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Queerbomb is short on funds and needs your help

By Sarah Marloff, May 12, 2017, Columns

Queerbomb, our alt Pride, is just three weeks away. Contracts have been signed; permits have been pulled. But there's just one small problem: QB is short on funds. Approximately $10,000 short. And they're asking (hoping) that the community will step up and put their dollars where their devotion is. Joya Cooper, a six-year QB volunteer and their new outreach coordinator, tells the Chronicle the new team is "good, supportive," and working hard to make sure this year's event addresses the issues brought to social media last year. While 2017 Queerbomb will definitely happen, 2018's could depend on how much fundraising the organizers will need to do after June 3 – to pay off the debt. "I joined Queerbomb because I was a hermit," Cooper says to the importance of continuing the event – especially in today's political climate. "It's the one place I feel comfortable and never judged." To donate what you can, visit their Facebook page:, and look for the link. If your org would like to table at this year's Queerbomb (June 3), email Cooper at: [email protected].


Viqueen, the Bad Signs Putting the grr back in grrrl bands. Rocking out all night. Thu., May 11, 7pm-12mid. Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe.

With Liberty and Justice for All Film Series Presents: Two Spirits Bring a picnic and settle in for a rooftop sunset and movie with the Contemporary's QTPOC film series. This week: Two Spirits, a doc on Native American culture's gender identity beliefs. Thu., May 11, 7:30pm. The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress. $5-10 suggested donation.

B.A.R Fest 7 With Mama Duke Catch Austin MC Mama Duke onstage for this year's B.A.R Fest. Thu., May 11, 9pm. Bat Bar, 218 E. Sixth.

Die Felicia Presents Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Movie and the music. Scream queen extraordinaires pay tribute to Faster, Pussycat and rockabilly rulers the Cramps. Plus, trivia and a "Show Us How You Go-Go" competition. Thu., May 11, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River.

L&B Second Friday Ladies Night We've got a hundred million reasons to stay with L&B on a Friday night. Fridays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free.

Borrisokane, Shmu, Ramesh, Young Tongue, Honey Son A benefit show for American Gateways (a local nonprofit offering immigration legal services at no or low cost, education, and advocacy). Brought to y'all by the Nothing Song. Fri., May 12, 8:30pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. $5 suggested donation (includes raffle ticket).

Hail Yasss!: Blue Queens (A Drag Tribute to Lana Del Rey) Get yer red dress on Friday night for a sadcore Lana Del Rey serenade. PPP's got the usual queens rockin' blue jeans and special guests. DJ Daddie Dearest sets the summertime sadness. Fri., May 12, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River. $5.

Unlearning Circle: Having the Conversation Spend the morning exploring why "anti-racist conversations about race and racism are challenging to start and sustain with our largely white families, friend groups, and workplaces." Sat., May 13, 10am-noon. Wildflower Church, 1314 E. Oltorf.

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Julia Mickenberg Reading & Signing American Girls in Red Russia All around scholarly badass and author, Dr. Julia Mickenberg shares an excerpt of her latest biography on "Soviet Russia's significance for liberated, socially conscious American New Women in the first half of the 20th century." Tue., May 16, 6-7:45pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 512/472-2785.

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