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Bianca Del Rio is a different kind of drag queen. She doesn’t play it safe. She’s not a diva. She doesn’t impersonate Beyonce or Britney Spears. The season six winner of "RuPaul’s Drag Race," born Roy Haylock in Louisiana and now 40 years old, is her own breed of queen - one without grace, shame or apologies. So it would make sense that her "Rolodex of Hate" tour is not a…

It’s become easy enough for queer indie-film lovers to “Netflix and chill” thanks to genre designations on streaming services like “gay and lesbian films,” but it’s worth getting off the couch for this month’s screening of “Purple Skies” at Dreamland on Nov. 12 (https://www.facebook.com/events/1661577807393774/), as part of Buffalo’s queer film series Reel Queer, now in it…

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MusicalFare Theatre is asking Buffalo’s LGBT community to join it in making its opening weekend of “Pageant” — a rousing spoof of beauty pageant culture performed by an all-male, all-gay cast — absolutely fabulous. After the company’s 8 p.m. performance on Nov. 7 of the old favorite (this will be its fifth run at MusicalFare in the past 14 years), Joe Donohue of The Albri…

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This weekend’s fourth annual Trans Wellness Conference at Evergreen Commons (262 Georgia St.) offers a packed program of education, training and discussion on transgender-related health and wellness issues while also delivering a stunning showcase of art and talent from trans advocacy powerhouses Angelica Ross, Scott Turner Schofield and the local community’s matriarch, Ar…

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The Breakfast Club, 9 a.m. Oct. 3 at Betty’s Restaurant (370 Virginia St.) Not everyone makes it a late night on Friday night. If you’re the morning type then this the meet-up for you. Every first Saturday of the month, tag along with The Breakfast Club to a different locally owned restaurant in Buffalo. Make sure you RSVP correctly to the Facebook event, as the organize…

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"Empire" Premiere Party, 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23 at The MOCHA Center (1092 Main St.) If you missed the buzz around Season One of Fox’s hit series "Empire," it’s not too late to catch up. The show follows a man who is terminally ill and looking for one of his sons to take over his music empire. One of his sons, Jamal Lyons, is gay. The show’s creators have promised a second …

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With the impending change of seasons comes a change of pace. Here are three brand-new events gracing LGBT Buffalo this week. Butch/Femme Kinship Meetup, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at MyBuffaloPride (224 Allen St.) Many in the community may be unfamiliar with lesbian identities such as stone or stem, and perhaps that’s why the more mainstream lesbian activities in Buffalo a…

Get your last dose of party in before it’s time to hit the books again. This is the last week you won’t have to regret going out on a school night. Karaoke Night, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Aug. 26 at Cathode Ray (26 Allen St.) You can’t fight the moonlight, LGBT Buffalo. If you remember the “Coyote Ugly”-style karaoke days on Wednesday nights at Roxy’s Bar, this is the next rein…

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LGBT may be well on its way to mainstream, but that doesn’t mean our little niche isn’t full of diversity. Soak up some subculture this week. Pride After Dark, 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) Ball culture is taking hold in Buffalo, and Pride Center of Western New York is upping its game in time with the beat. A new and improved “Vogu…

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We have some old friends back in town this week that you won’t want to miss. Plus, the Imperial Court brings shopping to the bar, since you can’t bring the bar shopping. Lady Lush & The Vinyls, 8 p.m. Friday at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) It was easy for LGBT Buffalo to fall in love with the six-piece, lounge-jazz slash soul-pop amalgam that is Lady Lush &…

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It’s easy to get distracted by the majestic crowns, ostentatious gowns, and oh-so-libatious nights on the town, but this weekend, Imperial Court of Buffalo reminds us (with a party) what the monarchy is really all about — the giving, not the glamour. The royal family of ICOB Reign 24 raised $16,000 since last summer that will be disbursed among nine different local organi…

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Don’t feel like a fish out of water with nothing to do this weekend! We’re entering the hottest time of the summer, so why not cool off with a drink, a boat ride or some local eats? Fishbowl Friday, 10 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday at Funky Monkey Nite Club (20 Allen St.) If there’s something about Friday night that makes you want to drink like a fish, then Funky Monkey…

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Is your favorite bar stool at the local watering hole starting to perfectly conform to the shape of your body? Or maybe the seat of your favorite recliner? It happens to the best of us. Try something a little different this week. Out for Business at the Beach, 5 to 7 p.m. July 23 at Woodlawn Beach Tiki Bar (3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell) Pack a change of clothes before …

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Out At The Ballpark, 5 p.m. July 16 at Coca-Cola Field (One James D. Griffin Plaza) When the Buffalo Bisons take on the Columbus Clippers this week, it’s going to be a gay ol’ time. The Bisons are the first professional sports team in Western New York to raise the rainbow flag and make the local LGBT community its special guest. You’ll notice the difference — from the mu…

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Whether you’re an artist, a partier or an athlete, LGBT Buffalo has a little fun for everyone this weekend. Simply Natural, 6 to 10 p.m. July 10 at Prism Gallery (224 Allen St.) Out photographer Brandon Blount believes that when placed in nature, as nature intended, all human beings are beautiful, even if they don’t fit into a societal box of standardized billboard beau…