January with Out Astoria

Welcome to 2013 from Out Astoria! Our first dinner of the year, on January 15, was a resounding success with a crowd of 25 at Alba’s on Ditmars.

Next up is a mixer on the 25th –  – details forthcoming – the Queens Winter Pride Dinner/Dance on the 26th, (see below) and book club on the 29th. The Out Astoria Running Group is back from the holiday hiatus, fully up and, erm, running.

Please welcome our newly elected steering committee members, Jerry Jobe, Jr., John-Paul Kocot, Monica Menendez, Michael Mallon and Aaron Tabak. We are grateful for the service and dedication of our outgoing committee members and look forward to fresh ideas and inspiration from the newcomers.

Queens Winter Pride is the annual benefit with cocktails, dinner and dancing to support the Queens Pride parade and festival and to honor local supporters of the Queens LGBT community. Out Astoria is sponsoring a table and has access to cheap tickets, so if you’d like to join us, just drop us a line.

This year’s Winter Pride honorees are Hon. Grace Meng (D-NY), the first-ever Asian-American member of Congress on the East Coast; GMHC and Marjorie Hill, CEO of GMHC and the first African-American to lead a major LGBT organization; and your very own Out Astoria!

At the moment your loyal steering committee is bouncing ideas around for new events for people who can’t make the dinners and mixers. In the meantime, we are always eager for input from you, our members. Talk to us!

All the best for 2013,

Richard

Vice-President, Out Astoria