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.

October 2009 News Letter, Volume 1

OUT Astoria welcomes the 3rd gay bar to Astoria.  The management have told us they will have food and  drink specials, especially for us.  Come join us at this fabulous new establishment.

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Dinner at Vesta Trattoria, 14 Oct, 7pm-9pm – 21-02 30th AvenueVesta Trattoria Website

OUT Astoria will be going to Vesta for our October dinner. This will be a real treat, and our first time at this establishment.You should really check out their menu.  Vesta is a neighborhood restaurant. They are inspired by Italy, the local green market and a commitment to a menu with out boundaries. They welcome you to enjoy their wines by the shot, glass or bottle.

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Mixer at Lavish Lounge, 23 Oct, 8pm-11pm – 34-04 36th Avenue – FREE – Lavish Website

OUT Astoria returns to Lavish Lounge for a spooky mixer.  Lavish has undergone some renovations, and the place is looking really hot!  More details will follow in the Mid-October News Letter.

Brunch at Locale, 31 Oct, 2pm-4pm – 33-02 34th AvenueLocale Website

It’s Halloween, so come get your spook on at one of the best places for Brunch in the neighborhood.  Costumes are optional ;-).  More details will follow in the Mid-October News Letter.

OUT Astoria Launches New Website!

Rob Zukowski did a major re-haul of the OUT Astoria Website.  It is AMAZING, and YOU should check it out.  If you have any questions or suggestions for the website, please contact Rob at

Other Events of Interest

QLGPC October Mixer at Bar Los Recuerdos, 15 Oct, 7pm-9pm – 79-15 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights – FREE

Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee is hosting their monthly mixer at Bar Los Recuerdos.  Club Planet says this about Los Recuerdos:

Queens Hottest Gay Latin Bar located in the heart of Jackson Heights! A place where Diversity is always welcome! Whether you are Gay/Straight/Bisexual/Bi-Curious/Transgender/TransSexual/Lesbian/ MetroSexual ETC, this is a place where you can just be yourself! Awesome staff with weekly events! Drink Specials! Great Music based on the current Theme Night Event! Some nights Latin, Some nights Latin American! A cool place to meet amazing people of all race & gender!

Jihad for Love Film Screening – Dates/Location Below (Film Website) – FREE

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee is sponsoring the screening of Jihad for Love on two nights in October.

Sunday, October 18, 2009, 5 PM
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning – 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, New York 11432

Saturday, October 24, 2009, 3 PM
Langston Hughes Library – 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, New York 11368

Call for volunteers: QLGPC will need several people to help during “set up” immediately before each screening.  If interested and available–and QLGPC hopes you are, please contact Board Member Ari Gershman at

ACQC Gifts of Love Auction & Luncheon at Terrace on the Park, 19 Oct, 12pm – 52-11 111th Street Flushing Meadow Park, Flushing, NY – $75.00

Join the AIDS Center of Queens County as it celebrates its 17th Annual Gifts of Love Auction & Luncheon. The event includes keynote speakers, and wonderful raffles, silent & live auction prizes. Support by purchasing a ticket, or by donating.
Contact: Executive Assistant to ED, 718-896-2500 ext. 1803 |
There are two forums in the NYC area that will be discussing the violent hate-crimes that have recently happened, especially towards transgender people in our community.

Transgender Hate Crimes: Victims, Their Families and Advocates Speak Out!
Wednesday, October 7th, 7:00 PM – Brooklyn Law School’s Forchelli Conference Center – 205 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Queens Transgender Rights Forum
Tuesday, October 13th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Queens Pride House – 76-11 37th Avenue. Suite 206, Jackson Heights, New York

Directed by OUT Astoria’s very own Keri Seymour, Stop Kiss reflects the deepest parts of love and compassion, by delving into the ideas of identity and sexuality.
October 8th – 24th, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
All Performances at 8:00 PM  ***Except Saturday, October 10th at 7:00 PM
For Reservations: Email or call 646-575-9531
To purchase tickets in advance please visit

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