Coming straight off its momentous V2.0 launch, Queer Spaces is headed to Austin, Texas as a proud sponsor of Mutual Love Fest, the “official unofficial LGBTQ+ SXSW, centering around queer wellness, joy, and inner child healing”. The festival will include two days of immersive, accessible, community-first creator experiences.
Mutual Love Fest kicks off Thursday, March 9 with a creator panel about queer and trans agency and sovereignty, followed by a mixer and surprise performances, including a DJ set by moonmoonmoon.
“Mutual Love began because of a shared spark and vision in our friendship: we know that queer and trans agency and joy is possible, and we wanted better experiences for ourselves and our communities. We’re really excited to bring Mutual Love Fest to Austin – the 3rd largest queer metropolis in America! Community is more important than ever right now, especially in states like Texas that are facing increased anti-transgender and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. We’re excited to work alongside so many LGBTQ+ founders, creators, vendors, performers, wellness professionals, and artists to cultivate these necessary third spaces for our communities,” said Anuva Kalawar and Alex Guerra, co-founders of Mutual Love. “This is one of our proudest moments as creators, entrepreneurs, community builders, and Brown trans men.”
The second part of the festival, Saturday, March 11, will be an all-day event located at The Little Gay Shop, featuring live painting by Mars Wright, gender-affirming haircuts, a rest and relaxation space, a CBD corner, and over 40 other local vendors. The night will conclude with an ethereal performance by the legendary House of Lepore.
“Mutual Love Fest is the perfect place IRL to find a supportive and diverse community for LGBTQ+ people,” said Christof Wittig, founder, and CEO at Queer Spaces. “Spaces is building on that power of our community and makes it available to all members –, anytime and anywhere – enabled through technology. This partnership demonstrates that there is a place for offline and online, and they can mutually benefit each other, since participants and people interested in the Fest can connect with one another, before, during, and after the event in their own space in the app.”
Queer Spaces will be onsite at the event, hosting an activation, in partnership with their neighboring booth, Celzo, a queer women-owned, CBD-infused sparkling water.
“Celzo is a vitamin-rich, lightly carbonated agua fresca. It’s low calorie, low sugar, and full of natural flavor. Its creator, Fernanda Sampson-Gómez is a queer Mexican woman who was sick of sacrificing flavor for health.”
Attendees who download the Spaces app at the event, join the Mutual Love Fest space, and follow Celzo’s Instagram will receive a discounted Celzo beverage.
Spaces can be downloaded on the App Store here and on the Google Play Store here.
About Mutual Love
Mutual Love cultivates trans and queer connection, joy, and wellness through community-led in-person festivals, retreats, and digital activations. They are proudly Brown & trans founded and local to Austin.
Find out more at mutual.love
Celzo is your soda replacement and sparkling water upgrade. We’re the 1st hemp-infused Sparkling Water inspired by Latin American flavors and culture. It’s functional hydration packed with vitamins. When you drink Celzo, the sacrifice of having to choose between flavor or health no longer exists. Celzo is diverse from its core: Women-Owned, LGTBQ+, and Latina. Celzo proposes a Mexican-style cure for stress and anxiety, and that is to find happiness in adversity. Interested in learning more about Celzo or getting in touch with Fernanda? Email hola@celzocorp to get the lowdown.
Find out more at celzodrink.com
About Queer Spaces
Spaces is a group chat platform for building queer communities, and the first app to serve the entirety of the LGBTQ+ spectrum. It’s a place for all queer people to connect over their favorite topics and interests, plan meetups and hang out. It’s where we can easily discover and join the specific communities — worldwide fandoms, local teams and organizations, close friends — that matter to us most, some public and others invite-only, all on a platform where we can safely be our true, authentic selves.
Find out more at queerspaces.com