Brunch tomorrow, a rally, and charity stuff….

A Note From Jonathan and RuPaul’s Drag Race

If you’re up for it tonight you’ll want to head on out to Lavish – if you made i to last week’s mixer you got a taste for how crazy things get there after 11pm these days…:) and although they’ve had to put the underwear party on hiatus for a bit (if you were there you know why) expect to see maybe a special installment of it in the coming months…something that can be better prepared for…for everyone!

Though this would be on opportune moment to suggest that everyone take a moment to place a few well-timed votes for Mimi Imfurst and her race to get onto season two of Rupaul’s Drag Race…so if you haven’t already voted today (and really you DO know you can vote DAILY, right? why not take a moment now and get one of our local gals on the little screen next season!? 🙂

http://rupaulcasting.com/people/MimiImfurst

now with that done, if you’re not planning to be out late with the local boys and girls at lavish lounge tonight might i direct you to our brunch tomorrow afternoon!

SAT – MAY 30 – OUT ASTORIA MAY BRUNCH AT LOCALE – 2PM

33-02 34 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-729-9080
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=82661636863

We haven’t been back to Locale in ages – and originally this month we were slated to be at Cup Diner but then they decided to start renovations on their place so we decided to come back to an old brunch staple of ours!

http://www.localeastoria.com/

Locale Cafe & Bar is located in the heart of historic Astoria, NY. It’s style reflects the neighborhoods modern yet multi-cultural sheik aspect, which has become a signature of present day Astoria. Locale’s diverse menu can accommodate almost any taste, whether it’s an early afternoon brunch or an intimate dinner by candlelight.

We can usually get a group of 20 in here at two different table groups! but try not to turn up too late, there’s a limit of bloody marys to which even i must adhere! 🙂

after the brunch the OA steering committee will be meeting up to have a little pre-pride powwow – so if there’s anything you’d like to ask or suggest feel free to send it to me tomorrow before 4pm and i’ll be glad to bring it up at the meeting!

but aside from that if you’re itching to do a little marriage equality stuff and really who isn’t these days…let me draw your attention to a fabulous rally…

SUN – MAY 31 – RALLY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY AT ATHENS PARK IN ASTORIA – 6PM TO 8PM – FREE

30th Avenue at 30th Street, Astoria, NY – 877-772-0089
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=83785986862

This fabulous rally in support of Marriage Equality is being put together by your local girls and boys involved with the local Marriage Equality Capter, Western Queens for Marriage Equality, and Astorians for Marriage Equality! But I’m going to give you the text of the evite just exactly as they have written it because who could say it better than they can?! Remember you don’t have to be on the facebook evite to attend, but if you want to invite more people to the rally feel free to just forward them this email…of course they want as many people there to support Marriage Equality as possible…and you know I’ll be there along with some of my Out Astoria bretheren! 🙂

Description:

Thanks for making the Prop 8 rally such a success- now we will be continuing NYS efforts for marriage equality with a rally this Sunday in Queens.

Come show your support for equality, meet up with fellow activists from Queens, hear music from Broadway stars (names TBA), and hear from government officials and members of our community who support marriage equality.

State Senator George Onorato, who represents much of Western Queens, currently opposes marriage equality but our work got us a meeting with him this past Thursday…so lets keep it up!

Senator Huntley, Senator Padavan, and Senator Addabbo of Queens currently oppose marriage equality. Senator Monsorrate is a supporter but not yet listed as a co-sponsor. Also, the Senate Majority Leader, Malcolm Smith, is a Queens senator. So, Let’s show these Queen’s Senators that there is public support for marriage equality!

This rally is sponsored by Western Queens for Marriage Equality. Western Queens for Marriage Equality is a coalition of groups including: Democracy for New York City, Long Island City Alliance, New York State Young Democrats, Queens County Young Democrats, the Jewish Alliance for Change, IntegrityNYC, Marriage Equality New York, Broadway Impact, Civil Rights Front, Empire State Pride Agenda, Civil Marriage Trail Project, OUT Astoria, Astorians United Against Hate Crimes and Astorians United for Peace and Justice.

Western Queens for Marriage Equality is a coalition group that believes marriage is a human right that should be available to all New Yorkers, regardless of sexual orientation. In the words of Mildred Loving, the woman whose courage made interracial marriage legal throughout America, marriage is about “the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. [We] support the freedom to marry for all.”

now if this sunday isn’t enough for you you’ll probably want to come and check out Lavish Lounge’s new Monday night series for charity!

MON – JUNE 1 – OUT ASTORIA AT LAVISH LOUNGE’S DRINKING SOCIALLY – 7PM TO 10PM – FREE

34-01 36 Avenue, Astoria, NY -718-361-0022
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=82872323533

Tonight and EVERY Monday in the month of June, the owners of Lavish Lounge have agreed to donate ALL profits made beyond their nightly overhead to charity!

Yeah SERIOUSLY! And during the month of June it’s going to be your best friends at Out Astoria!

http://www.lavishloungeny.com/

Of course they’ll still be doing 2-4-1 drinks from 7pm to 10pm so make sure you stop by and have a few happy hour cocktails before heading home…keep in mind every dollar you spend a certain portion of it is going back to Out Astoria to help us get more events running in this fabulous little neighborhood!

Talk about a great way to get warmed up before NYC pride at the end of the month!

See you there this Monday!

and of course you don’t want to forget…

SUN – JUNE 7 – THE 17TH ANNUAL QUEENS LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER PRIDE PARADE – JACKSON HEIGHTS – 12PM TO 7PM – FREE!

75th St. and 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY – 718-228-7599
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101874925621

Join us on Sunday June 7th for the 17th Annual Queens Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade & Multi-Cultural Festival. Don’t forget to look for Out Astoria at the street festival and in the parade…and you better say hi to Mimi and I at the judge’s tent on the parade route! 🙂

The Parade steps off at Noon from 89th St. and 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, and marches to 75th St. and 37th Avenue. Where it meets up with the Multi-Cultural Festival on 75th St. and 37th Road.

It’s a day full of food, performances, music, dancing and of course PRIDE !!! We look forward to seeing you there!



THE USUAL “IN CLOSING” BLURB:

If you’re not already a member of the Out Astoria facebook group you should join that too!http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6026204257

And of course, don’t forget – we’re also on Why Leave Astoria?! – I went to a round table discussion they were having and these people are a hoot – even if you’re not gay you can get a lot from poking around their site – there’s tons of stuff going on locally that even my jaded ass didn’t know about!
http://www.whyleaveastoria.com/group/outastoria

That’s all for this weekend kids…if I don’t catch you out at Lavish tonight, hopefully we’ll be sitting next to each other at brunch tomorrow! 🙂

–jonathan (blue)
www.outastoria.com

Mixers on Thursday/Friday and more for the weekend!

so before I forget in these lengthy emails I do, I’ve got a few announcements!

remember to take a moment and vote for Mimi Imfurst in her run for season 2 of Rupaul’s Drag Race on Logo – you can vote every 24 hours and thus far she’s managed to stay in the top 5 each day…we want to make sure she gets in the top 3 at least before the end of the voting (in about 33 days) so remember…vote daily!

http://rupaulcasting.com/people/MimiImfurst

by the way did we mention that Lavish is open 7 days a week now?! 🙂 I’ll attach their new flyers below!

on top of that…the lovely people at Astoria Performing Arts Center have presented Out Astoria with a “friends” discount code for the first 4 performances of their production of The Children’s Hour opening tonight!

http://www.apacny.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18&Itemid=32

to buy tickets just head to:

https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/405

and choose any of the first four performances (Thrusday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 6pm) and before you choose how many tickets you want, just enter the discount code: Lillian75 and you’ll be able to purchase $10 tickets to any of those shows!

but if you can’t do any of those shows, they always need some ushers for each performance of the play throughout the entire run, so if you want to see the show for free and don’t mind helping them out an hour or two before the show…just send an email to christina – christina@apac.org – and let her know you’d like to volunteer!

in addition there’s a lot of buzz about the local marriage equality work being done and we just wanted to make sure you all knew where to go to get in touch with and lend your support to the fantastic people (you might have seen them flyering at subway stations in Astoria lately) who are doing so much for our community! you can find them at:

http://groups.google.com/group/SD12

and

http://www.westernqueensformarriageequality.com/

and you might see some of them this weekend at various events for QLGPC and our own mixer!

TONIGHT – MAY 21 – QLGPC MAY HAPPY HOUR AT TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFE – 6:30 TO 9:00 PM – FREE
40-19 Gleane Street, East Elmhurst, NY – 718-803-9602 – qpchappyhour@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=76111985501

We’re kicking off Queens Pride a little early this year with our Happy Hour at Terraza 7 Train Cafe !

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade and Festival takes place on June 7th in Jackson Heights, but come out early for a few cocktails with your friends and neighbors and get in the spirit of Pride !

Terraza is at 40-19 Gleane St. just past 82nd St. off Roosevelt Avenue behind sovereign bank. Be careful when you google this address it just doesn’t like this for some reason!

RSVP via facebook or to qpchappyhour@gmail.com and your first drink is FREE! (seriously!)

FRI – MAY 22 – OUT ASTORIA MAY MIXER AT LAVISH LOUNGE – 8PM TO 11PM – FREE
34-01 36 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-361-0022
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=77047166309

We’re starting the mixers at 8:00 PM now to basically give everyone enough time to go home and put on their face before coming back out to our little soiree! Yes we know it’s the start of Memorial Day weekend but it’s Fleet Week too…we’re sure you can find some way to celebrate the holiday if you’re doing a staycation like the rest of us!

So anyway, make sure you come out to what’s become the largest local gathering of Astoria queers since it started becoming a hot place to live for all of us homo boys and girls!

http://www.lavishloungeny.com/

As usual we’ll be doing 2-4-1 beers/well-drinks and $3 cosmos from 7pm to 11pm – and the lovely ex-astorian DJ Kevin Graves will be starting an hour early at 9PM to round out our mixer and play on till the wee hours of Saturday morning!

http://www.myspace.com/kevingraves

Don’t forget to stick around later on for the new party taking place in the back room!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SAT – MAY 30 – OUT ASTORIA MAY BRUNCH AT LOCALE – 2PM
33-02 34 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-729-9080
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=82661636863

We haven’t been back to Locale in ages – and originally this month we were slated to be at Cup Diner but then they decided to start renovations on their place so we decided to come back to an old brunch staple of ours!

http://www.localeastoria.com/

Locale Cafe & Bar is located in the heart of historic Astoria, NY. It’s style reflects the neighborhoods modern yet multi-cultural sheik aspect, which has become a signature of present day Astoria. Locale’s diverse menu can accommodate almost any taste, whether it’s an early afternoon brunch or an intimate dinner by candlelight.

We can usually get a group of 20 in here at two different table groups!

but you don’t want to forget:

SUN – JUNE 7 – QUEENS PRIDE! – 12PM TO 6PM – FREE!
http://www.queenspride.com/QueensPride09/queenspride09.php

You’ll just want to get that in your busy calendars now! Keep an eye out for Out Astoria and Lavish Lounge this year!

THE USUAL “IN CLOSING” BLURB:

Remember – we’re on Facebook now and if you’re not already friends with the Out Astoria profile you should friend us!
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1169807844

And once you’re friends with us, if you’re not already a member of the Out Astoria facebook group you should join that too!
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6026204257

And of course, don’t forget – we’re also on Why Leave Astoria?! – I went to a round table discussion they were having and these people are a hoot – even if you’re not gay you can get a lot from poking around their site – there’s tons of stuff going on locally that even my jaded ass didn’t know about!
http://www.whyleaveastoria.com/group/outastoria

If I don’t see you at the mixer tonight I’ll see you at the mixer tomorrow night! 🙂

–jonathan(blue)
www.outastoria.com