Get Fired Up: Autostraddle Babe-B-Q Weekend is August 15th & 16th!

We’ve had an action-packed summer, y’all. Between the non-stop love-fest that was Tell Us Everything Week and the slew of meet-ups y’all valiantly hosted with one another in honor of ice cream and friendship, it’s been a truly fabulous and Autostraddle-rific few months. And they’re not over! Yet. We’ve still got a few weeks of blistering heat, kindred spirits in cutoff shorts, and the soothing sound of bug zappers between us, and we need to make the most out of it.

Which brings us to Autostraddle Babe-B-Q Weekend!


On August 15 and 16, I’m challenging you to get together and grill up a storm. That’s right! We’re taking back grilling from the straight white dudes of this world and we’re doing it the only way we know how: together. The chosen family that grills together inevitably chills together, after all. For the rest of time, that is.

This could take so many shapes, y’all. You could corral your fellow ‘straddlers into your backyard for an all-day grill-a-thon; head to a public park for a picnic full of warm, charred goodies; meet up at a local BBQ spot; or even build a brick oven together over the course of a week while locked away in the woods and then grill some of these weeds in it. It’s really up to you! Whatever floats your boat. Whatever lights your fire. We’ll have lots of posts the week of your wild and wonderful events to help you decide on a Babe-B-Q menu, figure out what to wear while you’re werqin’ that grill, and so on and so forth.

If you’re the brave soul in your city / town / tiny island who decides to host, rest assured that we’ve got your back. All you need to do is pick a date, decide on an event mechanism (having people email you to RSVP, posting an event on Facebook, using Eventbrite, etc.), and then submit all the details to our events portal. We’ll help you spread the word – all you have to do is take the dive and submit! (If you make your event page on Facebook, here’s a cover photo you can use. We’ve also got some sick Twitter and Instagram images for you.)

If you’re not hosting but still wanna get in on the action, don’t fret! You can check out the events submitted to us right here as they roll in, and on August 10 I’ll post a round-up of the events by city so you can plan out your weekends together.

And whether you’re attending, showing up, or wistfully eating a microwaved hot dog in your mom’s house, you can still be part of this movement on social media by using the hashtag #AutoBabeBQ!

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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! DOING THIS. My friends and I were planning a BBQ last night – we should absolutely do it that weekend. We live in a park (strange but true) and at night the park gets locked up and it feels like it’s all ours.

    Straddlers of Manchester, watch this space :)

    • Exactly Princeton, NJ! And my lovely lady is in Plainsboro. We were aiming to host something for Pride for all of our other wonderful in-betweeners, but the timing never worked out. Ended up at Bluestockings in NYC. Ha. We might dedicate a serendipitously-themed Garden State party for this barbecue instead!

  2. What a great idea! I’d love to attend one in Vancouver. I might consider hosting one, but I’ll see how the 70-ish person beach bbq I’m putting on for some queers tomorrow goes. If all goes well, perhaps an Autostraddle one!

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