Break Out the OJ: Autostraddle International Brunch Weekend Is Coming Right Up!

Word on the street is that you cats like a good brunch, and guess what? So do we — and that’s why we’re excited to ring in another International Autostraddle Summer Brunch Weekend! Are you eggs-cited yet? (Sidebar: I literally hate myself so much for typing that but I’m leaving it in because I believe in living my truths.)

I can guarantee from years of experience that even though being six mimosas in four hours after brunch originally started with your best friends on a patio in Los Angeles drawing emoji with chalk into the night is close to a religious experience, brunching with a bunch of shiny new queer faces that are soon to become your shiny new queer friends is pretty fucking neat, too.

That’s where #AutostraddleBrunch comes in.


The concept is simple: You and a bunch of other excellent weirdos from this magical universe right here gather in one place to break english muffins together and finish off carafes of mimosas and entire pots of coffee and fall hopelessly into casual and platonic relationships with one another and everything is covered in jam and nothing hurts.

This year, International Autostraddle Brunch Weekend will be on August 20 – 22. You should host one! You should go to one! You should eat every last piece of toast in the building!

Hosting is easy peasy lemon squeezy, and, sidenote, also totally worth it. I promise you can handle it! I also promise you’ll be so glad you did it. You can have a bunch of queers meet you at a bar or restaurant, host a potluck at your home or someone else’s home or a vaguely public park, commandeer a food truck with an army of lesbians, have a flannel-bathed picnic in the park, drink Perrier outside of a food truck with some cool strangers — whatever floats your boat in a sea of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Be creative! Be cliche! Who cares, let’s brunch!

To get started kicking ass and making reservations, check out our event resources portal. Then, take it one step at a time: Pick a date, pick a place, make a plan, and decide how people should RSVP. (If you choose to surrender your personal information to Mark Zuckerberg against your will in the name of all things convenient, here’s a very cute Facebook Event Banner for you to use for your eventual Facebook event which is, by and large, the easiest way to run this whole shebang. (THANKS RAQUEL THEY’RE AMAZING AND SO ARE YOU.) Once you have your shit together like a true adult who plans to day-drink with strangers soon, you submit the event details to us and we help you spread the word.

If you’re not hosting, though, the least you could do is show up and brighten everyone’s world. You can check out the events listings at any time to find a brunch situation near you, and we’ll be posting a big ol’ roundup of the entire worldwide brunch situation in advance of the big day. In the meantime, you can join the movement on Twitter / Instagram / whatever the kids use these days with the hashtag #AutostraddleBrunch.

I hope you ordered those Hillary Clinton champagne flutes, y’all. (I know I fucking did.) ‘Cause it’s queer brunch o’ clock.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. Yes! Is anyone around Ashland/Southern Oregon? I would totally host a brunch if there are people in the area!

  2. This sounds great. I hope there’s one in Toronto. I’m the worst at planning things, so hosting is not the best idea for me, but I hope someone does :)

  3. it’s ten days away… I have hosted that before but I’ll still be out of town. Have a great time LA Straddlers

  4. But at first I saw “break out the OJ” and thought “why would I help OJ Simpson to break out of jail?”

  5. Does anyone live near Santa Fe? I recently moved to the area and don’t know it well enough yet to suggest a good brunch spot.

    • Ha, I thought I was the only one in Santa Fe. Welcome! :) There’s a lot of brunch spots here, like Chocolate Maven or Tecolote. So…

  6. Anyone in Chicago ? I’ll be visiting a friend there so can’t host but would love a meet up :D

  7. If anyone from Rochester, NY is interested, we’ve got a thread going on on the Facebook group trying to put something together!

  8. I have no idea if there is anyone here from Latvia (or visiting next weekend?) who I don’t know already but my friends and I have been talking about making brunch plans anyway so I am into organizing something, message me if you are interested too!

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