A Night out with DoF Sponsors.

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Planning what to do this weekend? BPSF has a few ideas!

Ya’ll remember what a great time we had at DoF 2015, right? Well, it couldn’t have all been possible without the awesome businesses that donated to our cause. So when you going out this weekend, after calling all your friends on you Cricket Wireless phone, why not hit up The Root Cellar for Happy Hour? This elegant and affordable cafe has everything from soup to nuts right in the heart of downtown San Marcos.

Then, head over to Sunset Bowling for a few frames! You can book a party or pay for you lane and shoes individually. Either way, the price is right and the lanes are open until midnight.

Still up? Good news, Pie Society’s social parlor is open late on weekends! Grab yourself a night cap and toast to our fabulous sponsors!

She told a little girl that everything would be OK. The little girl was herself 10 years ago.

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The Facebook was being fussy so we figured we’d post it here! This touching read from upworthy.com    

makes us wonder what would you say to your younger self? Does “It Get Better”?

Tweet us your letter to yourself @Bobcat_PrideSF!

Transgender Day Of Visibility

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March 31st is Transgender Day Of Visibility!

It’s a time to celebrate the Trans* people in your life with an outpouring of LOVE, understanding and education. Here is a great Buzzfeed article on the 10 things you can do to bring light to the lives of Trans* folks and help stop transphobic and cissexist behavior.

If you can’t make it out to one of your cities events to mark the day, you can join in via Facebook with the Transgender Day of Visibility’s page.  Check out stories and inspiration or add a story of your own on twitter using the hashtag #ThisIsWhatTransLooksLike .

Since your here, check out the great blog Call Him Hunter and follow the story of one family making the journey through transition together.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Hit The MARC

Drag out Funny 2015 has come and gone. The show was amazing and all the performers were top notch. However, now is a time to shed a little more light on some other kind folks who helped make the show a success. Over the next few weeks we’d like to introduce you to the people and businesses that ponied-up for a good cause, our sponsors!

Starting out with this year’s fantastic venue, The MARC! themarcThis giant club in the heart of The Square boasts big name performers and DJ’s, along with weekly theme nights.  For information on their upcoming events, specials and performers, check out the website or follow @The Marc on Twitter.  Now, how ’bout a big ‘ol hands up in the air “WHOOOO-HOOOO” for The Marc!

20 Questions, with Chitah Daniels Kennedy

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We had the distinct pleasure of sitting down for a question and answer session, with Chitah Daniels Kennedy this week.  Chitah is getting ready to host the 4th Annual Drag Out Funny, at The Marc, on February 8th, but she was able to make some time to talk to us.

What do you do, when Boy George is between you and your stage?  What three things should every drag queen have in her bag of tricks?  Can you ever have too many wigs?  Let’s find out!

BPSF: How long have you lived in San Marcos?

CDK: I am a native San Martian. Other than a stint in NYC, I’ve been here since the Balcones fault was active.

BPSF: How has San Marcos changed in that time, from an LGBTQ perspective?

CDK: Because of Rainbow Night, Lambda of Texas State’s Bobcat Ball, and Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund’s Drag Out Funny the LGBTQ community has become more visible in San Marcos. We had our first San Marcos pride event in September & the turnout was great! And now that Stonewall Warehouse is open our community finally has a spot to meet, seven days a week. San Marcos is catching up.

BPSF: What are you looking for next, for San Marcos?

CDK: More progress. San Marcos made great strides last year. But, it’s just the beginning. The fight for equality is ongoing. Texas is still one if the most backward states when it comes to LGBTQ issues. The right to marry, same-sex couple adoption, protection against school bullying, anti-discrimination laws concerning housing & employment; none of this exists in Texas, and this unfortunate fact needs to change. So, get active, my fellow San Martians! Support LGBTQ causes & organizations. Volunteer. Donate. Vote. Demand that our rights become equal.

BPSF: So, you spent some time in New York City. What made you decide to come back here?

CDK: The call of my heart, child. Family, friends, the river. It’s San Marvelous after all. I love NYC. It will always be a second home. Even though it’s changed dramatically since I lived there, I still love the rush of being in the Big Apple. La Gran Manzana! But, Texas suits me just fine. I like the heat.

BPSF: Did you bring any NYC back to Texas, or any Texas to NYC?

CDK: I took an outlaw Texas spirit to NYC. I brought back a take no BS NYC attitude. Charming combo.

BPSF: How did you get started with drag performances?

CDK: I got my start in NYC’s East Village doing theater. I was cast in a good friend’s final NYU directing project. Moliere’s “The Seductive Countess”. I was the seductive countess of course. Shortly thereafter, I got a part in an off-off-off-Broadway play , written by drag legend Linda Simpson, called “The Trannychase”, at P.S. 122.

My first lip-synch drag performance was on the pool table in Dick’s Bar (a notorious East Village dive). It was Valentine’s Day & I did Peggy Lee’s “Fever”. This all happened in quick succession, & child, I’ve been up in drags ever since. 

BPSF: Tell me more about the pool table performance. That must have gotten quite a reaction.

CDK: My roommate (at the time) & lifelong best friend, Brian Mitchell, got me the Valentine’s day gig. He had just starting bartending at Dick’s, & I was there every night. I got really worked up about the show & wanted to cancel. Brian encouraged me & said I could do it. He was right.

When I arrived at the party that night, the bar was full of friends & people from the neighborhood. Everyone was so nice & supportive. They just wanted to have fun. Now, the pool table was covered with plywood & the boys at Dick’s made makeshift steps out beer boxes. It was almost a proper stage. There was even lighting, with pink gels!

I was a hit in my vintage black shirt dress (which I still have & wore for the first Drag Out Funny), cheetah print high heels, & Valentine’s Day corsage. I also did “Love will keep us together” by the Captain & Tennille. Everyone loved it & I had a blast, I have been hooked on drag ever since.

Brian now owns a wine bar in Brooklyn. His place, Brookvin, is one of Drag Out Funny’s platinum sponsors. The moral of this story is, supportive lifelong friends are important. And, never throw out a good vintage black shirt dress. You can wear it anywhere.

BPSF: You must have a lot of crazy stories about performing. Do you have a favorite?

CDK: One night I kicked Boy George off of a stage. Not with my high heel shoe mind you. I was the sometime hostess of this Friday night party at FC29 in the East Village. Boy & his entourage came in & took the place over.

At show time I made my entrance through the crowd, mic in hand, welcoming everyone. When I reached the stage Boy was sitting on the stage in my direct path. I said “Boy George you are gonna have to move! This is my show.” He looked a little stunned but he obliged.

During my number, a cover of the Violent Femmes “Add it up”, he tipped me with a £10 note.

After the show I went over to thank him for being a good sport & to gush about how I had always loved him. He didn’t say a word, he held up his finger telling me to wait, opened his bag & pulled out a camera. He took his Philip Treacy hat off & put it on my head, snapped my picture & then gave me a huge hug. I don’t know what he meant by any of it, but I took it as a blessing.

BPSF: When you’re not dancing on pool tables, or stealing the show from Boy George, how do you spend your time? Do you have any guilty pleasures?

CDK: Jet setting, family, friends, pampering myself, & quiet self reflection. I also spend a fair amount of time on trying to save the world by being nice. I’m not always successful, but I keep trying.

My current guilty pleasures are Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos & “Vanderpump Rules”. It’s shameful. I’m deeply flawed.

BPSF: I’ve heard that you can sometimes be spotted at hot yoga. Do you have a Zen side?

CDK: Gee thanks. Now my stalkers know where to find me. I am barely dressed in my hot yoga class. How will they keep the paparazzi away? So much for my Zen side.

BPSF: If you won a million dollars tomorrow, what would you do with the money?

CDK: First, I would make a generous donation to the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund. Then, I would have to spend the rest on wigs, false eyelashes, & pantyhose.

BPSF: What was your favorite class in school?

CDK: It’s a toss-up between Drama & Psychology.

BPSF: Whenever I see interviews like this, they seem to eventually get around to “Beatles or Rolling Stones?” Let’s change that up a bit: Taylor or Miley?

CDK: Tina Turner… Taylor & Miley, they have both been guilty pleasures. “We run things. Things don’t run we!” Lol! I was just dancing to “Shake It Off” before we started this interview. Bible!

BPSF: Alright then, Beatles or Rolling Stones? Or Elvis?

CDK: This is a terrible question! I can’t choose… I will put them in order. Stones, Elvis, Beatles. But ask me tomorrow & my answer could be different.

BPSF: You always look fabulous. Any pointers for aspiring drag queens?

CDK: Thank you! I do try. It’s work. But it’s fun work. I encourage young queens to have their own perspective. There really are no rules. Drag is a many wondrous thing. So, go for it! Show us what you got child! Have fun. And when in doubt, oversized sunglasses & Chanel lipstick can get you through any situation.

BPSF: Where did the name Chitah Daniels Kennedy come from?

CDK: It was inspired by Chita Rivera, a cheetah, booze, & JFK Jr. CDK sounds like the name of a woman with a past. A past she escaped. Well, almost escaped. Hence the tag line: socialite, superstar, slut. It’s a play on soap opera characters, society mavens, & drag queens with long convoluted names.

BPSF: There are so many great performers across the country and here in Texas, who were your favorites to work with and why?

CDK: Uh, this is going to be a long list. Lady Bunny, Mistress Formika, Sweetie, Linda Simpson, Jayne County, Justin Vivian Bond, Sherry Vine, Candis Cayne, Girlina/Lina Bradford, Miss Guy, Michael Tee, Joey Arias, Jackie Beat, Peppermint Gummybear, Milan, Laverne Cox, Jimmy James… I’m just name-dropping here. The list could go on with all the brilliant artists I’ve been lucky enough to work with. I could never pick a favorite. They are all special & have their own unique magic.

I try to steal material from each & every one of them.

BPSF: Your next big show is Drag Out Funny; what should people expect when they come out to see you?

CDK: Well from me, the people should expect to see flawless, stunning beauty. Lol!!!

Seriously, what everyone should expect to see is a great & fun show. Caroline Bassett & Daniel Rugg Webb are both returning this year. They both received national attention this year for their comedy & activism. We have Pannica Tack, Empress XXI of the United Court of Austin making her Drag Out Funny debut. Up and coming recording artist Chris Skinner is going to make us all swoon.

This year’s lineup is an exciting mix. Drag queens, comics, singers, burlesque, performance art… and I am just talking about Daniel Rugg Webb! Lol! It’s a very talented group of artist. I can’t wait to see the show.

BPSF: Do you perform at many non-profit or charity events and if so, why?

CDK: Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund is my main cause. I also support AIDS Walk Austin & NYC. I love Community Word Project in NYC. They bring literacy & arts education to children in underserved communities. Art will save the world. So will being nice & generous, I am always willing to help a good cause with a donation or a performance.

I am also readily available to work for profit. Message me!

BPSF: What is it about Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund that made you want to donate your time to come and perform for this particular crowd/event?

CDK: The work that Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund does is so important. The scholarships, Camp Pride Leadership Conference, emergency resources all for LGBTQ Texas State students! It was a no brainer child! I jumped at the opportunity to work & be a part of it. In addition to the money raised, Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund brings the community together. Students, faculty, locals all come together to support a LGBTQ cause. The organization makes a positive impact on the future.

It’s an honor & a pleasure to perform at Drag Out Funny every year. I have been the hostess/mc of the 3 previous shows, and I am very excited to back for the 4th Annual Drag Out Funny “Lipstick & ‘Staches” show. I always have blast hosting this wacky hybrid drag/comedy/burlesque/performance art/variety show.

For more information about Drag Out Funny, check out our event page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/824537524252420/

The New Year is a Great Time for PFLAG!

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The Holidays are swiftly coming to an end. As we head towards the new year, it’s a great time to talk about those folks you spent the last week or so with. Recently, BPSF’s very own Ted Marchut attended the Austin PFLAG conference to learn more about the organization and how to start a chapter in San Marcos.

For those of you unfamiliar with PFLAG, they offer, “support to LGBTQI people, as well as their families and allies” and have a mission for, “a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.”

To get the whole history and mission statement of the organization, check out their about us section.

Held at  the Live Oak Unitarian Church, the conference focused on education and, “…covered topics from how to work with the media, to how to provide support to faith parents and families” reports Ted.  There were also guest speakers, including a couple in the process of taking a marriage rights case through the court system and a women who came out at the age of 60.  Ultimatly, the day-long experience was about sharing perspectives says Ted, ” the big thing I took away, was a better understanding of the perspectives of so many people, from transgender people, to parents working through issues of faith, and of how important it is, to be open and understanding of the experiences of others.  I think I also came away with a lot of new tools and resources, to be a stronger ally to the LGBTQI community. “

With 2015 just days away it’s exciting to know that San Marcos is well on its way to having its own PFLAG chapter. Thanks to Ted for taking the lead on this project and getting a much needed resource to San Marcos. The San Marcos chapter hopes to be up and running by the early part of the year.

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Happy Hanukkah

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Tonight Hanukkah begins at sundown. I know I’ll be busy eating latkes until I explode. Although not a major holiday in the Jewish calender, now is as good a time as any to shed some light on the LGBTQ Jewish community. In the award winning documentary film Trembling Before G_D film maker,Sandi Simcha DuBowski  highlights the struggle some LGBTQ members of the Jewish faith must overcome. It you haven’t seen this movie, tonight’s a great night to check it out. The film is at times a hard watch but coupled with hope. If your interested in learning more about LGBTQ Jewish organizations, check out the Keshet organization and Nehirim community pages.

Shalom!

This Anti-gay Pastor has been naughty! Let’s give him COAL!

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Planting Peace Launches Holiday HIV/AIDS Campaign In Response To Anti-Gay Pastor’s Remarks

Remember that rainbow painted house across from the Westburo Baptist Church? This group was the behind it! Once again they are fighting hatred against the LGBTQ community. This time combating the words of an Anti-Gay pastor in Arizona, calling for the extermination of gays to ,”…have an AIDS-free world by Christmas.” The group is using a little humor this holiday season, just like the Equality Rainbow House, to send a message to this hate-monger.  For every donation the organization receives to help serve the HIV/ AIDS community, they pledge to send a lump of coal to naughty Pastor Anderson! Let’s help fill Pastor Anderson’s stocking this holiday season with what he deserves, COAL! To read more on the story you can check out the Huffington Post’s story on the campaign or donate here.

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