International Autostraddle Meet-Up Weeks: You’ve Earned It

I’m usually not this forward, but I’ve got a pretty serious question to ask you, so I’m just gonna take a deep breath, close my eyes, and go for it.

can we hang out?

please don’t shoot me down oh my god

No, seriously. I wanna meet you. We all do. That’s why we’re organizing two weeks worth of events in many different spaces and places. That’s what International Autostraddle Meet-Up Week is all about. Oh yes, you heard me right. Hang on to your laptops, kittens, because International Autostraddle Meet-Up Week? It’s a thing.

what if riese called you on the phone and said “hey, let’s meet up.” what then?
via amazeballs intern geneva

I understand that at this moment you might be hyperventilating from excitement, so let’s review what the heck is going on here. You might remember that we threw a fundraiser, and y’all blew us away with your generosity. We felt a huge snuggly sense of community and that warmth will probably never leave us, seriously it’s like wearing a sweater 24/7 and I love it. We’ve tried to express exactly how freaking thankful we are with our words, and I think y’all know how much you mean to us, and how tightly we’d like to squeeze you in a giant group hug that spans oceans and fields and moons and stars. But now we’d like to take our love and appreciation a step further. Shit’s about to get tangible.

We promised that if we hit $60,000 we would host an International Autostraddle Meet-Up Week, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. And actually, because we’re overzealous and wildly optimistic and just wanna hang out with you all the damn time, we’ve turned it into International Autostraddle Meet-Up Weeks, and it will officially take place from Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 28. Lez be real you guys, that’s practically a month, and it includes Halloweekend. There are going to be so many hugs. (Also please don’t panic, if you’re not a touchy-feely person we will totally not hug you at all, everything that happens at these meet-ups will be 10000% consensual.)

Here’s the plan: Our team members are scattered all over the place, and we’re working hard to create multiple events for International Autostraddle Meet-Up Week(s) in the cities we call home. But we don’t live everywhere, and in order to make this truly international (and truly the absolute best most fun it can possibly be) we’re gonna need your help.

As with past Autostraddle meetups, if you’re interested in hosting / coordinating a meetup in your city, email autostraddlemoderators [at] gmail [dot] com with the following info. We’ll ask you to create a Facebook event (as that seems to be the easiest way for people to connect) and we’ll add your event to this very page.

Name
City
Date
Activity
Location
Time
Facebook Event URL
Special Instructions

Please bookmark this page and keep checking back, because we’ll be updating it a lot throughout the month and I don’t want you to miss a meetup in your city. That would be the saddest thing in the world. Probably I would cry. Please don’t make me cry — check back here often! I love you all and cannot wait for everyone to meet-up everywhere. Look at all these fun things you can do!

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New York City

Lesbian Herstory Archives Tour
Host: Gabrielle
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Take a private tour of the Lesbian Herstory Archives with coordinator and Autostraddler Gabrielle; optional drinking & dancing afterwards
Location: Lesbian Herstory Archives + Gingers (484 14th St, Park Slope/Prospect Park, Brooklyn + 363 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Time: 7:30pm
RSVP

Tour de Bronx
Host: Gabby Rivera
Date: Sunday, October 14
Activity: Tour de Bronx : 25 mile bike ride through the Bronx! There’s also a 40-mile ride if you’re a pro. This ride is amateur-friendly and open to kids and families and hippies like me.
Location: Bronx County Building (Grand Concourse and 161st St)
Time: Check in time 9:30am – 25 mile route departure: 10:40am
RSVP: Register on your own and then email me lunagabby[at]yahoo[dot]com and let me know to look out for you.

Lesbian Cabaret
Host: Rachel K.
Date: Sunday, October 14
Activity: LezCab, by womyn for womyn (boys allowed) seeks to produce and host musical-theatre events by, for, and about queer womyn in order to foster support and a forum for queer womyn in the musical theatre community. Proceeds will benefit Autostraddle and Unicorn Plan-It and risen star Haviland Stillwell will be performing!
Location: The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at 7th Ave)
Time: 7pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: You must make a reservation here — if you do not make a reservation you won’t be able to attend! (RSVPing on FB is not enough!)

Fall Into Fall Picnic
Host: Vanessa & Lemon
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Let’s decorate mini pumpkins, drink cider, eat pumpkin pie, and play in the leaves. Pumpkin-decorating supplies will be provided but please BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) and bring something delicious to share (pumpkin flavored beer, pie, your grandma’s Thanksgiving stuffing…whatever makes your gay little heart scream “fall!”). Feel free to wear your Halloween costume or a grandpa sweater.
Location: McCarren Park (meet at the corner of North 12th St & Berry St and we’ll pick a nice grassy spot)
Time: 2pm
RSVP

Tea & Brooklyn Flea
Host: Vanessa
Date: Sunday, October 28
Activity: Come drink tea and explore the famous Brooklyn Flea. We’ll meet on the lawn outside the Flea at 11am; bring your own thermos of tea and hang out for an hour or so. At 12pm we’ll venture into the market and everyone can browse at their own pace; if you get there after noon just go right in and look for girls in Auto-swag. (Wear some Auto-swag! Yes, I keep saying swag! Come hang out with me anyway!)
Location: Brooklyn Flea, East River Waterfront (between North 6 + 7 St, Williamsburg)
Time: 11am
RSVP

OktoberPHRESH
Host: Katrina “KC Danger”
Date: Sunday, October 28
Activity: Hair Force One Presents: OktoberPHRESH, a queer pop-up barbershop and block party
Location: TBD
Time: 4-10pm
RSVP

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Syracuse, NY

Coffee & Burritos
Host: Whitney
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Nom on coffee and vegan baked goods at Recess, the local coffee shop and roastery in the Westcott neighborhood; possibly burritos after at Alto Cinco
Location: Recess Coffee House and Roastery (110 Harvard Place)
Time: 2pm
RSVP

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Albany, New York

FuZeBoX FuN
Hosts: Emily & Natalia
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Totally 80’s party! Drinks & dancing!
Location: Fuzebox (12 Central Ave)
Time: 11pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Send Emily a facebook message if you want to meet a bit earlier for pregame drinks!

Fallbany Brunch
Host: Ariel
Date: Saturday,October 27
Activity: Brunch in the park! Bring along your favourite fall foods and blankets and hang out with cool people. Maybe a fall craft will be involved?
Location: Washington Park (exact location TBD)
Time: 12pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Please respond on Facebook with what you plan to bring, so that we don’t have 200 cups but no cupcakes.

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Los Angeles, California

Queeraoke
Host: Alex Vega
Date: Monday, October 15
Activity: Karaoke
Location: Dimples in Burbank (3413 West Olive Ave, Burbank)
Time: 11pm-2am
RSVP

Runyon Canyon Hike
Host: Sarah Croce
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: We’re walking around outside! Puppies more than welcome!
Location: Runyon Canyon (2001 N Fuller Ave., meet at the entrance at the top of Fuller Ave)
Time: 10am
RSVP

Brit Pub Takeover
Hosts: Tali & Jess
Date: Tuesday, October 23
Activity: Ladies take over a British Pub
Location: The Fox and Hounds Pub (11100 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA)
Time: 8pm – 1:30am
RSVP

Boobs, Booze and Burritos Brunch
Host: Brittani
Date: Sunday, October 28
Activity: A park potluck!
Location: Barnsdall Park (4800 Hollywood Blvd)
Time: 12-4pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Let us know what you’re bringing on the Facebook wall for the event. Either a mix-in for the burrito (eggs, soy churizo, etc.) or beverage (champagne, OJ, etc.)

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San Francisco/East Bay, California

Castromendous Day of Fun
Host: Marni
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Tour of the GLBT Museum and drinks in the Castro
Location: Meet up at the GLBT Museum (4127 18th St.)
Time: 2pm
RSVP

Temescal Yoga + Din
Host: Jaclyn
Date: Friday, October 26
Activity: Donation based yoga and post class chat and chow across the street.
Location: Flying Yoga Shala (4308 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland and beyond)
Time: Yoga starts at 6pm, goes til’ 7pm, dinner and drinks til’ whenever.

BYOBasket Picnic In The Park
Host: Marni
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Picnic at Lake Merritt in Oakland
Location: Exact location by the lake TBD
Time: 2pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Bring your own beverages and, if you want to be extra nice, a snack to share!

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San Diego, California

Brunch @ Bourbon Street City
Host: Kristin & Nicole
Date: Sunday, October 21
Activity: Brunch @ Bourbon Street. Eat some eggs. Drink some coffee. Meet some friendz.
Location: Bourbon Street (4612 Park Boulevard)
Time: 11am
Special Instructions: RSVP to krisaerickson [at] gmail.com. We’re making reservations, so RSVPing is important.

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Cleveland, OH

So Much Yum
Name: Tiara
Date: Monday, October 15
Activity: Veggie Dogs and Coffee
Location: Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave)
Time: 4:30pm
RSVP
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Columbus, Ohio

Rugby Is So Gay
Host: Intern Grace
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: OSU Women’s Rugby Game vs. Michigan, free admission
More info to come ASAP

Picnic Time
Host: Intern Grace
Activity: Picnic
More info to come ASAP

Pot Luck
Host: Rachael
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Potluck event. All the pies.
Location: North Campus / South Clintonville
RSVP

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Atlanta, Georgia

Pride Dyke March Social
Host: Brooke & Joy
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Atlanta Pride’s Dyke March (Pre-Party Social & Crafting)
Location: Piedmont Park Charles Allen Gate
Time: 4:30pm
Special Instructions: http://atlantapride.org/events/festival-weekend-events

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Montreal, Canada

Queeraoke
Host: Judyna, but might go as ‘Judacris’ for the evening
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Warm up your vocals, ‘straddlers! We’re taking over Club Date and crooning to classics such as Call Me Maybe and so forth.
Location: Club Date (1218 rue Ste-Catherine East)
Time: 9:30pm
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Collective Munch @ Brunch II
Host: Judyna
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: For those who couldn’t make it that earlier weekend of the meetup, here’s take 2! Come munch and brunch!
Location: La Petite Marche (5035 St-Denis, metro Laurier between Laurier and blvd St-Joseph)
Time: 12am
RSVP

Hummus Hike!
Host: Queer McGill
Date: Friday, October 19
Activity: We’ll be hiking up Mount Royal and enjoying hummus, fall colors, and good company up there at the summit.
Location: Meet at the George-Étienne Cartier Monument on the eastern base of the mountain (Avenue du Parc & rue Rachel ouest)
Time: 4:30pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Hummus and various dipping things will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own snacks as well.

Collective Munch @ Brunch II
Host: Judyna
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: For those who couldn’t make it that earlier weekend of the meetup, here’s take 2! Come munch and brunch!
Location: TBD
Time: 11am
RSVP+

Festive Fucking Gourding & Potluck
Host: Kristen
Date: Sunday, October 28
Activity: Meet up at Jean Talon Market to peruse and pick the perfect pumpkin. Head back to my place (short walk!) to carve and consume.
Location: Jean Talon Market (7070 Avenue Henri Julien) and Kristen’s place
Time: 1pm
RSVP

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Newtown, Sydney

Picnic In The Park
Host: Crystal
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Picnic!
Location: Camperdown Park
Time: Midday
RSVP

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drink & Dance
Host: Kate
Date: Monday, October 22
Activity: Tigerbeats @ The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave). No cover. Bump and grind to awesome music (set list favorites are Beth Ditto and Le Tigre) and get drunk with each other.
Time: 10:30pm
RSVP: Just show up / email kateseverance[at]gmail[dot]com

Queer Rittenhouse Extra Awesome Potluck / QREAP
Host: Kate
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: We’ll have lots of blankets and a nice sunny spot in Rittenhouse Square. Bring something delicious to share, i.e. beer, quinoa, cupcakes, and other picnic items. There will be excellent music and possibly crafts.
Time: 12pm
RSVP

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Phoenix, Arizona

Harvest Potluck & Pumpkin Party
Host: Amy7
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: We’ll be eating foods, drinking drinks and decorating pumpkins! BYOP and something delicious to share with your new/old friends (vegan & nonvegan options appreciated, all the fall food your heart can stand, pumpkin everything maybe, go crazy).
Location: Amy7’s Place
Time: TBD
RSVP TOTALLY REQUIRED.

Happiest Hour Bar Skedaddle
Host: Laneia & Cynthia
Date: Monday, October 15
Activity: It’s a teeny tiny happy hour bar crawl, a bar scoot, a bar skedaddle. We’ll start out at SanTan because duh, then make our way to Irish Republic. After that, who even knows??! Bourbon Jacks? Coach & Willies? Maybe bring your passport just in case.
Location: SanTan Brewery (8 South San Marcos Place, Chandler)
Time: 4pm
RSVP

Hipster Ghosts Under The Stars
Host: Laneia
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Let’s take over a huge corner of Casey Moore’s patio and just queer the fuck out. Will we see the ghosts? I hope so.
Location: Casey Moore’s (850 South Ash Avenue, Tempe)
Time: 9:30pm
RSVP

Nooner Hike
Host: Laneia & Megan
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: We’re going streaking! JK we’re hiking up South Mountain via the ‘easy to moderate’ Javelina Canyon trail. Learn more about it here. Dogs are welcome! Bring snacks and water!
Location: Meet at the cul-de-sac parking lot at 8800 S. 46th St., just south of Baseline Road.
Time: 12pm
RSVP

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Colorado

General Shenanigans
Host: Dana Henderson
Date: Friday, October 12
Activity: Coffee/tea drinking, card playing, general shenanigans. I’ll make cookies! Come hang out. You don’t have to bring anything, just your smiling face! Or whatever face you have that day. It would help if you wore an Autostraddle shirt, but I’m hypocritical because I don’t have one. Be there or be square!
Location: Pike’s Perk Coffee & Tea House (14. S Tejon, Colorado Springs)
Time: 7pm
RSVP

“8” Play Date
Host: Hansen
Date: Monday, October 15
Activity: “8” The Play
Location: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (1101 13th St, Denver)
Time: 7pm
RSVP

Volunteer & Potluck
Host: Hansen
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Volunteer & Potluck
Location: Art for the Nations (Denver)
Time: 3pm
RSVP

Taproom Crawl
Host: Hansen
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Local Brewery Taproom Crawl
Location: Fort Collins Brewery (1020 East Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins)
Time: 1pm
RSVP

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Washington, DC

The Revival
Host: Carmen & Morgan
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Attend a performance of THE REVIVAL, and the official after party. Flag that you’re here / queer with AS gear.
Location: American University Kay Spiritual Center (4400 Massachusetts Ave NW)
Time: 7-11pm
RSVP: Tickets

Self Evident Truths Photoshoot
Host: Carmen
Date: Sunday, October 14
Activity: The self-evident truths project is an amazing photography-based piece of activism that presents lgbtq people across the spectrum as human beings and the photographers have set aside a block of time for Autostraddle ladies!
Location: Meet up at Logan Circle
Time: 1-2pm
RSVP

Queeraoke
Host: Carmen & Morgan
Date: Thursday, October 18
Activity: Karaoke at Phase One w/ a pregame. WEAR AN AUTOSTRADDLE SHIRT!
Location: Phase One Eastern Market (525 8th St SE)
Time: 9pm pregame, 10:30pm at the bar
RSVP

Pet All The Puppies
Host: Carmen & Morgan
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: PUPPY PLAYDATE AND PICNIC POTLUCK: bring blankets, food, and drankz.
Location: Adams Morgan Leashless Dog Park
Time: 1-4pm
RSVP

Pumpkin Carving
Host: Carmen & Sophia Bonde / Skinz
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Pumpkin Carving with Sophia & Carmen: bring a gourd and probably your favorite leather jacket.
Location: Sophia Bonde’s house (2-time camper)
Time: 3-6pm
RSVP

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Ottawa, Ontario

Meet Me At The Lookout
Host: Carolyn
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: We’re going to The Lookout for drinks and dancing.
Location: The Lookout (41 York St)
Time: 8pm – late
RSVP: With your presence. We will be flagging with “You Do You” bags.

Picnic In The Park
Host: Kristen Fardy
Date: Sunday, October 21
Activity: Picnic. Let’s eat lunch and run around in nature.
Location: The Park (TBD which one)
Time: 1pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Can you bring something to sit on? Something to keep hot chocolate warm with? Something to play games with?

Potluck & Boardgames Night
Host: Carolyn
Date: Friday, October 26
Activity: Bring something delicious to share and something fun to play!
Location: Carolyn’s Apartment
Time: 7pm
RSVP: Maybe tell everyone else on the wall so we don’t end up with 23 containers of hummus and an accidental Scrabble tournament. Not that either would be a bad thing.

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Edmonton, Alberta

Hippie Hummus & Beer
Host: Malaika
Date: Friday, October 19
Activity: The first-ever Edmonton meetup! Eat hummus and drink beer like good queer hippies.
Location: Remedy Café South Side (8631 – 109 St). Upstairs where all the big tables are.
Time: 7pm
RSVP: Email Malaika at a.s.meetup[at]gmail[dot]com and say “Hey! looking forward to the meetup!” if you plan to attend!

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Boston, Massachusetts

Queeraoke
Host: Cara
Date: Thursday, October 11
Activity: Queeraoke takeover + Pre-party at Cara’s!
Location: Cara’s apartment and then Midway Cafe (3496 Washington St, JP)
Time: Meet at Cara’s place in JP at 8pm or find us at Queeraoke at Midway Cafe around 10pm
RSVP

Pool & Drinks
Host: Boston ‘straddler Britta + Lizz
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Flat Top Johnny’s – Come play pool, drink drinks and hang out in a place where you can actually hear each other talk. It’s also a good pre-gaming option if you’re heading to DykeNight at Machine later on (we will be!).
Location: Flat Top Johnny’s (1 Kendall Square, Cambridge) / Machine (1254 Boylston St, Boston)
Time: FTJ’s at 5pm; Machine after 10pm
RSVP

Regatta Ragamuffins
Host: Carrie
Date: Sunday, October 21
Activity: Head of the Charles Regatta Meetup – Come sit by the river with Boston area queermos and watch some rowing! Bring your own blanket and a fall snack or drink to share if you want (i.e. muffins, cider, pumpkin-anything).
Location: Meet at the riverside near the John W. Weeks Bridge — we’ll be east of the bridge on the Cambridge side. Wear an Autostraddle shirt if you have one!
Time: 1pm
RSVP

GirlSpot Halloween Party
Host: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Drink specials and cute queers in costumes!
Location: The venue will be announced by GirlSpot on the week of the event
Time: 9pm
RSVP: Just show up!

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Providence, Rhode Island

Roller Derby!
Host: Lizz
Date: Sunday, October 14
Activity: Let’s watch some roller derby!! Come watch the Sakonnet River Roller Rats vs. The Providence Mob Squad at the RI Convention Center.
Location: To find each other, meet inside the Starbucks at the Biltmore Hotel (11 Dorrance St). Latecomers join up at the convention center.
Time: Doors open at 5pm, so meet at 4:30pm
RSVP

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Drinks With Batman OR Circus Clowns
Host: Rachel
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: I have not confirmed this with my own eyes but I am told there is a Batman-themed bar in Ann Arbor. If I cannot confirm that this actually exists, we can meet at the circus-themed bar, which I do know exists. Optional brunch attendance the next day at AutBar, the gay bar with brunch!
Location: Batman Bar OR Circus Bar & Billards (210 S First) / AutBar (315 Braun Court)
Time: 9pm Saturday night at the bar, 10am the next day at brunch
RSVP

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Pacific Northwest

Portland Yoga & Dive Bar Drinkin’
Host: Sullivan
Date: Friday, October 12 A
ctivity: Queer/trans yoga (for the under 21s) and then we’ll head next door for some dive bar drinkin’.
Location: North Portland Yoga & Rooster Pub
Time: Yoga starts at 6pm, goes till 7:15pm, drinks till whenever
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Fall Sunset Picnic at the Skidmore Bluffs!*
Host: Taylor & Cee
Date: Monday, October 15
Activity: Bring fallsy things to eat, drink, and/or share! Apple cider in mason jars, seasonal pies, and things pumpkin, naturally. Obviously this is all-ages and non-drinking friendly, though booze is fine too.  Cee and I will be there on bike and you’re encouraged to bike too if you want to cruise around and maybe trickle over to a different spot  afterward. Nom!
Location: Skidmore Bluffs
Time: 5-7pm
RSVP (The details will also live in this FB event, so check there for updates in case we have to reschedule)
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Kaki King at Mississippi Studios*
Host: Taylor & Cee
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Activity: Kaki King Show at Mississipi Studios. Show is at 8, doors at 7. Get there at 6:30 if you want to chill and have  drinks/dinner at Bar Bar beforehand. Venue and event are 21+
Location: Mississipi Studios
Time: 6:30pm – bed time
RSVP (The details will also live in this FB event, so check there for updates in case we have to reschedule)
Special Instructions: Buy tickets in advance
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*If you have any questions or get lost in the great wilderness that is North Portland, contact taylor[at]autostraddle.com or cee[at]autostraddle.com. Or tweet at us: @tayhatmaker and @ceeweb!
Dinner and/or drinks at Sweet Hereafter
Host: Maeve
Date: Thursday, October 18
Activity: Sweet Hereafter is a bar with an awesome food menu, and it’s all-ages early in the evening so everyone is welcome. Come hang out for drinks, food, or both if you’re feeling super fancy.
Location: Sweet Hereafter (3326 SE Belmont, Portland Oregon)
Time: 5-8pm
RSVP

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Orlando, Florida

Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Host: Intern Chelsey
Date: Sunday, October 21 (DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED)
Activity: Let’s go be geeky at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Also, butterbeer.
Location: Universal Orlando – Islands of Adventure
Time: 2pm (park closes at 8pm)
RSVP
Special Instructions: If you don’t have an annual pass, buy tickets through the website!

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Houston, Texas

Potluck Picnic
Host: Marisa
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Potluck Picnic! We will meet in the park between the Menil and the Rothko Chapel.  Please bring a food/drink/dessert to share with everyone.  I will make sure we have plenty of blankets.  I’m incredibly flexible and open to any other ideas as well.
Location: Menil Park. Right by the Rothko Chapel/Menil Collection.
Time: 3pm
RSVP: email crowdeddeclaration[at]gmail.com

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Austin, Texas

Karaoke!
Host: Mary Ann
Date: Friday, October 19
Activity: Karaoke!
Location: Austin Karaoke (6808 North Lamar Blvd.)
Time: 8pm
RSVP

Choose Your Own Adventure
Host: Julia
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Brunching at Bouldin!
Location: Bouldin Creek Cafe
Time: 12pm
RSVP

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Dallas, Texas

Night Out in the Gayborhood
Host: Christina
Date: Friday, October 19
Activity: Night out in the Gayborhood. Let’s meet at Sue’s and see where the night takes us!
Location: Sue Ellen’s + ?
Time: 9:45pm
RSVP

Queer Brunch! 
Host: Christina
Date: Sunday, October 21
Activity: Brunch! Bottomless mimosas! Queers! L
ocation: Mattito’s – Routh St.
Time: 11am
RSVP
Special Instructions: Please RSVP so we know how many to expect

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Santiago, Spain

Coffee/Beer & Cards
Host: Laura
Date: Friday, October 19
Activity: Drink coffee and/or beer, play cards, have fun!
RSVP
Special Instructions: Laura is very flexible so head over to Facebook (via RSVP link) to make plans!

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Vienna, Austria

Coffee/Beer & Cards
Host: Lina
Date: Friday, October 19, 20, 21 (any of these dates)
Activity: Food / drinks
RSVP: Email Lina if interested lila.apfel[at]hotmail.de

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Dublin, Ireland

Sapphic Samhain Shindig
Host: Aimee
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Samhain is the Celtic version of Halloween, for those of you not from Ireland! Taking inspiration from the lovely American Autostraddlers we’re going to have a potluck in my house then head out to The Front Lounge/Pantibar/Mother/wherever the night takes us. So bring some food and drink and get ready to have an awesome night!
Location: Rialto, Dublin 8
Time: 7pm
RSVP  so we know how much food we need!

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Berlin, Germany

Pumpkin Playdate: 3D Crazy Bowler & 3D Minigolf
Date: Friday, October 26
Activity: I‘m seeing colours flowing through my mind
Location: 3D Schwarzlich Minigolf und Bowling (Goerzallee190, 14167 Berlin)
Time: 8pm

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Iowa City, Iowa

You were a-wandering out on the hills of Iowa
Hosts: Lisa & Sam
Date: Sunday, October 14
Activity: Brunch! Let’s eat pancakes, hash browns, and pie milkshakes.
Location: Hamburg Inn No. 2 (214 N. Linn St., Iowa City, Iowa 52245)
Time: 3pm
RSVP

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Nashville, Tennessee

Bagel Face Brunch
Hosts: The Gayelles of Nashville
Date: Sunday, October 21
Activity: Autostraddle Meet-Up Brunch at Bagel Face, Round Two. A sequel to the successful first Autostraddle Meet-up at Bagel Face in July, come for some guaranteed queer lady camaraderie, tantalizing bagels, and sparkling conversation.
Location: Bagel Face Bakery (700 Main Street East)
Time: 10am-1:30pm
RSVP: RSVP on the Nashville FB group. If you’re not part of the Nashville FB group, or if you have any questions at all, email Emily at em.wheelwright[at]gmail[dot]com and she will give you more info!

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Seattle, Washington

Autumn Harvest Potluck
Host: Vanessa
Date: Sunday, October 14 (unless this conflicts with another meet up, in which case it can be changed)
Activity: Bring your favorite Fall inspired treat! Also, it looks like Autumn weather is finally hitting us here in the Northwest so it might be a good idea to dress warmly. Check out the FB event page for more info, ideas as to what to bring, and more!
Location: Fremont Brewery’s All Ages Urban Beer Garden (3409 Woodland Park Avenue North)
Time: 4:30pm
RSVP

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Baltimore, Maryland

Girl-illa Activism
Host: Amy
Date: Sunday, October 21
Activity: Come create some signs in support of Question 6 on the MD ballot. We can all come together and pool resources and be crafty to create a bunch signs that will encourage voters to vote in favor of love and equality. Then after we can all go around the city/counties/state overnight and put them where people will see them during Monday morning rush hour. All are welcome!
Location: TBA, probably the part of Wyman Park on Keswick Road
Time: 3:30pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Please bring supplies!!

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Fairbanks, Alaska

Cuppa Joe
Host: Erin
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Coffee
Location: Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. (4001 Geist Road)
Time: 11am
RSVP
Special Instructions: Dates and times are flexible, so let Erin know if there is another time that would be better.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

GAYCATION
Host: Crawzby
Date: October 14th
Activity: Endless Gaycation POOL PARTY
Location: The Country Club (634 Louisa St.)
Time: 8pm
RSVP 
BONUS EVENT
Name: Jessica
Date: October 11-14
Activity: Endless Gaycation! This is an entire weekend of events – if Autostraddlers want to meet up for one in particular or pre-game at some point to hang out, send me a message – Jessica Anne Wheeler on Facebook, I’m in the list of people attending the event on Facebook.

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Little Rock, Arkansas

Whip It
Host: Sara Strickland
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Roller derby!  Let’s watch the Big Dam Rollers trounce South Central!
Location: Skate World on Mabelvale Cut Off
Time: 6:45pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Tickets are $10 with a portion of proceeds going to charity.  Bout starts at 7pm, but get there early if you want decent parking and seats.

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Durham, North Carolina

Fall BBQueer
Name: Amanda Drury
Date: Sunday, October 21
Activity: Come drink some beer, have BBQ from Mama Jean’s or enjoy food from the KoKyu food truck! There will also be live music (probably bluegrass) starting at 5.  And most importantly, meet all the wonderful queers from around the Triangle!
Location: Fullsteam Brewery (726 Rigsbee Avenue)
Time: 3:30pm
RSVP

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San Antonio, Texas

Candelight Brunch
Host: Chris U
Date: Sunday, October 21
Activity: Brunch
Location: Candlelight Coffeehouse, Wine Bar & Cafe
Time: 10am
RSVP
Special Instructions: Brunch at a local queer hangout with bottomless mimosas! More info to come!

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Calgary, Alberta

Drinks and Twisted Element
Host: Liz Sanderson
Date: Friday, October 12
Activity: Drinks coffee or alcoholic, yummy dinners or baked goods at the lovely Higher Ground Roastery, possibly a live band going on that night. We can also head towards Twisted Element later on in the evening or another club of choice.
Location: Higher Ground Roastery / Twisted Element
Time: 8pm to whenever
RSVP

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Medicine Hat, Alberta

BYOB (Beer and Boardgames)
Host: Liz Sanderson
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Activity: Drinks (BYOB), snacks, a campfire if its nice out (bring your own lawn chair or sitting device), if its lousy out boardgames inside :) Bring any rad boardgames. If you’d like to bring a dish to share please do!
Location: Once RSVP’d to event my address will be provided.
Time: 7pm – midnight
RSVP

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Toronto, Ontario

Soup Swap!
Host: Camilla
Date: Sunday, October 28
Location: Camilla’s house –  see facebook group for details
Time: 2pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: Post any dietary funks and also what soup you plan to bring. Alternatively, feel free to bring dippy products, not limited to bread, cornbread, bagels. If someone makes bread bowls I will die.

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Vancouver, BC

Open Mic Night
Host: Kelsey
Date: Thursday, October 18
Activity: Let’s eat yummy vegetarian food, drink coffee (or beer, whatever you like!) at Open Mic night on the drive!
Location: Cafe Deux Soleil (2096 Commercial Drive)
Time: 7pm
RSVP
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Harvest Potluck
Host: Christie L.
Date: Thursday, October 25
Activity: Come and meet folks, carve pumpkins, drink some cider, and perhaps throwdown Autumn/Harvest potluck styles. Friends, partners, and anyone interested in meeting up and hanging out welcome.
Location: See FB event
Time: 7pm (PDT)
RSVP

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Mexico City, Mexico

An Afternoon on the Trajineras
Host: Caitlin
Date: Sunday, October 14
Activity: An afternoon on the trajineras at Xochimilco. Beer, mariachis, canals, etc.
Location: Xochimilco–meet in front of the tren ligero Xochimilco stop–last one on the line.
Time: 12pm
RSVP

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Glasgow, Scotland

Drinks Now, Mailing List for the Future!
Host: Seph
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Drinks
Location: The Flying Duck, Renfield Street
Time: 4pm
RSVP: Seph doesn’t have a Facebook account so people who are interested should e-mail Seph at josy[at]lavabit[dot]com and ze will add you to the mailing list for future events.

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Wellington, Aotearoa NZ

Labour Day Picnic (Yes, Labour With A ‘U’)
Host: Nicole, Frith and Nicola
Date: Monday, October 22
Activity: Picnic lunch!
Location: Sound Shell Lawn, Wellington Botanic Gardens
Time: 12:30pm
RSVP

Potluck & Gig
Host: Nicola
Date: Friday, October 26
Activity: Potluck dinner and drinks, then gig celebrating Wellington Rape Crisis’ 35th Birthday
Location: Potluck in Aro Valley (address will be provided on Facebook closer to the time), then Meow Bar on Edward St.
Time: 7pm
RSVP
Special instructions: To see the event you may have to join the “Autostraddle New Zealand” Facebook group

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Auckland, New Zealand

Fall Cocktails
Host: seemsforever
Date: Saturday 1 December
Activity: Cocktails!
Location: TBD (check FB event page for updates)
Time: 8pm
RSVP

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Paris, France

Boire et Danser
Host: Jill
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Drinks and Dancing at Le Troisième Lieu
Location: 62 rue Quincampoix, 3ème arrondissement
Time: 7pm
RSVP

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Toulouse, France

Drinks and Music
Name: Gemma
Date: Saturday, October 2o
Activity: Drinks/Music by La Garonne
Location: Prairie des Filtres
Time: 8pm
RSVP

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Marseille, France

Potluck-y
Host: Sam White
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Potluck/chat/talk/eat/drink wine
Location: Chez Moi
Time: 1pm
RSVP

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Utrecht, Netherlands

Brunch at the Bakkerswinkel
Host: Angela (MileHighFemme)
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Brunchin’ it up at the Bakkerswinkel
Location: De Bakkerswinkel
Time: 12pm
RSVP

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London, United Kingdom

Club Lesley
Host: Twat Boutique
Date: Friday, October 19
Activity: drinking, dancing and chasing honies
Location: Dalston Superstore (117 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB)
Time : 9pm – 3am
RSVP

Drinky Dinner and Dancing
Host: Anna
Date: Tuesday, October 16
Activity: A dinner in Soho followed by a trip down to Ku Bar’s Ruby Tuesdays
Location: Provisionally Soho Joe (£5 lovely pizzas), followed by chatting & mingling at an audible bar, then we’ll head on down to Ku Bar’s Ruby Tuesdays.
Time: 7:30pm
RSVP

Heart to Art
Host: Angela (MileHighFemme)
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Walking tour of London’s street art
Location: Spitalfields Market
Time: 3pm for tour, earlier for brunch if there is interest
RSVP
Special Instructions: RSVP early and pay attention to facebook messages. Depending on our size we may have to organize something special with them or it may not be possible and we’ll have to change plans or just do brunch!

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Manchester, United Kingdom

Let’s Plan Something!
Host: Mollie Staples
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: We’re going to pool ideas and come up with a thing on the events page, so TBC for the moment
RSVP: The fb event will be private. Message Mollie Staples (studying at University of York) on Facebook to be added

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Northhampton, Massachusetts

All Things Fall
Host: Michelle Gonzalez
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Let’s meet at the park, watch the leaves fall, and decorate pumpkins; we’ll bring decorating tools, you bring your own pumpkin and yummy snacks to share. After that, we’ll go back to our place for mulled wine & cider!
Location: Childs Park
Time: 3 pm
RSVP

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Chicago, Illinois

BONUS MEETUP
Date: Saturday, October 13
There is a queer event that is not hosted by a Chicagostraddler, but that many Chicagostraddlers will be attending. It’s Homo-Coming 2012 at Beauty Bar. It’s an annual queer party for charity that is thrown by the promoters that throw most of the queer dance parties in Chicago. It would be an excellent place for a sort of impromptu meet up since we didn’t have a chance to plan anything that quickly.
RSVP
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Halloween Party
Host: Amanda Walters
Date: Friday, October 26
Activity: Halloween Party
Location: Walters’ Residence
Time: 10pm-3am
Special Instructions: BYOB please
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Potluck/Game Night
Host: Elizabeth (Elli) Bradshaw
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Potluck/Game Night
Location: Nerd Nest (Elizabeth’s house as it is called on Foursquare)
Time: 5pm-?
RSVP
Special Instructions: BYOB/Post what you are bringing to the potluck on the FB event (and join Chicagostraddle!)

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Potluck
Host: Emma Hachey
Date: Saturday, October 27 (tentative, if there’s a time that works better for anyone we can figure something out)
Activity: Potluck
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
RSVP

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Madison, Wisconsin

Spooky Speakeasy
Host: Emma
Date Friday, October 12
Activity Peach Pies Caburlesque presents Spooky Speakeasy. Halloween themed cabaret/burlesque show.
Location: Inferno Nightclub (1718 Commercial Avenue). 21 and up. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Time 10:30-2:00am (pre-game tbd)
RSVP

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coffee Talk
Host: Paige and Kara
Date: Friday, October 19
Activity: Coffee and chit chat!
Location: Common room @ Common Roots Cafe
Time: 8pm
RSVP: Email mplsmeetup[at]gmail.com with your name and if you are bringing any guests.

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Adelaide, South Australia

Wine, Tea, Art and Cards
Host: Cat
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Wine, tea, art and cards.
Location: Reading Room (Hindley Street)
Time: 2pm

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Montgomery, Alabama

Day at the Museum
Host: Eris
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Day at the Museum
Location: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Time: 1pm – Meet for lunch at the cafe
RSVP

Special Instructions: Please RSVP so we know if we need to get reservations.

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St. Louis, MO

Indie Drag Show
Host: Heather
Date: Saturday, October 13
Activity: Come check out Off the GRID, the (free) Genderfuck Retro-Alternative Indie Drag Show hosted every second Saturday at St. Louis’s sex-positive coffeeshop, Shameless Grounds.
Location: Shameless Grounds (2650 Sidney Street)
Time: 9pm
RSVP

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Rome, Italy

Better Than A Bar Crawl
Host: Aline
Date: Saturday, October 20
Activity: Gelato Crawl + vintage stores
Location: La Gelateria Frigidarium (Via del Governo Vecchio, 112)
Time: 2pm
RSVP

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Lawrence, KS

Queer Brunch
Host: Haley
Date: Sunday, October 28
Activity: Come have brunch with us! Bring a dish!
Location: Miller Scholarship Hall (1518 Lilac Ln)
Time: 1pm
RSVP

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Beijing, China

Hiking and Dinner
Name: Kirsten Corrao
Date: Saturday, October 27
Activity: Hiking and dinner
Location: Xiangshan Park
Time: 1pm
RSVP
Special Instructions: We’ll meet up at exit A of Beigongmen Line 4 subway station, then head over to Xiangshan Park together.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Host: Hazel Shanks
Date: Thursday, October 25
Activity: Drinks, socializing, hanging out together
Location: Volstead Trading Company (55 Riccaton Rd). Behind Anytime Fitness and St Pierre’s Sushi
Time: 7pm
RSVP
Special instructions: We’ll be sitting at the tables outside. Also, the regular LGBT Social Network Canterbury meetup is later that night
(8:30pm) in the exact same place, so we’ll be hanging out with them too. Interested straddlers should also join the Autostraddle NZ
facebook group.

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519 Comments

    • Wow I was so excited that I sent that before I was even done typing.

      Anyway if this sounds better than Chicago plans that weekend maybe I’ll go to Ann Arbor. :)

    • I would so dig a meetup in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area but I have two parties I’m trying to navigate that day. Another date for somewhere in Detroit? Drag queen bingo at Five15? First Wednesday at Rosies? Idk…

      • drag king bingo? i’m in toledo but would definitely make the drive for drag king bingo. tell me more.

  1. Look at all the beautiful Forever 21-ers in that graphic! I feel like a proud mom.

    Also, the Boston meetups will be epic. Hope to see all the Masstraddlers there!

      • Lexington South Carolina.
        Lesbian Population of 1.
        JK. I’m sure there are others.
        Well, anyone wanna meet up in/near Lexington South Carolina around the 18-29th??????????????????????????????????????????????
        The South Carolina State fair is around that time but
        I’m sure we’ll be outnumber by homophobes. Let’s do it.

        • There are more lesbians in South Carolina than you’d think. They just look like sporty dykes everywhere but Charleston. Maybe we’ll have one in Charleston.

    • I’ll be out of town most of the time as well! buuut I could totally organize meetups in Paris on the 12th/13th, Amsterdam/Utrecht the 15th-22nd and London the 27th and 28th. I just need to get my shit together! And holy woah, that would be autostraddle overload.

        • I just sent in ones for Utrecht and London but doing 3, especially in a city I’m not too familiar with (and when traveling/working) seemed like too much work. You should organize one though. There has to be other autostraddlers around and if there is something while I’m there I will definitely try to make it!

      • Yay for London happening! I have plans to be there then too. I would also LOVE one in France! I just moved here last month and haven’t met any other queer folks :-(

      • If you’re organizing one in Utrecht, should I organize one in Amsterdam? Or should there just be one total in the Netherlands?

        • I say the more the better! I would have organized one in Utrecht and one in Amsterdam if I wasn’t going to be traveling. I’ll definitely come to one in Amsterdam as well if I’m around.

          • Would something sunday evening/night (the 21st) suit you? If you want, I could help you with the event in Utrecht and you could help me with the one in the ‘dam. I’d love to have a co-host cuz 1. it’ll be funner 2. could always use more help with the organizing aspect of it :) p.s. femmes unite!

          • Is there a chance to have it the following week? :\ This weekend I am crazy busy with helping someone move, but the 28th I am good! I live in Den Haag, so I don’t mind coming to Amsterdam either.

  2. Hey a couple of the DC ones are actually happening when I’m in DC this time instead of right before/after I’m there. Score. Although Richmond would be cool too since it’s where I actually live.

    • Seconded. Signed. There’s bows on it. Sealed. Delivered. Express.
      With, like, a thousand kisses inside.

      So basically yes PLEASE.

    • Yes, no so-called ‘International’ event is complete if it isn’t happening in London, that’s just a fact. It doesn’t count.

      So can we make this a thing please? This should be a thing.

    • I’ve given all replies to this post a thumbs up, so that means it will definitely happen, yes?

      • Woops, make that the 19th. For a significant amount of the 18th I’ll actually be on a plane.

    • Yes, London! I just moved here last weekend and need gay girl friends. (although it is SO GREAT already – I’ve already been to Ruby Tuesdays and am heading to a lesbian warehouse party called Twat Boutique – I’ve been wanting a proper lesbian scene for aaages).

      • Ahhh enjoy the Boutique! I would totally be there but my in-laws are visiting. I don’t think they’d appreciate a warehouse full of sweaty lesbians dancing inappropriately. Which is a shame because *I* WOULD.

    • What sort of thing do we want? We could meet up in a (queer?) cafe, have lunch/dinner (at a BYOB place?), go to an art exhibition, meet up and have a kick-around in a park, have some type of lesbian club night that we could head to afterwards? What sounds good to you guys? We could have multiple days! There’s so so much in London

      • I’m sure you will want to (and should) do many more things but I just sent a street art tour for October 27th! Basically I’m just hoping to incorporate autostraddle into my sightseeing while I’m in London haha

      • I love food, art, football and nights out, so any of the above would be perfect. Aaahhh I want to do it all, can we do it all?

        Although having said that, planning an outdoor event like a kick-about in London in mid-October is 90% certain to result in a load of wet cold muddy lesbians… (not that that might not be enjoyable).

      • Right! I’ve done it – click here for fb https://www.facebook.com/events/469469843097615/ and the other details should go up on AS when it’s updated.

        I’m all for multiple meetups – I mean London’s one of AS’s internationally most popular cities, there’s lots and lots of us. I think a quieter Art Exhibition & Coffee/Lunch and Kick-About in a Park might be nice – we could have those a little later so that everyone should be able to make something.

  3. yay europe represent.
    oh boi,I might actually be in Santiago 2 months past the meet up.too bad.

    • This doesn’t really help as I’m a long way away now, but I travelled through Vienna a couple of weeks ago, and fell a little in love with the friendliest small queer bar :) Marea Alta, do you know it? And now I really want to go back and get a drink there again

      • I went there too! I went through Vienna while backpacking and LOVED the city. A bartender at marea alta gave me one of the cool queer vienna maps and was generally the nicest person ever.

        • yeah, that’s a good bar. lots of great queer places and clubbings in vienna. how’s budapest? haven’t really been

  4. this list of things is actually The Comprehensive List of Things I Would Like To Do With My Time Until I Die

    • Are cats allowed? I won’t be there due to being out of town :(((((
      but if somebody brought a cat….

    • Dogs optional, yes? I am so good at playing with other people’s dogs and also bringing delicious things to eat.

      • you can totally be dogless! the park we’re having it at is fenced and has picnic benches and stuff so it’ll probably be a lot of people hanging out at the benches w/ food- and with the full enclosure people who bring dogs don’t have to worry as much about them.

  5. If anyone is open to it, I’m willing to host a meetup at a joint in Baltimore or the surrounding area. I actually deleted my FB account but for you beautiful people, I will make an account just for this occasion. I’ve never hosted anything but me and my hair will be there to shower everyone with the luv. Host all the things!

  6. LezCab awesome bonus points: Maggie Keenan-Bolger will be hosting and Haviland Stillwell will be performing! Woot!

  7. Any other autostraddlers happen to find themselves in Guatemala at the moment, like me?? If there are any more of you out there we should have a meet-up!

  8. Aaaaaahhhh I really want to go to the Tea and Flea! Or maybe one of the Boston ones… I actually don’t know which one is closer (I live in Connecticut). Though, if there are any CT Autostraddlers I’d be more than happy to put a meet up together! Maybe do a little picnic in Bushnell Park or something?

    • And if I go to Tea and Flea I’m DEFINITELY going to OktoberPHRESH too. If I’m gonna trek all the way down to NYC I’mma make a day of it.

    • yes, you should absolutely come to tea & flea! it’s going to be so fun. and we will definitely all oktoberphresh it up afterwards. i’m very excited!

  9. Wow! Los Angeles has so many events! It’s good to be gay in LA, in LA
    I have to go to at least one of them.

    • omg I think I’m gonna go to all of them.

      YOU GUYS! ALL OF THE FRIENDS

      I’m sitting here at work getting emotional. Aaaah!!! <3

    • Ditto! Wish I could go to them all, but can only make Karaoke and Pub Takeover! :D :D :D SO EXCITED!

  10. hey lovebots,

    everyone who’s like, “make [city] happen! pleeeease!” — YOU have to make [city] happen! be the meet-up you want to see in this world! even if there are only two of you who show up, i promise you’ll have fun. don’t be afraid to plan an event.

    doooo ittttttt.

    • yes! i was just coming here to say this! guys planning a meetup feels so scary at first but is then super exciting. you just think of something you’ve been dying to do forever but haven’t for whatever reason, and then you email us and tell us you’re hosting X event! and we put it up here, right in this very official post, and then other queermos RSVP and show up and then you are LIVING THE DREAM.

      “be the meet-up you want to see in this world.” – there is a reason laneia runs shit around here, ya know?! pearls of wisdom like this.

    • Yeah! I just sent an email with a plan even though I’ve only lived in my town for 1 month. Hopefully people show up :(

  11. anyone for a meetup at poor richard’s in colorado springs? i don’t know if any lesbians even exist out here :/ i just moved here a few months ago. anyways this is exciting!

    • you have an awesome last name! everyone with this last name is pretty cool i’d say ;)
      I wish i lived near you so i could come and prove that I’m not creepy, i just have the same last name as you. but alas, canada is far away….

      • ahhh what if you’re my long lost twin! i have a twin already though so maybe you’re our long lost triplet? i don’t think it works like that though

    • I just moved to Colorado too, like a month ago, and I am definitely missing living somewhere where I actually know some other queerios. I’m in Leadville, which is like an hour and a half from Denver, so I’ll probably just end up going to one of those meet-ups. Totally worth the drive.

      • I really want an excuse to go to Denver, but i want to meet people in my area too. maybe we can all go on a field trip

      • Except now I can’t go. Damn. Of course my family had to pick that weekend to come visit. Way to be inconsiderate of my essentially nonexistent queer social life guys. I’m apparently destined to never actually be able to meet any other autostraddlers. So sad :(

  12. Northwest! the Best!
    Portland? Seattle?
    Somewhere in between?
    No matter, will travel!
    (emphatic fist pumping!)

    • I’m hoping Seatttttle!!! I just moved here a month ago and I’ve yet to make any queer friends! It’s crazy! Not living in the right area, I guess. :P

      • I’m hoping Seattle too! I feel like, with all the awesome queer stuff happening in New York, nothing like that happens here, or at least I don’t hear about it.

        • Well there is a gay & lesbian film festival coming up, but again, I don’t know anyone to go with, and I feel like it’s not something I’d want to go to alone. :P

          • I’d come to something in Seattle as well. I was kind of thinking of hosting, but I don’t know what to do. I really like to drink beer and play board games, but I don’t know if that would be popular. Thoughts? I’m a big fan of Naked City (brew pub, not dirty) in Greenwood. Anyone know it?

          • Sounds like Vanessa, down below, is thinking of “hosting” or planning a meetup tooooo. You might want to talk? :D

          • samantha if you want to make this a more formal meetup, email the moderators and we’ll add the details to the post!!

          • Also.Also.Also.-Check out this free screening realness!
            [copied and pasted from http://www.facebook.com/ThreeDollarBillCinema%5D
            Catch two FREE screenings at The 17th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Oct 11-21 – FOR MY WIFE… on Take Action Tuesday – Oct 16 and REALLY ROSIE: AN ALL-AGES TRIBUTE TO MAURICE SENDAK on Sat Oct 13. Claim a free ticket online at http://threedollarbillcinema.org/ or at a box office – there is no cost but you do need a ticket for entry.

          • @floralprintdress Vanessa, the only thing is that there are a ton of different events and people might want to go to all different days/showings, so I’m not sure it could be a single event. Also there’s the matter of some showings costing a lot more than others. I don’t know, I’m horrible at organizing things haha.

            @ceece OH FREE STUFF. I still kind of want to do the cheap shorts showing on Sat… The Chris Colfer Struck by Lightning film sounds amazing too, but it’s $35 and I’m not doing that. D: So I guess… anyone up for buying tickets for Saturday? *hopeful grin*

          • Heeeere everyone http://www.facebook.com/events/207577989375047/ a place for you to find friends for the film festival! (in case you are as tired of scrolling through comments as I am)An event within an event, if you will.

            It’s easy. (if you don’t have a fb account, private message me and I can post your event for you!)

            @Samantha tickets for girl shorts purchased!

            Hope to see you all at the movies!

          • @samantha totally makes sense, just wanted to let you know it’s an option :) i hope y’all find each other and meetup regardless of formalities!

    • I am closer to Portland, but I might venture up to Seattle. It’s tough being the only gay girl I know. :(
      And what is the “something awesome”?!
      On the edge of my seat over here…

    • Beer-ing and movie watching all sound super fun!

      Also, If anyone is interested, my girlfriend and I were also thinking of hosting an Autumn Harvest Potluck! Kinda like the brunch meet up that took place…I think a month or two ago? I was thinking meet up at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill(or another inside location around that area if the weather starts turning). Everyone can bring their favorite Autumny snack/drink/foodthingwhathaveyou or just themselves if they want. That way if there’s some younger autostraddlers that want to attend they can and everyone will have an excuse to make their favorite pumpkin flavored thing! :D

      Thoughts or suggestions anyone?

    • Yes! I just moved to Seattle, hence the New Queer on the Block (NQOTB) name. Meeting people has been difficult because I am still in my early twenties and everyone at the bars seem to be older and in established groups already. I don’t have a problem with the perceived age gap, but the clique aspect is a little daunting. Hope to meet some of you in Seattle soon! My vote is somewhere with easy bus access.

      • Where do you live? I’m in Wallingford/U District and I’ve found the bus system pretty easy to navigate so far. :)

  13. BRAZIL!

    Anyone here? I live in Salvador da Bahia.

    Also, I’m a Portland, OR native and would be down to meet up late December/early January when I move back to the states.

    But seriously, BRAZIL?! I’ll plan it, just let me know if there are other Autostraddlers here! Inglês ou português, qualquer coisa!

  14. I am definitely driving to Phoenix from Tucson for at least one of the meetups. Carpooling, anyone?

    • Why does Cleveland break out all the awesome stuff right after I move out of state?! Would love to go to that, but cancelling current plans at this point would be too inconvenient.

  15. another thing to remember: lots of autostraddlers are very shy and don’t comment! so you may ask, “hey, anyone from the north pole up in here?” and then no one comments to respond and you cry in a corner, BUT SECRETLY THERE IS ANOTHER NORTH POLE-R HERE TOO, THEY ARE JUST TOO SHY/AFRAID/NON-COMMITTAL TO POST A COMMENT! but if you create your north pole meetup they might show up! ya know?!

    • I had this thought, but what if there actually ISN’T anyone out there and I end up alone at a big table in a crowded room, with only wine for company??

      • I feel the same way. I would be surprised if there were at least 5 other autostraddlers in my area.

      • If we have a Adelaidestraddle meet-up then I’ll totally come and can bring at least one, possilbly fiveote people (from my queer youth group who get to hear me rant about greatness o Autostraddle once a fortnight). Yes?

        So it would be you and me and the wine then at LEAST. :)

        • I’m so up for this. All my queer friends have moved to the eastern seaboard, I’m all for meeting new people. Have a venue preference?

          • Saweet! Hmm. Not sure. It depends what we want to do. We could just all go for coffee somewhere (e.g. Chocolate Bean, Sad cafe or somewhere totally new), or we could drink wine and play cards in the Reading Room, or we could go to Derby sometime (although perhaps this isn’t conducive to conversation so much as yelling for one’s team and checking out cute girls), OR do some sort of other activity! Not fussed :).

          • yes, email us & we will add it to the post — exact details not necessary, just get the word out there! it will not be just you & wine (though that’s never a bad combo, either…)!

      • i guess i am an eternal optimist, but i really truly believe there are at least 2 straddlers within meeting vicinity out there, everywhere…i mean, we’re planning to take over the world so that has to be a thing, right?!

    • Personally speaking, the nearest one near me is all the way down in the city, and it’s a long way, and I hate driving (it’s really stressful to me, and the idea of going into city traffic is horrible to me, sorry), and I would be a bit bit nervous to meet someone from the internet (and wouldn’t some others feel the same way about me), that sounds mean, but I don’t mean it mean, that’s just me. I hope people have fun though.

    • I would totally do one for Salt Lake, but I’m far far away for school. There needs to be one in Salt Lake in December or the Summer or sometime when I’m home.

    • YES PLEASE!

      I’m actually not even in SLC, I am stuck at school in Provo, and I don’t know much of the scene up there or I would be all over hosting this. But since, you know, I go to that university-which-must-not-be-named and I have to keep all this crap on the DL, hosting anything is pretty much a no-go for me.

      But hey, I’ll be in SLC for the Macklemore concert in Dec. to any other autostraddlers that want to come!

  16. Is London a thing that could happen

    I don’t want to organise it

    But I want it to happen

    In my pants

    Or west London

    • There’s like a million things happening in my life right now, but I’d so be there for an Autostraddle London event.

      Not to mention it would come in handy, since I suck at finding fellow queer girls.

  17. I’m excited for the NYC meetups. I’ve kind of been ignoring Autostraddle lately and feel bad about it, so I’m hoping this gets me back into it.

  18. I’m sorry but basically my cabin agrees that this is about me:

    (Also please don’t panic, if you’re not a touchy-feely person we will totally not hug you at all, everything that happens at these meet-ups will be 10000% consensual.

    SO ANYWAY TOTALLY GOING TO SOME OF THE DC SHIT, WOO. I’m so good at hugging now because of ACamp, a real-life success story :):):)

  19. I am so excited that one of the Colorado meet-ups is going to be at my work! Also, Avengers are totally assembled in that photo up top. Sonia, Kiomi, look how cute we are!

  20. Also, I love how the phone cord in Rieses hand looks there is some major phone action happening. Like it is an Autostraddle Action/Adventure movie poster.

  21. I’d just like to pop in from my freshly-minted account to say thank you for taking my $$as and using them to throw me the greatest 21st birthday bash imaginable, short of maybe Beyonce and a fire twirler.

    To the NYCsters I’ve been hiding from: Hi. Hello. How are you? See ya soon.

  22. This is SO awesome. I don’t live near any of the Canadian cities so I cannot attend but hopefully in the future!

  23. The last time this happened I asked if anyone wanted to meet up in St. Paul/Minneapolis and nobody responded so I’m not hopeful…even though there were a TON of Minnesohtans in the AS Group when it existed AND we’ve had a couple meet-ups here before. I’m just really too self-conscious to create a facebook event. Sorry gals :/ but if anybody else EXISTS in MN and wants to plan an event I will totally really truly go (as long as I am not working)!

    • someone plan this human a st. paul / minneapolis meetup! the whiskey kittens will cheer at your queer goodwill, i promise!

    • We just tried to go to the meetup in Minneapolis at Common Roots and no one showed!

  24. Would there be anyone interested in an Albany NY / Saratoga / capitol region meet up? I’ve been going home (to the city) so many weekends and I can’t make it down when any of the NYC events are happening. :(

    Maybe something brunch-ish in Washington Park? Someone please say yes.

    • ARIEL! We could do brunch in Saratoga because I’ll be there the first weekend of the two weeks. Or you know, every day. I’ll see if I can organize something.

      • Will you be around the weekend of the 27? I go to UAlbany and the first weekend is our homecoming and the next weekend I’ll be home.

        Maybe we could do two things? Something in Saratoga and something in Albany? I also don’t have a car at school so basically this post is about how inconvenient I am.

        We should create a Facebook group?

    • I will say a very enthusiastic yes (!), but I always work weekends and will probably not show up. #totalflake.

  25. Ughhhh why don’t I live in DC NOW instead of not for another year and a half?!

    Still in the Middle East over here… sad puppy face is happening right now.

    • Totally :) I’m in the north-east and can’t really afford to travel to the Randstad for this one, but if anyone wants to meet up in Leeuwarden/Groningen/Zwoller then I’m down!

      • Netherlands would be cool! (And northeast especially! Although I’m terrified I’ll run into people I know…)

        Oh, and I finally figured out how to reply – that took, like, a few years! Amazing how that “reply” button just shows up when you’re really enthusiastic!

        • Excellent! I don’t feel really capable of organising though as I’ve lived here for three weeks and don’t know anywhere…

  26. Oh my God, this is such a fabulous idea! I’m hitting the Phoenix meet-ups so hard; if any of you Arizona ladies are in doubt, Casey Moore’s is a hipster mecca with excellent beer.

  27. GUYS ARE THERE PEOPLE IN MOSCOW I will totally organize one in Moscow if there is even one iota of interest.

    • Okay but I don’t want this to be like my birthday party when I turned seven and made all these awesome invitations and sent them to everyone in my class and then no one showed up. The fear of rejection is overwhelming!

      • i suggest making an event and gauging interest via rsvps! can’t hurt to try, right?! also we are way nicer than 7 year olds, i pinky swear.

  28. If anyone by any chance is in the Oslo area and interested I would be willing to organize something. Even though I do suspect that if you’re in Oslo, I already know you :)

    • ME! I’m living in Tianjin, but you better believe I will endure that half-hour train ride to Beijing to make this thing happen. Any weekend will work for me.

      • i can’t go to beijing unfortunately, but i’m in shanghai if anyone can make it!! …anyone?

      • This was exciting enough for me to dredge up my password and log in. I’m currently crashing at a friend’s place, hopefully about to move, and have a plethora of weekend commitments, but I am now very committed to making a meet-up happen.

  29. Anyone here in Melbourne, Australia? Although to be honest if a meet up was ever organised I would be way too socially anxious to attend like omg the thought stresses me out haha.

    • Nys, I’m in Melbs. If you can force yourself to be brave, I’m sure it would be worth it, if there are a few of us. I’m not gonna organise it but would gladly attend. I met an awesome friend through this site (she’s back in Canada now, but see- it can be done!).

  30. In the unlikely event that there is anyone else in the North of Scotland, I would be up for arranging an Inverness meet-up. I’m guessing it would probably just be me though since all the Autoscots seem to be in Edinburgh & Glasgow.

  31. I’m going to be in Dallas the weekend of the 12th for the Tegan & Sara concert, so it would make my birthday even better if there was a meet-up to go to.

    Also a San Antonio meet-up is already in the works! Don’t be afraid, we have top women working on it now. Top. Women.

      • I will be at the concert too! I would love to meet up with any other Dallas Fort Worth peeps or straddlers traveling through the ‘plex. :D

        • I’m going to be taking the bus back to San Antonio either that night or Friday, but the rest of the peeps I’m driving up with/meeting there are staying so I’ll pass this along to them.

    • I missed the last Autostraddle meet-up, so, I agree, a Dallas meet-up in the near future is extremely, very necessary.

    • I’m so excited to see Tegan and Sara! ill also be in austin to see crystal castles that weekend with some friends, but i’ll be back sunday afternoon? we should totally make this happen. I live in Arlington, but i wouldn’t mind driving to hang out

  32. UGH I totally wish I knew about Tour de Bronx before so I could have taken off work cause I’d totally travel from Philly for that

    • Maybe someone who knows cool bike paths or places to ride to could help me make a Philly bike ride on a Thursday or Friday????

    • or if anyone in philly ever just wants to ride bikes with me at any point that’s cool too just message meeee!?

  33. Oh man you guys are rocking Downtown Chandler?? My parents have a little gift shop two doors down from Irish Republic. I so wish I were going to be in town to join you and introduce them to my fellow Autostraddlers (maybe even my awesome A-Camp counselor, Megan?)!

    I really want there to be a meet-up here in Dallas but I haven’t come up with any awesome ideas yet, and apparently the last was not well-attended :\

    • I’m drawing a blank on superhappyfuntime activities/things in Dallas other than brunch with drinking. But I really want to get together with some other folks too! Sunday funday in the gayborhood?

      • Haha brunch with drinking works for me :) I did realize I’m a bit overbooked for this weekend though, in the throes of midterms. I’d be totally game for something anytime the weekend of 19-21 though!

        I feel like we should start proposing something (or things) and getting a Facebook page going. How would you feel about gayborhood the 19th and/or brunch on the 21st?

  34. pumpkin playdate in germany?

    sadly here is no runyon canyon and first of all: not the hiking weather, we are maybe up to a pumkin playdate! any1 in 4 that?

  35. Would anyone be interested in co-hosting with me in Oxford, UK? I really want it to happen, but too chicken to do it on my own.

  36. Totally planning something for Kansas! Lawrence Autostraddlers where are you!?! I know you are out there cause there was talk of a brunch but I was not here yet so I couldn’t do it.

  37. Ack that this takes place during midterms/academics EXPLOSION. There should totes be a mid-midterms chill session where students stop panicking/falling asleep in a bed full of textbooks, and like the non-students can pat us on the back and tell us everything is going to be okay.

    • YES! I am completely down for doing something in Edinburgh! Was slightly terrified I’d be the only one, though apparently not-yay!

      • Lock Up Your Daughters (hella gay dance party) is on in Glasgow on the 26th October as part of Glasgay. We could get get dinner first and then get our dance on?

        • The October edition of the regular Glasgow AS meetups that I organize is going to fall during that week and a bit. We’re still finalizing the date via e-mail but I should be putting it up in the next day or so; it’s pencilled in for the afternoon of the 13th. There can totally be a LUYD thing too.

  38. People in PARIS!!! PLEASE!! ANYWHERE IN FRANCE!! I’m near Lyon, but am willing to trek it to Paris. ANYTHING FOR AUTOSTRADDLE…and it would have to be on a weekend!

  39. I wanna come but I am too scared

    I don’t know if i’m shaking in excitement that I could actually be a part of this, or I’m shaking with nervousness

  40. Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. Wait, let me repeat that with proper emphasis: CHICAGO IS THE THIRD LARGEST CITY IN THE U.S. Even just statistically speaking, it shouldn’t be too hard to scrape something together, right?

    • If there’s no Northern Ireland meetup you should come down to the Dublin one! I’ve sent in the info so it should be up soon.

  41. Cool stuff in Syracuse right when I head to Ann Arbor?? Ridiculous. At least there’s cool stuff in Ann Arbor too!

    • There’s an alternative-style drag show on the 13th at Shameless Grounds, if anyone’s interested. I go every month, it’s a lot of fun.

      • I’m in!! I’ve been to drag shows at Bubby’s, Attitude’s, and Novak’s, but I’ve actually never been to Shameless Grounds. Looks like a place I could fall in love with. The drag show sounds great, Off the GRID (Genderfuck Retro-Alternative Indie Drag Show). I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to go to that?

        • It has ruined all other coffeehouses for me, I can tell you. Off the GRID is amazing. So many queer people show up, we might have trouble finding each other! I’m going to wear my Autostraddle tshirt.

      • that sounds so great! please send in the info to our moderators if you decide to make it a formal meetup so we can add it to the post :)

          • I had so much fun going to Shameless Grounds! Siren was so funny she made my cheeks hurt. It was a pleasant surprize that she did so much stand up in between acts. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I plan to go back to Off The Grid for sure. I had a great time.

  42. Just moved to Medellín, Colombia from NYC! (Should have waited a month!)

    Anybody in Colombia I’m down to meet up and queerventure. (total longshot :))

  43. Any ‘Straddlers in Iowa? I’d be up for some frolicking. Maybe downtown Des Moines? Anyone? Bueller?

  44. Columbus, Ohio

    Rugby Is So Gay
    Host: Intern Grace
    Date: Saturday, October 20
    Activity: OSU Women’s Rugby Game vs. Michigan, free admission
    More info to come ASAP

    Picnic Time
    Host: Intern Grace
    Activity: Picnic
    More info to come ASAP

    ===

    Alright! Warm fuzzies mode! (Will there be vegetarian food there at the picnic? Is it alright if I come even though a childhood hormone problem made me look like a guy?)

    • Sir Robin of Locksley owns a tax-dodging pawn shop up there. All of his employees are straight-shooters and their uniforms are lincoln green. … Just kidding.

  45. There is a camp planned in Cape Town, South Africa. Any autostraddlers welcome to join!

    • hi! please email more info about this to the email address in the post! we’d love to include it in the post.

  46. i’m not holding my breath (at least, not that much), but i literally just moved from boston, land of the queers, to shanghai, where i know no one and even fewer queer people. if anyone is in or near shanghai, i would love to help put something together and meet up!!

  47. Oh man the closest thing to me is Ottawa, Ontario and thats still a 5 hour train ride x(
    Anyone around Toronto interested in meeting?

  48. Quick question: Is there a way I can RSVP for the Lesbian Herstory Archives even without making a Facebook profile?

    I’m going to make one eventually, once a few insecurities get dealt with, but I’m not quite ready to make one yet and I don’t want to go screwing up a headcount or anything…

    • hi alexandra! you can totally RSVP for that event without a fb. in fact, consider yourself rsvp-ed. i’m going to let gabrielle know that you’ll be attending…all you need to do is show up at the archives on saturday! (and no pressure — if you end up not coming / have other plans / change your mind that is perfectly alright…but i hope you do come & i look forward to meeting you!)

  49. I live about four hours away from Orlando but I am so tempted to pack up and go anyway because HARRY POTTER and QUEER LADIES.

  50. EPP!! The closet one to me is in DC and that is a 5 hour drive. Anyone in the 757 area?

  51. I am both really excited and terrified for this! Praying that my social anxiety does not get the better of me, and that a Toronto meetup forms. I’m so-very-new to the city and I want to meet cool people! And what better place to meet said cool people than an AS meetup?

  52. The closest to me is San Francisco, but that’s a 4-ish hour drive. Anyone live near Chico?

  53. This is the worst timing for me! I’m studying in Argentina for a semester, but I’ll be in Brazil and Paraguay for most of this time period, damnit.

    • I’m so excited for the fall picnic in nyc…. when I go home from college next weekend I will bring back a pie pan and I will bring you guys pie and it will be delightful. oh man oh man oh man. eeeee!

  54. Portlanders! I want to organize something. Does anyone have thoughts or preferences?

    Queer/trans yoga ($5)+ dive bar on the 12th
    Gender-free square dance($7) +pizza on the 28th
    Craft Rumble ($10) +happy hour on the 18th
    Radical Women’s rummage sale on the 20/21?

    • So, I’m not gonna be there for this meetup, but I’m moving back to PDX this summer and I would like to know more about queer yoga, plz.

  55. I would love to have a meetup in Helsinki or some other Finnish city. But I have no idea if there are ANY Finnish people on Autostraddle. Anyone?

        • you guys should send in an official event and then if there are any other ‘straddlers that are too shy to comment they can join, too!

        • *waves* Shy Helsinki ‘straddler here! I’m not actually a member, but I read AS like all day every day and would love to meet up (but only after October 22nd cuz that’s when I return from travels). An official event would be awesome!

  56. HI BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEINGS.

    we are all so excited that YOU are so excited about meetup week(s)!

    we are going to edit this post to reflect all the amazing meetups that are being sent in to us and discussed in this very excellent comment thread.

    i am away for the long weekend and have very limited computer access, so all of these edits will take place on tuesday when i return.

    i just don’t want anyone to think they are being ignored / we are not excited about your meetup, because we are SO EXCITED ABOUT ALL THE MEETUPS.

    i love you all. i can’t wait to take over the world together!

    • Thank you!!! It is so hard to scroll down and read and filter all the possibly amazingly fun things to do (and not die of jealousy over some that are far far away!). Thank you for creating such a radtastic situation here, even if we technically fun-raised for it. I fucking love you guys.

      Also, don’t forget to add this! I actually organized an event at my house because you guys were so rad at encouraging us to get our own events going. Thank you! Vancouver: https://www.facebook.com/events/397753970291704/?context=create

  57. Any Texas queers? COME OUT OF HIDING, yall? Let’s party.

    Preferably in San An or somewhere along those lines! I’m down by Mexico…but considering all the cartel crap it probably wouldn’t be the best place to throw a get-together.

  58. Anybody in the Champaign/Urbana area? I’m happy to co-plan if there’s people intersted, but I’m relatively new to town so some help in organizing would be nice

    • Oh man that’s my hometown! I don’t live there any more though… damn, I totally would if I could.

  59. anybody wanna meet up in DC to go the the revival, lol im afraid ill chicken out if i go by myself :D

  60. I usually work on the weekends, but hopefully I can come to one of these. I just moved to the DC area so I am looking for new friends. :)

  61. Anyone in Vietnam? Anyone? Anyone? …Bueller? I’m currently living in Hanoi and NOBODY IS GAY HERE, it is the saddest thing.

    Also I will be in HCMC towards the end of October, if there are any Autostraddlers in either of those places we should hang out and talk about feelings and kittens and Tegan and Sara or anything you want to talk about, I will literally talk about anything you want, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I JUST WANT TO GET TO BE BLATANTLY QUEER FOR A BIT.

  62. Anyone in Amsterdam that would come to an event on the week of the 15th-21st? I’m trying to gauge if there’s any interest in doing one here.

    MileHighFemme is doing one in Utrecht that saturday but I wanted to see how many of us are in the ‘dam! And I was thinking that if there’s enough interest, I’d organize a week-day event and then one on sunday. Thoughts?

  63. London London London! Would totally be up for helping out with organizing and whatnot :) I need events where i can go to that doesnt involve me drinking gallons ( slight exaggeration) of alcohol to be able to to talk to somebody else in the dark….

    • HOST NYC KARAOKE!!!!

      just because i’m terrified of the mic, doesn’t mean all of nyc should suffer — someone who isn’t me should totally host an nyc karaoke situation!