March is that time of year when the world seems to come alive again after those long, cold winter months. Not only is spring on the way, but March is designated as Women’s History Month and International Transgender Visibility Day, two excellent excuses to shower the women and trans people in your life with lots of love.
So, emerge from hibernation and enjoy all that March has to offer. Not sure where to start? Consider our list of five queer things you can do right now-ish:
1. Get Elevated At Copper House’s Revival Week
Looking for something with high vibrations and high expectations? Look no further than Copper House’s Revival Week. From March 21-27 the cannabis- and LGBTQ-friendly community space will highlight seven curated events in their newly remodeled basement. In addition, local influencers and leaders will use the space to showcase their expertises. Erada Oleita, a curator and one of the influencers, will be hosting her “Elevated and Melanated Tea Party.” “For the tea party this year we are focused on everything black and luxurious,” says Oleita. “We will be curating an opulent affair that will not only leave you wanting more but will make the ancestors proud.”
Go to Eventebrite.com for ticket information.
2. Celebrate Women’s History Month With Chucks and Pearls
Who runs the world? Chucks and pearls! Or, Vice President Harris in her Chucks and pearls, if you ask Ferndale’s Painting With a Twist. After being inspired by Vice President Harris during her 2020 campaign, Manager Rhonda Lewis said she knew they “had to do a Chucks and pearls”-themed night. Since then, it has evolved into one of their Women’s History Month-themed nights. From 7-9 p.m. on March 23, come experience an inspirational evening of painting, socializing and fun. As an added bonus, you’re encouraged to bring light snacks, beer and wine.
For more information and to book your spot, visit their website. The studio asks attendees to wear masks.
3. Recognize Trans Lives and Legends
Sure, International Transgender Visibility Day is March 31, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start celebrating early. Leading up to Trans Visibility Day, Oakland University’s Gender and Sexuality Center will host “Our Transcestors,” a discussion focused on transgender history, including an exploration of the influential lives of transgender heroes throughout our history. One notable person is the creator of the international event and Transgender Michigan’s co-founder Rachel Crandell. “[Part of the event] will be about the importance of visibility day and why I founded it,” she said. “[But also,] why we needed a day where we could celebrate the living rather than focusing on the deaths.” The event will take place via Zoom at 12 p.m. on March 21.
Go to Oakland University’s website for more information.
4. Nerd Out with Queer Comics
Pride is a few months away, but no worries: You can get a jump on Pride with queer tales from Queer Comics Peddler. The LGBTQ+ pop-up shop for comics, books, zines and more will be at Bridge Community Cafe from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 19. Amara Vear, the creator, said she has read most of her LGBTQ+ collection and that she’s “pretty good at giving recommendations.” “I really like sharing the books,” she told Pride Source. “There’s so much more representation that exists now than even a decade ago.” Beyond queer tales, Bridge Community Cafe provides a safe space for coffee, food, comfort and collaboration.
For more information, visit Queer Comics Peddler’s Facebook page.
5. Get Campy with Poppy
Poppy, the pop sensation who has something of a chokehold over the LGBTQ+ community, is back on stage. During her current “Never Find my Place” tour, she will be delivering all that Poppy camp we love, something she hasn’t done since her last trek, in 2020. Expect to hear some of her classics and new releases throughout the night when she comes to St. Andrews at 7 p.m. March 27.
Buy your tickets at Livenation.com.