Youth group opens in Denton

The Rev. Pam Wat

The LGBTQ youth program in Denton met for the first time on Friday, Oct. 21 at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The Rev. Pamela Wat reported a good turnout of teens, young adults and adult volunteers.

“The youth/teens expressed a desire to have a place to meet every week on Friday nights,” she said.

Teens who cannot get to the church on Fridays also expressed a desire for some Wednesday night activities.

Beginning Nov. 4, the church will be open every Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for OUTreach Denton. All LGBTQ youth and allies are welcome. Once that meeting becomes established, a Wednesday night gathering once a month may be added.

Wat said that they went through a list of activities that Youth First Texas has done successfully.

“The thing they wanted to do is hear adult coming out stories,” she said. “For some, that night was the first time they had met an out LGBT person.”

Wat was surprised by how unsafe one teen was in his high school.

“Coming out for him is not an option,” she said.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Big Freedia at NX35 Conferette

Big Freedia

So you might think Lady Gaga’s mini-gig Sunday night at Round-Up and S4 was the gayest show of the weekend, but sissy bounce superstar Big Freedia likely gives her a run for her money, albeit with bearded hipsters instead of club-going gays. The Denton conferette is North Texas’ answer to SXSW and they outdid themselves this year with a packed lineup including the likes of higher profile names like Mavis Staples, !!! and, yes, Big Freedia. And a few locals as well.

After the jump are three vids posted of Big Freedia’s performance, which isn’t much different than the vid I took of his show back in December.

—  Rich Lopez

Pride organization underway in Denton

For the LGBT community in Denton, hit up Denton Pride!’s Facebook and MySpace recently launched pages. The group looks like it is working to be an information resource for the community there and posts information regarding businesses, churches and organization all providing gay and gay-friendly options for Little d’s gay residents.

Read their statement after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

The Hidden Cameras and Gentleman Reg at Hailey's Friday night

The show at Hailey’s Friday night might have to go down in the books. It was outstanding and substantial. For a mere $8, people were given more of an actual concert than just a live show in the venue. The O’s opened up with a small set but Gentleman Reg and The Hidden Cameras played sets worthy of a bigger venue. If only more people were there.

The O’s opened to a small crowd of about 15. That didn’t stop them from performing their Americana rock at full force. They sounded crisp and their multi-instrument playing at one time is kind of phenomenal to watch. It was a small set but they tore through every minute of it without abandon despite the small turnout.

When Gentleman Reg took the stage, he owned it from the get-go. His four-piece band performed in perfect cohesion and even though his music is a folkier pop style, they rocked it out.

—  Rich Lopez

A taste of The Hidden Cameras and Gentleman Reg before tonight's show at Hailey's

I have to admit, I’m obsessed with Origin:Orphan, the latest album by The Hidden Cameras who are featured in this week’s issue. Everything about it hits the right notes for me. However, my interview with out frontman Joel Gibb was, um, interesting. In fact, it’s akin to the first minute and a half of their video for “In the NA.”

And no, NA doesn’t mean Narcotics Anonymous. Gibb explains the “na” as “a variable, like x, y, or z. It transcends meaning.” Of course it does, but it’s also a heckuva charming song. And while I don’t get the above video all that much, it’s fun watching. Plus, it gives you an idea of what to expect at tonight’s show.

—  Rich Lopez

Atlas Sound show at Hailey's canceled

Atlas Sound won't be making any this Saturday at Hailey's
Atlas Sound won’t be making any this weekend in North Texas

If you had made plans to head out to Denton this Saturday to catch the Atlas Soundaka Bradford Cox aka the gay lead singer of Deerhunter — and Broadcast show at Hailey’s, you’ll want to consider different plans. Event promoters Spune just mentioned on their Facebook, the show has been canceled.

Atlas Sound / Broadcast Cancelled: Due to scheduling/travel problems that are impossible to change, Atlas Sound and Broadcast have to cancel this show. We’re very sorry, as are they. We’re disappointed and sorry to bring you this news, but we do thank you for understanding these things happen. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase. Thanks for your support of Spune, Hailey’s and the events in our area.

This sucks because Atlas Sound has some shoegazing rock worth listening to outside Deerhunter. We’re hoping for a reschedule.

—  Rich Lopez