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Be Part of Autostraddle’s 2019 Pride Gallery

This year’s Pride month is an extra special one because it’s the 50th anniversary of Stonewall — and, of course, because it’s as vital as ever for us to assemble and be visible and stand and shout together as we march through the streets declaring our presence and pleasure at being part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Meet-Ups / Events

Brooklyn 2019-05-14: The Lesbian Agenda, A Variety Show

Did you hear that lesbians are taking over the world? Well, when they’re not getting killed off on TV shows or busy playing with their hairless felines!

Sophie Santos brings you her Agenda™ with this banging variety show featuring the best lez, bi and queer comedians* of all time. Buckle up those Birkenstocks ladies… she’s got big plans.

*lineup may include straights if they are very, very funny and/or were raised by two moms.

This month’s lineup includes Ali Kolbert (The Tonight Show), Carolyn Bergier (Dyking Out), Free the Mind, and Rachel Joravsky (Reductress)!

Meet-Ups / Events

New York, NY 2019-05-04: The Way That We Live: An L Word LARPing Party

Q: What is the L Word** and why are we LARPing about it?
A: If you’ve never seen the iconic, important, drama-infused, and at times problematic** television show about West Hollywood lesbians living, laughing, learning, loving, etc., it’s not too late – and it’s on Netflix! Autostraddle has a helpful guide on how to ease in (https://tinyurl.com/y424w74s). If you’re familiar with the program, you may also know that the series will be relaunched sometime in the near-ish future. We LARP to celebrate and lampoon this vanguard of lesbian representation before it is unleashed upon the world again!

Q: When? Where? How much?
A: Saturday, May 4 | The Starliner – 1446 Myrtle Ave.
5 bux in advance / 10 bux day-of and at the door.
Get yr tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/yys3wzyu
All proceeds go to the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project ♥

Q: What’s gonna happen?
8:30 PM – DJ Disco Bruja + L Word Trivia w/ Lily Marotta and Minnie Bennett
10 PM – Dance party w/ host/comedian/L Word commentator Jess Henderson
+ DJs flipphone, elosi + more
All night: queers, dancing, cruising, larping.

Q: What is LARPING?
A: Technically it means live action role play. In this case, it means come as your favorite L word character, element, or lesbian abstraction (Bette, Alice, a leather cuff, a couple’s therapist, whatever!)

Q: What should you wear?
A: LARP MEANS LARP, Y’ALL! Costumes required! Come as your favorite core cast member, that throwback deep cut cameo from season 2, or that side character you wished made it into regular rotation. Early aughts lesbians in southern California? The possibilities are endless!:
https://www.autostraddle.com/31-most-iconic-l-word-outfits-ranked-by-incandescence-439178/
https://www.pride.com/lesbian/2016/6/09/45-most-unbelievable-outfits-l-word
http://gomag.com/article/i-dressed-as-a-different-l-word-character-every-day-of-halloween-week-this-is-what-happened/

Q: Who is invited?
A: If you love/feel some kinda way about The L Word, you’re invited! (queers, allies, everybody! but please understand and be respectful that this is a queer party, so come correct.)

Q: How can you stay informed/see gay memes until the event on May 4?
A: RSVP on this here Facebook event.
Buy your tickets here: https://lwordlarp.brownpapertickets.com/
Follow us on the gram: https://www.instagram.com/THE_WAY_THAT_WE_LIVE/

Please spread the word to your friends, lovers, and frenemies!!
See you on May 4 ♥

LLLLLLLLL,
The Board of the CAC
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**When the L Word began airing in 2004, it was, for some queer women, the first time we saw ourselves writ large. Or, at least, it was one of the first times we saw our friendships, romances, traumas, and heartbreaks on television, with storylines that did not end exclusively in tragedy or a nunnery. It was big and important and over the top and a huge part of some folks’ early queer lives.

The L Word was also highly problematic, heavily focused on a white cis woman experience within an elite socioeconomic class, often complicit in blatant racist and transphobic messaging, and suffered for its exclusion of the queer experience of people outside of a wealthy West Hollywood lesbian community. This event seeks to celebrate the parts of the L word we wish to keep – the LOLs, the drama, the characters and moments that made us feel connected and seen. And to critique and leave behind the parts that made queer folx feel anything less than loved and lifted up. Lez do this ♥

Meet-Ups / Events

Manhattan 2019-05-08: Fyre and Rain

Fyre and Rain is a three-act play about the sh*tshow that was Fyre Festival. Written by stand up comedian, Veronica Garza, Fyre and Rain takes you back to 2017, and presents a fictitious account of the hype around what was dubbed ‘the new Coachella’. Starring Sarah Kennedy, Sarah Hartshorne, Bobby Hankinson and Calvin Cato.

And who knows-Ja Rule MIGHT be there (but seriously, he won’t be there)!