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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…

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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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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…

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Sometimes it’s the simple things — watching TV with friends, lounging around in the park, live music on a Sunday afternoon — that remind you how community is supposed to feel. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" marathon, 7 to 11 p.m. June 25 at Dreamland Arts Space (387 Franklin St.) Buffy fans unite! After the Sunnydale slayer’s brief death in the finale of Season 1, the Buffyv…

By Michael RizzoSpecial To the NewsWe’ve had a week to recover from the hustle and bustle of Pride; time to return to our regular routines. Here are some of this week’s staples to get you back in the groove.Q-araoke, 10 p.m. June 16 at Q (44 Allen St.)It’s the bar where everyone knows your name, and if you’re a Tuesday night regular – the songs you sing. Possibly the stron…

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After opening a fleet of Italian places, Michael Rizzo and his family wanted Schnitzel & Co. to be different, a Swiss German place. The restaurant (15 New Road, Amherst) was formerly a Rizzo Italian pasta parlor. It’s been redone so thoroughly inside you can practically hear the yodeling. To go with the racks of steins decorating the walls, and the selection of Germa…