Gay Bi Gay Gay

For the past six years, Hazey Fairless and Silky Shoemaker have been opening up their own backyard to Austin’s fierce and vibrant queer community for Gay Bi Gay Gay, an all-day, backyard, totally free mini-festival with an always incredible line-up of queer and queer friendly acts. It has become the favorite event of many – marking the end of South By Southwest, (and at least this year) the true beginning of spring, as it falls right on the vernal equinox, and is doubly blessed by the cool rays of the waning supermoon! How to possibly begin explain the infectious joy and energy this party is filled with? I think Andy Campbell from The Austin Chronicle’s own Gay Place Blog encapsulates it best as:

“a slew of queer folks and bands soaking up the sun and playing for free in an East Austin backyard. The show is all ages (and did we say free? Oh yah, we did.) and includes national and local acts in musical conversation with one another. Gay Bi Gay Gay is a blissful, sweaty, lezbotronic, faggy, lovely, mind-expanding, rump-shaking, heart-breaking, social, special, groovy (in the 1960s sense of the word), excellent (in the 1990s sense of the word), trans-positive, safe, holy, iconoclastic, warped, ripped, blitzed, bodacious, make-out instigating, heat-seeking love missile of a day. It’s the anchor of my year. Gay Bi Gay Gay, I love you.”

Amen to that! Starting at 1pm, patchwork blankets begin to cover the yard and picnics are laid out. Dancing happens on the patches of grass in-between, and the mood is loving and convivial. More than anything else, it feels like a big family reunion – and in a lot of ways, it is.

Shunda K. and Tedra

After the cut are some of my favorite images from last year’s fiesta, which was extra special for featuring a spicy dose of New Orleans queer bounce love from Katey Red, Vockah Redu, Rusty Lazer, Altercation, Ellery and a bevy of talented dancers. With last year’s line-up sporting everyone from Kid Congo Powers to Shunda K. of Yo Majesty, we can only wait with baited breath to see what this year will bring. Happily, Big Freedia will most definitely be performing – she was slated to play last year, but sadly was not able to make it, due to a dislocated shoulder. Expect surprise guests, neon face-paint, giant grins, and loads of magic if you happen to be here in Austin for it.

New Orleans Bounce legend Katey Red with emcee of the evening Rebecca Havemeyer

Doin’ the hustle. Nevermind worrying about grass-stains, just wear your favorite pantsuit!

Ellery is an artist and performer from New Orleans who never ceases to amaze…

…Especially when performing this spectacular rendition of “I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl”!

The line-up. (Photo by Chris Stout)

Many folks got their first taste of New Orleans bounce action that night!
Altercation and Big Freedia’s dancers inspired scores to learn how to pop it right.

DJ Rusty Lazer and Rocky

Suspension hooks with doll-heads made for this lovely lady’s look of the evening.

As did this adorable unicorn.

Towards the end of the night, you can expect to get rowdy with dear friends.

Or engage in heated armwrestling battles on the floor.

Monofonus Press is coming out with a beautiful book of photographs and ephemera from Gay Bi Gay Gay, which should be out soon. You can check it out and pre-order here.

One Response to “Gay Bi Gay Gay”

  1. Jeffrey Wengrofsky Says:

    Another wild party ! ! THANKS !