The Holiday Groove w/ Austin Groove Project, Magna Carda, the Bishops, the Vapor Caves [garage]; Sam Houston, Jake Lloyd, Zach Person [control room]
Empire Control Room
"...On the heels of GayBiGayGay’s indefinite hiatus, rumors spread quickly that Queerbomb 2016 would go the same way. Just a week ago, however, Queerbombers announced that – despite concerned whispers – the festival and march would in fact happen this June...."
"...Just as most other cities are gearing up for June Prides, and our September Pride seems so far away, a (queer) bomb drops right here in the heart of Austin. That's Queerbomb to be exact, and they're setting it off this weekend..."
"...My favorite sign at last Friday's "QueerBomb," the alternative pride march, was: "STONEWALL WAS A RIOT, NOT A TRADE SHOW."..."
"...Members of QueerBomb, Austin's renegade counter-Pride, and members of the official Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation board agreed to a sit-down together in the offices of The Austin Chronicle last week. This felt monumental..."
"...They called it Queerbomb. They scheduled it for the first weekend in June to commemorate the Stonewall uprising, and to present an alternative take on mainstream Pride..."
"...In 2010, QueerBomb launched its counter-Pride movement, manifesting in a zero-budget streetside rally, march, and afterparty. This year, QueerBomb owns Austin's traditional Pride weekend, as Austin Pride has moved festivities to the fall..."
"...Queerbomb has survived. Despite conjectures that the new organizers didn't have enough time, resources, and cash to throw 2017's alt-Pride, permits have been pulled, contracts have been signed, and banners have been decorated...."
"...Across the country, Pride season kicks off June 1, and for the past nine years, Austin has marked its arrival with Queerbomb, our anti-corporate alt-Pride, which falls on the first Saturday of the month. This year, however, Queerbomb won't be the only LGBTQ celebration on the block..."
"...Enter: QueerBomb. I, personally, Kate Messer (the person, not the Chronicle), was consulted early on in the formation of QueerBomb, and after enjoying the manic energy and prankster ethos, have been loosely affiliated since..."
"...The fourth annual Queerbomb rolled forth onto Dirty Sixth, Saturday, June 1, 2013..."
"...The Good Eye went to the QueerBomb pre-procession party at Pine Street Station and had herself a blast taking pictures of all the true colors shining through. Here's Wonder Woman and Ariel, just hanging out looking awesome together...."
"...Queerbomb poobah and local performance artist Paul Soileau welcomes the crowd to Lovebomb!, held Saturday, April 13...."
"...Members of QueerBomb, Austin's renegade counter-Pride, and members of the official Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation board agreed to sit down together in the offices of The Austin Chronicle last week. Last year, the relationship between the two organizations – as well as Austin Pride's with this paper, at various times – was contentious (to say the least)..."
"...Last year I showed up to the QueerBomb rally with a truckload of ladies and about a pound of Aqua Net in my hair. We had slapped on some coordinating swashbuckling colors and called ourselves "Pussy Pirates." I milled around the information tables which circled the lot like pioneer wagons and watched the negative space fill up with queers and their families and supporters, young and old..."
"...Sontag also says that since camp values style over substance, it is inherently apolitical. Five minutes at the fifth annual QueerBomb, the all-inclusive, rainbow-colored LGBTQ glitterfest that partied and paraded and camped its way through Austin last weekend, might have convinced her otherwise..."
"...It's accelerated Pride. A Pride on scrappy, DIY, can-do spirit steroids: Queerbomb, a fully community-engaged, choose-your-own adventure, where you are the parade, you don't pay someone else to express your commitment to community, and you take it to the streets, not the sidelines, to remind everyone that yes, we're here, yes, we're queer, and we're blowing up with love..."
"...Queerbomb is the Word..."
"...Queerbomb is here (see Saturday)! We've got the glitter and gold short shorts ready and our procession shoes on. There's a whole piece on how this year's event shaped up (see p.28), but in a year where so many attacks have been made against queer, trans, and QPOC folks, I can't think of a time I craved a night in the streets with such a fabulous, inspiring, and resilient community more than I do right now..."