Today, Austin turns into the dragtastic center of the universe with the third annual Austin International Drag Festival. Four days filled with all-ages events, student discounts, panels, workshops, a Glamour Lounge, 200 drag artists, 5 stages, and 400 performances.
Monica Loera’s killer, JonCasey Rowell, was convicted of murder Monday afternoon (Nov. 6). The courtroom, filled predominately with members of Austin’s trans and larger LGBTQ community, as well as Loera’s two sisters, rejoiced. In light of the untimely and undeserved loss of Loera – this was a win.
The title of Samantha Irby’s latest essay collection might be We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, but that doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen for us Austinites. At this year’s Texas Book Festival, the hilarious and unapologetically candid writer will offer die-hard fans and new readers the chance to hear her discuss her raunchy tales IRL.
The comic book world has long been a safe haven for outsiders and misfits, but that doesn’t mean it’s always been easy for queer fans to find a sense of community. The lack of space fueled Austin Books & Comics' Rae Sterling to start the store's Queer Book Club, or ABC QBC, to foster fun times and understanding among comic book lovers in the queer community.
Thirty-five years ago, the first case of HIV was diagnosed in Austin in 1983, but another four years would pass before the city would have its own HIV/AIDS service organization. Today, AIDS Services of Austin is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in Central Texas.
To celebrate the second anniversary of the creation of fetish and philanthropy group GULP (Gear, Leather, Uniform, Pups) these sex-positive samaritans have brought us hunky hip-hop homo Cazwell to host a weekend of kinky camaraderie. We briefly spilled the T over the phone in anticipation of his performance Saturday.
As Austinites prep for the second weekend of that music festival on the south side of the river and mourn the demise of another (R.I.P. Sound on Sound), it’s important to remember the DIY, independent spirit that once infused Austin’s music festival scene.