Official SXSWi LGBTQIA+ Bash & Panel Discussion
Last summer, during the Austin pride parade, we published a blog showcasing the premiere Austin lesbian event producers, Kelly Frances West and Michelle Solorzano Daly (aka. Lesbutante & the Boss). This duo continues to bring notice and opportunities to the LGBTQIA community in Austin and in a week’s time, they will be part of the SXSWi lineup, hosting an official SXSW party as well as a panel discussing global impact in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Creating Spaces for LGBTQ+ Womxn
Following the closure of the only two lesbian bars in Austin in 2012, Kelly and Michelle have made it their goal to build a strong LGBTQIA+ community in Austin and create safe spaces for lesbian women to meet and hang out. They have done this through their monthly happy hours at Sellers Underground as well as during Austin Pride weekend (for the last 4 years, they have been the hosts of the Official Womxn’s party). This year, they are also hosting a panel during SXSWi appropriately called “RIP Lesbian Bars: Creating Spaces for LGBTQ +Womxn“.
The panel, which takes place on March 10th from 12:30 to 1:30pm at the JW Marriott Salon 4, will discuss global impact in the LGBTQIA+ community. They will include the need to create spaces and build community within the LGBTQ +Womxn population without relying on brick and mortar locations (aka bars) and will talk about why cities with womxn focused events have a significantly higher attendance at Pride celebrations.
The panel will consist of:
Speaker/Moderator: Michelle Solorzano Daly of Lesbutante & the Boss, DALY & WEST
Speaker: Kelly West of Lesbutante & the Boss, Kelly Frances West, DALY & WEST
Speaker: Anita Dolce Vita of dapperQ
Speaker: Sarah Marloff of Qmmunity, Where The Girls Go/ATX, Austin Chronicle
While the panel discussion is an official badged SXSW event, Kelly and Michelle wanted to make the panel members and discussion accessible to all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. So, they are extending an invitation to interested members of the community to come and meet the panel members during their Second Friday’s Ladies Night at Sellers Underground on Friday, March 8.
Reventals is a proud sponsor of this official SXSW after party! Come meet and greet the dapperQ (Anita Dolce) panel from 9pm – 10pm, and enjoy tunes by Mariah Whitley of DJ EyeQ, and photos by Sam Auburn. The event is completely FREE although they will be collecting donations for Out Youth.
If you aren’t able to attend the panel discussion on Sunday, March 10, this is your chance to meet the speakers and some other members of the LGBTQIA+ community while attending the SXSW after party of the year!