You Should Go: Queer Ladies Speed Dating At Strand Bookstore, Holiday Edition

New York City, I have some crazysexycool exciting news for you! On Tuesday, December 10th Strand Bookstore is hosting another round of Queer Ladies Speed Dating, and Autostraddle Heroic Duo Gabby and Katrina will be starring as your rad hosts. Unfortunately I no longer live in The Best City In The World so I cannot attend, but I trust all of you single ladies (and otherwise identified homoqueers) to show up and look cute and make casual small talk about books and literature and graphic novels and all the other amazingly awkward topics of conversation you might broach with a perfect stranger while taking part in an activity like speed dating. If you’ve ever attended Queer Ladies Speed Dating at The Strand before you know how fun it is and how at ease Gabby and Katrina can make you feel, and if you’ve never attended before all I can say is damn, you are in for a treat!

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Don’t you want these two to facilitate your Queer Ladies Speed Dating Experience?

Let’s go over the basics: Strand Bookstore has continuously proven itself to be an excellent ally to New York City queer women. The bookstore first offered Queer Ladies Speed Dating back in June 2012 and it has continued to host the popular event which is both super well-attended and also super duper fun. (You can check out what past Queer Ladies Speed Dating events at The Strand have looked like here and here!) I have it on good authority that several Autostraddlers have found love at this event but for real, even if you don’t find a sexytimes activity partner you are guaranteed to make a few new friends, engage in some clever conversation, and enjoy some delicious treats. There is no downside.

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No pressure but this could be you!

Now that winter is properly upon us, Strand is back with the Holiday (HoliGAY?) edition of Queer Ladies Speed Dating. It will take place on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:30pm. Admission to the event is $20 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance. Spots are limited so if you wanna go, make sure to buy a ticket ASAP! Refreshments will be provided in the form of alcoholic beverages and yummy treats from Prohibition Bakery, and prizes will be awarded to a few lucky participants from local restaurants and shops including Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. Seriously, let’s do some math: cute single ladies plus Autostraddle’s finest hosts plus delicious food and drink plus literary trivia plus Strand Bookstore? All of that equals a best-seller evening in my very humble opinion.

Buy your ticket today and we’ll see you at The Strand!

True life, this could be you.

This could also be you!

The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street, Union Square, New York City. 

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  1. The Strand is one of my favourite places in the world! But I won’t be back in NY in time for this. :(

  2. It’s things like this that make me question my decision to move across the country. Who cares about film school when I could be going to SPEED DATING AT THE STRAND?!?!?!

    (Pssst! For those of you who can’t make this, every once in a while Housing Works does queer literary speed dating as well. I went over the summer and it was really fun–not as grand as the Strand events, but eh.)

    • hi! just to clarify: the organizers are the strand. the event was thought up by one of their (queer!) staff members last year and continued because of its popularity. it is totally your prerogative to not attend but there’s no way for the organizers to use another venue for this specific event because the organizers and the venue are one and the same.

    • Not to be a creeper. But I am also in Colorado. Maybe we could put our pretty little heads together and organize one!

  3. Stacks of books will be great in the off-chance that one needs to hide from individuals that one has previously gone out with. Stacks of books and alcohol.

  4. $20 oh sweet jesus, no tengo dinero, but what else is there to do for a single lesbian on a Tuesday night.. See you ladies there!

  5. I present my musical that day, so I cannot attend. BUT I went to the first one, and I recommend going!

  6. Ok, be honest…is it going to be all you young 20-something whippersnappers, or will there be oldies like me in our 30s(gaaasp!)? :)

    • the crowd is always mad diverse. queermos of all different ages, races, presentations, and economic statuses attend and we come with a range of different areas of study and work.
      it’s really a good event for meeting all types of people.

      ps – i’m thirty-something tooooo

  7. Ugh, speed dating. During undergrad, a friend of mine was writing a paper on speed dating and she went to a bunch of speed dating events as research. She didn’t want to go alone, so some friends and I went with her. I went to 3 different events, and no one wrote my name down. I wasn’t even looking for a relationship and that was still utterly humiliating and disheartening.

  8. Nothing fun like this ever happens in Philadelphia and I feel like its unfair to go if I cant follow through :-(

  9. Okay this was really fun and I’m proud of myself for going. Even though I was blushing for like the entire time, and no one told me that the red wine dark splotch stained my lips. Sexy. Anyway, thank you to the Strand and Autostraddle for getting an awkward lady to go on more dates than she’s been on in her entire life in the span of two hours. Appreciated. :)

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