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Pride Week has arrived!


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Austin Pride Week has arrived! Come Saturday thousands of queers will descend on Fiesta Gardens and flood Congress and Fourth Street with more rainbows than a Lisa Frank coloring book. Many in the q-mmunity joke that, for queers, Pride is the equivalent of Christmas or New Year's. It's a day for the community to come out and shine brighter than even RiRi's diamonds. But with Orlando and Pulse nightclub still fresh on our minds, Pride's meaning digs in a little deeper this year. We will not be silenced. We will not be scared. And we damn well will not regret – or hide – our queerness. This week, my Gay Place hope is that, despite the differences and subsets of Austin's beautiful LGBTQIAxyz residents, we can come together as one fabulous/glittery/sexy/sweaty/dirty/proud community and take care of one another. On a slightly more personal note, Gay Place would like to give an extra-big thanks to Liz Baloutine and Seedlings Gardening for joining forces with their truck and trailer, Texas Rollergirls Rec-League and TXRD for teaming up with us, and my fabulous friends for pitching in. As Tamara Hoover, co-owner of Cheer Up Charlies, put it: "Nothing gets weird 'til you get queer." Happy Pride, y'all.


PRIDE

Thursday

Pride Interfaith Celebration: Together in Love Pride Interfaith once again hosts their annual Pride celebration with speakers from the Latinx and Muslim communities, performances by the Celebration choir, and a shindig to follow. All are welcome here. 7pm. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca. Free. www.fb.com/pridefaithatx.

Guerrilla Queer Bar: Where the Gays Go Throw some glitter, make it rain. GQB is back just in time for Pride and they're putting the glitter back into the glitz. Channel yer Ke$ha and sparkle with the Guerrilla Queers queering up Rain. 6-10pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free. www.fb.com/wherethegirlsgoatx.


Friday

Bearracuda Austin Gay Pride: Upgraded by GROWLr Wanna kick off yer Pride with hundreds of hairy dudes? Yer in luck cuz Bearracuda is in town and bringing DJs Matt Consola (SF) and C-Rail to the party. 9pm. The North Door, 501 Brushy. www.bearracuda.com/austin.

Girl PRIDE ATX: Austin PRIDE Week Official Women's Party Hold on to yer mermaid tails, ladiez and gentlewomen, cuz Austin's Lesbutante & the Boss have teamed up with Pride to throw the Official Women's Party! We hear a Real L Word lez and H-town's DJ Athenz will be dancing up a unicorn storm. 9pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. GA free, VIP $25-100. www.lesbutanteandtheboss.com.

Austin Urban PRIDE #TheTakeOverLGBT is getting into the (urban) Pride spirit with their larger-than-life (lady) lineup! Mama Duke, Chakeetah B, Staci Russell, and more. Not to mention Pride-themed cocktails, giveaways galore, and grrrlz! 9pm. Spinners Live, 14106 N. I-35. $5-10.

Pink Friday! Pride Kickoff Party Let yer queer freak flag fly high and bright with Girlfriend and CUC's Pride Kickoff Party to put the blush back in those cheeks! Make it pink! 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free. www.girlfriendatx.co.

Xposed: Austin PRIDE Week Men's Party Calling all otters, bears, twinks, and the rest of the gay boy spectrum. Oilcan's hosts the official Pride Men's Party. DJ Kidd Madonny is gonna get you dirty dancing, and Fleshjack will be making giveaway rounds. 9pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free. www.austinpride.org.


Saturday

Austin Pride Fest­ival Pride is here with an oh-so-queer fest lineup featuring Big Freedia, Alaska Thunderfuck, Bob the Drag Queen, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Book of Love, Betty, and so much more. Don't forget the water and the sunblock! 11am. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. $13-125. www.austinpride.org.

Austin Pride Parade Get yer eyes ready for a rainbowy, glittery, explosion of happy queers from the places you love (like Gay Place!) lighting up Downtown. And – rumor has it – Apple will be slightly less obnoxious this year. 8pm. Route: Capitol to the Fourth Street District. Free to watch! www.austinpride.org.

ATX Women's Pride Party Susan Arbuckle Band celebrates four years of celebrating Pride. Be warned: These tix can move. Katie Marie opens at 7 if you wanna beat the parade heat. 7pm-12mid. One-2-One Bar, 1509 S. Lamar. $12 advance, $15 door. www.susanarbuckle.com.

C-Rail's PRIDE Beargasm: Under the BIG Top! Get under a Big Top and take Pride to the next level. C-Rail does his thing with ringmaster DJ Bret Law from Seattle. 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.theironbear.com.

Queer Up Charlie's Pride After­party House of Kenzo, Mouthfeel, Dylan Reece, and Alexis Blair Penney are taking their queer ups to a whole new level with the post-Pride party. 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.

March for/with Hillary (Sup­port­ers) at Pride Love Hilz? Or hate Trump? March with Clinton supporters in this year's Pride parade. Fill out the form to join. 8pm. Route: Capitol to the Fourth Street District. www.goo.gl/forms/MbDj5em8AZ3Cog7o2.

Pride Vinyasa Yoga Jam Prep for the parade with a drag yoga experience led by Jackalin Paradise. This is a safe, sober space for LGBTQIAers to flow into a beginner-friendly vinyasa. Donations go to helping Austin Queer Yoga Collective. 2-4:30pm. Yoga Yoga, 4477 S. Lamar #420, 512/358-1200. $10 suggested donation. www.austinqueeryoga.org.


Sunday

Kawaii Cumbia: Austin Lantinx And Asian Pride Keep the Pride celebrations strong with a Sunday party infused with some Asian and Latin flavor. DJ Boyfriends and Jackie Sue make the Selena, reggayton, and K-pop flow. 4-8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free.


GAYDAR

Drag Race Watch Party Tea, fish, and a whole buncha queens. The Q hosts a Drag Race watch party. Thu., Aug. 25, 7-10pm. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts.

Burger Brunch Nothing takes the edge off that Pride hangover like a big ol' burger. Or maybe that's the $1 mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary bar? Hmmm, DJ Boyfriends will help you contemplate. Sun., Aug. 28, 11am-3pm. El Sapo Botanas y Burgers, 1900 Manor Rd.

Greetings, From Queer Mountain Ep 40: OUT Queer Mountain performs their 40th episode and they're taking it back to the beginning. Coming out, being out, out out out. So slide in for storytime with your hosts Ralph Hardesty and Micheal Foulk. Wed., Aug. 31, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. www.fb.com/greetingsfromqm.

Geeks On Fleek Present Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter The age old question: Street Fighter or Mortal Combat? (Street Fighter – duh.) Costumes encouraged. Wed., Aug. 31, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5, $3 with costumes.


GAYLY AHEAD

Splash Days Dance parties, pool parties, and So. Many. Shirtless. Dudes. Tickets available by day or in packages based on how you want it. Plus, 100% goes to helping local nonprofits. Fri.-Mon., Sept. 2-5. Multiple locations. www.splashdays.com.

Circus Ship It's not Easter, but Matthew from Easter Circus isn't letting that rain on his Labor Day parade. Join the circus crew for a boat party with DJ Tony Castro, live entertainment, and open bar! Sun. Sept. 4, 1-5pm. Lake Travis. www.fb.com/matthewseastercircus.

AIDS Walk Austin Austin's AIDS Walk celebrates and supports people living with HIV/AIDS. Sun., Oct. 16. Palm Park, 601 E. Third. www.aidswalkaustin.org.

OPEN MEETING FOR QUEERBOMB 2017 The time has come to recruit and appoint some pretty new thangs for QueerBomb 2017! Share the invite, get excited, help it live, help it grow! All are welcome! Thu., Sept. 1, 7-9pm. The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo. www.fb.com/QBATX.

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Austin LGBTQ, Austin Pride Week, Fiesta Gardens, Orlando, Pulse, Lisa Frank, Seedlings Gardening, TXRD, Texas Rollergirls Rec-League, Cheer Up Charlies

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