But then you thought about hanging out with a bunch of queers in the woods and were like
And then you checked your email and saw the schedule full of karaoke, bonfires, live bands, and, of course, rafting, and suddenly you were all
So you sign up and find out about the pre-party, where you introduce yourself to your 100 new insta-raft-friends.
Finally the day arrives. On June 27 you pack your bags and head north from Boston
And when you get to the campsite in Maine you see all your new friends and someone hands you a beer
Once you’ve got your beer in hand, you hit up your bunkhouse, meet your brand new bunkmates, get settled, and all of you decide, “Hell yeah karoake!”
Meanwhile, you spot some of your new rafting buddies hanging out at the indoor/outdoor bar, and you’re like
Until the end of the night when you roll up in your bunk/tent with your roomies
Saturday rolls around and you wake up for your $7 all-you-can-eat breakfast. It’s a big day. You need lots of energy!
You link up with your friends and set out for rafting
When you first get in the raft you look around and everyone’s like
But after a while you get into the swing of things and it’s all
At the end of the ride you stop for a full BBQ lunch by the side of the river and see all your peeps from the other rafts. But there’s really only one thing you’re interested in
You get back to camp to dry off and realize that the partying is about to start all over again
You head over to find the troops when your new friends remind you that there’s live music at the bar.
Saturday night rocked. Then Sunday morning rolls around and you hit up the breakfast bar again before packing up your car. Before heading back to Boston, you and some of your new besties hit the hiking trails in the area
You get back home. You head to bed. And when you wake up on Monday morning at first you’re all “whyyyyy?”
But then you remember the amazing weekend you had, full of new friends, rafting, karaoke, dancing, and full-on awesome, and you’re just like
Welcome aboard #DestinationTakeover: Mount Snow. From January 10th to the 12th, we’ll be descending on one big snowy mountain in Vermont for 3 days and 2 nights of skiing, boarding, tubing, hot tubing, dancing, drinking and snow angel making. Here’s what you may be wondering:
TRAVELING: 1. What time are we leaving and from where? How do I get there? BOSTON: Buses leave from this spot outside of the Christian Science Center in downtown Boston. The pick-up location is between the Prudential and Symphony stops on the E-line (green line) and is a short walk from the Mass Ave stop on the orange line. The #1 bus also runs from Cambridge down Massachusetts Avenue. You can also take Uber, which is offering new users in Boston $20 off with code “BosTWC.” Just click here. - If you’re on the early bus, be ready to go by 6:45am on Friday, January 10. Your bus should get to Mount Snow by 9:45am. - If you’re on the late bus, be ready to depart at 6:30pm on Friday, January 10. Your bus should get to Mount Snow by 9:30pm. How do I know if I’m on the early bus or late bus? If you’re coming from Boston, when you grabbed your ticket, we asked you which bus you wanted to board. Check your inbox for an email that confirmed your choice from TWC!
PHILLY: The bus will depart from the Cira Center, just outside the 30th Street Station, on Friday, January 10 at 3pm. The bus should arrive around 8:30pm, depending on the weather. The 30th Street Station is served by the Market-Frankford Line as well as SEPTA trolleys and buses. You can also take Uber, which is offering new users in Philadelphia $20 off with code “TWC.” Just click here.
2. Will we be dropped off at the same locations on Sunday night? Yup!
3. Is there enough room on the buses for my equipment and bags? Yes. The buses are charter buses with A LOT of storage space underneath. You won’t be able to put your big suitcases in the seating area of the motor coach but we won’t have any trouble fitting everything in the storage compartments below.
LODGING: 1. Where’s my lodge in relation to the mountain? If you’re staying at the Grand Summit, you’re right at the base of the mountain. If you’re staying at the Snow Lake Lodge, you’re a quick shuttle ride away.
2. I’m getting there early on Friday. Does that mean I can check in early? Some of the rooms will be ready to go for you to check into on Friday morning. If for some reason you can’t check in as soon as you arrive, the lodge will give you a key to the locker room so you can stash your stuff, change, and hit the slopes.
3. What do I do with my gear on Sunday when I check-out at 11am and want to go to the mountain? A few of our staff rooms at the Grand Summit and Snow Lake Lodge will remain open so you can drop off your things for the day on Sunday. The front desk will also be happy to hold them for you until we depart.
4. How often does the shuttle come to Snow Lake Lodge? The shuttle is on a continuous loop and will show up about every 15 minutes.
WINTER ACTIVITIES: 1. I didn’t get my lift / equipment rental / lesson tickets!! How can I get them? Easy. Just go here! Be sure to buy them by midnight on Monday (January 7) or you’ll have to pay higher prices at the mountain!
2. When will I get my lift tickets? Lift tickets will be handed out when you check-in at your hotel. If one of your roommates checks in early, we’ll have your team captain hold on to all of your lift tickets and make sure you get them when you arrive.
3. I’m going on the early bus. Does that mean that I can get a 3 day lift ticket and ski Friday, Saturday and Sunday? You betcha! If you’ve already purchased a lift ticket and want to upgrade it, just email Ashley and let her know: Ashley@thewelcomingcommittee.com. Otherwise you can buy all of your lift tickets here. Just make sure you’re back and ready to go by 5pm on Sunday night.
4. What about tubing? And snow shoeing? And other winter stuff? If your interested in other winter activities like snow tubing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, you can pick up passes for those at Mount Snow - reservations aren’t required. Tubing info is here (and is $20). And snowshoeing/cross country skiing info is here.
5. I heard there was hot tubing. True or false? True. There are hot tubs at both of the lodges.
ENTERTAINMENT: 1. I just wanna dance! That’s happening right? So do we and yes, yes, yes! On Friday and Saturday nights you’ll get into Mount Snow’s nightclub, the Snow Barn, for free. Friday night dancing tunes will be provided by a DJ and on Saturday night there will be a live band.
2. Are we going to Apres Ski? Do unicorns like butterflies? Yes. We’re putting together an entire schedule for you that will include apres ski spots, pre-game spots, and dance party departure times. That magic will be handed out when you get on the bus.
1. I don’t know what to pack. Everyone does things differently, but here’s an idea for first-timers: - If you’re going skiing or boarding, you’ll probably want three layers: long underwear and a light turtleneck as a base layer, a thick fleece sweater and pants for the midlayer, and snow pants and jacket to cover everything up. - Don’t forget wool/fleece socks, gloves, goggles, and, of course, underwear. - When you’re not on the slopes, you’ll want a hat and boots to stomp around. You’ll also want something to wear out the the bar on Friday and Saturday nights! - And, perhaps most importantly, don’t get caught without a bathing suit for the hot tub!
2. I need gloves and googles and other last minute things. Can you help? We’re so happy you asked! Our friend over at City Sports are hooking us up with a discount code good for 20% off one item. That gift will be handed out at the pre-parties in both Boston and Philadelphia, so be sure to make them!
3. Will there be a GroupMe group? Always. And forever. If you don’t already have that group communication app, get a head start and download it here.
4. What if I have questions that you didn’t answer? That’s easy! Just reply to your team captain or email Ashley at email@example.com. Her carrier unicorns are on holiday so electronic communication is best at this time.
1 new city (Philadelphia), 2 Philly Community Managers, and 850 Philly members
Well, we’re ready to go bigger. To ensure that we grow even faster in 2014, as of champagne-popping-midnight last night, Daniel and Ashley will be joining the rest of the expansion team in our secret underground HQ, while we will be taking over as Boston’s new Community Managers.
So who are we? We’re Wes and Preston, a.k.a. Weston. We’re both alumni of The Corps, obsessed with hugs, and ready to meet all of you. But really, who are we? Here are some pictures, and even more words:
Meet Preston: Fully furnished with glorious glitter, hospitable hugs, and a scintillating smile, Preston is a fierce force of friendliness.
Meet Preston: When she’s not playing football or at home in Dorchester walking her dog Bailey, she’s probably watching football in her unicorn onesie or crunching numbers to improve public education.
Meet Preston: There’s a reason that the SI unit for welcoming is the Preston (Pr).
Meet Wes: His hugs are legendary. He is not as sure as Preston is that a giraffe onesie would be the epitome of perfection on him.
Meet Wes: The warmest, kindest, most loving, most smiley, and most welcoming friend you have yet to meet.
So you know who we are, but what are we doing?
We’re here to be the body and voice of the movement that brings all TWC members together. We’ll be at events making sure everyone has a good time, welcoming newbies into the fold, wrangling the Corps, and talking to you to find out what you want to takeover next. If you want to know more, you can see our page here, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#DestinationTakeover: Foxwoods. The 2013 itinerary.
The hour draws near. Don your warpaint. Charge your phone. Grab your lucky rabbit’s foot. #BusloadsOfGays are going to Foxwoods.
Saturday, November 9th: 1:30pm: Depart from this spot outside of South Station in Boston & head to Foxwoods Casino 3:45pm: Arrive at Foxwoods / Check-in at MGM Grand Hotel 4:15pm: Free time 5:00pm: #CocktailTime @ Scorpion Bar 6:00pm: Free time / buffet / primp for Kathy 7:00pm: #CocktailTime @ Center Bar / Get Kathy tickets from TWC staff 8:00pm: Kathy Griffin @ MGM Grand Theater 9:45pm: MiniGQB @ Shrine Nightclub (TWC gets to skip the line AND avoid the $20 cover before 10pm)
Sunday, November 10th: Morning: Wake up, grab breakfast with your new friends 10:45am: Check out of MGM Grand Hotel 11:00am: Load buses (back to Boston)
Might this be the best weekend ever? Halloween AND November’s GQB back to back. It’s gonna be big.
Thursday: It’s Halloween. Maybe you’re seeing Sharon Needles in Salem. Maybe you’re going trick-or-treating on Beacon Hill. Or maybe you’re just staying home to watch Hocus Pocus. Whatever you do, make sure it’s in costume and involves candy.
Friday: The gods of the Gregorian calendar have blessed us with GQB on the very first day of November, allowing us all to kick off the month in epic style. Join hundreds of LGBTQuties at a bar in the Fenway. This may or may not have anything to do with the Sox playing in the World Series. 9pm-2am, venue announced Thursday, Fenway, Boston.
Saturday: November 2 is Day of the Dead, and if you haven’t had enough sugar over Halloween, you can stock up at Taza’s Dia de los Muertos Fiesta. There promises to be food, drinks, music, face painting, and, of course, chocolate for everyone. 1-6pm, Taza Chocolate Factory Store, 561 Windsor St., Somerville, free.
Sunday: This is that weird day of the year where 2am happens twice, but you don’t get an extra hour in the bar. Yes, Daylight Savings Time is ending. Enjoy your extra hour of sleep for one day, and then spend the next four months complaining about how early it gets dark.
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The recent crackdown on LGBTQ rights and uptick in violence against gay people in Russia has received a lot of attention, especially in the months leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. But did you know that during Soviet times Sochi was one of the most gay-friendly parts of Russia? While still a refuge, Russia’s overall growing conservatism has pushed more young gay Russians abroad.
Five Things You Shouldn't Have Missed (And One You Should've)
If you spent the whole weekend googling “Last minute easy Halloween costumes,” we understand. Somehow Hallow’s Eve got turned into Halloweek, and apparently it’s a faux pas to wear the same costume twice. Here’s what happened while you were cutting up old t-shirts and cardboard boxes:
Bugs are gay! Or at least very enthusiastic. And not particularly attentive to the sex of their partners.
Bisexual characters on television: still few in number, but now more realistic?
Ylvis (of “The Fox” fame) releases a new video… about Massachusetts. Will it be the Bay State’s next tourism jingle?
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announces his intention to make Philly the one of, if not the most, LGBT-friendly cities in the world and a leader on equality issues,” as he signs broad LGBTQ-inclusive legislation.
And everyone is posting this, which is frankly just sad.
It’s been ten years since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy debuted in July 2003. (Do you feel old yet?) While the show, which later changed its name to Queer Eye, traded heavily in gay stereotypes, it also doubled the number of prominent gay characters on television. It became such a success that even then-President Bush talked about it in what was probably his first mention of the word “queer.” The cast members also report that the show was instrumental in the coming out processes of many in the mid-2000s.
The Out-Fit Challenge is billing itself as the first LGBTQ mud run, and it could be coming to Boston. Or Philadelphia. Or Dallas. It’s really up to you. If you like mud, running, obstacle courses, and afterparties, vote here to bring Out-Fit to your city. And then you can ask them why their name sounds like part of Project Runway.
Over 450 TWCers took Patron’s by storm for FTC on Saturday and cheered the Sox to a win while everyone else was at home staring at the television. Here’s everything you need to know this week:
Just a year after finishing last in their division, the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers in the American League championship game, securing their spot in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Yes, we’re actually talking about baseball.
At least one athlete is ready to go to jail in Russia to support gay rights there during the Olympics.
Is the Cooking Channel the new Logo? Its new show Drag My Dinner features three drag queens right off RuPaul helping clueless straights make their dinner parties a little more fabulous.
If musicals weren’t gay enough already, Stephen Sondheim is working on a revised version of Company in which Bobby, the central character, is gay.
Now that there’s wine for cats, you’ll always have company. (For the record, it’s actually just Cabernet grape juice with catnip. And, disappointingly, it’s only available in Japan.)
The shutdown is over. The debt ceiling is lifted. Government employees return to work. National parks reopen. But, as Avenue Q says, all this is only for now. Congress has authorizes a rise in the debt ceiling only through February 7, with current spending levels continuing through January 15, so in a few months we could be right back in the same place again. We hope not!
The third weekend of every month is always a big deal for TWC, since it’s the time for FTC. This weekend is an even bigger deal, though, because we’re also taking the Gardner by storm. Oh, and there’s that boat thing happening, too. Here’s what’s up:
Thursday: It’s finally here: we’re taking the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Again. Four floors of art. Hundreds of gays. Craft projects. And multiple bars. Plus, we’ll keep the artful chatter going at an afterparty at Sweet Caroline’s (1260 Boylston St., Boston). Get your takeover tickets here. 5-9pm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 Fenway, Boston, $11.
Friday: The Boston Book Festival kicks off with its keynote address by Salman Rushdie. If you can’t manage to get tickets (advance tickets are already sold out), but there are events all day Saturday in and around Back Bay and downtown Boston.
Saturday: Lesbians from across the country are coming to Boston for the Head of the Charles races, but we know they’re really here for Flannel Takeover Company. To make sure they don’t get too lost, we’ll be welcoming them at a bar in Cambridge. As always, we’ll announce the venue, to you and to them, on Friday. 9pm, venue announced Friday.
Sunday: We’re pretty sure that the Head of the Charles is a convention devoted to multi-colored spandex that happens to have some boats involved. Whether or not you giggle every time you hear the word “coxswain,” you’ll be sure to enjoy the festive atmosphere, camaraderie, and free food that takes over both sides of the Charles this weekend. Races Saturday and Sunday from 8am, Charles River, free.
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Like reading? Each year the American Library Association comes up with a list of the most frequently censored books in schools and libraries across the country. As the ACLU points out, unfortunately many of those books are targeted for censorship because of their portrayal of LGBTQ people (and penguins). One of the most frequent targets is And Tango Makes Three, a book about two male penguins who find an egg and decide to raise it together. Check out the rest of the books and add them to your reading list, because you might not see them in your schools.
Tomorrow, October 11, is the 25th National Coming Out Day. October 11, 1988, was chosen as the first National Coming Out Day because it the first anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. As Candace Gingrich of HRC writes, coming out today is just as important as it was 25 years ago; people who know that they know an LGBT-identified person are much more likely to be supportive of our rights. If you can, tomorrow, come out to someone who might not know: a coworker, acquaintance, or relative. Have questions? HRC’s Resource Guide for Coming Out gives advice on what to do in just about every situation.
This weekend, there will be food, there will be art, there will be beer, there will be music. Want someone to share it with? Make sure to get hitched at TWC’s speed dating event for gay men:
Thursday: Culture vultures already know about the Institute for Contemporary Art’s free Thursday nights. This Thursday will be especially artsy, with a talk by artist Mary Reid Kelley, whose video works feature reimagined historical narratives. 6:30-7:30pm, Institute for Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., South Boston, tickets free but required.
Friday: TWC turns speed dating for gay men on its head. Meet 18 guys for four minutes each. Drink. Make eyes. Go home with a list of love interests and a gaggle of new friends. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet your match. 7-10pm, Clery’s, 113 Dartmouth St., Boston, $25.
Saturday: Pick your poison: dessert or beer. Either way, Saturday is your big day. Join the New England Dessert Showcase to satisfy your sweet tooth with tasty treats from local shops and connoisseurs. Or check out the Sustainable Business Network’s annual Local Craft Brew Fest to try tipple from local brewers, distillers, cideries, and food producers. Or go to both; they’re only a short walk through the Seaport District from each other. Dessert Showcase: 11am-5:30pm, Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., South Boston, tickets from $30. Brew Fest: 3-6pm, Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, South Boston, tickets from $45.
Sunday: HONK. It’s a parade. It’s a concert. It’s a political movement. And it’s LOUD. Honk is a festival of brass bands from all traditions: New Orleans second line brass bands, European Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Afro Bloc and Frevo, all coming together to make a whole lot of noise. Parade 12-2, from Davis to Harvard Squares on Mass. Ave., Somerville and Cambridge, free.
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Where are you spending Christmas? What about New Year’s Eve? Have you bought your tickets yet? If not, you probably should. This week. It turns out that, according to Kayak, October 11 is the cheapest time to buy flights for those holidays. (If you haven’t bought tickets for Thanksgiving yet, we’re sorry: the best say was way back on September 6.) So buy soon, because prices could go up as much as 50% if you wait. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Where this well choreographed Corps member now resides: Cambridge
When did the dancing bug bite you? I’ve been dancing since high school. I got into it because my high school dance teacher was so great at showing students the incredible breadth of the dance world.
What are your dancing outlets here in Boston? I dance with a few companies here in Boston: BoSoma Dance Company, Urbanity Dance, and Jazz, Inc..
What goes through your head while performing? I’m making corrections in my head, like any good dancer should.
I’m guessing you’re day job—a librarian at Milton Academy—doesn’t give you much opportunity to burst into dance. As a librarian, what excites you? I actually used to work in political and community organizing. I got interested in library science to promote access to information, yes, but also because I discovered I could use libraries as institutions of economic and political empowerment. A good library is a tool for low-income and disenfranchised communities. How exciting is that?
What book is on your nightstand? I just opened “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and I just finished Mindy Kaling’s book, which was hilarious.
Favorite movie? I’m generally not into movies, but I love “When Harry Met Sally…”I watch it at least once a year. I’ll definitely have what she’s having.
Speaking of romance, define your dream guy. I want him to have ambition. He’s got to be open-minded, and maybe a little adventurous. I want him to care about his health - physical, emotional, and financial (take that how you will). And he needs to be a generally happy person, like me. I can walk, I have a home, I can breathe clean air. That’s a lot of good stuff, right?.
You and some of your Corps comrades put the karaoke competition at Club Café to shame with your singing capabilities. What’s your go-to song? “Pop” by ’N Sync. I dance onstage, too. I need a song with a dance breakdown.
What song currently gets you in the partying mood? “Peanut Butter” by RuPaul. That’s my getting-ready-for-GQB song.
Describe your role at a TWC event. We chat up people, we connect them. I had this friend who came to an event and said, “The name, TWC, is so perfect because I felt so welcomed.”
Why is this “welcoming” component important to you? To make a city gay-friendly, there are a lot of things that should be available, most of which are provided by an LGBT center, which we don’t have here. We’re providing a service that no other organization seems to be doing. The mission of TWC is more than what people think it is. It’s so well thought out.
Corey demonstrated his killer moves to interviewer and Corps alum Fred Durso #4042, who blogs at freddurso.wordpress.com.
Getting to Know: Corps Member Annie Thompson #5725
Hometown: By the beach in Los Angeles, California. (I hear all the time that I’m crazy for moving here.)
The beach-less neighborhood she now calls home: South End
Your Corps bio says you love the number 13. What’s the story behind the number? Well, I was born on Friday October 13, my younger brother was born on my half-birthday, April 13, and my sister was born on my birthday nine years later. My college softball number was 13. I think that there is beauty in the number 13. It represents uniqueness and acceptance of the person I am regardless of what others think.
Are you equally obsessed with softball as you are with 13? Softball is my favorite thing in the world. I’ve played for 18 years and ended up playing at Simmons College. I’m always looking for more opportunities to play!
What’s your day job? I work in advancement and alumni relations at Simmons College.
Dream job? I would love to travel and work for women’s education and human rights. Think “Three Cups of Tea”minus the outrageous scandal.
Since you’re a baker, what’s your go-to dessert? My specialties are definitely red velvet cupcakes and apple blackberry pies. I also baked and decorated a Harry Potter themed cake for my sister’s Bat Mitzvah a few years ago.
Name one guilty pleasure. Red-headed slut shots.
Do you have a favorite TV show? “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”
If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Hillary Clinton, hands down. She is my idol. I would love to hug her and then just spend an hour with her talking about her life and everything she has been through. Maybe put glitter on her on my way out.
What are some of the highlights—or lowlights—of your worst date ever? It was in high school and I was showing my mom’s friend’s son around. Apparently, he thought it was a date but I was not under the same impression. We went out to get sushi in Santa Monica near my house and then I dropped him off where he was staying. Before he got out of the car he sneak attacked and kissed me. My foot was on the break pedal and my car shot forward with surprise. It was awful. I called my best friend that night and came out to her.
Sum yourself up in one word. Eigenzinnige, which means quirky in Dutch.
Miley Cyrus: Dancing Queen or Hot Mess? Hot Mess. [Corps member] Steve Dyer is a much better twerker. Just sayin’.
Name a song you can’t get enough of. “Roar” by Katy Perry. Guaranteed to put a smile on my face.
What makes you laugh uncontrollably? The movie “Bridesmaids” and DamnYouAutocorrect.com.
What was your reason for joining the Corps?I was looking to meet new friends and help create a fun and safe space for others to have a great experience like I did. I also got to glitter people. Huge bonus.
Was there something you learned about yourself as a Corps member? I learned that I am more comfortable in Boston then I have been anywhere else I have lived. I am surrounded by people that love me and love glitter as much as I do. I am myself here, and The Welcoming Committee has been a big part of that.
Annie was interviewed by Corps alum Fred Durso #4142, who blogs at freddurso.wordpress.com and can’t wait to sample her apple blackberry pie.
Lorde is everywhere right now. More specifically, her newest single, “Royals,” is everywhere right now. Like, it’s probably playing on the radio as you read this. Also, there is a dubstep remix. And the requisite Pentatonix cover. Lorde is the first woman to top the US Billboard Alternative chart since Tracy Bronman in 1996, and “Royals” beat out Alanis Morissette's “You Oughta Know” for the longest reign by a woman at the top of the same chart. For a 16-year-old from suburban Auckland (yes, the one in New Zealand), she’s made it pretty big. Especially since her song is about not being rich. Oh, and her real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor. Yeah, we like Lorde better, too.
The government is shut down, but TWC parties on. Whether or not the CDC can comment on the festivities, GQB on Friday night is going down. Check out what else is in store:
Thursday: Didn’t manage to score VIP tickets to Boston Fashion Week’s runway show finale? Not to worry, there are plenty more events this weekend. Check out fashion photography projected in the Cyclorama, or a student show at Copley Place.
Friday: GQB turns six! Join us in Cambridge, where it all began, for a night of all the usual festivities. Last month at Tequila Rain we over 800 members showed up, so get on the list to find out where we’re going this time. 9pm, Cambridge (venue announced Thursday), $5.
Saturday: It’s October, which can only mean one thing: Octoberfest. Boston’s Harpoon Brewery is celebrating for the 24th year with beer, bratwurst, bands, and more beer. 2-9pm, doors close at 7:30, 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, $20.
Sunday: The Boston Local Food Festival is bringing sustainability, local agriculture, cooking demonstrations, and, most importantly, food trucks to the Greenway this Sunday. Shop, eat, learn, enjoy. 11am-5pm, Rose Kennedy Greenway at Atlantic Ave. and Milk St., Boston, free.
Have a story, event, or beer stein that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sporty gays should know that registration for the Santa Speedo Run on December 14 in Boston opens today. The event is a fundraiser for the Play Ball Foundation, which works with local kids to teach them life skills through sports. Spots fill up quick, so if you’re looking to go for a frigid run with plenty of bikinied and be-speedoed friends, sign up soon.
Two of our favorite memes, @horse_ebooks on Twitter and PronunciationBook on Youtube, are actually one and the same. And part of a giant art project. Which has been going on for five years. And has culminated in a video game.
Lesbian WNBA players receive fouls for kissing each other. On the cheek. Pretty much everyone can agree that that’s excessive.
Madonna’s “Secret Project” is finally revealed, and everyone goes, “Wait, what?”
And everyone has been posting this, but really, it just seems like straight people problems.
Here at TWC HQ, we’re continuing to take shit over, and have been hard at work to make this fall utterly ridiculous. From Museums and Author Salons to Newbie Parties and our biggest lesbian takeover yet, here’s what’s in store:
Guerrilla Queer Bar Birthday. October 4th. 9pm. 6 years ago GQB started with 30 people at a bar in Central Square. And now we’re headed back to that particular side of the river with hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of gays. Want in on location specifics? Join the movement here. #We’reAdorableAndSuperFun #EspeciallyWhenWe’reWearingWarPaint #AndWhenItsOurBirthday
Speed Dating. October 11th. 7pm. Welcome to our complete bastardization of speed dating for gay men. Normally you sit in lines, talk to 4 people for 10 minutes and leave with a name tag. This time, you’ll be standing in circles, talking to 18 men for 4 minutes a piece and leaving with a new list of love interests and friends. Wanna know more? Click here and you shall receive.
Flannel Takeover Company, 3rd Saturdays. October 19th. 9pm. Lesbians rejoice, this is Guerrilla Queer Bar for women on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Last months over 400 of you stormed Who’s On First in the Fenway area for our largest FTC to date. This month is going to be even better. Want to join us and take back what’s rightfully ours? Join the movement here. And check out what Autostraddle had to say about FTC here.
Tomorrow, September 27, is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Though gay and bisexual men are still the most vulnerable, it’s now clear that LGBTQ equality is important to stop the spread of HIV. States that enact anti-gay laws see, on average, an increase of 4 HIV cases per 100,000 people. Fighting for laws like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, is now more important than ever. See how you can get involved. It could save your life.
Hometown: Chicago. As Kanye West said, “I’m so Chi that you thought I was bashful.” (For the record, I’m not bashful.)
His current neighborhood: South End.
What’s your day job? I helped open a charter school last year, and I now work there as a learning specialist/special education teacher for sixth graders.
What is something most people don’t know about you? I abhor ketchup. The smell makes me a bit queasy.
Who’s your favorite superhero? I’m kind of a huge geek for this kind of stuff. It’s a toss up. I love Batman. He’s complex while being just a regular dude who wants to do the right thing. Him or Gambit from the X-Men. Such a stud. And he throws cards. Baller.
I believe you’re one of the Corps members that has a karaoke obsession. What is your go-to song? Obsession is strong, but I do find myself at Club Café almost every Wednesday. Currently? “Bad” by Michael Jackson or “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé.
What song would you like to sing, but you don’t since it’s out of your range? Or has that ever stopped you from singing it? One of my singing idols is Christina Aguilera. While she has lost some of her luster (mostly because her song writing is just not as good as it use to be), she used to kill it back in the day. I can pretty much accurately sing “What a Girl Wants” and “Walk Away,” but sadly I have to do it an octave lower. Definitely not as impressive.
Favorite Stevie Wonder song? So this dude is actually my music idol (and the greatest singer of all time, I would argue). I would have to say it’s a toss up between “You Met Your Match” and “I Was Made to Love Her.”
Which Boston-area bar do you frequent regularly? Outside of Club Café I find myself at Sister Sorel and Drink the most.
If you were forced to keep one personal item and toss out the rest of your belongings, what item would you keep? I have a manila folder covered in pictures of my family and stuffed full of all of the cards, letters, and notes of love and encouragement that I have received since my junior year of high school. It’s about the width of a football now and I bring it everywhere I go. That, or my copy of “Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Name one celebrity crush. Hands down, Kit Harrington, who is better known as Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones.” I just wanna play with his hair.
What brings you to tears? People at their best, when harm is done to children, or a perfectly timed chord progression/resolution in a song.
How has being a member of the Corps aided your coming-out experience? While I was out to most of my close friends and associates in college, I didn’t come out to my parents until after I joined the Corps. I remember telling the Corps members at our first brunch that I hadn’t come out to my parents but had planned on doing it soon. They regaled me with their coming-out stories—the glorious and the tragic. It was great for me to know that I had this incredible group of friends who had been through what I was about to go through and would support me no matter what. When I got back to Boston after telling my parents, the Corps members surprised me at the airport with a glittered sign that said “Andrew, We Love You!” It was one of the nicest things anyone had ever done for me.
What does TWC mean to you? It wasn’t until I dove into TWC that I really felt like I had found my own place in Boston where I could fully be me. To me, TWC screams what community should be: a group where you come as you are and someone will always have a hug to give and some glitter to spread on your face. I needed that, and I think everyone who walks through the doors of one of our events realizes that they need it a little bit, too.
Fashion. Music. And a whole lot of glitter. Welcome to your weekend.
Thursday: Whether you’re a fashion fanatic or have only heard of Proenza Schouler from that video, you’ll probably want to see the duo behind the brand, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, speak as part of Boston Fashion Week. 6:30pm, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, $15 students and members, $20 non-members.
Friday: Starting Friday, Harvard Square will be covered in music for the New England Americana Festival. Check out acts in Winthrop Park, Brattle Square, Tommy Doyle’s, and even Tasty Burger. Friday through Sunday, venues around Harvard Square, Cambridge, free.
Saturday: The Donkey Show might be the gayest piece of theater ever staged in Boston, but straight people seem to be enjoying it a little too much. Rude. Join over 150 TWCers as we reclaim the glitter-fest for our own and dance the night away. 10:30pm, Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge, $20 with TWC discount.
Sunday: Open Streets is back, this time taking over Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. Enoy your streets with free performances, outdoor fitness, and art. 1-5pm, Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, free.
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Want to know what goes into a wedding announcement in the New York Times? Here are the most popular words, tracked over time. And yes, same-sex marriages are on the rise, but commitment ceremonies peaked in 2005. Just don’t say “Phi Beta Kappa.”
Best Place To… Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, Guilt Free
So Wednesday was National Cheeseburger Day, and to celebrate we asked the Corps to name their favorite cheeseburgers last week. We got a lot of submissions for veggie burgers, though, so we just had to share those, too. Here’s what the Corps has to say about the best vegetarian burgers in Boston:
Corey says, “The only place I’ve found in Boston that serves Niman Ranch burgers is Ashmont Grill, which I generally like because it’s the only restaurant in that area of Dorchester that’s even halfway decent. Delicious drinks and the bartenders will generally talk your ear off about their exploits at the white party.”
Fred says, “My pick is the Garden Burger at Boston Beer Works, served on a “buttery grilled bun” and honey dijon dressing. Top off that bad boy with some crumbled blue cheese, and you’ve got a party in your mouth. Don’t forget to order a side of sour cream & chive fries for added ecstasy (the legal kind).”
Andrew says, “The mushroom-tofu burger at Sam’s on the Waterfront is delicious. They have tasty drinks, indoor and outdoor seating on the waterfront and live music too. It’s located right next to the ICA, which means it perfectly positioned for a pre- or post-date meetup.”
Have a story, event, or black bean burger that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where the coffeeaholic now resides: Central Square
What’s your caffeinated brew of choice? I can remember the moment when I had my first espresso while in Rome during my senior year of high school. I thought it was amazing. Latte is now a standard. Sip Café [in Boston’s Post Office Square] is probably my favorite coffee spot in the city.
What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have a sleep disorder where I’m tired all the time, which works quite nicely with my love of napping.
That explains all the coffee. Does alcohol also get you charged? I’m not a super big drinker. Very rarely do I get anywhere near anything approaching sloppy. I’m the lady of the Corps.
What’s your day job? I manage IT Support and Services for a startup that does mobile app marketing.
As a self-proclaimed nerd, how do you geek out? Over the last two years, I’ve watched all episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. I also just finished the book Dune, which makes me a big nerd (and simultaneously a terrible one for not having read it until now). I’m a fan of classical music from the Renaissance and Medieval periods. The polyphony and the hauntingly beautiful dissonances are exquisite.
Do you sing solo? Yes, when I’m alone. I’m not awesome at karaoke because of my range. Most male singers in pop music are tenors and I’m in the bass range. Actually, Annie Lennox’s voice works pretty well for me.
You’re 6’7”. Have you ever dated anyone taller than you? I went on a date with a guy who was 6’8”, which was a little weird, but also kind of awesome. I love cuddling with someone around the same height as me; it makes it decidedly less awkward when I want to be the little spoon. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s pretty great.
Favorite animal? I feel like my spirit animal is a baby giraffe. It goes back to being tall and a little awkward, which I’m hoping is endearing. I also like penguins.
What key qualities do you look for in a friend? They should to be good at communicating, though comfortable with silence. A healthy amount of nerdiness is important, as is social aptitude – and also an appreciation for Arrested Development.
What’s one of your guilty pleasures? Given the opportunity, I can eat an entire bag of salt and vinegar potato chips in a single sitting. I should also never, under any circumstances, be left alone with a jar of Nutella.
Delicious. When you’re not keeping Frito-Lay in business, how else do you unwind? Napping, running, yoga, board gaming, cycling.
How avid a cyclist are you? On weekends, I typically bike from 20 to 60 miles.
Why did you join the Corps? On one hand, it was an opportunity to meet new people. On the other hand, while I certainly had gay friends before moving to Boston, I never had a solid group of gays and the experience of having sustained gay space. Once I experienced it, I realized how important it was to me. I heard about TWC and loved that the core of its mission is to make comfortable spaces in more places; it’s important for gay people to have those opportunities.
How would you describe your fellow Corps mates? They have this boundless energy. They’re a loving, caring, crazy group of people.
This is huge: today, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Furthermore, if you talk like a pirate at Krispy Kreme, you will get a free doughnut. And if you wear at least three of eight officially recognized pirate accessories, you get a dozen free doughnuts. Sadly, most of the Krispy Kreme shops in New England closed in 2006, and the offer isn’t valid in Connecticut, but TWCers in Philadelphia and elsewhere can take advantage of this delicious offer. Ahoy, mateys!
Sweater weather is here, and it’s the third weekend of September, which means it’s time for FTC! Here’s what else you shouldn’t miss in Boston this weekend:
Thursday: Icona Pop is fresh, hot, and their newest video pays homage to drag ball culture. We couldn’t be more enthused. Catch them if you can before tickets sell out. 9pm, Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, tickets from $20.
Friday: This week kicks off the Big E, the fair of the Easter States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Here you’ll find everything you didn’t think existed above the Mason-Dixon line, at least not on this scale: a carnival, horse show, cheese and wine competitions, and, of course, fried everything. 10am-10pm through September 29, West Springfield, tickets from $15.
Saturday: This month Flannel Takeover Company will be wreaking havoc on a bar downtown in what promises to be our biggest event yet. Make sure you’re on the list to find out the venue. 9pm-2am, Downtown Boston, $5.
Sunday: Over 200 artists open their studios at once in this year’s South End Open Studios. High rollers can purchase artwork, but everyone can enjoy in-house demonstrations and talks with the artists. Plus, it finishes in time for you to watch Neil Patrick Harris host this year’s Emmys. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm, South End, Boston, free.
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You probably already know about Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who plays Sophia Burset on Orange Is The New Black. But do you know about these other trans* people who are tearing up the entertainment scene? You should.
Best Place To… Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day
So, September 18 (next Wednesday, if you have trouble counting) is National Cheeseburger Day, so of course we had to announce the best cheeseburger in Boston. The problem? After sampling several hundred cheeseburgers, we couldn’t decide on the best one. Also, we were so full that we couldn’t even type. So, we asked our esteemed Corps members about their favorite burgers, and here are their answers:
Antigoni says, “Coming from a foodie, and ridiculous burger fiend, I’d say Ten Tables cheeseburger takes the cake. Local grass-fed beef, cheddar, caramelized onions, house sauce…farm fresh egg just oozing out. All on a pretty little bun. Tears. Oh, and they have Beerger Mondays. Oh, and the spicy jalapeno cheeseburger from Tasty Burger at 2:30am after GQB in Fenway.”
Andrew says, “R.F. O’Sullivan’s in Somerville has over 25 burgers with amazing toppings, and all burgers are made with freshly ground sirloin. The place has a bunch of accolades too, and has been featured on Phantom Gourmet.”
Coco says, “Uburger at the Curry Center at Northeastern University makes the best burger on campus (and in the area). Just make sure you have a significant amount of time, because it will take a solid 10-15 minutes to get your burger. Fun stuff: a burger on a salad. I know I like my salads to come with burgers on them.”
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The world is filled with important questions: What is the meaning of life? What killed the dinosaurs? Are you going to finish those fries? Here’s one we found the answer to, though: Why are Vines six seconds long?
The weekend starts tonight this week with a hopsy Wednesday Bonus! Check out what’s in store for Boston:
Wednesday Bonus: Backlash Beer is turning 2, and they’re celebrating with (surprise!) beer! Be the first to try their new Outbreak Imperial IPA or just sample their other great ales and food pairings. 7-10pm, Tommy Doyle’s Harvard Square, 96 Winthrop St., Cambridge, free.
Thursday: New York may have cancelled Fashion Night Out, but Boston is keeping up the traditions with Back Bay Night Out tomorrow. Businesses on Newbury Street, Boylston Street, Copley Place, and the Prudential Center will have special deals, tastings, and gifts. 5pm, Back Bay, Boston, free.
Friday: Tango aficionados and hopeless romantics should head over to Weeks Bridge, where the Tango Society of Boston gives tango lessons and demonstrations under the name Tango by Moonlight. 7-11pm, Weeks Bridge, Cambridge, free.
Saturday: As if you didn’t have enough reasons to visit the Taza Chocolate Factory, every Saturday in September they’re having a pop-up pastry shop featuring local celebrity chefs. This weekend’s guest will be Nicole Rhode of Flour Bakery. Chocolate and pastries? We don’t think it could get any better. 10:30am-1pm, 561 Windsor St., Somerville, free.
Sunday: Explore three awesome cities in a few short hours on the Red Line Ride, a crawl through some awesome neighborhoods with giveaways, food, music, and more food. It’s not like you don’t spend half your weekend on the red line, anyways, right? 12pm, Downtown Crossing, Boston, free.
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Giovanni’s Room, founded in 1973 on South Street in Philadelphia, is the oldest continuously operating queer bookstore in the country and is now up for sale. Ed Hermance, who has run the store for 37 years, hopes to keep the business open under a new owner, but will have to sell it completely if no one steps up. Anyone looking to go into the book business?