It’s time to take care of our own
Starting now we need to take care of our own. Hopefully, you've seen our annual holiday Wish List, and additionally, several queer parties are playing Santa too. GirlFriend's Middle School Dance Party is asking for $3-5 for Black Lives Matter (see Sat.), while tonight's Guerrilla Queer Bar is collecting menstrual hygiene products for SafePlace, and – thanks to Theresa Snow – LGBTQ books for Inside Books Project. Queer literature, according to Snow, is the second-highest requested genre from Texas inmates next to dictionaries. "This was such a tough year for queers and POC, but also this year I came out to my family and made a hundred new queer friends," said Snow. "I thought rallying everyone for this cause would mean 100 caring gays = 100 gay books for the masses! … The holidays are a notoriously difficult time for many LGBTQ folks – 10-fold if you're locked up. I didn't want the incarcerated population to go unnoticed during what should be a festive, giving, and comforting time of year."
Guerrilla Queer Bar: Happy Holigays! Where the Girls Go and GirlFriend return with a holidaze installment of #GQB. Make it extra merry by donating a queer book for Inside Books Project or a box of tampons/pads/still-wrapped diva cups and/or THINX to donate to SAFE. Drink. Talk. Donate. Make out. Thu., Dec. 8, 6-10pm. Full Circle Bar, 1810 E. 12th. Free. www.fb.com/wherethegirlsgoatx.
Inside Books LGBT Book Drive The Austin Anarchist Black Cross is prepping for the Jan. 22 Trans Prisoner Day of Solidarity and they're asking for our help to build up the LGBTQ section of their library (bonus points for QPOC-related books). Drop 'em off! Thu., Dec. 8, 7-11pm. Austin Inside Books Project, 3121 E. 12th. www.insidebooksproject.org.
Die Felicia presents Suspiria The darlings of Die Felicia are back with a bloody mess of queens playing which witch is which, while Suspiria plays on. 18 and up welcome. Thu., Dec. 8, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5.
L&B Friday Night Ladies Night Lez bust out those dancin' shoes cuz it's that time of the month again! Lesbutante & the Boss return with their magical ladiez night. Second Fridays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. www.lesbutanteandtheboss.com.
Women’s Alliance for Leadership Banquet Here to empower LGBTQIA women in Texas, WAL is getting fancy in white and purple for their annual banquet. Awards will be handed out, dinner will be included, and Chico512 radio personality Carlos Platero hosts while DJ Kimmy K keeps the beats flowing. Sat., Dec. 10, 6-9pm. DoubleTree Hotel University Area, 1617 N. I-35. $20-55. www.waltexas.org.
C-Rail’s Beargasm: Naughty or Nice Toy Drive Naughty Santa, GULP, and C-Rail are back for their Glenn Eaddy Toy Drive benefiting Project Transitions Inc. Be nice and bring a new/unwrapped toy to donate, then get yerself on that naughty list. Giveaways, hot guys, oh my. Sat., Dec. 10, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.
Middle School Dance Party! Destiny’s Child Edition Not to be a bugaboo, but this edition of GirlFriend's Middle School Dance Party is all about Destiny('s Child). So get out there and show the world you're a survivor. Donations go to Black Lives Matter, and if you buy tix online you can skip the actual line. Sat., Dec. 10, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $3-5. www.fb.com/girlfriendatx.
Poo Poo Platter’s A Deep Dickens Christmas: Sexy Holiday Tales DJ Daddie Dearest greases up the dance floor while the queens raise your yule logs. Platter regs and special guests straight (ha!) from New Orleans. 18 and up welcome. Sat., Dec. 10, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $5.
Christeene, Brown WhÖrnet, and Graham Reynolds Nothing gets you into that holiday spirit quite like a visit from Christeene. Sun., Dec. 11, 7:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $10. www.ndvenue.com.
Ladies Night at BT2 Every (Monday) night is ladies night at BT2. GirlFriend DJs 10pm-2am. So put some weeknight yay back in yer gay. Mondays, 8pm-2am. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. www.fb.com/bt2atx.
Ladies Love Speed Dating: Tacky Sweater Edition Queer women get ready to mingle at this ugly sweater version of Lez Speed Date. Yer ticket includes: one free drink, apps (the food variety), raffle entry, and 10-12 dates. Tue., Dec. 13, 7-10pm. Blackfinn Ameripub, 11410 Century Oaks Ter. $20-30. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.imsimplyout.com.
Boiz of Austin Presents: Homo for the Holigays 12 Twinks A-Twerking. Looks like these boiz are putting their special spin on the holidaze ahead. Usual suspects include Mad Maxx Morrison and Alexander the Great, with guests Eaton Johnson, Louisianna Purchase, and Bushwig's Horrorchata. Tue., Dec. 13, 9pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $5. www.fb.com/boizofaustin.
Customer Appreciation Party BT2 wants to say thank you. And they say thanks with $1 well drinks, domestic beers, and apps. Wed., Dec. 14, 8-10pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. www.fb.com/bt2atx.
Kristine W at Oilcan Harry’s Billboard queen Kristine W takes the stage at OCH to show her gay fans some luv. Wed., Dec. 14, 11pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. www.oilcanharrys.com.
Christmas Queens: Austin, TX Holy drag race! This is a Drag Race extravaganza, hosted by the one and only Michelle Visage. With Detox, Thorgy, Sharon Needles, Ginger Minj, and more! After the party it's the OCH afterparty. Thu., Dec. 15, 7-10pm. Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh. $49-79. www.vossevents.com/event.cfm?id=176180.
A Most Precious Christmas With Rebecca Havemeyer and Stanley Roy It's back. The return of Rebecca and Stanley's "Christmas saga seeped in oh holy gloriousness and epic hellfire!" Guests include Little Stolen Moments, Silky Shoemaker, Russell Reed, and Mitzi Meyers. Dec. 15-17, 8pm nightly. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $15 advance, $20 door.
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, noon. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765. $10-15. www.impulseatx.com.
BT2 Christmas Day Potluck We all need somebody sometimes. Bring a dish to share with the party and fill up on good food and better people. Sun., Dec. 25, doors at noon. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192. www.fb.com/bt2atx.
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