Can't you see the gays hanging out here? Um, I can. So don't miss what's happening for 2013 in your city and town for lecture series. Harvard isn't the only university or college that does lecture series. Libraries do them; nonprofits do them; museums do them; aquariums, historic sites, audubon groups and activists of all sorts do them. Yeah, you'll meet straight folks but lots of them know LGBT people these days. Even Honey Boo Boo has an out queer redneck uncle!
The University of Maryland and San Diego State University both host as annual LGBT lecture series and there are so many other colleges that do this. And apart from hanging with an exclusively LGBT crowd, what else do you want to learn about this year? Check out what's available and get on it now.
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2. Fundraisers. It could be a fundraiser to fight cancer like the Maine Tri for a Cure that many lesbians love to support or how about LGBT civil rights events. One of my favorites is ArtErotica that is put on by the Octopus Club in Austin, Texas to raise money to provide emergency financial assistance to those living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. Now this is just one of at least a dozen events that this group does annually. For over 20 years ArtErotica has been one of the most unique and scintillating art events in Austin. From lust to love, ArtErotica has it all: painted art, sculpture, fabrication, kitsch and live-on-the-spot art being created as part of the evening.
So whether it's your local HRC chapter, the HIV/AIDS group or your state's gay marriage effort you’ll find lgbt family all over the place at these happenings. I love to walk into a room where we "own" what's going on. But don't forget other nonprofit events that our LGBT crowd likes to support like theatre, the symphony, the local museum and animal shelters.
3. Cooking classes and wine tastings. We all have to eat! And it's really cool to be the one putting out a meal that has your friends begging for more. I love cooking classes, and I've gone to quite a few over the years. One of my favorites was at the Whole Foods Headquarters in Austin, TX. It was a wine tasting and dinner event.
The wine all came from a family owned vineyard, Davis Family Vineyards. They had an amazing Riesling; barely a hint of sweetness, oily, full of lingering mineral flavors and served with an amazing appetizer created by the lead Whole Foods chef. Can you say major fun? Plus I met a number of single lesbians at this event who also enjoy wine and good food. No Whole Foods cooking classes in your city? Then start looking around for where there are cooking classes and special food events.
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4. Local community classes. this can be a goldmine for meeting LGBT folks. Again, we are smart and love learning! Community Education classes range from health and fitness events to plumbing, electricity and car repair. I've got a slew of lesbian friends who have attended these classes after buying a house or car. If you've got a special talent or skill, this might be a place for you to offer to teach a class. I've got a few friends doing this and its been a great way to meet others in the LGBT community. Keep Reading ...