians Who Tech (and friends) Those techie lezzies are taking geeky to the next level this month with a lesson in making yer own laser-designed bow tie. If ya don't know, TechShop is a community-based fabrication maker studio. Wed., June 8, 7pm. TechShop, 120 Sundance Pkwy. #350, Round Rock, 512/900-4664. $15.

OUTCAST BINGO HOSTED BY LADY GRACKLE AND CUPCAKE It's bingo! It's drag! It's both! Lady Grackle and Ms. Cupcake host some gay bingo with rounds of drag performed in between. Stick around for hip-hop with DJ King Louie after. Meoooooow! Thursdays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free.


Austin Pride 2016 Pride is coming. Werk Fashion Show: Sat., Aug. 20. Festival and parade: Sat., Aug. 27. $13-125.

Plezzure Island That's right ladiez (and gents mayhaps) – it's the first (and only) all-grrrl resort takeover to hit the Texas coast. Get yer swimsuits packed for pool party adventures and sleepover daydreams. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Hilton Galveston Island Resort. $200.

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