November 2009 News Letter, Volume 1

Upcoming Out Astoria Events and News

Mixer at Albatross Bar, 7 Nov, 8pm-10pm – 36-19 24th Avenue – FREE – Albatross Website

Out in Astoria returns to Albatross for a Friday night of drink specials (2-4-1 cocktails) and lots of fun. Following the mixer you are invited to attend their Tranny Party “Sexpot”.

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Dinner at Blackbirds Bar & Restaurant, 11 Nov, 7pm-9pm – 41-19 30th Avenue - Blackbirds Website

This is one of the first times Out in Astoria has gone to Blackbirds, and we know it will be well worth it. The food is amazing, so don’t let “bar” deceive you. This will be great!

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Mixer at Lavish Lounge, 27 Nov, 8pm-11pm – 34-04 36th Avenue – FREE – Lavish Website

Out in Astoria returns to Lavish Lounge for the late November mixer. 2-4-1 cocktails. Lavish is doing some changes – walls are gone, DJs are moved, and there is a new stage for the go-go boys.

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Out in Astoria Holiday Party, 18 Dec, 8pm-11pm – TBA

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Yule, or nothing at all, you’re sure to enjoy our annual Holiday Party. We are reviewing suggestions and offers for a venue, and will announce it shortly. Regardless, SAVE THE DATE!

Other Events of Interest

Astoria Performing Arts Center presents “The Pillowman” 5 Nov – 21 Nov at Good Shepherd UMC, Crescent & 30th Rd – $$ Discount for Out in Astoria $$

Once again the gracious people at the Astoria Performing Arts Center have given us a discount for their fall production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman”. You can purchase tickets on line via their website to take advantage of this offer. Just head over to

When you choose the performance you want, just enter the promotional code: TPMOUTASTORIA
That will give you access to $10 tickets (regularly priced at $15). The code is good for any performance you wish to attend! That’s the best deal they’ve given us yet.

“Carmen’s Place”, Documentary Screening at Queens International Film Festival 13 Nov 2009, 1:30pm at Holiday Inn Manhattan View, 39-05 29th St

“Carmen’s Place is an intimate portrayal of life at a transgender friendly shelter for teenagers run by an Episcopal priest in Astoria, NY. For many of the residents, life at Carmen’s Place is the first real home they’ve ever experienced. Through spiritual guidance, community building and his philosophy of radical acceptance, Father Braxton teaches residents how to become self-sufficient adults who accept themselves and their gender identities.

More details available at the Documentary’s Website.

March on Washington Bus Fundraiser, Monday 28 Sep 2009, 8pm-11pm

Where: Albatross (36-19 24th Ave)

Brandon Brock has asked us to send this out. We were so hyped, we decided to co-sponsor the Fundraiser! Note, there will be a Raffle now too, details below!

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The deadline to raise the $1800 for a bus is Tuesday, September 29th. Let’s spread this and get it covered and make a presence.

Please read this message from Brandon Brock, I think it says it best:

“Brandon, what is this about a fundraiser?”
I love my neighborhood. I’m attending the National Equality March in DC but I’ve noticed that few of my neighbors are going to DC to march. I’m fundraising to secure an entire 57-seat bus to send Western Queens residents to the March and back for free, leaving from Astoria. With the bus secure through your donation, we’ll be able to send 57 people to the DC March with MENY for free.

Don’t forget the “Help send Astoria to the Gay March on Washington!” fundraiser tomorrow at the Albatross Bar at 24th ave and 37th st in Astoria. We’ll be there from 8-11. Please come and bring your friends if possible.

I’ll be accepting cash donations at the fundraising event along with any First Giving donations.

Thanks to your help of generous donations, I’ve managed to raise $345.00 so far for the FREE Astoria National Equality March bus fundraiser.

Once I’ve reached the $1,800 goal, we’ll be able to send 57 more people to the March for FREE.

There will be a raffle for:

  • a $50 drink tab at Albatross Bar
  • or a deluxe Headshot/Portrait Print Package by local Astoria resident Rob Zukowski of (a $145 value!)

Raffle tickets are $50 each. Tickets will be drawn at random at 10:15.

The National Equality March will be amazing and I hope you can go (maybe on our free Astoria bus?), but if you can’t attend please consider a donation to help me reach the goal a bit easier.

And don’t forget to tell all your friends about this effort.

A HUGE thanks to my friends, my family and the generous strangers who’ve helped this fundraiser along the way.

With much love, appreciation and hope for equality,

Brandon Brock