Bil Browning

Bilerico goes to SXSW: Provides free booze

Filed By Bil Browning | February 24, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Site News
Tags: AfterEllen, Austin, Engaging the Queer Community, Fausto Fernos, Feast of Fun, Oil Can Harry's, Sinclair Sexsmith, South By Southwest, SugarButch, SXSW, Texas, Trish Bendix

The annual South By South West conference and festival in Austin, Texas, is one of the most popular festivals in the nation. It combines film, music and the internet into a sort of interactive geek fest, film festival and rock concert. See me speak at SXSW 2010 (http://sxsw.com) Tens of thousands of people attend each year. My understanding though, is that they've never had a session that was explicitly queer. Until now.

I've been invited to be a speaker at the only LGBT-focused session: Engaging The Queer Community. Co-panelists will include Trish Bendix from AfterEllen and Sinclair Sexsmith of SugarButch. The moderator will be Fausto Fernos of Feast of Fun podcast.

To help build buzz for the SXSW session, Fausto invited me on the show and we talked about the future of blogging, how to build your site, and current political issues surrounding the LGBT community. Plus, you can hear me trash on Rupert Everett, defend Perez Hilton (I know! Right?), and claim my rightful throne as Queen Wilhelmina Cracker. (Not to mention they put together the best photoshopped picture of me possible. It combines a mastodon, Focus on the Family, and a professional headshot. Seriously. You have to see it.)

Of course, we're throwing a party while we're in town. Details on how to claim your free drinks after the jump.

Engaging The Queer Community

Saturday, March 13 at 03:30 PM

A discussion on maintaining successful and active blogs and social networking sites that are geared toward the LGBT community and its niches.

Presenters:

Trish Bendix - MTV/AfterEllen.com
Bil Browning - Bilerico Project
Fausto Fernos - Feast of Fun (moderator)
Sinclair Sexsmith - Sugarbutch Chronicles

SXSW Queer Blogger Tweetup

Sunday, March 14 at 9pm
OilCan Harry's
211 West 4th Street (walking distance from the conference)

  • Live tweetup using hashtag #sxswgay
  • Free wifi available
  • Your favorite viral videos from 2009 playing on the bar's TVs
  • T-shirt and merchandise giveaways
  • Free drinks to all SXSW attendees and people who follow Oil Can Harry's on twitter @oilcanharrys or show their SXSW pass.

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HOOT! Yeah for Bil, and all those who get to go. (BrIL in Austin).
We absolutely cannot spread Queer any better than out and about
to the straight community.... and online works!

Congrats again... hope its good. (It snowed in Austin yesterday!)

Oh why, oh why must Bilerico come and offer free drinks the year AFTER I move away from Austin and can't come!? Would have loved to go to this last year!

Thanks for coming on the show Bil- you were a great guest. Looking forward to the conference and the Tweetup!