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The largest transgender survey ever conducted is out, and the results reflect many hardships


Claire Bow: "These stories are not isolated instances."

The National Center for Transgender Equality released the largest transgender survey ever conducted, with 27,715 respondents nationwide. Of those surveyed, 1,490 call Texas home. But the report tells us what we already know: Trans and gender nonconforming folks are disproportionately faced with hardships regarding employment (27% of those who held or applied for a job reported being fired, denied promotion, or not being hired because of their gender identity or expression), housing (30% have experienced homelessness at some point in their lifetime), restrooms (32% admitted to limiting food and drink intake to avoid using public bathrooms in the past year), police interactions, and more. So what does this survey achieve? "It's next to impossible to fix a problem you can't see," answers Claire Bow, an attorney who works with the Transgender Education Network of Texas. She, along with Equality Texas, believes these numbers will help Texans fight back against transphobic bills like Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's SB 6, known to most as the bathroom bill. "This survey tells us trans people live in Texas," said Lou Weaver, the transgender programs coordinator at Equality Texas. "Now we have numbers to say we're not making this up."

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Little Junior Regulars in the Toronto DIY music scene. "Think Weezer meets Descendents, but more gay and less misogyny." Catch their first U.S. tour with July Talk. Fri., Feb. 3, 7pm. Sidewinder, 715 Red River. $12. www.julytalk.com.

Highland Underground Fetish Friday Take it to the basement for a night of kink, fetishes, and dirty-minded queers. Leave yer judgment at home. First Fridays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. www.highlandlounge.com.

BNK Plays Texas Keeper Cidery Chillax to some tunes by yer fave queer Americana folk band. Sat., Feb. 4, 4-6pm. Texas Keeper Cidery, 12521 Twin Creeks Rd., Manchaca. www.brandnewkeymusic.com.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Fundraiser Project Transitions hosts the 20th annual culinary fundraiser benefiting Austinites living with HIV/AIDS. Start with classy dinners in private homes and end the night with a champagne and dessert reception at B&B Italia. Sat., Feb. 4, 7-11:30pm. Various locations. $125, dinner and reception; $20, reception only. www.projecttransitions.org.

Austra In need of some magical music? Don't miss Austra's next ATX show. Let the Range and Night Drive warm ya up. Sat., Feb. 4, 8pm. Mohawk, 912 Red River. $17.

Transform Open House Transform Fitness has a new family member – Kirk Werks! So drop by, say hi, and sip some free beer. Sun., Feb. 5, 2:30-5pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, www.transformfitnessaustin.com.

Late Night Karaoke With Evelyn and Topaz Sing out your Sunday blues with Evelyn and Topaz's late night 'oke sesh. Sundays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.

Fea Latina punk rockers rip it up. Tue., Feb. 7, 8pm. Sidewinder, 715 Red River. Free.

ATX DSA Queer Coalition Meeting Plug yourself in and stay fired up. Guest speaker Robert Salcido from Equality Texas talks strategy to defeat upcoming anti-LGBTQ legislation for this Lege session. Wed., Feb. 8, 7-8:30pm. Texas State Employees Union, 1700 S. First. Free. www.fb.com/dsaqueercoalition.

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Noche Latina Go "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" to the very best of Latin pop brought to you by DJ Robert Michael and the Boys of ATX. Wednesdays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado. Free. www.highlandlounge.com.

Them//They A dance party for queers, gender benders, and party people. DJ GirlFriend hosts. This week, go gaga for Gaga. Wednesdays. Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. Sixth. www.girlfriendatx.co.

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Positively Kinky: Happy, Healthy Human Puppy A class on being and owning a Happy, Healthy Human Puppy. Led by Dr. GPup and Pup Boss and kicking off a week of classes and meetups on pup culture. Thu., Feb. 9, 6-8pm. Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts.

Nite School With Mr.Kitty, Max Xandaux, Silencia, Hvy Blk, Scorpio Give in to the dark side, cuz nothing else feels this good. Thu., Feb. 9, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free. www.fb.com/niteschoolatx.

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OUTSider Festival OUTsider – the nation's first-ever queer multi-arts festival and conference dedicated to showcasing LGBTQ arts and culture – returns for its third year. Always a mind-blowing, eye-opening, feeling feels, good time. Wed.-Sun., Feb. 15-19. $40-50 (prices will increase closer to fest). www.outsiderfest.org.

CTTHC Focus Group CTTHC invites Austin's trans and nonbinary communities to come out and learn about the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition. They want your feedback! Focus group participants will receive a thank-you gift card. Tue., Feb. 28, 6-8pm. OutYouth. www.texastransgenderhealth.org.

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Austin LGBTQ, National Center for Transgender Equality, Claire Bow, Transgender Education Network, Equality Texas, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, SB 6, bathroom bill, Lou Weaver

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