9 queer events to attend in Los Angeles this weekend

Fall into the first weekend of October with your Big Gay Guide.


Book reading

What: Hear live readings, “Awakenings,”selected by Lambda LitFest, of literary works of stories about people’s lives and events that have contributed to LGBTQ social and spiritual awakenings.

When: 6-10 p.m.

Where: Founders Metropolitan Community Church

Admission: No cover; free tickets here.

Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn, a composer-arranger and protégé of Duke Ellington, revolutionized the American jazz movement in the mid 20th century with his pioneering music skills. Strayhorn also lived his life as an openly gay man during an oppressive and homophobic era. Photo: William Gottlieb

Billy Strayhorn

What: “Halfway to Dawn” tells the story of jazz genius Billy Strayhorn, a groundbreaking composer-arranger during the American jazz movement of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s and protégé of Duke Ellington, who never received the credit he deserved.

When: 8:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Redcat

Tickets: $12-$15

Dance Party

What: Celebrate Libra season by dancing at this 21+ “Gay Asstrology” dance party in Silver Lake.

When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: The Satellite

Admission: Free before 10 p.m., $5 after. Libras free all night.


Disneyland Gay Days

What: Be out and proud at the during Gay Days at happiest place on Earth.

When: 8 a.m.-midnight

Where: Disneyland

Tickets: Disneyland park $117, park hopper ticket $167.

Tom of Finland

The Tom of Finland home, a two-story Echo Park residence, is home to the Tom of Finland Foundation, which hosts many events on site. Photo: Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Tom of Finland Festival

What: The Tom of Finland Foundation has scheduled a two-day festival with food and drinks, an art fair, life drawing session, readings, and film screenings at the Tom of Finland house, a famous Los Angeles erotic art house.

When: noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tom of Finland House

Tickets: $10 per day

Equality Fashion Week

What: Equality Fashion Week is four days of queer fashion, models, and designers at the Montrose West Hollywood. This event will

break all the rules and defy conventional standards with a loud message of diversity and inclusion,

When: 4 – 7 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday at the rooftop Tone Lounge

Where: Montrose West Hollywood.

Admission: Free

Nik Kacy Queer Fashion

Nik Kacy Footwear is one of the queer designers who will display their collection during Equality Fashion Week in West Hollywood. Photo: Rob Eves.


Short Film Festival

What: Watch short films (30 minutes or less) about topics across the LGBTQ spectrum.

When: Saturday programs at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Sunday programs at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Where: West Hollywood City Council Chambers

Tickets: Single program $10, festival pass $35. All proceeds go towards the AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Coffee, Donuts

What: After struggling to stay open, Cuties coffee is potentially closing down if they don’t meet their Patreon goal of $12,000 by November 1. Since this could be the end of the world for Cuties, event attendees are encouraged to dress in their best apocalyptic future fashions, Mad Max inspired gear, and nuclear fallout looks.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Cuties Coffee

Admission: No cover

Best in Drag

What: A drag show that will benefit the Alliance for Housing and Healing.

When: 5:30 p.m. pre-show party; 7 p.m. show

Where: Orpheum Theatre

Tickets: $50-$500

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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