Activists protested against anti-trans bills at the Texas State Capitol on September 30 (Photo by John Anderson)
House Bill 25 – one of three anti-trans student-athlete bills crossing the Texas Legislature – was heard before the House’s new special committee on constitutional rights and appeals as a the Chronicle went to press on Wednesday 6 October. Written by the representative of the State. Valued Swanson, R-Spring, the bill, if passed, would prohibit Texas students from participating on a UIL sports team that is not their gender at birth. Blegh. During Wednesday’s hearing, a laser interrogation of the committee member (and openly gay) Rep. Ann johnson, D-Houston, was targeting the nonsense of the provision, but there was one question that stood out: Had Swanson considered tabling legislation to address the lack of funding for women’s sport? The answer: no. The exchange highlights one of the many fallacies of HB 25 and similar anti-trans sports bills: Despite all their lamentation and hysteria at the But what about the fate of women’s sports, supporters of these bills are not at the front of the line demanding more this or that for such programs – or not publicly, at least. Queers Gone Country Austin’s very first queer country music festival, Outlaw PrideFest, kick off with a bang on the Rustic Tap stage from Saturday to Sunday, October 23-24. Organized by a local country musician Julie nolen, the recently released lineup includes the (and I mean the) queer country legend Lavender Country, revivalist outlaw Jaime Wyatt, and Carolinian crooner Adeem the artist, more queerios from the local country Buffalo daughters, Devin Jake, and more. Tickets are a suggested donation of $ 15 benefiting Young people outside and are now on sale at outlawpridefest.com …
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Bush wig The iconic New York drag, queerness and art festival appears at ATX for one night only with DJs Horrorchata, Hannah Lou, Mouthfeel and Chorizo Funk, plus drag performances from top-notch including Merrie Cherry , Louisianna Purchase, La Zavaleta and many more. Sat, Oct 9, 8 p.m. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. To free. fb.com/bushwigfestival.
Horror whores Boyz from Austin is putting on a horror show on the Red River to celebrate the Halloween season. Pro tip: Don’t forget to dress up for the spooky party. Tue, Oct 12, 9 p.m. Elysée, 705 Rivière Rouge. $ 5-10. fb.com/boyzofaustin.
Workshop 2000 Slide inspirations through the art of disguise. Thu. Oct. 7 9:30 p.m. Elysium. $ 10.
Insupportable The most strudel-rich time of the year. Thu Oct 7 10 p.m. The Iron Bear, 301 W. Sixth. No cover.
Casperella Sabrina Ellis and Caleb from Casper. Fri, Oct 8, 10 p.m. Well done Charlie. No cover.
Spooky House of Horrors benefits the charities of the UCA. Sat Oct 9 5-8 p.m. Oilcan’s, 211 W. Fourth. fb.com/unitedcourtofaustin.
Hocus pocus The projection is exhausted; stop for a pumpkin decorating activity and contest Sat 9 Oct 6:30 p.m. La Petite Boutique Gay, 828 Airport. thelittlegayshop.com.
Night Underwear Strip under your skivvies. Sat, Oct 9, 9 p.m. The iron bear.
Drag Race Rosé presents two shows. Sun, Oct 10, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Oil can. $ 30-200. fb.com/oilcanharrys.
WTF Karaoke it’s not your mom’s karaoke. Mondays, 9:30 p.m. Oil can. No cover. fb.com/ladygrackle.
Melanin Magic Diamond Dior Davenport and the cast to bring magic. Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. Highland, 404 Colorado.
Gays with clay Handmade clay workshop hosted by Les. Wednesday 13 October, 6.30 p.m.-8.30 p.m. The little gay shop.