Can I get all my single ladies (and grrrls, and bois, and actually everybody who is single and living in New York and currently reading Autostraddle dot com) to put your hands up?
Excellent, thank you. Now, all of you with your hands up, get very excited, because the oh-so-popular Queer Ladies Speed Dating at The Strand is returning, just in time for you to meet a human to hang out with on Valentine's Day!
You may remember that Autostraddle's own Heartthrob Gabby and DJ Carlytron hosted the last round of queer speed dating at The Strand and I went and took photos and it was the cutest thing anyone has ever seen. Well this time around Carly has left us for California, but never fear -- Katrina KC Danger, of PHRESH CUTZ and the How To (Respectfully) Pick Up Chicks workshop at A-Camp, will be stepping in to fill her sexy dapper shoes! Gabby hasn't abandoned us for sunny skies and backyards with lemon trees (ugh, I hate you Californians) so she'll be back on duty, and everyone knows Gabby and Katrina are a total Dream Team, so you speed daters will be in very good hands.
The event will take place on Wednesday, February 6 at 7pm. It's hosted in the Rare Books Room at The Strand, which is a gorgeous space even when it's just filled with old books, so imagine how enticing it is when it's also filled with attractive queers! Speaking as someone who has attended this event before, I can promise that it's low-key, low-stress and super fun for everyone involved. You'll be given activities and specific questions to facilitate the "getting to know you" process, there will be prizes (!) and if nothing else you'll meet some local queers who like to read. Plus, there will be champagne and yummy boozy cupcakes from Prohibition Bakery and I'll be there with my camera so there is a distinct possibility that you'll be Famous On The (Autostraddle) Internet the morning after. (This is where I'd like to insert a funny joke about The Morning After but as my girlfriend loves to remind me I'm just not that funny, so if you'd like to help me out please feel free to do so in the comments!)
So, let's review! There will be booze, treats and books. Autostraddle weirdos are hosting. It's fucking cold outside. What are you doing next Wednesday that's more important than meeting cute queer girls who like to read? Yep, that's what I thought. We'll see ya at The Strand.
Queer Ladies Speed Dating at The Strand will take place on Wednesday, February 6 at 7pm. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase here or at the door. Strand Bookstore is located at 828 Broadway; the event will be held in the 3rd floor Rare Book Room. And FYI for those of you who date guys and gals (or for those rare cis straight dudes who apparently occasionally read this website!), The Strand is hosting another speed dating event on Thursday, February 7 for dudes and ladies. Same time, same place!