BY BTL STAFF
ANN ARBOR – The Jim Toy Community Center will host OUTFest, a celebration of the LGBT community and its accomplishments, Oct. 2-3 in the Kerrytown District and Braun Court to celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.
JTCC will offer an array of activities spread out over Friday and Saturday for the LGBT and allied communities. This year’s two-day event is the 21st anniversary of OUTFest and will feature a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” “Time Warp” costume competition and movie screening in Braun Court, as well as a Pride Night at Necto beginning at 7 p.m.
Saturday is filled with back to back events starting with community yoga at 9:30 a.m. in the Kerrytown Concert Hall located at 415 N. Fourth Ave. in Ann Arbor followed by live music in Braun Court from Markita Moore, Gwenyth Hayes, Tracy Mack and Kate Peterson. A poetry slam hour with Jason Crawford and guest poets begins at 6 p.m. followed by a game night at Brillig Dry Bar and a DJ and drag show featuring Boylesque in Braun Court.
Workshops and panels will be available all day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for those that pre-register and will include: a queer and trans person of color workshop; LGBT Know Your Rights Legal Project presented by the University of Michigan Outlaws; life insurance by State Farm; and special considerations and applications of mindfulness for the queer community by Integrative Empowerment Group, PLLC.
All activities are offered with a suggested donation of $5 per event. To pre-register for any workshops go to http://a2outfest.com/event/workshops-expo/.
For more information about the weekend of events, visit http://www.a2outfest.com.