Gay Bi Gay Gay

by Angeliska on March 17, 2013

It’s that time of year again: spring is in the air, and my house is packed to the brim with lovely vagabonds sprawled out on every bit of available floorspace. In Austin, the second week of March heralds the invasion of our fair city by thousands of tech geeks, filmmakers, musicians and everyone in between for a couple weeks of concentrated over-stimulation otherwise known as SXSW. More and more, I find myself saturated with all the excitement and entertainment I require by spending time with my overflowing house full of friends visiting from near and far, and have come to shun the crowds, lines and general chaos that reigns downtown. The truth is, the only part of this whole thing I really care about is Gay Bi Gay Gay, and a large part of that is because it’s its own thing: a strange mushroom that sprang up on the outskirts of the garden – phosphorescently glowing and glimmering with fairy lights. If that sounds slightly hyperbolic, you’ll have to excuse me, but I really do regard this day as sacred in Austin. It’s part family reunion, part picnic, part performance art camp, part music festival – but more than anything, it’s a magical day where the joy and relief and sweetness in the air are palpable. Everyone’s faces get so radiant, so ecstatically happy just to be together again. In a lot of ways, Gay Bi Gay Gay is the closest thing that Austin has to Mardi Gras day. Looking over these pictures for the first time in a few years takes me back. I always love photographing duos, or couples, and I realized that a lot of these relationships are no longer extant today, including my own. But some are. Hopefully the friendships and goodwill have survived, because you can see the love in these images, in these faces. My GBGG tradition involves decadent picnicking, homemade Bloody Marys, and copious face-painting! I find doing elaborate macquillage to be extremely meditative and relaxing, and I was honored to do Big Freedia’s stage makeup that year, as well as decorating the lovely mugs of some of my favorite folks. Evidence of big queer love, serious ass-shakin’, and major magic follows below…

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Rebecca Havemeyer

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Raven

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I forget who these guys were! But they were really funny!

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Me and Lester

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Lester

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I found pie, and then a little bee found me. She wouldn’t leave my finger for the longest time…

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Frank of Jean Eric

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Rach Huck

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Sassy Delure

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Release the bats! BITE!

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Erica Nix

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Corinne Loperfido

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Big Freedia the Queen Diva

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Freedia + Lester

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Colin + Freedia

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Rusty + Corinne

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Lisa + Sienna

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Cuppy + Ruthie

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Maia + Eli

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Franks + Karen of Jean Eric

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Unicorns!

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Bobby Johns

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Christeene

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Katey Red + Melissa McWilliams

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Rusty + Corinne

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Shakin’ it for Freedia

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Raven + Francesca

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Lester

The full set of photos is here: GAY BI GAY GAY 2011

And more, from The Gay PlaceGay Place: Gay Bi Gay Gay Day

Here’s the piece I wrote about GBGG that I wrote for Coilhouse a few years back:
Gay Bi Gay Gay

And some articles about this year’s Gay Bi:

from The Austin Chronicle – The Gay Place: Family Tradition – The fall and rise of Gaybigaygay

GayBiGayGay Line-Up Announced! Here’s what we know about the line-up at the annual free post-SX gay fest

2 comments

Off topic: are you related to Caroline Polachek from Chairlift?

by Martine on March 17, 2013 at 8:18 am. #

I’ve followed you for years now and would love to be friends with you, but I find you so inaccessible :(

by Martine on April 24, 2013 at 12:32 am. #

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