New Year, New Steering Committee!

First off, thank you! 2010 was an amazing year for Out Astoria and 2011 is already off to a great start.  We owe a lot of our progress to our awesome members. Your participation is a huge part of what makes OA such a success. So thanks!

Now, the news. Out Astoria’s new Steering Committee convened on Sunday, January 23rd to elect officers to oversee Out Astoria’s administrative and operational duties. The new officers are:

  • President: Brent Gallenberger
  • Vice President: Jonathan Blue
  • Treasurer: Courtney Joseph
  • Secretary: Chap Day
  • Events Director: Ben Rubinstein
  • Communications Director: Michael Murphy
  • Business Outreach Director: Rian Brooks
  • Membership Director: Dan Fingerman

This first-ever election for Out Astoria earned us a little attention too: a mention in the New York Daily News!

OA's first election earned a mention in the NY Daily News!

Our final transition to a member-governed organization caps-off an exciting year of growth and evolution. Our organization grew rapidly in 2010 and the successful creation of our Sponsor Membership program has brought our ability to benefit our community to a whole new level.

OA also gained attention last year for our fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ali Forney Center’s Emergency Shelter in Astoria for LGBTQ Homeless Youth. The shelter was vandalized with anti-gay graffiti in June 2010. Out Astoria channeled the outpouring of support in our community to benefit the shelter with a fundraiser. Nearly $1,000 was raised and OA continues to support the shelter with volunteer work from our members. Contact Brent Gallenberger at president@outastoria.com if you want to help the shelter.

This year, Out Astoria is organizing our first-ever AIDS Walk team! Dan Fingerman spearheaded this new effort and we’re really glad he got us involved. To join Out Astoria’s AIDS Walk team follow this link. For more information, check out the AIDS Walk website here.

Stay tuned for information on upcoming events and activities. Our new Events Director, Ben Rubinstein, is cooking up awesome ideas and we’re all looking forward to some great events. But, as always, OA welcomes input from our members. Feel free to email Ben at events@outastoria.com and share your ideas or suggestions.

Tonight’s Mixer at Sissy McGinty’s and the coming Weekend!

As you all know we’ve got our new board elected and we’ll all be getting together on Sunday evening to hash out the officers and committee chairs – so stay tuned, next week we’ll post on our website who’s in charge of what and how you can get in touch with them if you have any questions or suggestions!

TONIGHT – FRI – JAN 21 – OUT ASTORIA KARAOKE MIXER AT SISSY MCGINTY’S – 8-11PM – $5

25-67 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY – 718-545-4286

Out Astoria is starting 2011 off right by throwing a new kind of mixer for the gayborhood!

Come to Sissy McGinty’s (on Friday, January 21st! Your $5 cover at the door gets you an hour (8-9pm) of FREE well rum and vodka cocktails as well as a selection of draft beers!

There will be drink specials after 9pm and the fun will continue until late in the night with your karaoke master and Out Astoria member Chris Blair as he brings us a very special Friday night edition of “Beyond Karaoke.”

During the hour open bar – Chris will be entertaining with the hottest music videos and at 9:30 PM the Karaoke-thon begins! You’ll sound great on the all-digital system with four wireless mics and top of the line speakers.

Get your slips in early, it’s going to be a wild night!  On-line song list at:

http://bk.christopherblair.net/

To celebrate the newly elected Out Astoria Steering Committee, this mixer will be free to all Sponsor Members! If you’re not a sponsor member yet you can register here:

http://outastoria.com/membership/membership-form/

For non-members the cover is only $5 from 8-9pm!

Also this weekend, a very big night for our sister organization QLGPC:

SAT – JANUARY 22 – QLGPC WINTER PRIDE DINNER DANCE AT ASTORIA WORLD MANOR – 7PM – $95

25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY – 718-228-7599

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee are hosting the annual Winter Pride dinner and dance to recognize and thank those who have contributed to the LGBT movement in Queens.  This year’s honorees are:

Fran Rolan of Heritage of Pride

Pedro Julio Serrano of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The evening starts out with cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres followed by a formal dinner, dessert, and dancing till 12:00 AM!  Your $95 ($100 at the door) entrance fee covers everything including the rather extensive open bar they arrange for this party every year! If you’re interested in purchasing a table of 10 seats that will set you back $900.

Purchase your tickets here or download the mail-in form here.

If you have any questions about the event or are interesting in becoming a sponsor or want to purchase ad space in the event program just contact QLGPC at 718-228-7599.

It’s been an honor serving as your Secretary with the most-est this brief while – I’ll be back on Monday in some other role for the coming year!

–Jonathan Blue

Secretary, Out Astoria