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Austin Gear Night

Be sure to join us for Gear Night in August! The new location of Chain Drive is open and you will be too by the end of the night. BYOB. First Saturdays, 10pm-2am. $10 BYOB.

Chain Drive, 84 N Interstate 35, 512/480-9017

facebook.com/chaindriveatx

Austin Leather Social

Shiny, shiny ... shiny boots of leather. First Saturdays, 8-10pm. $5 to benefit CTBOL charities.

Chain Drive, 84 N Interstate 35, 512/480-9017

www.ctbol.org

Dirty Filthy Saturday

Supastar DJ Filthy Rich spins gobs of gay gold. Just gobs of it. Saturdays, 10pm.

Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150

www.rainon4th.com

Femmes for SIMS

Delve into this "Night of the Chanteuse," featuring Jazz Mills, Nina Diaz, and Pamela Hart, with musical director Adrian Quesada, houseband featuring David Garza and Graham Reynolds, and choreographer Sassy DeLure. Whoa! Dang! This is top-notch all the way! 8pm. $50.

Scottish Rite, 207 W. 18th, 512/472-7247

www.simsfoundation.org/femmes.html, joe@simsfoundation.org

Holiday Swing 2012

Twas the Night Before the Morning After, babies! That's the theme. So get in there, dressed for excess and for lookin' like a mess after you tear up the silent auction, the "mouthwatering morsels, cash cocktails, sintillating sweets," and the dance floor. 7pm-12mid. $90, $80 in advance.

Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W. Anderson, 454-8646

www.projecttransitions.org/events/holiday-swing, info@projecttransitions.org

OUTLander on KOOP

Austin community radio camps it up with some dally live music and the bands that make it. Fridays, noon-1pm.

KOOP Radio 91.7FM

www.theoutlanderproject.com/

Take Action on World AIDS Day

Put change in motion: Call your legislator. See site for deets.

www.texashiv.org

The Mahogany Project Preview

Staged readings by actors evoking the lives of black, queer men. They seek an audience keen on offering feedback. Is that you? Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 6:30pm. Free.

University of Texas Department of Art & Art History, 2301 San Jacinto, 512/475-7718

www.facebook.com/MahoganyProject

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'Austin Chronicle' Gay URLS!

You can directly access the Chronicle's gay listings online without clicking until your fingers turn blue. Plus the URLs are super easy to remember. The Austin Chronicle gAyTX Fun Guide is our regularly updated list of fine local queer establishments and concerns, Gay Place is, of course, what you are reading here, our weekly best of the best of queer Austin, and check out our blog for some extra fun.

454-5766

austinchronicle.com/gaytx, gayplace@austinchronicle.com

'Bout Time II Is Open

The luvvies behind the original Charlie's and 'Bout Time turn the page on a new chapter.

Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192

Adventuring Outdoors

Austin's gay and lesbian group for making the nature scene. Minimal dues, maximum fun!

236-7176

www.main.org/adventuring, adventuringoutdoors@gmail.com

Are You a Proud Texan?

Do you care what happened in this Lege session? About fights for equality and equal protection under the law? Get on Equality Texas' list. They have daytime, afterwork, and club-hopping opportunities.

Equality Texas, PO Box 2340, 474-5475

www.equalitytexas.org, info@equalitytexas.org

Atticus Circle

Come join the grassroots gay-straight alliance that stands up for dignity, justice, and the (true) American way! Huzzah!

450-5188

www.atticuscircle.org, info@atticuscircle.org

Austin Front Runners

Gay runners meet Tuesday and Thursday (5:30pm) and Saturday (9:45am). Oooh, girl, when they told you you were "fast" at the club, they had no idea! And such stamina! $25 yearly membership.

Meet at north shore of Lady Bird Lake under the MoPac bridge, 453-8878

www.austinfrontrunners.org/

Communicate Queerly

Finally! A socially intricate yet easy-to-use Web presence designed to "help foster communication and planning within the queer community to avoid competing events." Thank you, Poochie. Go check it out, and upload all your events. Now! What are you waiting for? Free.

www.communicatequeerly.com

Foodies

Yup. Women Who Love Women Who Love Food. In lieu of Austin's having an actual lesbian gathering space, this e-mail-based social network holds weekly meet-ups, private house parties, and special events for the lay-deez. Women of all stripes are welcome and encouraged to attend. E-mail Kitty to get on the list.

beatsagogo@aol.com

Foodies' Website

Yup. Women Who Love Women Who Love Food. In lieu of Austin's having an actual lesbian gathering space, this e-mail-based social network holds weekly meet-ups, private house parties, and special events for the lay-deez. Women of all stripes are welcome and encouraged to attend. E-mail Kitty to get on the list.

www.foodiesaustin.com, beatsagogo@aol.com

HIV Resource Guide

is a great resource for folks in need of services as well as those who just want to volunteer or help. Free.

974-2615

www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-area-comprehensive-hiv-planning-council

HIV+ Counseling

HIV-positive? This group explores issues from recent diagnosis to life with HIV. Free to individuals who qualify; sliding scale for everyone else.

Waterloo Counseling Center, 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. #301, 444-9922 x100

www.waterloocounseling.org

HOT Bears Say Rrrrroooow!

The cuddliest, hairiest, most barrel-chested bigboys of the Heart of Texas Bears are a social service group dedicated to all things "grrrrr." Get on their list for info about monthly coffees, movie nights, beer busts, etc.

www.facebook.com/groups/hot.bearz, info@heartoftexasbears.org

Inside Books Needs GLBT Books

Studies show that education reduces recidivism! Send your tax-deductible books and donations now. All topics in the GLBT spectrum needed (especially trans topics).

www.insidebooksproject.org

Invite to a Wilde Party

For those who are wild about the theatre, Zach brings you the Wilde Party offered at each main-stage show. Food, drinks, and a fabulous show especially for the family and those that love us. Preshow mixer, 6:45pm; show at 8pm.

Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey, 476-0541

www.zachtheatre.org

Just Visiting? Where the Queers At?

Welcome to Austin! Don't know where to go, you big beautiful queer? Let our Austin Chronicle gAyTX Fun Guide assist you.

www.austinchronicle.com/gaytx, gayplace@austinchronicle.com

Lambda of Texas State

Get back to class with class, and hang out with fellow LGBT Bobcats and allies. Check the website for weekly meetings and the awesome, twice-a-year Bobcat Ball.

Texas State University campus, San Marcos

www.sdi.txstate.edu/Support-and-Empowerment/LGBTQI-and-Allies/LambdaofTexasState.html

Lipschtick Seeks Schtickers

We've often fantasized about how a band of performative queerballs would play in the Poconos. We think we might be onto something with this one. The recently relocated (to Austin) Lipschtick Collective wants you, fire-spinners, jugglers, contortionists, acrobats, tassel-twirlers, aerial-silks aficionados, shwanky dancers, shower-singers, musicians, drag queens and kings, and actors.

363-5566

lipschtickcollective@gmail.com

Midtowne Spa Free Pass

Yo, Hunky Brewster: Get on the Midtowne site, and click on the Free Pass link to get free admission to some steamy relief. 18 and up, no alcohol.

Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport, 512/302-9696

www.midtowne.com

Oy Yoga

Oy Yoga

It's Jewish with a queer bent or queer with a Jewish bent, either way, you won't get bent, you'll get strrrrrretched into some fabulousness, three times a week. Pick your power: Night Light (Sundays), Go Flow (yoga and dance, Mondays), or Salute the Sun (Wednesdays). Sundays, 8:30pm; Mondays, 7:30pm; and Wednesdays, 8am. $8-10 suggested donation, sliding scale.

Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 512/628-1580

www.facebook.com/oyyoga

Positive Influence

Therapy/support group for HIV-positive gay men. Eight-week sessions. Call for schedule. Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm.

784-8220

Q Austin

Q stands for cute. And these cute fellas are on a mission to fight HIV/AIDS with a variety of ongoing social events. Volunteer and internship opportunities available. Free.

Q Boyz, 3408 West Ave., 420-8557

www.theqaustin.org, qboyz@qboyz.org

Rainbow of Recovery

Narcotics Anonymous. Saturdays, 8pm. St. David's Hospital, cafeteria private dining room, 919 E. 32nd.

Roses Buffet/Stripper Pimp Dancers

Watch the Men of Manwatch wiggle as you scarf down that free buffet, 5-8pm. DJ Bryan Konrad spins, 7-10pm. Wipe your chin, skippy. Fridays.

Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823

www.oilcanharrys.com/ComingEvents.html

St. Edward's PRIDE: Promoting Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, and Empowerment

Austin's own St. Ed's has its own LGBTQ group that's all about social event and social awareness. That's one big rainbow up on that hill.

St. Edward's University campus, 466-1093

https://stedwards.collegiatelink.net/organization/PRIDE, pride@stedwards.edu

Texas Exes LGBT Network

Connect with fellow Horns o'plenty from all stripes of our purdy, purdy rainbow.

471-7295

www.texasexes.org/lgbt, lgbt@alumni.utexas.net

Texas Hill Country Faeries, Elves, & Satyrs

That's THCFES to you, delicate nymph of the forest glen. (All's we wanna know is: Where are the fekkin' unicorns?!) THCFES is a group for alternative/progressive gay men who understand the goodness of all things fae. Yae!

groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/austinradicalfaeries/info

TGT

It's time for school, and UT's Transgender Texas is fabulous and here to stay. So if you are a trans-identified Longhorn, get in touch.

jesse.free@riseup.net

The Whole Pole and Nothing but the Pole

Check the brass on those ovz, dude. Whoa. And check the Brass Ovaries website for info on events and upcoming pole-dancing classes.

477-POLE

www.brassovariespoledancing.com

Top Drawer Thrift Seeks Your Sweet Swag

Gently used goodes! Junque! Crappé! Austin's darling den of dignified detritus wants your stuff. Give until your closets are squeaky clean. Donations accepted on-site, Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Pickups arranged by appointment.. Free.

Top Drawer Thrift, 4902 Burnet Rd., 454-5161

www.projecttransitions.org

Touch Dance/Partner Dance Group

Do you lead or do you follow, darlin'? This group of gay-friendly women loves to dance and has formed this social group to which all gay-friendly women, 21 and older, are invited. Sometimes, they will meet at dance events; sometimes, they will hit the floor at a local club to practice. What better way to improve (or acquire) those skills? And those skills. Free.

austin_dancers@gmail.com

Transformations Psychotherapy Services

Katy Koonce, LCSW, offers transgender support groups with a holistic approach. Donations accepted.

Katy Koonce & Associates, 2520 Longview #302, 512/297-7799

katykoonce.com

UT Gender & Sexuality Center

Your Longhorn queer hub, as it were. Regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm) so you can learn about cool campus doin's like Queer Students Alliance, GLBTGrad, OutLaw, Queer People of Color and Allies, Transgender Texas, She Says, and more.

232-1831

www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/gsc, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

UT GSC Listserv

UT's Gender & Sexuality Center maintains, among other fabulous things, a helluva listserv. To submit something for or to subscribe to the e-mail list, please send an e-mail.

www.utgsc.com, gsc@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Violet Crown Counseling

Specialized individual and relationship psychotherapy for the LGBTQIJKLMNOP and open-minded. More than 86 years experience between 'em.

796-3457

www.violetcrowncounseling.com

Waterloo Moves North

Austin's hub for GLBT support and support groups has moved its hub up to the Highland Mall area.

Waterloo Counseling Center, 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. #301, 444-9922

www.waterloocounseling.org

Waterloo's HART Program

Low- to no-cost mental health counseling and support for folks struggling with HIV or AIDS. Bilingual? ¡Sí!

Waterloo Counseling Center, 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. #301, 444-9922 x329

www.waterloocounseling.org

Xena Movie Petition

In a time of ancient gods, warlords, and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a movie, and this online petition might just make it happen. Don't you want to be able to tell your grandkids that you helped reunite Xena & Gabrielle? Sign the petition now, before that nasty Samurai gets wind of all this.

www.xenamovienow.com

Yo, Volunteer Caregivers!

Project Transitions needs you! Here are the ranks you'll be joining: "Soon-to-be Peace Corps workers, retired adults, nursing students, social work students, and generally compassionate people." And hotties. Did we say hotties? Call/e-mail to sign up for trainings. Free.

Project Transitions, 7101-B Woodrow Ave, Austin,, 454-8646 x104

www.projecttransitions.org, eholton@projecttransitions.org