meets Fridays, 7-9pm. Call for info on their exclusive Sunday meet-ups!
Memorial Day tradition: local gay bars barge together on the li'l cove at Hippie Hollow. Pre-parties and after parties, of course, at the clubs: Oilcan Harrys, Rain on 4th, The Iron Bear, Highland Lounge, Midtowne Spa of Austin. Fri,-Sun., May 22-24. Free.
Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823
Keep it clean, fellas! We cannot emphasize how much we want you in our lives. That means alive and safe. Not to be a downer: But know your status! Then plan accordingly and compassionately. Tuesdays, 1-4 & 8-11pm & Fridays, 1-4pm.
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
We know she can take it, but can she take it? Find out as roasters Dylan Reece, Jeremy Timothy-John von Stilb, Julian Bendaña, Becca Hyatt, Jorge Peña, Joseph Aguirre, Julian Bendana, host Toyota Lopez, and special guest roaster (TBA) turn her on a spit. DJ Honeycomb spins to keep it friendly. 8pm.
The legendary Ms. Wright on the black & whites is a great way to kick off your weekend. Thursdays and Fridays, 6-8pm. Free.
Come on in and take a dip. Fridays, 10:30pm. Free.
Lizzie is back with a vengeance. The list is online and new songs are on the way. Study up. 9pm.
You can directly access the Chronicle's gay listings online without clicking until your fingers turn blue. And alls it takes is one URL.
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.
It’s on, baby bunnies. Check the web for pre-sale and to make your plans. Sept. 13-21. Fiesta Gardens, Downtown, and so much more. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 22-30, all week long.
Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
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
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.
For you Pride groupies: This is the big one, y'all, the fourth largest Pride in the USA, and from all accounts, worth the trip. The parade, the festival, the sights, the sounds, the rainbows, the unicorns (the humidity!), all on one day, for free (yes, we said free), for the first time, in Downtown H-town. So, where's the afterparty? Sat., June 27, 12pm-11pm. Free.
Downtown, for the first time
Photos by Stephen Wright. In addition to mopey Mo' and pals, there's more, including New Order, Madonna, Miles Davis, Prince, John Lydon of Public Image Limited, Bono of U2. Show runs through May 23. Free.
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
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
Who will represent Austin PRIDE this year? Who will win the title and perform on the main stage in front of thousands at Austin Pride in late August? You? You? You? Time to enter and win. Kelly Kline hosts and RuPaul's Raven makes a special guest appearance. Wed., June 3, 10pm. Free.
Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823
Dozens of artists honor the beloved UT queer/Chicana writer/theorist (This Bridge Called My Back). Show runs through May 30.
La Peña, 227 Congress #300, 512/236-0610
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
Herein lies the power (for the sixth year in a row) of the word Queerbomb: Just say it, set a date, and 6-7,000 of your closest, queerest, creative class friends, curiously playful mainstream gays, neighbors, lovers, allies, kids, pets, granny-grampies, and supporters will show up at Pine Street Station (in loads of colorful regalia, and perhaps a life-sized puppet or two), cheer at the rally, hit the street, take over Dirty Sixth, cut up Congress, return via Seventh, then dance the night away at the afterparty. Say it with us, "Queeeeerbomb!" Happy Fifth Birthgay, Queerbomb! Sat., Jun 6, 6pm. Free.
Every closet purge, you run into it – that slab of silicone or whatever, the one that reminds you of … you know who. What the hell do you do with an old dong? Or buzzing egg? Or Fleshlight? Why, you recycle it, of course. Read the requirements to participate in Q Toys recycling program, and get a $5 certificate for your trouble … and for a less stressful closet. Starts March 1.
Q Toys, 6800 Burnet Rd., 512/772-1614
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!