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Five Things You Shouldn’t Have Missed

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.)

And everyone is posting this multilingual video. Is she the new Rebecca Black? We hope not.

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Shit Gays Should Know

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!

Have a story, event, or musical number that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

The Weekly Pineapple

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.

Have a story, event, or singlet  that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

Shit Gays Should Know

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.

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Five Things You Shouldn’t Have Missed (And One You Should’ve)

You might’ve spent this weekend distracted by the changing leaves, cooling air, or that guy you met at speed dating last Friday. Not to worry, here’s everything you need to know:

  • The U.S. government is still shut down, but now we have an official photo to express how pretty much all of us are feeling.

  • Seeing “P6” posted everywhere? Here’s what’s going on.

  • Four and a half years after the campaign began, Harvey Milk becomes the first elected LGBTQ official to be recognized with a stamp.

  • Sean Lew transfixes the world with this dance to Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” Oh, and he’s 11.

  • If you’re one of the few people who is still hidden in Facebook search, soon you won’t be.

And everyone is playing this game, but we barely got more than half right. Time to go shopping!

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Shit Gays Should Know

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.

Oh, and the logo is pure Keith Haring. Amazing.

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The Weekly Pineapple

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.

Have a story, event, or crème brûlée  that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

Shit Gays Should Know

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.

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Getting to Know: Corps Member Corey Baker #2519

Hometown: Brooklyn

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.

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Corey demonstrated his killer moves to interviewer and Corps alum Fred Durso #4042, who blogs at freddurso.wordpress.com