Austin Pride 2008

The party goes on all month long ...

Katzen (center) and friends hanging out at Club CP
Katzen (center) and friends hanging out at Club CP (Photo by Kate X Messer)

WE GOT PRIDE! YOU GOT PRIDE! Wow. No more waiting for the heat of Pride to come. 'Tis upon us. Like the neighbor's dog. Not only will the shores be scorching with queer after queer after darling-lovely queer, but the lineup will keep the masses packed to the front of the stage. Gyratin'. Have a look: Meshell Ndegeocello, Pansy Division, Los Bad Apples, Amy Cook, Run of the Mill, Hedda Layne, Flamin' Desire, and Kings N Things. Oh! And then, a parade! Sat., June 14, noon. Auditorium Shores, South First at Lady Bird Lake, 474-5475, 474-4422. $15 ($10, advance). [email protected], [email protected], www.pridetexas.org, www.austinprideparade.org.

MULTIFAITH PRIDE SERVICE In our humblest of opinions, this is the most moving and evocative experience of the whole Pride canoodle. The openness, the spirit, the display of true acceptance: This is what it's all about. Plus: Ruthie Foster playeth and MCC's the Rev. Karen Thompson speaketh. Let us pray! Thu., June 12, 7pm. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 331-5274. www.ausinterfaithprideserv.20m.com.

Austin Pride 2008
Photo by Kate X Messer

WE ALL FLOAT ON So, yeah. We're here, we're queer, and we wanna fuck with your traffic just to sprint by all fabulouslike, touting our true ownership of all things rainbow, especially your pink and purple parts, and most flamboyant dance moves. There will be leather, dykes, firepersons, bikes, tykes, and some proud, proud people. It's the Pride Parade, and it's forming right off of that Pride Festival thing they got going on along them shores. We're marching to say we be who we be; you be who you be; let us all be free. Word. Sun., June 14. Starts at Auditorium Shores; see online for full route. www.austinprideparade.org.

THE GAY PLACE IS TAKING APPLICATIONS Your friendly neighborhood Gay Place is seeking two to four Pride intern-types to hang out and hand out Chronicle goodies to the hot and sweaty masses throughout Pride. You'll mix with our own editorial interns and Chrontouragers, at bars and events, at the Pride booth, and walk with us in the parade. This is a great opportunity for you new-to-towner gaybots who want to meet some peepses. We will hook you up. No doubt. Send us your name, a phone number, e-mail or MySpace page, and a paragraph or two telling us when you could be available and why the hell you want to do this. 454-5766. [email protected], austinchronicle.com/gayplaceblog.

Austin Pride 2008
Photo by Kate X Messer

FOODIES AT PRIDE We haven't written the word Foodies in a long time. Good thing it's like riding a dyke ... we mean bike. You just never forget. So, it's Pride, and of course these women who love women who love food will be out and about. Duh. It's their fourth annual Where the Girls Are Pride Party, a front-row seat for all the parade action, with some drink and food specials to make it the perfect spot to gather. Welcome to the Gayborhood everybody; have a mini corn dog. Sat., June 14, 5pm. 219 W. Fourth, 474-2194. [email protected].

BIG TOP, BIG BOOTY WOP Because sometimes this whole concept of Pride feels like a circus, the folks at ALLGO are making it A Night Under the Big Top, an official Pride dance that's bringing in DJ Carlitos from Cali and the kind of vibe that will have you shaking it. Get proud. Get sweaty. Fri., June 13, 9pm-2am. Rubio's Event Center, 2410 E. Riverside, 791-8752. $15 ($10, advance). www.allgo.org.

Austin Pride 2008
Photo by Sandy Carson

OCH TO YOU: VIP IT UP That's right. Who knows how to do VIP better than the fellas at Oilcan Har­ry's? They are teaming up with Team Gardner to bring the exclusive Austin Pride Parade VIP Party. They need volunteers for set-up, tear-down, and security. Earn a VIP pass to Pride. Sat., June 14, 7pm. Austin City Hall Plaza, Cesar Chavez & Guadalupe, 974-2000. [email protected], www.oilcanharrys.com.

PRIDE WOMEN'S DANCE Doing something a little bit different for the waltzing womens for womens, Equality Texas brings you some live music from Amy Cook, one of this year's Pride performers. Yeah, we thought it was righteous, too. Couple that with DJ POW's beats and bops, and it's a night sure to have more than a toe tapping. Fri., June 20, 8pm-12mid. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Bergman, 480-8318. $10, general w/o alcohol; $15, general w/alcohol. eqfed.org/eqtx/events/Womens_Dance_Tickets/details.tcl.

HYATT MAKES US GLAAD Book a night or so at the gorgeously renovated Hyatt on Lady Bird Lake for Pride, and they will hook you up with a year's membership in GLAAD. Whoot! Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 477-1234. www.austin.hyatt.com.

NEW TO TOWN? JUST VISITING? WHERE THE QUEERS AT? Welcome to Austin! Don't know where to go, you big beautiful queer? Let our Austin Chronicle gAyTX Fun Guide assist you. More, more, more. How do you like it? [email protected], austinchronicle.com/gaytx.

Austin Pride 2008
Photo by Kate X Messer

MYSPACE IS FOR QUEERS Queers named Gay Place. Yup. We are on the MySpace, unabashed in our quest to crack 2,999. (Who said "ho"?) We'd be proud to have you as our friend. Check our occasional specially themed top friends, and see if you make the cut. [email protected], www.myspace.com/gayplace.

KOOP = QUEER Tune your dials to 91.7FM for Outcast, a public-affairs program for and about the LGBT community of the city. Hosted by Heath Riddles and J.J. Lara, the program features issues, interviews, news, and events of the community. Sundays, 6-6:30pm. KOOP 91.7FM, www.koop.org.

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