What's so gay about SXSW — not too much, but that's OK

Posted on 12 Mar 2010 at 5:04pm

Today starts South By Southwest 2010 and throngs of people, bands, filmmakers and bloggers have made their way to Austin to tweet, screen and rock throughout next nine days. Today starts the interactive and film part of the conference with sessions on new media and a whole lot of film screenings. The music officially starts Wednesday, Mar. 17.

Although I won’t be making it down there, I did take a look over the schedule to see how gay the conference is going to be. Not counting the unknown gay actor in that movie or the lesbian keyboardist in this band that would be too tedious to track down, I went through and checked off the obvious LGBT stuff. It just so happens, there isn’t that much. Not a surprise really, but I’m beginning to think that it would be nice if there was an actually LGBT-specific aspect to SXSW.  Or better yet, just create one here in Big D. I guess that’s a whole other topic.

If you’re making the road trip down to Austin, you can look at my created schedule of meet-ups, films, bands and other events with gay content if you’re on the lookout. Don’t let the site’s schedule be the end all for your searching though. Anne McCue, who we featured in this week’s issue, is performing but not on the SXSW scheduler. Nor is bounce artist, Vockah Redu. Let me know if I missed anything!

And don’t forget on the last day of the conference (although not part of the official festivities), GayBiGayGay, pictured, starts at noon. They don’t give many details on their site but this last day alternative  is an honest representation of queer music culture. The DIY-type music fest solely consists of LGBT bands and artists.

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