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Women's Alliance for Leadership empowers LGBTQ women to succeed in education and their careers


You might notice this week that there's a new(er) nonprofit on the block. WAL, or Women's Alliance for Leadership, recently set up shop in town with a mission: to empower LGBTQ women to succeed in education and their careers. Looking at the current state of affairs here in Texas (from abortion to bathrooms), it doesn't take much to realize why an organization that supports and elevates all queer women – trans, cis, brown, white – is a BFD. This weekend (see Saturday and Sunday), WAL hosts their annual leadership workshop – two days of networking, community building, and strength workshops specifically designed for and by queer women.


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Craft Night Though everyone under the sun is welcome at this weekly craft night, we can't help but love a queer-owned biz that also hosts crafting sessions. Learn something new each week! Thursdays, 7pm. Bead It, 2058 S. Lamar, 512/693-2323. www.beaditaustin.com.

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, 512/524-2870. $15-35. www.ctxlivetheatre.com/productions/pageant-the-musical-by-city-theatre-company.

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. Thursdays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.

Hail Yasss: Proud Marys (a drag tribute to Tina Turner) You know that big wheel keeps on turning, so get to the Platter party for a night of drag devotion to Tina Turner. Arcie Cola hosts queens Kitty Buick, Zane Zena, Mascara Rivers, and more. 18 and up welcome. Proud Mary keep on burning. Fri., June 10, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $5. www.fb.com/poopooatx.

WAL's Leadership Workshop Channel your inner Power Lesbian because Women's Alliance for Leadership is putting on a two-day workshop that "equips [LGBTQ] women with the knowledge and tools needed to elevate themselves and others." Attend the conference Saturday, snack on popcorn for a film screening Sunday. Sat.-Sun., June 11-12. ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville, 512/223-7000. Free, donations welcome. www.waltexas.org.

RE:Birth – A Joint Birthday & Going-Away Party Rebirth yourself with an epic night of queer music, performance, and visuals presented by ILYUS & Nymble Digitz. Show some love to those leaving and those celebrating by dancing like no one's watching. Then watch the sun come up. Sat., June 11, 8pm. See Facebook for exact location. $5; $10 after 2am.

Brunch for a Council Candidate, Jimmy Flannigan Jimmy Flannigan, one of Austin's very proud members of the LGBTQIA qmmunity, is running for City Council, so brunch with him and the krew at Gary Schumann and Noel Landuyt's house for the cause. Mimosas, eggs, gays, and a whole ton of peeps – oh my! Sun., June 12, 11am. See Facebook for exact location. $35 suggested donation. www.fb.com/events/1725142601088478.

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., June 12, 11am-5pm. Bus departs from Rain. $60 with bus, $30 without bus. www.fb.com/events/1859689924258064.

Sun's Out/Buns Out Sunday with Popper Burns, New China, Spray Tan, and SXSW What better way to spend a Sunday than with some loud music, beers (it's BYOB ya hear), and queerz. Get extra into it with water balloons and a slip 'n' slide. Sun., June 12, 1pm. See Facebook for exact location. $5 suggested donation.

Innercise! A meditation on working it in. A new, monthly class to explore the divine mysteries of the inner life. Expect a queer twist, of course! Sundays. Transform, 1909 Wheless. $15 sliding scale. www.transformfitnessaustin.com.

TGQ Social XXVII 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., June 12, 6-9pm. Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. Free. www.fb.com/tgqsocial.

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. $15. www.transformfitnessaustin.com.

Agliff presents: Suited (Texas Premiere) HBO, Lena Dunham, and director Jason Benjamin explore gender dynamics and masculine-of-center lifestyles in this doc on Brooklyn tailoring company, Bindle & Keep. Wed., June 15, 7:30pm. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar. $10. www.agliff.org.

Neon Rainbows: Nineties Country Night Dust off those cowboi boots and get ready for some boot-scootin-boogie-ing. Musical entertainment curated by DJs GirlFriend & Cap'n Tits, and a very special guest: Tiffanie Lanmon (all the way from Taos, N.M.!). Wed., June 15, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free. www.fb.com/girlfriendatx.

Mad Men & Martinis Channel your inner Don Draper and Joan Harris for this swanky cocktail party sure to put some spike in your punch. Project Transitions is the event's beneficiary. Cocktails shaken and stirred by Revolution Spirits, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Republic Tequila. Thu., June 16, 6:30-9:30pm. Galvanize, 118 Nueces. $32.39-53.32. www.projecttransitions.org.

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. Third Thursdays. Side Bar, 602 E. Seventh. www.fb.com/beyondbrothaint.


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

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. www.plezzureislandtexas.com.

The Queer Queens Of Qomedy Poppy Champlin returns with her motley crew of queer qomedy queens, including Sandra Valls and Mimi Gonzalez. Brace yer face for laughing. Tue., July 12. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. $25; $40 VIP. www.queerqueensofqomedy.com.

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