QueerTowne Podcast Shines a Light on Austin’s LGBTQ Community
Listening to the hosts of QueerTowne try to categorize their new podcast is a bit of an experience. It’s not a comedy show, they say, although hosts Laura de la Fuente, Mase Kerwick and Javier Ungo are veterans of Austin’s queer comedy circuit. This isn’t a pop culture commentary, though they do discuss HBO’s flaws And just like that. And it’s not political, yet they talk about trans activism and voting rights. “We are a queer life,” says Kerwick, who is also the show’s producer.
This journey, with all its twists and turns, also describes Austin’s queer community; it is much more than one thing. “There are so many stories to tell, so many voices to give voice to,” says de la Fuente, who now splits his time between the capital and LA.
Born out of a popular variety show of the same name in ColdTowne’s former black box theatre, the celebration of queer comedy eventually grew from all-laughs to incorporating more serious subject matter, inviting community leaders on stage for conversations about current issues between drag acts and magic tricks. . The metamorphosis continued amid COVID, first with a pop culture-focused Twitch stream that evolved into its current podcast form, something that blends the show hosts’ longstanding rapport with these community conversations of yesteryear.
Wine in hand, they chat with guests ranging from ACLU Texas’ Adri Perez to DJ extraordinaire Chorizo Funk about what it means to be in Austin, Texas in 2022, creating a safe space of shared vulnerability and of celebration. In the face of continued attacks on transgender youth and, more recently, threats of a Texas version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, these conversations – whether pressured by the representation of the queer community or Austin’s endless expansion – feeling more important than ever. “The identity is so close to who we are, and there is this attack at the legislative level, but I still have to wake up and go to work,” says Ungo. “It’s almost radical to have this platform to say, ‘They’re definitely trying to bring us down, but we’re still here, we’re still living our lives, we’re still fighting.'”
Queer in Review
The QueerTowne hosts share their favorite moments from the past 365.
Chorizo Funk becomes the stadium DJ for Austin FC’s inaugural season at Q2 Stadium.
Gay activists testified against a sports ban for transgender youth during the Texas legislative special session.
Drag queens, including RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Trixie Mattel, took to the stage for the first time in ACL history. Additionally, a pair of rainbow crosswalks brought permanent cheer to downtown in honor of National Coming Out Day.
Austin Gay Men’s Chorus set up its holiday showcase, signaling the return of casual queer times.
Trans powerlifter Angel Flores won us over with her heart of gold on Queer Eye’s sixth season in Austin.
p1nkstar wins Best Electronic Artist at the Austin Music Awards, becoming the first openly trans woman to win a trophy. Courts stop and then uphold the injunction, preventing the state from investigating families for seeking gender-affirming care for trans children.