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Step One: Create an LGBTQ Commission
It takes a village to forge a better quality of life for everybody
DAILY News  January 19, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Three months after Mayor Steve Adler announced plans to create an LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission during October’s Hate Crime Summit, the first precursory meeting was held Wednesday night at the Asian American Resource Center...."

Conservative Group: Anti-LGBTQ Bills Could Cost Texas $8.5 Billion
Strange bedfellows make economic case against bigoted bills
DAILY News  December 6, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...It’s hard to imagine Republican legislators diverging with the Texas Association of Business, a powerful conservative lobby group, but when it comes to discriminatory bills, the state’s chamber of commerce is strongly cautioning against passing any legislation that would hurt LGBTQ Texans...."

Pink Elephant Puts Black LGBTQ Artists Center Stage
Austin's queer hip-hop fest returns for year two
DAILY The Gay Place  March 31, 2017, by Courtney Naquin
"...The nation’s largest queer hip-hop music festival, Pink Elephant, returns to Austin this weekend to celebrate LGBTQ and POC artists. Founded by Japan aka Rashaud Hill – creator of rap group QURE – the second annual QTPOC music fest will feature 25 artists including some of the most prominent LGBTQ hip-hop, R&B, and rap performers in the country...."

After Filing Bill Forcing Schools to Out LGBTQ Kids, Legislator Bullies Media
Sen. Konni Burton's SB 242 isn't being misreported; it's anti-trans
DAILY News  November 21, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...After filing anti-LGBTQ legislation late last week, state Sen. Konni Burton, R-Ft..."

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...."

GOP Targets Women's Health, LGBTQ Community in First Day of Lege Filing
Texas Dems vow to keep up the fight for LGBTQ residents, women
DAILY News  November 14, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Wasting no time, Texas legislators filed three abortion-restrictive bills and the first anti-LGBTQ piece of legislation this filing period, assuring another heated fight for pro-choice advocates and LGBTQ allies beginning Jan. 10, the first day of the 2017 legislative session...."

Local Businesses Warn Lege on Anti-LGBTQ Laws
Discriminatory laws not just morally corrupt but financially damaging
News Story  November 17, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...When the state-led fervor over transgender restroom use hit its peak in May, Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League crafted a novel idea: With the city working to enforce inclusive gender-neutral restroom policies in single-use stalls ("Battle of the Bathroom Bigots," May 27), League and his team took the inclusivity further, proposing – and opening up for public opinion – a design for multi-stall commercial gender-neutral restrooms at the Drafthouse's Mueller location (expected to open early next year). After considering public comment, the LGBTQ-friendly stalls are built, with the exception of some last-minute tiling...."

Austin Excels in LGBTQ Scorecard
Austin continues to lead the nation in offering inclusive policies to the LGBTQ community, according to a new report
News Story  October 20, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Austin continues to lead the nation in offering inclusive policies to the LGBTQ community, according to a new report...."

LGBTQ Bars Reclaim Their Place as Community Hubs
After Orlando, queer space is more important than ever
Food Story  August 25, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...But increased acceptance of the LGBTQ community hasn't exactly been good for business. The last decade has seen many of those once-cherished dives take down their rainbow flags and close up shop for the long goodnight..."

SXSW LGBTQ Pro Tips: UPDATE
Finding community in the land of overstimulation
DAILY The Gay Place  March 17, 2015, by Kate X Messer and Andy Campbell
"...Whether you are a veteran or a complete n00b virgin, have we got the clues for you. Welcome to The Gay Place's SXSW 2015 guide to all things LGBTQIA...."

LGBTQ Rights: Hate Defeated
Fallout from the 84th Texas legislative session
News Story  June 4, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...The 84th Legislative session started out with a record number of anti-LGBTQ measures – likely the most ever filed by any state government – meant to further erode rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens. Around two dozen bills sought to allow state-funded agencies and businesses to discriminate against gay residents based on "sincerely held religious beliefs," ban transgender people from using gender-appropriate restrooms, and undermine local nondiscrimination ordinances..."

Top 10 LGBTQ News in San Marcos
San Marcos is growing in numbers and LGBTQ pride
DAILY The Gay Place  January 8, 2014, by Jordan Gass-Pooré
"...1) SAN MARCOS RESIDENT WORKS TOWARD OPENING FIRST CITY LGBTQ BAR San Marcos resident Silvia Sandoval is fundraising to help open The Walk-In Closet, which will be the city’s first LGBTQ hang-out space and gay bar. The prospective location for The Walk-In Closet lies a block south of San Marcos’ town square..."

One Resistance and LGBTQ Human Rights Rallies
PHOTO GALLERY  January 23, 2017
"...One Resistance and LGBTQ Human Rights Rally protesters took over Downtown Austin Friday evening...."

LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission Underway
"Historic" kickoff marks first for new commission
News Story  June 22, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Austin's LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission held its first meeting on Tuesday evening, June 20. Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and Mayor Steve Adler introduced the commission, calling it a historic day for Austin – "even more historic," said Flannigan, that the commission was kicking off "in June, in Pride Month." Eleven of the 15 commissioners have been selected – one by each CM and the mayor..."

Texas Legislators Push Through Two Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sunday Night
Bathroom and religious freedom bills both likely to become law
DAILY News  May 22, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...While the House debated discrimination in Texas schools, the Senate was discussing HB 3859. The religious liberty bill, filed by James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, would allow child welfare providers within the foster care system to deny adoption and fostering to LGBTQ couples, as well as Muslims and Jewish couples (and abortion services to pregnant foster youth) in the name of "sincerely held" religious beliefs..."

PHOTOS: One Resistance and LGBTQ Human Rights Rallies
One Resistance and LGBTQ Human Rights Rally protesters took over downtown
News Story  January 26, 2017


LGBTQ Kitchens Make Austin Proud
Sundaze and Texas Chili Queens are rising stars in Austin’s food truck universe
Food Story  August 25, 2016, by Shaun Lee
"...It has long been a joke in the service industry that restaurants would close down if it wasn't for the LGBTQ community. But in the back of the house, it has often been another story..."

Top 10 and Bottom 10 LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Moments
Your AggreGAYtor gets Aggro on a whole year of good, bad, and fugly
DAILY The Gay Place  January 6, 2014
"...6) ELISA CHAN doubled down on her anti-LGBTQ comments... and benefited politically..."

OUTlander's Weird National Attention
And not 'weird' in a 'Keep Austin Weird' good way
DAILY The Gay Place  March 6, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...Austin's sweet, LGBTQ music/multimedia fest has gotten some national blog love this week; too bad Autostraddle and HuffPo totally screwed it up...."

Gay Place
This year's Top 10 local queer heroes & LGBTQ stories
Columns  December 29, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...1) Ceci Gratias She's worked with nearly every LGBTQ nonprofit in town, led the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and has spent years fighting for queer rights. As one community member recently said to me, "Her contributions are too long to list here."..."

Battle of the Bathroom Bigots
Austin's "bathroom bill" aims to protect rather than demonize trans residents
News Story  May 26, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Then, when the Obama administration intervened with a letter instructing school districts nationwide to adopt trans-inclusive policies, the state's second-in-command went one step further by brazenly declaring he would forgo billions in federal education dollars for local schools if it meant standing by his anti-LGBTQ beliefs. "We will not be blackmailed by the president of the United States," said the former right-wing radio personality (see "Dan Patrick, Still on Bathroom Patrol," May 13)..."

UT Student Launches Queer Journalists Association on Campus
The NLGJA hopes to educate budding writers on LGBTQ issues
DAILY The Gay Place  May 12, 2017, by Katie Walsh
"...The University of Texas at Austin is now home to the state’s first chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, a national organization aimed at improving LGBTQ news coverage. Rather than focusing on professional coverage, the local chapter will target the next generation of professional journalists: students...."

HavenCon Creates Safe Spaces for Gaymers
LGBTQ gaming culture convention returns for its third year
DAILY The Gay Place  April 26, 2017, by Courtney Naquin
"...The LGBTQ and gaming communities have long overlapped. The two niche groups share a love for all things geek and gay, which is how Shane Brown developed the idea for HavenCon, Texas’ first LGBTQ inclusive gaming convention, designed for gamers and gaymers...."

Coming Out in the Dark
Behind the creation of Friday's LGBTQ Human Rights Rally
DAILY The Gay Place  January 19, 2017, by Sloane Smith
"...As is often the case these days, an idea came to fruition through social media. One person put out a call to action on Facebook to organize an LGBTQ protest on the evening of the inauguration..."

Gay Place
Community leaders hosts forum to discuss new city commission to focus on LGBTQ quality of life
Columns  January 12, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...With only a week between us and Inauguration Day, our q-mmunity is picking up steam. Last week, two open meetings were held: one to discuss the creation of the city's first LGBTQ center with Austin Pride, and the other to discuss Queerbomb 2017..."

Come on Out!
Allies come on OUT, yourselves, and support LGBT
DAILY The Gay Place  October 13, 2010, by Julie Gillis
"...By this time you are all very well aware it’s National Coming Out Week, and if you aren’t aware: Guess what? It's National Coming Out Week! If you are fashionably late to the party, my sexy ally friends, here are some ways you can shake it up, dust it off, and come on out of the closet in style, along with your LGBTQ friends and family...."

News Roundup: Lawsuits, Laws, and Plea Bargains
Brian Rodgers vs. COA, Abbott vs. women's rights, etc.
DAILY News  June 15, 2015, by News Staff
"...In this week's News Roundup, Brian Rodgers files a lawsuit claiming the city of Austin is withholding public information; Texas businesses warn that anti-LGBTQ discrimination will hurt Texas business; Greg Abbott signs a law restricting abortion access even further; and more...."

Outside of Society
Does Austin have enough room for two queer film festivals?
Screens Story  May 2, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...Six months have passed since opening night of the 26th season of the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival – redubbed Polari26 (aGLIFF/Polari) – last October, and to say a lot has happened in the Austin LGBTQ film and arts scene is an understatement as big as Texas...."

One Big Gay Happy Family?
QueerBomb and Austin Pride meet for a roundtable
Features Story  June 3, 2011, by Kate X Messer
"...Is this the dawn of one big gay happy family for Austin's LGBTQ community? Members from both organizations seem optimistic. But truly, only time – and possibly Judy Garland – will tell...."

Austin Black Pride Wraps a Successful Second Year
Celebrating the evolution of Austin's Black LGBTQ community
DAILY The Gay Place  April 4, 2017, by Sarah Nicholus
"...Last weekend, Austin Black Pride celebrated its second year of successful events. While the festivities don't include a parade, they created spaces and programming that cater to Austin's black LGBTQ community...."

What’s Bad for Queers Is Also Bad for Texas
Local businesses show support for LGBTQ community
News Story  December 8, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...6, the Texas Association of Business strongly cautioned that if Texas legislators pass discriminatory bills this session it would result in a "dire and far reaching" impact on the Texas economy. The conservative pro-business group – and unlikely LGBTQ allies – said the state could be in jeopardy of losing at least $8.5 billion in GDP and 185,000 jobs..."

Pushing Forward
LGBTQ orgs and APD gather for hate crime summit
News Story  October 27, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...This Thursday, Oct. 27, the Matthew Shepard Foundation will meet with Mayor Steve Adler, representatives from the Aus­tin Police Department, Equality Tex­as, Transgender Educa­tion Network of Texas (TENT), and the Human Rights Campaign to lead a hate crime summit geared toward advancing LGBTQ equality throughout the state..."

Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Transgender Guidelines
Ft. Worth judge says "status quo" in place for now
DAILY News  August 22, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Attorney General Ken Paxton and his anti-LGBTQ cohort have succeeded in blocking a federal transgender-inclusive directive, albeit temporarily...."

Get Suited
HBO's doc on dressing queer bodies screens tonight at Alamo South Lamar
DAILY The Gay Place  June 15, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...This week it’s hard to celebrate or rejoice in the little things. Queer dance parties, drag shows, LGBTQ films – it all feels too soon to be happy..."

Passing the (Queer)Bomb
What's the future of the June celebration for Austin's LGBTQ community?
Arts Story  June 2, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...If there's one thing the LGBTQ community excels at, it's throwing a damn good party. In the 47 years since the first high heel was lobbed at the Stonewall Riots, queers have found a way to intertwine revelry with rights..."

Paxton Sues Obama Over Transgender Rights
State officials continue their anti-trans crusade
DAILY News  May 25, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...As part of their crusade to restrict LGBTQ rights, state officials are fighting back against a recent transgender-inclusive directive from the Obama administration...."

OUTside In
It's time for an LGBTQ check-in
Arts Story  August 27, 2015, by Kate X Messer, Andy Campbell and Sarah Marloff
"...Many hot-button topics profoundly affect LGBTQ people, inside and out. Our struggles are public sport: schoolyard bullying, murder of transfolk, deportations of LGBTQ people of color, bathroom panic, criminalization, HIV/AIDS stigma, discrimination in the name of religion or politics, too many to name..."

The Walk In Closet: It's Time
Silvia Sandoval is fundraising for San Marcos' first gay bar
DAILY The Gay Place  November 20, 2013, by Sarah Marloff
"...San Marcos has been without an LGBTQ gathering space for too long. What is a city without a gay bar? This is where Silvia Sandoval enters the conversation..."

Pitchers, Catchers, and More – Oh My!
This week Austin hosts the 40th Gay Softball World Series
DAILY The Gay Place  August 16, 2016, by Dan Gray
"...Rain or shine, this week Austin plays home base to one of the world’s largest single gay sport events – the 40th Annual Gay Softball World Series. The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance hosts an estimated 5000 LGBTQ-folk as they descend on Austin to win glory in the coed series...."

Gay Place
Women's Alliance for Leadership empowers LGBTQ women to succeed in education and their careers
Columns  June 9, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...You might notice this week that there's a new(er) nonprofit on the block. WAL, or Women's Alliance for Leadership, recently set up shop in town with a mission: to empower LGBTQ women to succeed in education and their careers..."

Amplify Austin 2015: Under the Rainbow
We hat-tip the Amplify nonprofits that serve and support LGBTQIA
DAILY The Gay Place  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...."

Health Care Equality
Obamacare and the LGBTQ community
News Story  January 29, 2015, by Sarah Marloff
"...15) to enroll in a health insurance plan using the HealthCare.gov Marketplace once again looms over uninsured Americans. For many, navigating the online marketplace is no easy feat, and for some, such as members of nontraditional families and the LGBTQ community, it can be especially complex...."

C'mon-a Our House
City Council to vote on resolution to grow LGBTQ tourism
DAILY The Gay Place  January 23, 2014, by Lawrence Everett Forbes
"...Austin's rank as a tourist destination has been making the national lists for quite some time, but if all goes well today, it could also become an LGBTQ tourist destination. A resolution to consider allocating more money to promote queer tourism and events comes before the City Council agenda...."

Birth of a Revival {UPDATE}
Holy, holy, holy: Austin's working on a queer church
DAILY The Gay Place  January 22, 2014, by Lawrence Everett Forbes
"...Religion has always been a thorny subject for LGBTQ. Many of us have abandoned the church..."

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Take You to the Gay Bar
A round-up of Austin's LGBTQ bar scene
DAILY The Gay Place  July 8, 2013
"...Austin's LGBTQ bar scene is and always has been vibrant and vital. We build our bars of straw, sticks, spit, and glitter..."

Unicorn Booty's New Dish
Popular LGBTQ blog expands to brick-and-mortar restaurant
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...For Nick Vivion and Kevin Farrell, co-founders of the dishy and successful LGBTQ-focused infotainment blog Unicorn Booty (www.unicornbooty.com), it looks like a 2,000-square-foot restaurant/bar in a 150-year-old building in the burgeoning Bywater district of New Orleans. Since its opening in November 2012, their brick-and-mortar baby, Booty's Street Food, has become populated with curious neighbors and visitors from afar, and it tastes, feels, and smells like the smorgasbord of international street tapas that it serves...."

Behind the Bars Part II
We revisit Austin's LGBTQ bars of yesteryear
DAILY The Gay Place  August 25, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...In honor of Pride and this week's queer spaces feature, we've reached out to local queers around town and asked them to share their most poignant and messy memories of our beloved (and bygone) LGBTQ bars. Gay Place's OG editor Kate Messer put together Behind the Bars (Part I) to document our spaces in 2009..."

aGLIFF Drops Lineup
September film fest is back with something for everyone
DAILY Screens  July 27, 2016, by Dan Gray
"...The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival offers audiences a chance to discover new LGBTQ+ films that most wouldn’t normally be able to catch on the big screen. Ticket holders will have more than 55 short films and over 30 feature films to choose from..."

Dan Patrick, Still on Bathroom Patrol
Lt. Guv takes issue with Obama's trans-inclusive policy
DAILY News  May 13, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...In a continuation of his anti-LGBTQ fearmongering, Lt. Gov..."

OUTside In
After a tumultuous year in LGBTQ, it's time for an emotional check-in
Arts Story  August 27, 2015, by Kate X Messer, Andy Campbell and Sarah Marloff
"...He doesn't mince words when it comes to LGBTQ political priorities. "I'm cynical by nature," says Foxx, especially regarding mainstream groups like the Human Rights Campaign..."

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