The Pride of Astoria!

Hi everyone!

 
As we’re now approaching the hotbed of June’s Pride activities, I wanted to personally invite you to an event we’re hosting together with the rest of the NYC area pride organizations to formally kick off the month, but also to benefit a local gay youth charity that is near and dear to all of us Astorians.
 
On Thursday, May 30, The Garden at Studio Square NYC will be hosting our 3rd annual Pre-Pride Party starting at 6:00 PM.  This year’s event is a fund-raiser for The Ali Forney Center (specifically the Ali Forney Emergency Shelter in Astoria) and is sure to out-do previous years!  Out Astoria has partnered with our sister organizations throughout the NYC metropolitan area, including Queens Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Pride Alliance of Long Island, and of course NYC Pride to bring you this amazing event!  If you’re not on Facebook you can find the evite to the event here on Meetup.com - feel free to invite anyone you like to this event.  Everyone is welcome!
 
This year we will be celebrating the pending legalization of Marriage Equality by the U.S. Supreme Court and continuing to show our support for the LGBT community by donating 100% of door and floor contributions to The Ali Forney Center! 
We all know what a brutal place New York City can be for homeless LGBT youth and tragically many young lives have been destroyed.  At The Ali Forney Center they are making a difference by rescuing kids from the dangers of the streets and placing them in safe, home-like environments.  Many of our Out Astoria members are personally involved with the Ali Forney Center’s Emergency Shelter in Astoria – volunteering and helping out whenever they can.  We’ve seen first-hand the hard work AFC is doing to provide our youth with the support and nourishment they need to succeed and thrive, but they can’t do it alone.  We your help and the support of the broader community we can help make NYC a safer place for homeless LGBT youth.
Much like last year, this party is guaranteed to be an empowering as well as fun-filled event.  Admission is free, but donations are suggested.  For donations of $10 or more, patrons will receive 1 complimentary drink!  NYC political figures and leaders in the LGBT community will be there in support.  Sponsors Radeberger and Absolut will provide drink specials all night and Kung Fu Karaoke will be rocking the music for Live Rock N Roll karaoke on the Garden stage.  And no event in Astoria would be complete without a special performance by Queens’ own “Haus of Mimosa.”
If you’re unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the Ali Forney Center via our donation drive website here.  Anything you can give will help!
See you all at the party!
-Jonathan
President
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pre pride party may 30

Your Source for Queens Pride!

The month of Pride is upon us and as before we start out with our pre-pride festivities leading up to the big day on June 5 in Queens – we’ll start out with a lesser celebrated area of gay pride and that’s the role of the volunteer!  Currently Out Astoria is looking for a few members to help with weekly food deliveries to the emergency shelter for LGBT youth in Astoria (especially if you have a car, or access to one).  If you’d like to get involved, please contact Out Astoria President, Brent Gallenberger via facebook or e-mail.

THURS – JUNE 2 – OUT ASTORIA & QUEENS PRIDE (PRE-PRIDE) KICK-OFF PARTY AT STUDIO SQUARE- 7-11PM – FREE!

35-33 36 Street, Astoria, NY – 718-383-1001

We’re going to kick off the month of Pride right!  On Thursday, June 2, Out Astoria will be partnering with our big sister organization the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee at everyone’s favorite swanky Astoria beer garden Studio Square!

Every Out Astorian is invited to this dual mixer from our two organizations – and there is NO COVER!

From 7-8 PM there’ll be $2 drink specials – and DJ/Music from 7-11 PM.

21 & Over only, they will need to see ID before they let you in.

It may be a school night but you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to meet and greet our friends and gaybors from the next big neighborhood over!

SUN – JUNE 5 – QUEENS PRIDE 2011 – PARADE AND FESTIVAL – 12-6PM – FREE!

Jackson Heights, NY – Map & Details

The Parade

The parade kicks off at Noon. There is a Reviewing Stand on the parade route where our hosts will announce the groups and the judges will cast their votes on parade participants to win the “Queenie Awards”. The parade starts at 85th Street and 37th Avenue, and goes down 37th Avenue, ending at 75th Street. Come be a part of this historic event on Sunday, June 5th 2011.

The Festival

The Multicutural Festival begins at Noon and ends at 6:00PM. The Multicultural Festival is on 37th Road and stretches from 73rd Street to 77th Street.

The Stage

Right smack in the middle of it all is the Main Stage featuring rally speakers, community group performances and fabulous talent. The Main Stage starts at 1:30PM and the last act ends at 6:00PM.  Our own Sunday Morning Mimosa will be performing and hosting the Main stage from 1:30 to 3:30PM!

You can also visit the Atlantis Stage run by Club Atlantis at the intersection of 77th Street and 37th Road.

SUN – JUNE 5 – 2011 QUEENS PRIDE BAREFOOT BRUNCH AT NOVO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE – 11AM – 4PM

78-23 37 Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY – 718-426-7272

If the heat of the parade and festival is too much for you, swing by Novo Restaurant and Lounge on the parade route and refresh yourself in air conditioning with a Barefoot Mimosa!  Portions of proceeds from champagne drinks from Barefoot Wines will benefit Queens Pride!

And don’t forget next week:

WED – JUNE 8 – OUT ASTORIA JUNE DINNER AT ASTOR BAKE SHOP – 7-9PM

12-23 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY – 718-606-8439

Please join Out Astoria for dinner and/or dessert at the oasis of west Astoria that is the beautiful Astor Bake Shop. Browse their menu beforehand. We’ve heard the red velvet cake is a must-order item. We hope to see you at our first dinner there!