You Should Go: Queer Ladies Trivia at the Strand with Autostraddle’s Gabby and Phoenix

Hello dear sweet babes of the earth, are you tired of speed dating? Cause I’m tired of gd speed dating. Like I’ve been tired and I didn’t even know it. Don’t get me wrong, hosting Queer Ladies Speed Dating at the Strand has always been the most fun thing ever. Spring, summer, fall and winter, we’ve speed dated together and it’s been rad, yo.

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Seeing all of your beautiful faces as you fearlessly gazed into the eyes of all the strangers and answered questions about the yearnings of your souls just made the world a prettier place.

But also, speed dating is stressful and there’s all this waiting involved afterwards. You forget who was the one that liked Fun Home the play better than the graphic novel, and who was the social justice activist slaying in a leopard miniskirt.

This week, lovies, we’ve got something different planned: Queer Ladies Trivia + Mixer.

We are brilliant: ever up to date on the latest politics, Jeopardy final answers, bad lesbian movies and books, all the books. So let’s be geeks in public together for prizes, love and VICTORY. Look at that, you’re already irresistible.

Also, free wine and Doughnuttery Donuts. And a foxy Mail Person delivering love notes all night long. And if you can’t find love in this hopeless place, at least you can pick up some prizes from Fat Witch, Shake Shack, Think Coffee, and Num Pang Sandwich Shop.

When: Thursday, February 2/12, Doors open at 7pm

Where: Strand Bookstore, 12th and Broadway
828 Broadway, Manhattan NY

Tickets: $20 Click here to purchase

Bring your friends or come alone, but please don’t bring your cat.

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Gabrielle Rivera is an awesomely queer Bronx bred, writer, spoken word artist and director. Her short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies such as the Lambda Award winning Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City and The Best of Panic! En Vivo from the East Village. Her short film "Spanish Girls are Beautiful" follows a group of young Latina and Caucasian girls who like girls as they hook up, smoke up and try to figure sh*t out. She also freelances for while working in the film and television industry. Gabrielle is currently working on her first novel while bouncing around NYC performing spoken word and trying to stick it to the man.

gabby has written 102 articles for us.


  1. “Bring your friends or come alone, but please don’t bring your cat.”

    please tell me this is because someone brought their cat once

    • no but someone fb messaged me once and asked if they could bring their cat to speed-dating.

      no, dear heart, you can’t.

      save that for the second date, bb.

  2. What a brilliant idea!! Everyone in NY should go!

    AND ALSO maybe an idea of all the queers NOT in NY and sad to be missing this event: trivia (especially with a lgbtq focus!) is a super great idea AND YOU SHOULD TOTALLY host on your own trivia night! I bet your local radical and queer bookstore would be stoked to host the event as it’ll bring in a fun crowd and be creating community! As someone who has thrown together local events, it usually is AMAZING and FUN and TOTALLY WORTH IT!

  3. And for those of you that don’t know it exist, there are some Chicagostraddler events that take place in the Windy City! Trivia nights, book clubs, game nights, etc.

  4. The Strand, Trivia, and Queer Ladies are basically my 3 favourite things! So sad I don’t get off of work in time to go to this tomorrow. :(

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