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Austin Tennis Club

meets Fridays, 7-9pm. Call for info on their exclusive Sunday meet-ups!

South Austin Tennis Center, 1000 Cumberland, 512/442-1466

www.austintennisclub.com, austintennisclub@yahoo.com

Country Line Lessons

Slappin', crawlin', scootin', tootin' ... Hey! No tootin' on the dance floor! Fridays, 9-10pm. Free.

Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh, 512/482-9002

www.rustysaustin.net

Free HIV/STD Testing

Keep it clean, fellas! Now: three times a week! Tuesdays, 1-4 & 8 -11pm, Wednesdays 10-1pm & Fridays 9-midnight.

Midtowne Spa, 5815 Airport, 302-9696

www.midtowne.com

Friday Night Bears

Friday Night Bears

A-tisket, a-tasket, check out that bear basket. Big burly gear night with cheap quaff. Fridays, 9pm-2am. Free.

The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993

www.theironbear.com

Fu*kme Fu*kme Fridays

Who you know and who you blow come together on the dance flo. Every second and fourth Friday, 10pm. Free.

The Eastern, 1511-B E. Sixth

www.theeastern.net

Hang Out UT Picnic

Grab yr sack (lunch) and meet at the Turtle Pond under the UT Tower every last day of the school week. Fridays, 11am-2pm.

www.utgsc.com

Laura Forster

Laura and her band, Severed Strings debut this jazz, blues, soul, and rock hybrid at the Rusty. 10:30pm-12:20am.

Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh, 512/482-9002

www.rustysaustin.com

Love Free or Die

HRC and Equality Texas present this screening of the Sundance-winning doc Love Free or Die - People of Faith Standing for LGBT Equality. Q & A with director Macky Alston follows. 7pm. Free.

Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth, 512/472-2445

www.lovefreeordiemovie.com, documentary@hrcaustin.org

Poo Poo Platter Drag Show

Oh, honey, look what the scat dragged in! If it poops, this gnarly crew of gender skew will put it on a platter.

Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-2979

www.facebook.com/poopooATX

Queer Up Charlie's

Vibe Zone with DJ Dylan Reece and visuals by Fresh Fuckerman who promise "Houze, Boogz, Dizko, Klubb, and Foonk" in capital letters and HTML code. 10pm-2am. No cover.

Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133

www.facebook.com/cheerupcharliesaustin

Singer, Songwriter Rounds Hosted by Havilah and Stephanie

Hosted by Havilah and Stephanie in the Cabaret Lounge. 8-10pm.

Rusty's, 405 E. Seventh, 512/482-9002

www.rustysaustin.com

Vinyl Friday

DJ Kelly spins his patented vinylogical warfare at Austin's oldest Levi's/leather/dive bar every last day of the work week. Fridays, 10pm. 3$.

Chain Drive, 84 East Ave. (I-35 access road), 512/480-9017

www.chain-drive.com

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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, 474-5475

www.equalitytexas.org, info@equalitytexas.org

Below the Belt

Learn the safe-sex ropes, Q newbs at this monthly group for the fellas – however you ID. Last Fridays, 6pm. Free.

The Q, 2906 Medical Arts, 512/420-8557

www.qboyz.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

Free Buffet

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

www.bouttime2.com

GayBiGayGay 2013

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)

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

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

She Is Me: Moments In My Mind

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.

Birds Barbershop, 1107 E. Sixth, 512/457-0400

www.birdsbarbershop.com

South by So Gay

Austin's big party is almost nigh and we want to gay it up with you. Send us any and all info about LGBTQ events you are hosting over the course of the three conferences. We will make sure your people are in the know. March 8-17.

austinchronicle.com/gay, gayplace@austinchronicle.com

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

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

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