Honoring those we've lost at the Transgender Day of Remembrance
"I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too." The weight and fear that has mushroomed out of last week's presidential election will be felt for a long time. Too long. Each day since I tried to blink away the realization and then the tears, I've had to come to grips with just how long – and how devastating – a Trump presidency will likely be. In the face of what's to come I urge us to become a united front. All of us. Sunday evening (details below) TENT hosts Austin's yearly Transgender Day of Remembrance. Taking place in front of City Hall, it's an opportunity for all to honor and raise awareness "of those murdered for being, or perceived as being, gender diverse." (2016 marks the deadliest year on record. As of Nov. 6, 24 trans folks have been killed in the U.S. since New Year's Day.) We are all under attack, but together we are certainly less vulnerable.
Humanizeme.org Awareness Event In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Humanize Me brings together youth homelessness photographers and you. Thu., Nov. 17, 5:30pm. Mohawk, 912 Red River. Free. www.humanizeme.org.
San Marcos Transgender Day of Remembrance Service The LGBTQ community of San Marcos hosts a local service in honor of Trans Day of Remembrance. Travel to the Stonewall Warehouse for a toast after. Thu., Nov. 17, 7pm. Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard.
Vegan Friendsgiving Dinner CUC, Seedlings Catering Co., and Capital City Bakery are preparing a vegan feast for the holidays. Dine in cuz proceeds go toward Austin Pets Alive! Thu., Nov. 17, 7-9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, $20 advance, $25 door. www.seedcateringco.com/veganfriendsgiving.
Winter 2016 Fashion Show Luckily, Package Menswear and Tapelenders aren't concerned with being too sexy for the catwalk this winter. Check out the show and stay for the #DownandDirty. Thu., Nov. 17, 9pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. www.packagemenswear.com.
Noche Latina Highland is heating up just in time for fall temps. Join them for their first ever Noche Latina. DJ robertmichael promises to play the best Latin pop from now 'til the Nineties. Thu., Nov. 17, 11pm. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, Free. www.highlandlounge.com.
Bad B!TCH It's no secret, bad babes run the world and ATX's gays are paying tribute. Get ready for DJs Daddie Dearest and TrophyWife to unite with queens Louisianna Purchase, Zane Zena, and Honey St. Claire for "pop-up" drag shows. Fri., Nov. 18, 8pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5.
TURNT Friday nights are going to the bears, and things are getting turnt up. Retro vids, hot bods. Fri., Nov. 18, 10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.
The Coalition Exhibition Expedition The one and only Erica Nix combines working out and queer art this EAST! Break out that spandex and pull on those leg warmers cuz this 2.5-hour tour is gonna make you sweat and swoon. Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 3pm. Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale & Lyons, 262/880-6982. $20. www.themuseumofhumanachievement.com/tour.
El Lago, Femina-X, Fort Never, Tusk Her Please don't stop the music. Sat., Nov. 19, 9:30pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. $5 suggested donation.
Get Stuff’d With GULP Gear Bar Night It's that time of year again. Grab some canned goods (and make them good!) to donate to Iron Bear's annual GULP food drive benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank. Being good never felt so bad. Sat., Nov. 19, 10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993. Nonperishable food items and/or gift cards.
Power Exchange Social Hour Craving a power exchange and a space to meet people who get it? Here's your opportunity. Email Nathalie for exact times, tips, etc. Sundays. Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd., 512/772-1614. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.qtoysaustin.com.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Take an evening to honor the trans and gender-nonconforming whose lives were cut too short by hate, including our own Monica Loera. Sun., Nov. 20, 6:30pm. Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe & Lavaca. Free. email@example.com, www.tdor.info, www.glaad.org/tdor.
Fantasy 1 Presents Drab Majesty, Future Blondes Load up on bands and let it out with DJ Lizzbeth and DJ Troller. S. Gibble makes it easy on the peepers too. Sun., Nov. 20, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $5 suggested donation.
Poker Night With Wild West Casino Games Ante up boys. It's time to throw down. Tuesdays. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, www.theironbear.com.
TuezGayz Grrrl, it might be Tuesday but go ahead, dance like there's no tomorrow. Tuesdays. Barbarella, 615 Red River, 512/476-7766. Free before 10, $5 after. www.fb.com/barbarella.austin.9, www.theglitoris.com.
Q Core Group A place for queer men (18-29 years old) to come together, plan events, shoot the sh*t, and build community. All in the name of sexual health! Wednesdays, 7pm. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts. www.theqaustin.org.
Them//They Kick off what should be a four-day weekend with GirlFriend's epic Wednesday-night dance party! All genderz welcome here. Wed., Nov. 23, 10pm. Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. Sixth. Free. www.girlfriendatx.co.
Julie Nolen Thanksgiving/Birthday Show It's a toe-tapping, T-day/B-day celebration with Julie Nolen. Get there early for Patrice Pike. Thu., Nov. 24, 8pm. Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar. $5-10. www.julienolen.com.
World AIDS Day Since 1988, people worldwide have united on December 1 to support those living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS. In Austin, ASA hosts an extra special open house. Thu., Dec. 1. AIDS Services of Austin, 7215 Cameron. 512/458-2437. www.worldaidsday.org/the-red-ribbon.
Karma Werqs Impulse Austin wants to help you network with yer qmmunity. Meet and mingle with queer entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and service providers while local DJs and artists warm up the space. Sun., Dec. 18. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765. $10-15 to enter. www.impulseatx.com.
Austra In need of some magical music? Don't miss Austra's next ATX show. Sat., Feb. 4. Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/666-0877. $17.
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