Bobby Cook, OCH, and Rain on 4th host this cornucopia of carafes and camaraderie and who's kidding whom? Booze. DJ Def-Tone spins until you get bed spins. 11am-3pm.
219 West, 612 W. Sixth, 512/474-2194
Join Austin's branch of the Human Rights Campaign as they polish up that equal sign and honor Zach's Dave Steakley and AT&T Executive Director of Diversity Marketing, Laura Hernandez. 6-10pm. $300; $125, Federal Club members.
Austin FTM drag monarchs Kings N Things and hostess Luna Tart take you down the love hole with Love & Monsters Puppet Co., Kopy Kat Dance Co., and other special guests to queer up your Valentine's. 9pm. $7-10 sliding scale, 18+.
Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-2979
He put his beads around his what? DJ Hollow keeps it spinning until the early dawn. Sat., Feb. 9, 11pm-5am.
DJs Fine & Dandy with Kate & Andy (ahem) spin just in time for you to pick up something nice and naughty for your Valentine boo and to help raise funds for AIDS Services of Austin. 6pm. $5 donation suggested.
Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd., 772-1614
Check out the monthly meeting of Austin's own Transgender Education Network of Texas, dedicated to furthering the cause of gender-diverse people in Central Texas. Second Saturday each month, 3pm.
Still Dirty. Still Filthy. Supastar DJ Filthy Rich spins gobs of gay gold. Just gobs of it. Saturdays, 10pm.
Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 512/494-1150
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.
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
Austin's gay and lesbian group for making the nature scene. Minimal dues, maximum fun!
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.
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
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.
From the folks who brought you the original Bout Time and the legendary downtown Charlie's, free buffet every weekday and a six-hour happy hour. Whoa. Weekdays, 5-7pm. Free.
Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192
The beloved queer tape across the SXSW finish line is on. Last year’s was reported to be the last. It was not. What the heck is GBGG, you ask dear, sweet uninitiated? Why, it’s only Austin’s faggoty Woodstock, Southern Decadence, Burning Man, Mardi Gras, Disney World, Dollywood, Von Trapp Family Reunion, Folsom Street, the Vatican, and oh, SXSW rolled into one. Keep your eyes on the Gay Place and here for updates on the line-up, but you may expect amazing indie queers, booty bounce, dance jams, picnic blankets, makeout parties, and unicorns prancing across spring meadows. All day; all gay! All yay! Sun., March 17, noon-12mid. Free and open to the public. All ages..
Springdale & Rogge (the 2011 location)
is a great resource for folks in need of services as well as those who just want to volunteer or help. Free.
HIV-positive? This group explores issues from recent diagnosis to life with HIV. Free to individuals who qualify; sliding scale for everyone else.
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.
Watch this space for upcoming details on this annual glitzy affair. In the meanwhile, check the site and search HRC Austin. Sat., Feb. 9. $300.
Studies show that education reduces recidivism! Send your tax-deductible books and donations now. All topics in the GLBT spectrum needed (especially trans topics).
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.
Welcome to Austin! Don't know where to go, you big beautiful queer? Let our Austin Chronicle gAyTX Fun Guide
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
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.
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
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
Therapy/support group for HIV-positive gay men. Eight-week sessions. Call for schedule. Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm.
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
Alien She-sir Kevin Parks Hauser shows his werq circa 2006-2013. Think: love, gender, and identity via forms of social signifiers through film. Free.
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
Connect with fellow Horns o'plenty from all stripes of our purdy, purdy rainbow.
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!
Check the brass on those ovz, dude. Whoa. And check the Brass Ovaries website for info on events and upcoming pole-dancing classes.
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.
Katy Koonce, LCSW, offers transgender support groups with a holistic approach. Donations accepted.
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.
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.
Specialized individual and relationship psychotherapy for the LGBTQIJKLMNOP and open-minded. More than 86 years experience between 'em.
Austin's hub for GLBT support and support groups has moved its hub up to the Highland Mall area.
Low- to no-cost mental health counseling and support for folks struggling with HIV or AIDS. Bilingual? ¡Sí!
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.
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