Keeping with the theme of giving and gifting, we'd like to encourage y'all to support local queer artists this holiday season. Money that stays in the community inevitably grows the community. And our qmmunity's chock-full of talented artists, clothiers, jewelry designers, and so much more it's easy to find that something special for that special someone. Perhaps you're looking for knockout artwork? Gender Portraits, Shaun Lee Creative, Court Lurie, Beth Consetta Rubel, and Sasha Jones have lots to choose from, and if it's bling you desire, Hunters and Collectors crafts jaw-dropping sparkles perfect for any city witch or queer on yer list. Awful Goods decks the halls with sassy somethings, including the v. popular enamel pins, while FLAVNT Streetwear (which helps raise funds for gender confirming surgeries) and Gayheart Clothing will keep your receivers lookin' fresh all year. Lastly, an OUTsider badge may be the gift that keeps on giving – this month, and again in February for several days of nonstop queer art. For more deets/shops check the blog at austinchronicle.com/gayplace.
Christmas Queens: Austin, TX A Drag Race extravaganza hosted by the one and only Michelle Visage. With Detox, Thorgy Thor, Sharon Needles, Ginger Minj, and more! After the party it's the OCH afterparty. Thu., Dec. 15, 7-10pm. Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh. $49-79. www.vossevents.com/event.cfm?id=176180.
A Most Precious Christmas With Rebecca Havemeyer and Stanley Roy It's back. The return of Rebecca and Stanley's "Christmas Saga seeped in Oh Holy Gloriousness and Epic Hellfire!" Dec. 15-17, 8pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Customer Appreciation Happy Hour Consider this the big bear hug of thank yous. Saddle up for a complimentary hot food buffet at 5pm, $1.50 well drinks, and $2 domestic draft beer! Fri., Dec. 16, 3-9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. www.theironbear.com.
Queer Up Charlies Return to the queering with musicmakers Popper Burns, Chris Conde, Dylan Reece, Cap'n Tits, and Mouthfeel. Plus, a Sexy Santa Booth! Fri., Dec. 16, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.
Free Island of Misfit Sex Toys Brunch! The Q leads a queer sex talk over brunch, and they're giving away sex toys! Please bring a new kid's toy for Kelly Kline's Pink Santa Toy Drive. Sat., Dec. 17, 12:30-2:30pm. Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina, 1206 W. 38th. Free. www.theqaustin.org.
Do You Hear the People Sing? Celebrate the election of one Jimmy Flannigan to City Council! "Come as you are" for this volunteer appreciation meets karaoke fundraiser. Sat., Dec. 17, 6-8pm. The Water Tank, 7309 McNeil, 512/331-9831. Donations welcome. www.jimmyflannigan.com.
LGBT Bar Party Raise a glass and raise some money for the LGBT Law Association. Snacks, drinks, dancing, Santa photos, and more. Please note this is a fancy attire affair. Sat., Dec. 17, 6pm. $10-20. www.fb.com/events/578354185691516.
BLF Presents: Jingle Bear Rock Snuggle up for a bear-sized PJ party. Door prizes, raffles, and a $100 jingle beard/PJ contest. Sat., Dec. 17, 10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free. www.theironbear.com.
Karma Werqs Impulse Austin wants to help you network with yer qmmunity. Meet and mingle with queer entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and service providers while local DJs and artists warm up the space. Sun., Dec. 18, noon-5pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $15. www.impulseatx.com.
AQYC Presents: Winter Solstice Celebration A beginner-friendly and trans-inclusive workshop utilizing yoga, essential oils, and EFT techniques focusing on self-care to support the LGBTQ+ community in the coming national political oppression. Sun., Dec. 18, 2:30-5pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless. $20-40. www.austinqueeryoga.org.
The Austin Babtist Women Very Pink Christmas These crazy ladies are throwing a v. pink Xmas. Catch a song, donate to the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Stay for Bob the Drag Queen. Sun., Dec. 18, 7pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. www.oilcanharrys.com.
Get Tested ASA's Testing and Linkage to Care program offers free HIV testing services, counseling, and connections to community resources. Mondays & Tuesdays, 2-6pm; Fridays, 1-5pm. Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts. Free. www.asaustin.org/services-programs/testing.
Ladies Night at BT2 Every (Monday) night is ladies night. GirlFriend DJs 10pm-2am. So put some weeknight yay back in yer gay. Mondays, 8pm-2am. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. www.fb.com/bt2atx.
Coffee and Conversation Join Beyond Brothas for an extended happy hour and hangout. $1 off beers, 10% off food. Tue., Dec. 20, 7-10pm. Apanas Coffee & Beer, 1007 S. Congress, Ste. B-11. www.fb.com/beyondbrothaint.
Them/They: A Very Queer Holiday Dance Party Make merry with DJ GirlFriend. Please bring a li'l somethin' for the canned food drive. And smile for that sweet mistletoe photo booth. Wed., Dec. 21, 10pm. Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. Sixth.
Neon Rainbows: A Very Country Christmas A festive spin on an old classic. Country jams by DJ GirlFriend. Thu., Dec. 22, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River. Free. www.girlfriendatx.co.
BT2 Christmas Day Potluck We all need somebody sometimes. Bring a dish to share with the party and fill up on good food and better people. Sun., Dec. 25, doors open at noon. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. www.fb.com/bt2atx.
Austra In need of some magical music? Don't miss Austra's next ATX show. Sat., Feb. 4. Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/666-0877. $17.
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