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Your Queer Guide to Austin
A crash course on the city's LGBTQ parties, prides, and resources
DAILY Qmmunity  September 5, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Whether you're here for a weekend or settling in to call it home – hell, even if you’ve lived here for years – we’ve got you covered. In fact, we've had Austin covered since 2004, when the Chronicle began running a dedicated LGBTQ column and listings..."

PRIDE Weekend 2010: I Am QueerBomb. I Am Austin Pride.
How queer is your Pride? How Austin is your bomb?
Features Story  June 4, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...It's the year the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce decided to move away from one of the best Pride celebrations Austin had ever seen (2009) by ignoring the lessons of history, dismantling the progress that did occur, and reinventing the wheel. As a result, many people were hurt, many differing opinions were dismissed, and many livelihoods were challenged, despite AGLCC's purported mission to represent the earning interest of Austin LGBT, members or not..."

How Austin's Queer Community Supports Its Own
How Austin's LGBTQ community supports each other
Arts Story  August 9, 2018, by Sarah Marloff, Charlie Neddo and Beth Sullivan
"...Not all revolutions are grand and not all radical acts are born from extraordinary circumstances, but every day, Austin's queer community shows up for one another in ways that can only be described as profound. It's Pride in Austin, and in keeping with this year's theme of revolution, we're paying homage to the city's LGBTQ community for taking care of its own – for taking care of us – when the going gets tough. [inset-1-right]..."

Top 10 Texas LGBT Stories
One step back and two steps forward
DAILY News  January 6, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...Even in a state as red as Texas, the national trend toward LGBT equality gained momentum. Social conservatives tried vainly to throw on the brakes, but 2013 wins kept on coming...."

Amplify Austin 2015: Under the Rainbow
We hat-tip the Amplify nonprofits that serve and support LGBTQIA
DAILY Qmmunity  March 3, 2015, by Blake McCoy
"...With just a day or two left until Amplify Austin cranks the giving up to 11, your friendly neighborhood Gay Place has taken the liberty of compiling a list of a few LGBTQ-supporting faves...."

I Pee With LGBT
Richard Linklater debuts ad denouncing the Texas bathroom bill
DAILY Qmmunity  February 22, 2017, by Courtney Naquin
"...Trans rights activists and allies around Texas are “rolling up their sleeves, pulling down their pants, and peeing with LGBT” after Austin native and renowned director Richard Linklater collaborated with ACLU of Texas, GSD&M, and Legacy Community Health on a commercial denouncing Texas’ proposed bathroom bill...."

Austin Earns Top Grade in LGBTQ Scorecard
HRC report: Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, most LGBTQ-friendly in state
DAILY News  October 18, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Austin continues to lead the nation in offering inclusive policies to the LGBTQ community, according to a new report...."

Austin Pride 2009
Event listings
Features Story  June 5, 2009
"...AGLCC MEMBERSHIP So much for so little: your business listing on the premier Austin LGBT site (garnering 60,000 page views per month), a quarterly glossy publication, and a slew of in-person networking opportunities, including the big daddy of them all: Pride. 474-4422..."

Austin Pride 2008
The party goes on all month long ...
Features Story  June 13, 2008
"...KOOP = QUEER Tune your dials to 91.7FM for Outcast, a public-affairs program for and about the LGBT community of the city. Hosted by Heath Riddles and J.J..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2017 Film Grants
$143,000 in cash and support awarded to 34 filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...THE TROUBLE WITH RAY Documentary Feature Director: Travis Johns $5,000 cash for Post-Production The Trouble With Ray exposes the wild, untold history of LGBT activism in ultra-conservative Texas and its impact on the national stage as told by the movement’s ultimate outsider, Ray Hill: a labor activists’ son, ex-con, and “loud-mouthed queer,” whose 50 years of fearlessly protesting for LGBTQ equality energized a grassroots movement to take powerful, political action...."

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story  August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...for the ATX, the Institution has a strong focus on education (with Ronen overseeing a mix of classes in stand-up, sketch writing, filmmaking, and auditioning, as well as improv), but weekends also see performances in its 47-seat black box theatre. A variety of improv and sketch shows are booked on a monthly basis, along with stand-up events such as the LGBT showcase Laugh Out Proud and the after-hours Clique Bait..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2015 Grants
Newcomers and established names get AFS boost
DAILY Screens  September 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Easy Daniel Laabs (Dallas) Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival..."

Health Inequities Dog Austin
Racial disparities are glaring
DAILY News  August 19, 2015, by Amy Kamp
"...3 meeting, representatives from those groups told the committee what they believe needs to happen to address these inequities. They asked that $1.05 million be allocated toward funding “community-based interventions” that are “culturally specific, nontraditional, innovative,” and focus “on individuals/groups disproportionately impacted (people of color, elderly, immigrants, LGBT, and youth).” A variety of women gave testimony about why they felt the funding was important..."

Putting the Austin Into Wizard World Austin
Local talent appearing at the geek culture gathering
DAILY Books  October 2, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Diversity in Geek Culture Shane Brown, founder of Gay Austin Geeks, heads up a panel on fandom and the LGBT community (Room 10AB)...."

One Small Step Towards Equality, One Large Step for Austin
Austin + Domestic Partner Benefits = Reality
DAILY Qmmunity  October 31, 2013, by Sarah Marloff
"...In AGLCC's press release applauding City Council, the gay chamber further promised Austinites that the "leaders of AGLCC will continue to work with council members and city officials to ensure LGBT residents and businesses in Austin are on equal footing.”..."

A Queer Renaissance in Austin?
AGLIFF's new mission and upstart QueerBomb
DAILY Qmmunity  June 3, 2010, by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer
"...I'm volunteering in the programming group (taking the attitude that getting involved is better than complaining). At the first meeting, Jake Gonzalez, the programming director for the festival, told us that aGLIFF's new mission is to make the festival one of the top-three LGBT festivals in the country – with Frameline in San Francisco and Outfest in L.A..."

Paxton Amps Up Anti-LGBT Legal Fight
Texas AG leads 13-state coalition to block the Obama administration's transgender-inclusive directive to schools
News Story  July 14, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Attorney General Ken Paxton recently ramped up his crusade against LGBT Texans with a request for a nationwide preliminary injunction to block the Obama administration's transgender-inclusive directive to schools. Paxton and his crew are leading a 13-state coalition to combat the LGBT-friendly instructions, issued in May, which direct schools across the country to allow students to use the locker rooms and restrooms that correspond with their stated gender identity (see "Paxton Sues Obama Over Transgender Rights," May 25)..."

Senators Hold Meeting to Reaffirm Anti-LGBT Discrimination
State Affairs Committee hearing used as anti-LGBT soapbox
DAILY News  February 17, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...The State Affairs Committee – compelled by an October directive from Attorney General Ken Paxton – was tasked with ensuring that the government doesn’t force citizens or businesses to “violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.” An excuse to stir up anti-LGBT fervor under the guise of religious freedom, the hearing featured several testifiers who used the platform to voice their dissatisfaction with the Obergefell v Hodges U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling...."

Two Austin Churches Move Toward Inclusion
First United Methodist and St. David's Episcopal move towards LGBT inclusion
News Story  March 8, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...The Rev. John Wright knows the church has a PR problem with the LGBT community..."

Paxton Stacks AG’s Office With Anti-LGBT Culture Warriors
AG hires opponents of church-state separation
DAILY News  April 12, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Instead, Attorney General Ken Paxton – facing multiple legal charges, including securities fraud – has asked overtly right-wing, anti-LGBT employees to join his office, reaffirming the AG’s mission to use religion as a vehicle to discriminate...."

City to Review LGBT Rights Performance
CM Riley wants Austin to be equality leader
News Story  May 29, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...Austin may lead Texas in supporting LGBT rights, but City Council wants the city to also lead the nation. On May 22, Council approved Chris Riley's resolution calling for a review of Austin's Municipal Equality Index...."

Faulty Tower: Anti-LGBT Money Behind Fairmont Austin
Doug Manchester was a major donor in the fight against same-sex marriage
News Story  March 15, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...The partnership is an odd fit for the Canada-based luxury hotel operators, who actively court the "pink dollar" through direct promotions and membership in the Inter­na­tion­al Gay & Lesbian Travel Associa­tion. Fairmont properties are routinely listed as among the top LGBT-friendly hotels...."

Point Austin: What Would Cole Porter Say?
Indiana's RFRA is an invitation to progressive response
News Column  April 2, 2015, by Michael King
"...Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the allied reactionaries who promoted the law may have anticipated some resistance from LGBT activists, perhaps a liberal organization or two (opposition in fact useful to right-wing politicians as fundraising fodder)..."

City of Austin "Major Events" Roster
The city lists over 400 days’ worth of events from the Commitment Day 5K on Jan. 1 to the New Year’s Celebration on Dec. 31. The full list is posted here.
News Story  July 12, 2013
"...31. The full list is posted here in chronological order and then again in alphabetical order. EventStart DateEnd Date Commitment Day 5K**New1/1/20131/1/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/5/20131/5/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/5/20131/5/2013 Farmer's Market1/5/20131/5/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/12/20131/12/2013 3M 1/2 Marathon1/13/20131/13/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/19/20131/19/2013 Gorilla Run1/19/20131/19/2013 MLK Community Celebration1/21/20131/21/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/26/20131/26/2013 Farmer's Market1/26/20131/26/2013 Texas Rally for Life**1/26/20131/26/2013 Dell Children's Gala1/26/20131/27/2013 Rogue 30K**New1/27/20131/27/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)2/2/20132/2/2013 Boy Scout Parade2/2/20132/2/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)2/9/20132/9/2013 Mardi Gras2/9/20132/9/2013 Cupid's Undie Walk2/9/20132/9/2013 Mardi Gras2/12/20132/12/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)2/16/20132/16/2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Launch _ Brazos Hall2/16/20132/25/2013 Austin Livestrong Marathon2/17/20132/17/2013 March for Humane Immigration Reform2/22/20132/22/2013 Boys and Girls Club of Austin - Feer Festival2/23/20132/23/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)2/23/20132/23/2013 Save TX Schools March**2/23/20132/23/2013 Day of the Fallen**2/27/20132/27/2013 Star of Texas Rodeo Cowboy Breakfast (typically will be held on the 1st Friday of March)3/1/20133/1/2013 COTA Event - Grand Am Rolex Series3/1/20133/3/2013 Austin Rowing Club - Heart of Texas Regatta3/2/20133/3/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/2/20133/2/2013 Texas Independence Day 5K & Parade3/2/20133/2/2013 Zilker Kite Festival3/3/20133/3/2013 My Medicaid March**3/5/20133/5/2013 SXSW Festival 3/8/20133/17/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/9/20133/9/2013 TX March for LGBT Justice**3/10/20133/10/2013 The Fort3/12/20133/16/2013 Yard Dog Parties3/14/20133/16/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/16/20133/16/2013 Musical March for Peace**3/16/20133/16/2013 Fado's St Patrick's Day Festival3/17/20133/18/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/22/20133/22/2013 Mighty Texas Dog Walk3/23/20133/23/2013 The Rosedale Ride3/23/20133/23/2013 Mighty Texas Dog Walk 20133/23/20133/23/2013 Cesar Chavez March**3/23/20133/23/2013 HONK! TX**3/24/20133/24/2013 TX Vietnam Vets Monument3/25/20133/25/2013 Urban Fest3/29/20133/30/2013 Stations of the Cross3/29/20133/29/2013 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays3/29/20133/30/2013 BJ Joyce Parade3/29/20133/29/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/30/20133/30/2013 Ruff Riders3/30/20133/30/2013 St James Mission 5K3/30/20133/30/2013 Lonestar Rod and Kustom Roundup Custom Car Show4/5/20134/6/2013 Austin American Statesman Jr..."

AIDS Services of Austin and aGLIFF Turn 25
Dobie Theater's doors open again for Big Love bash
Screens Story  August 17, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...They've also kept prevention in the spotlight. Over the same period, aGLIFF has kept Austin illuminated as a destination for fest-circuit LGBT films...."

Gay Place Goes to Comic Con Austin
What? Gays who like comics, card games, and roleplay? Shut yo' mouth!
DAILY Qmmunity  November 18, 2010, by Nakia
"...I took this opportunity to press further and ask Sheldon if he felt the "comic con culture" was accepting of the LGBT community and what his personal feelings were about gay comic book characters and gay comic con attendees. Sheldon, who had identified himself as straight was also a Ren Fair regular which is where he first remembering befriending people whom he later found out were gay. "They were great people..."

Point Austin: In Search of a Plan, Not a Master Plan
Council divisions taking shape on CodeNEXT
News Column  March 22, 2018, by Michael King
"...Houston is the only African-American council member; Garza, Renteria, and Casar are the other minority members, and Flan­ni­gan indirectly represents LGBT Austin­ites, who endure some of the same housing problems as racial minorities. It might seem odd that these minority representatives (in what is now a majority-minority city) are becoming spokespeople for opposing positions on the potential discriminatory (or anti-discriminatory) effects of CodeNEXT, but they in fact mirror a similar polarization in the public debate..."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...Teaching English in El Salvador, the singer began infusing Mexican and South American influences into her balladic pop sensibilities stateside. Cumbia, reggae, and LGBT pride sneaks into her international set lists..."

Point Austin: Will This One Make a Difference?
Orlando could be a turning point ... or else it won't be
News Column  June 16, 2016, by Michael King
"...President Barack Obama has been particularly eloquent in the last few days on this subject, noting, for example, that Pulse was not simply a nightclub, but functioned also as "a place of solidarity" and civil rights activism for the LGBT community. "So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American," he continued, "regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country." If that grace note sounds more wistful than actual, it marks how far we still have to go to make equality and dignity a reality for every American. Doing Nothing..."

Council: Marriott Pays, Austin Annexes
White Lodging agrees to repay $2.4 million in waived fees
News Story  October 1, 2015, by Michael King
"...When they get to proclamations (the 68-Item agenda doesn't scream midnight, but you never know), former interim city attorney and legislative liaison Karen Kennard (who resigned earlier this year when asked by City Manager Marc Ott to remain in her legislative role) will receive a Distinguished Service Award, and council members will honor the Classical Mandolin Society of America (also figuring in the evening's music), LGBT History Month, National Night Out, the Asian Ameri­can Resource Center, and (fresh from All Hallow's Eve) House of Torment – if they manage to negotiate the anteroom's metal detectors...."

Gay Place: Austin's Gay Days
We've got all the Pride info and sneak peeks into a very gay fall season.
Columns  August 27, 2015, by Kate X Messer, Neha Aziz, Sarah Marloff and Blake McCoy
"...Austin Pride Parade This has been an especially special year for LGBT forward movement. The annual Austin Pride Parade (happening right after the fest) is the best chance you have to drop the facade, disregard differences, and join in with, oh, about 150,000 – according to city of Austin estimates – of your closest freaks, fagatrons, fabulosos, family, and friends, and celebrate our delicious sloppy diversity and ultimately our common cause: Coexistence-acceptance-love..."

Austin Chamber Musical Festival Sixth Annual Pride Concert
Was G.F. Handel on your Gaydar?
Arts Story  July 10, 2014, by Natalie Zeldin
"...Reed is the person who proposed the idea of a Pride Concert as part of the Austin Chamber Music Festival. As recently as six years ago, Reed said he hadn't seen a curated program that specifically showcased music by the LGBT community anywhere..."

Austin's New (No) Sex Institute
Nascent think tank enters the culture wars
News Story  March 7, 2014, by Brandon Watson

History's Closet
Making the case for an Austin gay barchive
Features Story  June 5, 2009, by Kate X Messer
"...Less, in that the collections filed under keywords such as "gay," "lesbian," and "homosexual" are thin. More, in that the staff are amazing and eager to help us grow their stacks and assist in any archiving of Austin LGBT artifacts that we might wish to help acquire..."

Pride Punt
So what does the Pride Coalition actually do? (Spoiler: The answer isn't in here.)
DAILY Qmmunity  October 3, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...First, Equality Texas, the entity which has organized the Austin Pride Festival for as long as anyone can remember announced this year that it was handing the festival torch to the freshly formed Pride Coalition, a group composed of representatives from just about every local LGBT concern...."

Outing the Archive
The Austin History Center stands ready to gay up its archives
Features Story  June 4, 2010, by Andy Campbell
"...Austin Chronicle: What is the current state of LGBTQI collections at the Austin History Center?..."

gAyTX Fun Guide
Austin spots so hot, they're flamin'
Features Story  June 13, 2008, by Kate X Messer and Kate Getty
"...KOOP's 'OutCast' Tune your dials to something just a bit different from your regularly scheduled programming: 91.7FM. This public-affairs program for and about the LGBT community of the city is hosted by Heath Riddles and J.J..."

Gay Place
Take a moment to enjoy Austin before SXSW barrels into town
Columns  March 1, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...LGBTQIA Equity & Intersectionality Town Hall Help inform the city's LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission on how to better address equity and intersectionality in ATX. Sheldon Darnell leads the convo..."

Gay Place
Austin’s 10 most defining headlines of 2017: the good, the weird, and the unexpected
Columns  December 28, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...2) The LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission: Created to address disparities within our queer, trans, and QTPOC communities and leverage change, the commission held its inaugural meeting in June and has been going hard ever since. Rumor has it we can expect big things in 2018...."

Gay Place
Austin's Pride celebration is happening this Saturday!
Columns  September 28, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Austin LGBT Bar Association CLE 2017: The Empire Strikes Back Rep. Celia Israel, attorney and advocate Claire Bow, UT Prof..."

Events to Help Queer Up Your Autumn
As the temperatures cool, the queers come out to play
DAILY Qmmunity  August 30, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...When it’s still too hot to drink pumpkin beer and the (queer) events are overflowing. Sure, we have loads of fabulous LGBTQ parties, gatherings, and get-togethers all year, but there’s something special about fall..."

Gay Place
The second annual Austin International Drag Fest returns this weekend
Columns  April 28, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...Austin LGBT Bar Association 1/2 Day CLE It's that time again – Austin Bar Association returns with their half-day CLE. This year they're offering a fab lineup of law talks pertaining to us LGBTQIAers..."

Hey Sailor, Pt. 2!
More of Austin's GLBTeratti welcomes you with open arms and tells you what's hot about our town
Features Story  March 17, 2006, by Kate Getty and Kate X Messer

Austin's gay bars and then some...
Features Story  June 3, 2005, by Kate Getty and Kate X Messer

Countdown to L-G-B-T
U.S. Census meets Austin LGBT Tuesday at the MACC
DAILY Qmmunity  February 9, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...Apparently, tonight's is the first LGBT Town Hall ever, and our participation in this will determine the efforts expended by the U.S. Census folks on our behalf..."

An Imperfect Perfect Score
City could do better on LGBTQ rights
DAILY News  November 14, 2014, by Amy Kamp
"...This week, the Human Rights Campaign issued its annual Municipal Equality Index Scorecard. According to HRC, “the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.”..."

Come Out to StartOut
Bi-coastal non-profit, StartOut, may add Austin as its third home.
DAILY Qmmunity  September 18, 2012, by Tyler Pratt
"...Not only is the national group StartOut arriving in town this week to hold its next event, "The Entrepreneurial Journey from Founding to Exit and Beyond” a panel and networking with top LGBT entrepreneurs, it's also looking at Austin to begin its next chapter..."

The AggreGAYtor: December 16
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  December 16, 2014, by David Estlund
"...House Democrats are demanding an end to the sexual abuse of LGBTQ immigrant minors in custody. Forgive us for editorializing when we say, “Perhaps a nanny state is a safer bet than an Uncle Ernie state.”..."

Come Out for OUTober
Austin celebrates LGBT History/Coming Out Month, big time, citywide
DAILY Qmmunity  October 1, 2014, by Kali Daryl Robinson
"...Austin is celebrating OUTober with the start of some new, colorful, traditions. In honor of LGBT History Month, Austin will display the Pride Flag across City Hall for the first time ever..."

The AggreGAYtor: June 14
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  June 14, 2013
"...LGBT cancer survivors experience healthcare discrimination, but may help build a better system...."

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