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

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!? 🙂

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!


33-02 34 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-729-9080

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!

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…


30th Avenue at 30th Street, Astoria, NY – 877-772-0089

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! 🙂


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!


34-01 36 Avenue, Astoria, NY -718-361-0022

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!

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…


75th St. and 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY – 718-228-7599

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!


If you’re not already a member of the Out Astoria facebook group you should join that too!

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!

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)