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Yes, there’s a gay agenda... By Kate Messer

Guess Who?

How do these locals identify? Play along and match the identity to the person. Photos by Devaki Knowles


Fort Elaine


2012 Austin Pride

Community bastion and AIDS activist Elaine Holton opens the gates and invites us in Interview by Kate X Messer

Full event listings and parade map By Rob Cohen, Maggie McDonald, Kate X Messer, and Liz Williams


STAFF Editorial

Editor-in-Chief KATE MESSER Editorial Assistants EMMA COLUMBO,



Creative Director JONN CHERICO Production Manager MAGGIE MCDONALD Photography DEVAKI KNOWLES Layout, Illustrations, Logos LAUREL BARICKMAN,


Advertising Accounts & Sales AGLCC Board: AMY COOK, president JIMMY FLANNIGAN, vice-president RICK HOLMBERG, secretary CECI GRATIAS, treasurer BART LOESER, programs


CONTENTS 18 Bigger Piece of the Entrepreneurial Pie

StartOut comes to Austin to consider opening a chapter. By Tyler Pratt

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Time Is Not Money

The Creative Class and the Gay Dollar By Andy Campbell

Pink Dollar Hollar

How the conerns of the creative class shake out in Austin. By Brandon Watson

Friends & Family

A list of essential LGBTQ-friendly businesses and concerns in the gAyTX By Rob Cohen, Kate X Messer and Tyler Pratt

Guess Who? Answers

Take our quiz and see how you did!









You Bet We Have an Agenda Welcome to the conversation! The most heated topics in the current American cultural conversation are related to the economy and to the LGBT community. The results of these conversations will have direct impact on the lives of LGBT Americans (Hello, national elections!). The so-called “gay dollar” in Austin, Texas boasts an annual price tag of approximately $3 billion*. That’s about the same size as the average City of Austin annual budget. And that dollar is as diverse as it would be in any other segment of society. Whether it comes from the local musician moonlighting behind the coffee counter to make ends meet, a middle manager paying dues to the LGBT employees group of a corporate giant, or an entrepreneur ditching the 9-5 to launch their dream, that’s a lot of money muscle. You’ve heard of the “gay agenda”? You bet we have one. Welcome to The Agenda, a brand new, Austin-based, quarterly issued LGBT magazine focused on the “gay agenda” of economic equality. In this first-of-its-kind partnership between an LGBT chamber (the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) and local media outlet (The Austin Chronicle), The Agenda aims to inject interesting, informative, and relevant content into this culture conversation. Editorial content shoots “straight” from the vibrant heart of the alternative newsweekly model combined with the muscle, resource, and community outreach of a nonprofit chamber of commerce. Our goals are to dig past assumptions, poke conversations, and bridge the gaps between business, consumer, and community advocacy. And if we can help educate our members and supporters how to leverage the power of that “gay dollar” everyone’s talking about, well that’s just dandy. We hope you enjoy our magazine and become part of the conversation. Kate X Messer | The Agenda Editor-in-chief

*based on data from Community Marketing Inc. and Witeck-Combs Communications

The Agenda is published quarterly by the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Austin Chronicle and is financed entirely by the support from the membership of the chamber.

Any advice or opinions provided herein are for informational purposes only.

The views and opinions expressed in The Agenda and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC), nor its officers or board of directors, nor The Austin Chronicle.


Copyright © 2012 Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Unsolicited submissions (including resumes, articles, artwork, and photographs) are not returned. PO Box 49216, Austin, TX 78765 512/761-LGBT (5428) •


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Remember that old kids’ board game Guess Who? Where you had to guess an identity based on a panel of faces? Well, identity politics aside, it’s always interesting to see how people self-ID, and especially folks who consider themselves part of the LGBTQ continuum. How do you ID? How do you see yourself? What do you disclose? Are you a secret gender agent?


e asked each of these friends to state five ways in which they identify. photos by Devaki Knowles

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A) hyperconsensual, radical, linguistic-erotic, femme, dyke B) straight, ally, crazy, anarchist, modulated C) lesbian, androg, dyke, cyclist, woman D) radical, lesbian, feminist, cats, activist E) creative, people-sexual, geek, compassionate, dog-lover F) scientific, progressive, technocrat, geek, poly G) committed, parents, freaky-spiritual, queer, artists H) gay, Asian, dog lover, wannabe World-traveller, hopeless romantic I) nerdy, generous, sincere, searcher, delightful J) spontaneous, outgoing, caring, sarcastic, smart K) good communicators, adventurous, gay, family, lovers L) funny, adventurous, dedicated, easy-going, dependable M) blessed, compassionate, integrity, spiritual, advocate N) quiet, compassionate, dedicated, spiritual, quirky O) Latin@, West Coaster, veteran, fluent Spanish speaker, versatile P) good person, outgoing, open-minded, get along with everybody, modest


ROGER 64, The Care Communities

LIBBY 70, non-profit activist

CAREY 30, Occupy Austin

BOB 50+, engineer CHASE 38, factotum

MUGZY 23, Lezride


XANDER 36, musician and UT staffer

ABE 36, writer

KIRK & CARRIE 40 & 36, playright & poet

See page 29 for answers!



Fort Elaine

Community bastion and AIDS activist Elaine Holton opens the gates a By Kate X Messer | Photos by Devaki Knowles

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She’s so passionate about her work that it competes for first impressions with her infectious grin and smoky tones. Elaine Holton, volunteer outreach coordinator for Project Transitions and decade veteran of HIV/AIDS case work, is everywhere – one of those ubiquitous Austin gays who feels comfortable to be around even when you haven’t yet met her. There’s hardly a queer subculture or LGBT funtion that she hasn’t cracked into.

Kate X Messer: You’re the black who?

Elaine and I have been colloquially acquainted through the Austin gay “scene” for not as long as either of us would have imagined, considering our jobs. Just a handful of months, really. But whenever we get together, words flow. So I wanted to commit some of her’s to paper.

ESH: OK, I’m confused when it comes to sexual identity and what all the acronyms mean. And I feel bad being a woman, a gay woman of color – like I should know all of this stuff. I try to support and encourage, but it’s very challenging for me.

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KXM: It’s not mixing. ESH: We could use the blender. So we kinda went on a tangent: Elaina was my first girl crush. But my first sexual experience was at one of these Mahjong parties. Our mothers would host Mahjong parties at different houses. I would hang out with these girls who were gorgeous and biracial like me. And it was always like: Let’s build a fort and play a game! KXM: A fort! Tell me about the fort! And tell me about the game! ESH: We’d be in a secret space. It’s covered; we got TV; I can get snacks. It was this magical world, kind of out-of-sight out-of-mind. Like we could do what ever we wanted. I was always the instigator. KXM: I can’t even imagine. ESH: I’m like the Quagmire. KXM: You’re like the what? ESH: Quagmire from Family Guy. Any time he gets a woman in his house, he pushes buttons and beds fall out the walls. I was this dirty little girl. I would take any opportunity I could to explore my sexuality. Let’s do it! Who wants to play? KXM: I’m on a mission! ESH: I have limited time, because they are only playing Mahjong for 12 hours! KXM: Wow. [laughter] ESH: There was this pressure of trying to figure out who I was. That was… Oh, it was such a mind fuck. I feel bad that I curse a lot. So yeah, that was a constant struggle, growing up. Being comfortable with my race – biracial. Then being comfortable with my sexuality – gay.


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KXM: God forbid. ESH: I was terrified. Sneaking around, trying to absorb any information. Is this what gay people do? Really, it just was sad. I think about how liberating it is for kids now. Coming out, to me, meant getting to a place where I was comfortable with myself, my sexuality. To say, yes, I am gay – and a woman of color. “Gay woman of color” is my soapbox. I feel I have to be front and center as a person of color. It’s a responsibility. I’ve always rooted for the underdog. Was that advocate or that voice. I remember when I was a kid, I always used to get in fights for that. KXM: Fights? Me, too. Were you scrappy? ESH: Yeah, I was. I would push girls, shake the shit out of them. You’re gonna pick on my friend Chris? I wanted to find my voice and use it for good. KXM: Then you got married. How old were you? ESH: I was 20. It was what I was supposed to do. I always followed the rules, I didn’t rock the boat. Or if I did, it was always behind closed doors. KXM: Or forts. ESH: Or forts, exactly! I always created my own little forts everywhere. With my marriage, it was creating another fort and having [a baby,] Sophia. That is when I really started to find my voice. He was in the military. So there was this expectation of being seen but not heard. I don’t know why, but I had this “a-ha!” moment, as a woman who really wanted to express herself, because it’s so drastic in the military. You can’t fraternize


with this group of individuals. The childcare system on military bases was this monopoly, and they raised baby sitting fees. It wasn’t fair, so I had a dinner party and started a petition. – and it went up to the colonel. That is where I started to find my voice. All right, next question, I felt like I beat that one before I even answered it. KXM: How did you get involved with HIV/ AIDS work? ESH: I’ve worked in the field of HIV and AIDS for nine years, in direct care as a case manager. Currently I’m at Project Transitions as the volunteer outreach coordinator. I like face-to-face time. But I got burned out from direct care, as most people do. Still wanting to be connected, I moved into development, volunteer outreach, media. It’s easy to talk about something you’re passionate about. KXM: How did burn-out set in? ESH: I started as a volunteer at the Wright House Wellness Center. I’d just gotten divorced and moved back to Texas at the ripe old age of 26, with a toddler. I didn’t know anything about HIV and AIDS. Volunteering for the Wright House, I became really fascinated with polydiagnoses – people who are HIV positive who are also struggling with mental illness

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question: How do you ID? Five words… ESH: Can I give, like, three? Funny… proactive… KXM: Keep going… attractive, hysterical? ESH: I am hilarious. It’s hard to describe myself. It used to be worse. This is what you’ve got to deal with, sorry. KXM: Bring it back to the fort. ESH: I am kind. I am compassionate… KXM: That’s not what you are in the fort. Are you assertive? ESH: Yes, I’m assertive. Thanks, Kate. I am assertive. I am. I’m assertive back in the fort. KXM: There’s a lovely lady at a function you’re at, where you’re being assertive, hilarious, and proactive… ESH: And charming. KXM: And charming.What is something you want her to know that would get her in that fort? EH: My work. How I am involved in the community, with the youth. KXM: That’s going to get her into the fort? ESH: [laughter] I don’t know. KXM: I’ve never seen you retreat from a conversation. It’s funny, because you are able to talk about it in the past tense. ESH: I know, but present, it’s like: Ooh, what do I want them to know? KXM: What do you want them to know? ESH: You build a fort.


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2012 AusTiN P PRE-PRIDE • WEDNESDAY • DYKES ON BIKES RIDER SEARCH Dykes on trikes! Dykes on bikes! Dykes we like! Email Toby to get your motor runnin’ in this year’s Pride Parade.,

PRIDE FLASH MOB Let’s show Austin what we’re all about with this spontaneous show of pride during Pride. Keep your clothes on though, it ain’t that kind of flashing. Send an email with full name. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth, 494-1150. WWalker07@

LIZZY CAROLOKE Tippin’: Not just something done to cows. We also do it to our KJ at our fave queer dive bar. Wednesdays, 8pm-12mid. Bernadette’s, 2039 Airport. Free. QUEER RIDE Weekly ride for Qs and supporters. BYO pals, helmets, lights, locks, IDs, and $. Wednesdays, 7pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 305-8400. Free. facebook. com/AustinTPH.

STANLEY ROY’S SHOW & TELL No, baby, it’s not a fannnnnntasy, it’s real, live performance arts and antics with a li’l open mic thrown in for good measure. Wed., Sept. 19, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E. Sixth, 431-2133. OFFICIAL ADAM ANT AFTERPARTY Join Return to Planet 9 and DJ Roger Wilson. Wed., Sept. 19, 10pm-2am. Beauty Ballroom, 2015 Riverside, 391-1943. $5 or free with wristband/ ticket stub from the Adam Ant show at Emo’s or from the Blondie/Devo show the night before at Stubbs.


STARTOUT COMES TO TOWN The The StartOut event “The Entrepreneurial Journey from Founding to Exit and Beyond” in conjunction with the AGLCC is an exciting possible new chapter for entrepreneurs. Thu., Sept. 20. Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th, 478-1111, 404-6942., STEAK NIGHT at a gay bar? Why, that’s as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet. Thursdays, 6-8pm. Town N Country, 1502 W. Ben White, 445-9122. $8 for full meal. BEDPOST CONFESSIONS SECOND ANNIVERSARY This month: Bret Beene, Irwin Tang, cellist Jen Mulhern, Andy Campbell, Sophia Agapedis, the hilarious F*Bomb, and Sara and Karen with their twisted Star Trek slashy situations. Plus giveaways from Package Menswear (we smell target marketing!). Thu., Sept. 20, 8-10:30pm. ND at 501 Studios, 501 N. I-35, 485-3001. $10. WAY GAY SING-ALONG In celebration of Pride Week, the Alamo gays it up even more than usual with Madonna, Britney, Wham!, Scissor Sisters, Queen, Mika, and mo’. Thu., Sept. 20, 10:15pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 476-1320. $12. gay/austin.

• FRIDAY • OUTLANDER ON KOOP Austin community radio queers your ear with some fab live music and the bands that make it. Fridays, noon-1pm. KOOP Radio 91.7FM. FAB FRIDAYS It’s totally fabulous when $2 gets you your wells and domestics. Oh, Oilcan’s, we love when you keep it real (and real cheap!). Fridays, 2-9pm. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. Fourth, 320-8823.

HOOK’D Lauren YellaStud and Demetrius Campbell present Dee Jay Munk-in-the-Mix spinnin’ this urban LGBT night in the Highland/ Lincoln area. Thursdays, 10pm. Club Ambitious, 6700 Middle Fiskville, 832/878-4527. Free before 11pm.

VIOLET CROWN COTILLION Shine up that crown and get down in support of the Wright House Wellness Center. Food, silent auction, live music, and more in store. Fri., Sept. 21, 5-9pm. Rusty’s, 405 E. Seventh, 482-9002. Free.,

QUEERDALINI YOGA Kundalini in a safe environment, for those who’d prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Thursdays, 7-8:15pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 628-1580. Donations.

BEAUTIFUL GIVING Check out some local art and let your unicorn horn of plenty overflow for a good cause. When you buy a piece of art through Generous Art, a nonprofit of your choice receives 40% of the price. Fri., Sept. 21, 6-9pm. PageSoutherland-


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PAUSE POSE DISCOMPOSE: EMILY ROYSDON OPENING RECEPTION Explore the static, ecstatic, and everything in between with Emily’s multidisciplinary explorations of movement. Curated by the “Gay Place”’s very own Andy Campbell. Fri., Sept. 21, 6-8pm. Visual Arts Center, 23rd and Trinity. emilyroysdon. com,

GOOD EVENING, AMERICA: AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH CHLOE Join Chloe Sevigny’s number one impersonator for a night of skewering Hollywood pretension. Fri., Sept. 21, 8pm. Spider House 29th Street Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 480-9562.

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PRIDE PROPER • SATURDAY • 5K RAINBOW RUN Burn some calories and stick around for the glitter party at the end of the rainbow. Sat., Sept. 22, 9-11am. South First Bridge, 468-8113. $25 online registration., austinpride. org/#!events, austin-pride-2012-rainbow-run-5k.

AUSTIN PRIDE FESTIVAL 21st anniversary celebration! Benefiting AIDS Services of Austin, OutYouth, TENT, EqualityTexas. We declare! It smells like Peaches... and Lady Bunny... and Stacey Q... and La Bouche... and Shannon... and Nicky da B... and Chad Michaels… and more! Sat., Sept. 22, 11am-6pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia, 512-4688113. $20 (cash only). austinpride. org/#!events, austinpride2012.

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GENDER BENDERS UNOFFICIAL PRIDE KICK OFF Sashay, shantay, and dance the night away with Austin’s hottest queer hip-hop duo. You better werk! Fri., Sept. 21, 9pm-2am. Lipstick24, 606 E. Seventh, 4742950. Free, 21+ only. genderbenders.

JAKE AND SIMONE: OUR CELEBRATION! United Court hotties Jake and Simone are getting hitched and you are invited to celebrate their matrimony. Fri., Sept. 21, 9pm. Rusty’s, 405 E. Seventh, 482-9002. MAGICAL REALNESS There ain’t no party like a Mouthfeel partay. Dress to transgress, twirl that dress, and maybe win a prize. Fri., Sept. 21, 9pm. Frontier Bar, 2421 Webberville Rd., 243-7153. $10, real you, $5, unreal you.

AUSTIN PRIDE PARADE Are you rolling in this year’s Pride Parade? Or have you planned out your good seat. Pride has taken back the night and this one promises to be the biggest and baddest-ass ever, rolling South from the Capitol, down Congress, and through the Warehouse District, with performances along the way! See you in the line-up. Sat., Sept. 22, 8pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress, 468-8113. president@,

BOOTY-SHAKIN’ IN THE STREETS Shake your hot potato and with New Orleans sissy bounce beast Nicky Da B. Sat., Sept. 22, 8:15-10pm. Congress Avenue. FALL OUT Hey queers! Don your gear and gay apparel with Austin’s kinky elite. Sat., Sept. 22, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.


PRIDE BRUNCH In the fine drag brunch tradition, Kelly Kline hostesses. Sun., Sept. 23, 11am. Bar Louie, 123 W. Sixth.


12 WAYS TO END THE WORLD Allyson Garro – Austin’s bewigged Busby Berkeley – curates the end of the world as we know it. For those familiar with her previous brilliance in 12 Dangerous Women, Cherchez la Femme, and Beautiful Monsters will know not to miss this wig/ fashion/performance spectacular. Chris Lane returns as your ridiculous host. And this shizz sells out, so get on it. Tue., Sept. 25, 8pm. ND at 501 Studios, 501 N. I-35, 485-3001. $10 advance at Coco Coquette. $15 day of show. AIDS WALK AUSTIN Our march for love hits a 25-year stride this year. Sign up to walk now and start your fundraising early. Sun., Oct. 21, Opening Ceremonies, 1:30pm; Step-off, 2pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 406-6157. Free. scott., CAPITAL CITY MEN’S CHORUS GALA The CCMC boys say, “Let us ‘Peel You a Grape’” at this fall fundraiser and season 24 kickoff. Enjoy food, wine, elegance, a silent auction, and of course, some tender tenors and booming baritones as you dine. Sat., Sep. 29, 6:45pm. Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, 477-7464. $45. marketing@ccmcaustin.


OY YOGA 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 (Sunday 8pm) or Morning Hatha Flow (Friday 10am). Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 628-1580. PROPOSE A TOAST(MASTER) Our local gay chamber of commerce is home to one of the country’s fastest growing LGBT Toastmaster groups. Come finesse your public speaking and communication skills. Second and fourth Mondays, 6pm. Rusty’s, 405 E. Seventh, 482-9002. toastmasters.

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National LGBT business nonprofit StartOut comes to town by Tyler Pratt

“We want to create a structure of support for people who want to start and grow businesses in the LGBT community,” says Lorenzo Thione, University of Texas graduate and co-founder of StartOut, a non-profit organization based out of San Francisco and New York that is devoted to fostering LGBT entrepreneurship. “We want to create a framework for people to come out and be visible in their community as leaders of businesses and startups.” StartOut arrives in Austin this month to host “The Entrepreneurial Journey from Founding to Exit and Beyond,” a program offering a national panel of top LGBT entrepreneurs and a chance for Austinites to pick the brains of these visiting business success stories. Not only will the evening be an opportunity for locals to network with some successful LGBT impresarios, but it will shine a light on Central Texas as a fertile ground for LGBT enterprise: StartOut is considering opening its next chapter in Austin. Shortly after Texas Ex Thione sold his own start-up (the natural language search engine Powerset to Microsoft in 2008), and after relocating to the bi-coasts of New York and San Francisco, it became clear to him and his colleagues that these cities lacked networks of like-minded LGBT business mavericks. StartOut was born. The group now has thousands of members and holds frequent functions in both cities, including panels, speaker series, networking events, and the Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program. “Mentorship is a big part of what StartOut does, and it’s personally a big part of what I’ve wanted to do, to give back,” says Thione. “So much of what I’ve been able to do has been thanks to great mentors that I’ve had and great people that I’ve been able to learn from.” So, why Austin? Austin already has the Austin


Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) to help foster businesses in the Austin LGBT community. The AGLCC provides a variety of programming, from education to LGBT certification from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber. But what happens when a business wants to go national, or even international, in scale? This is where StartOut comes in. “StartOut offers unique opportunities for Central Texas LGBT businesses with highgrowth potential, by providing access to education, mentorship, and funding on a higher level,” says Jimmy Flannigan, Vice President of the AGLCC. “We’re talking about creating some influential businesses for our community.” Most venture funding happens outside Austin, says Flannigan. “If StartOut can help develop just one high-growth Austin LGBT business, that’s millions of dollars brought into our local economy.” ”The City of Austin recently presented to the AGLCC that 80 percent of all businesses in Austin have 20 employees or less – 80 percent!” exclaims Flannigan. “People in Austin start businesses.” “Austin is a hotbed of entrepreneurialism,” says Tina Cannon, founder and CEO of and fellow Austinite. “The AGLCC does an amazing job of helping small to mid-size businesses, but we have no specific accelerator, incubator, or mentorship program geared toward scalable gay-owned businesses – like a Twitter or Facebook – that go beyond the walls of an actual, physical building.” Working with the AGLCC, StartOut claims it can take those businesses and connect them with national and international resources and funds essential to reaching that high-growth stage. “LGBT entrepreneurs face unique challenges entering those worlds,” says Flannigan. “The resources that are available on a national level are not always LGBT-friendly. StartOut can help identify resources that are.”


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neurs, and volunteers are working overtime to get the Austin LGBT community involved with StartOut. “I hope that the September 20 event has enough of a grand reception by the Austin community to support having an Austin-based chapter,“ says Cannon. “It would be great for Austin to be in that same category as the Bay Area and New York.”

That small slice of the entrepreneurial pie may Flannigan is on board too, emphasizbe the very incentive for ing that while funding may reside in Austin LGBT business major finance metropolises like San people to seek out reFrancisco and New York, Austin is sources available through where a lot of the talent lives. “It’s up StartOut. However, Lorenzo Thione, StartOut to Austin and the AGLCC to prove StartOut’s move to Austin that you don’t have to be next-door is not official yet. The September event is neighbors with the money to have a great the first opportunity for the group to gauge idea.” interest and opportunities in Austin. “We will hold an event in Austin to see the response,” says Thione. “If there is great enthusiasm, we will look at expanding our board, starting a chapter, and hopefully involving a lot of people in the growing nature of StartOut as a more nationally present organization.” Needless to say, the AGLCC, local entrepre-

The StartOut event, “The Entrepreneurial Journey from Founding to Exit and Beyond” takes place September 20 at the Austin Sheraton, 701 E. 11th. A hosted bar will be provided to attendees, 5:456:45pm at the hotel’s Capitol View Terrace. The program will begin promptly at 7pm in Salon E. Networking and cash bar will follow. For more information and tickets, see

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The Creative Class and the Gay Dollar by Andy Campbell Here´s a fact: I´m not getting paid for this piece of writing. I am a horse´s hair away from having my Ph.D. in hand, and, lest you think this concerns my own poor self-worth (a distinct possibility), I write for free because of something summarily larger than my price-per-word. It may sound saccharine, or, in light of the previous two sentences, somewhat sarcastic, but I write for free because… I care. And I also write for free because I wish to make an important intervention in the cloud of ideas surrounding that ubiquitous phrase, “The Gay Dollar,” which, intentionally or not, courts the idea that LGBTQ empowerment occurs through economics and capital and not through political dissent, manifesting sexuality, grassroots organizing, consciousness-raising, being arrested for love or desire, understanding at-risk groups, and educating our young and old alike. I concede the gay dollar is a thing in the world (it´s why I´m not eating at Chick-fil-A these days… or really, ever again) and that it may matter somewhat, but less than other things that matter more to me.

I am part of what economists like to call the “creative class.” Or at least I am until I get that tenured teaching position – which is looking more and more like a pipe-dream of academia past, as colleges and Universities hire swathes of per-course adjunct faculty members that don´t have to be granted benefits or livable wages. There´s a common adage in business, oftrepeated in movie scenes taking place in corporate boardrooms: “Time is money.” For us creative classers, our time is often seen by those outside of creative fields as not requiring payment. We are asked again and again to perform, shoot, write, and play for free. What´s an independent contractor to do? But who are these creative classers? I asked a musician, a photographer, and a performer to share their perspective: Vince Pierce, a harpist and current MFA student at the University of Texas; Devaki Knowles, photographer and owner of Fun Loving Photos, photo-booth and photography studio; and Paul Soileau, well-known for his drag (terrorist) personae, the sweet and affable drunkard Rebecca Havemeyer, and dirty filthy Christeene Vale. As you´ll see, these people are not just creative classers, dedicated to their art, but business people too. And while the almighty dollar doesn´t proscribe what they do – getting paid matters, just like any service rendered in this economy.


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Beyond the random production of The Fantastiks, which often requires a harp, a harpist’s bread and butter is weddings. While I haven´t been asked to do weddings


for free, many other harpists have. People are willing to spend huge budgets on flowers and a wedding dress and then have the gall to complain about paying a person to perform. There are real expenses that I forego when I agree to do something for free. I give some people reduced rates because I want to gift them a part of what I do. It may be beneficial to me because I create relationships I hope to sustain, and so it´s worth the effort. If something serves a community, then I´ll do that for free. A community requires participation and my services help to sustain communities. Business people often cut corners to save money, and creative people don´t get that gay dollar. If the same businesses paid in full for creative services, then creative people might truly become part of this economy in a way that is self-empowering and satisfying.

DEVAKI KNOWLES PHOTOGRAPHER, FUN LOVING PHOTOS: When I moved here during SXSW 2010, I was so excited to meet other people like me who wanted to throw crazy, fun parties. That´s how I ended up doing photobooths, and at first, those were absolutely free. Almost immediately that work got me attention and people started booking me. I thought, “Hey! This gets my name out there.” I was meeting 300 potential clients per night. It was worth it at first, but after a while... it wasn´t. I never do photobooths for free any more. It´s the equivalent of running a photography marathon. You wouldn´t ask a plumber to fix your sink for free. I offer non-profits and charities a discount. Often, I meet great clients who will pay for my services later. I´ll trade and barter. Bartering is awesome – if it´s something you´d use and otherwise spend money on, then go for it! I once bartered a guy who was a sword swallower for some taxidermy.


PAUL SOILEAU REBECCA HAVEMEYER, CHRISTEENE: After three years of doing shows for free, something had to change. With recognition came requests for free performances. At first I was happy to oblige: Can you do a drag performance during the day in a parking lot? Sure! Didn´t get paid a dime, had the time of my life. But the work that was going into purchasing makeup pantyhose, eyelashes – it´s expensive! I had to look at what I do as a business, and make people realize they´re profiting off my talents. Testimonials came out from all the years I did it for free, and these people would vouch for the kinds of services I could provide an event. I will do events for free or for a discounted rate, but a lot of what goes into that decision is personal. I do a lot of research: what is the particular organization? What am I raising money for? How small and how in-need is this organization? Have I worked with these people before? Can we barter? A usually charge a smaller fee for poorer organizations. As an artist living in a small community, I´ve learned to listen to my gut and make the right decision about that.

• There are some salient features to Vince, Devaki, and Paul´s stories. All describe the sensation of being involved in a larger community, an awareness of what their art does for non-profits and charities. When they work for free they don´t think about the money-that-could-have-been, but rather about the activities of community building,

exchanging in a gift-economy, and an attempt to quantify love and affect. So maybe you should book these guys. And maybe you should pay them what they ask. And maybe I won´t write another article for free.



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Absent from these recommendations is clear support for Austin´s bars and clubs. Bars and clubs have traditionally been integral to LGBT communities and play a pivotal supporting role to a city´s artists. Smaller venues give performance space to less established acts and frequently serve doubleduty as gallery space for unrepresented artists. They also generate a lot of noise, putting them at odds with neighbors – as seen with the recent sound permit fracas over queer-friendly venue Cheer Up Charlie’s.

Despite conventional wisdom, there is little evidence that the LGBT community has higher than average incomes. Nationwide studies do, however, consistently show that LGBT individuals spend a higher percentage of income on entertainment and the arts. Witeck Communications, one of the nation´s largest marketing and PR firms focused on the LGBT community, estimates that the $790 billion of the so-called “pink dollar” will be spent on culture in 2012. Cities looking to court strong LGBT communities often find that the first step is to attract a thriving creative class. Photo by Devaki Knowles However, the LGBT community has an uneasy relationship with a city´s artists and performers. Gays and lesbians are often the first wave in neighborhood gentrification, as seen in Houston´s Montrose area or San Francisco´s Portero Hill neighborhood. Gentrification eliminates the affordable rents that the creative class depends upon for housing and studio space. Neighborhood diversity is often the first casualty as condos, specialty shops, and trendy restaurants place stake. Austin attempts to bridge that gap by integrating the city´s Cultural Arts Division and Music Office under the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office. Austin places creativity front and center, billing itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and actively marketing itself as a creative hub. In 2010, the Austin City Council endorsed the CreateAustin Cultural Master Plan, the result of a two-year collaboration between the Austin Community and the City. The Plan covers a wide range of recommendations from affordable housing to a greater focus on arts in the public space.

These complications may worsen with the Imagine Austin initiative, the city´s master plan for future development. The plans focuses on live-work density, resulting in multi-family developments being built in traditional entertainment districts such as Red River. Other cities´ attempts to sanction official entertainment districts, such as Dallas´ Arts District, have often failed to attract local patronage. As Austin continues to grow; it will have to find a balance between the needs of homeowners and the venues that attract the LGBT community and a vital creative class.


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ALPHA MEDICAL MASSAGE & REHABILITATION Massage the pain away through a variety of advanced treatments in partnership with your medical professionals. 595 Round Rock West Dr, Ste 601, Round Rock, 366-5483,

HIPPIE HOLLOW Welcome to Austin’s nude-friendly party zone. While this isn’t a “gay beach,” per se, you sure wouldn’t know it on certain holidays. Leave the kids at home. 7000 Comanche Tr., 397-1463,


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LAW OFFICE OF DAX GARVIN, P.C. Specialists in criminal defense and family law. 401 Congress, Ste 1540, 482-0900, dax@,

HAUSMAN CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE Try a holistic approach to achieve and maintain good health. 8015 Shoal Creek Blvd, Ste 110, 419-1

LYNN OSLER, STATE FARM AGENT Like a good GAY-bor, Lynn O. is there. 1114 Lost Creek Ste G-30, 327-4298,,

JANET L. JACKSON, ATTORNEY AT LAW, PLLC Let Ms. Jackson take “control” of all your estate and probate legal needs. 106 E. Sixth, Ste. 900, 658-1784,

DEREK LEIGHTON, LMFT, LPC, NCC, CGP Counseling services and psychotherapy that promotes “healthy sexuality” and a better outlook on life. 3534 Bee Caves RD #114, 658-2960, MIDTOWNE SPA A great place to work out those tired muscles … or at least that one. 5815 Airport, 302-9696, TEAM PROHOMO The hunks behind the weekly Queer Ride bike ride and other excellent Austin adventures.

LEGAL ALEXANDER & ASSOCIATES With over 10 years of serving a veritable Who’s Who of Austin independent entrepreneurs, attorney Julie Alexander & Associates can provide legal solutions for your business and real estate operations. 1700 E. Second, 478-9770,

CHRISTINE HENRY ANDRESEN, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Any family lawyer who puts a portrait of the Addams Family on her website is A-OK with us. TEXAS GAY RODEO ASSOCIATION 905 W. Oltorf, Ste. C, 394-4230, cha@ This is Texas, darlin’. Of course there is, a gay rodeo. BARNETT & GARCIA, PLLC This 214/346-2107, firm of legal eagles is experienced in all aspects of business litigation and VOLLEYBALL AUSTIN Inspired by the recent Summer Olympics? Come specializes in debt collection. Caw! 821 Juniper, Ste 108, 266-8830, out to set and spike the night away with these volley-lovin’ Q-ballers. ELIZABETH BRENNER, ATTORNEY AT LAW Estate and family legal WORK IT PERSONAL TRAINING services for the Austin LGBT Get off your butt, and get fit with community. You want Brenner on Work It! One-on-one and group your side. sessions available. 7817 Rockwood Ste 102, 426-2336, info@ 217-8289,,,


THE CAGLE LAW FIRM Personal injury and family law champions. 4425 S. Mopac, 329-2016, ccagle@,

CLAIR BOOTH, CLCT INSURANCE AGENT Make those tough life decisions all that much easier by putting your cares in the hands of this long-term care and insurance consultant. 830/257-5344,,

CAPPS LAW FIRM It’s all about family. And keeping it legal. Collaborative family law and thensome. 7718 Wood Hollow, Ste. 205, 338-9800,,

BRITTON & BRITTON INSURANCE SERVICES These local allies can service all your insurance needs and ensure you get the best possible rate. 700 Lavaca #1400, 334-6330,

JENNIFER R. COCHRAN Family law for all kinds of families. 3355 Bee Caves RD Ste 103, 537-4326, 870-8187,,

BROOKS WATSON Personalized 401K and health benefits for you and your family. 320-0123, brooks@bwatsonbenefits. com,


SCHWAKE SIELINSKI Legal help for your biz, from one of the coolestsounding names in the game. 1201 Baylor, 461-6820, schwake@,

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BOOKWOMAN Austin’s fierce feminist bookstore welcomes women and women-luvers of all stripes. 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 105-A, 472-2785,

DOGBOY’S DOG RANCH Has your TROY HANNA, PRESIDIO pup had it ruff? Spa day! Good dog! Representing the realty interests of Austin’s 2615 Crystal Bend, Pflugerville, LGBT community for over a decade. 251-7600, 1701 W. Koenig, 659-7093, EMPANCIPET Get Fido fixed for free (or really cheap) and help prevent JAN HILL MORTGAGE This animal homelessness, y’all. founder of the benefit Mamma Jamma 7201 Levander Loop, Buildings I & K, Ride can help you with your financial 587-SPAY (7729), homeownership needs. 8303 Mopac, Ste A-201, 431-5223, jhill@, janhillmortgage. FETCH! PET CARE Next time com you’re away, give your pups a place to “stay” – in the loving hands of these DENNY HOLT REALTORS From trusted pet sitters. 501-1874,, “this old house” to your “home on the range,” Holt can help. 694-1103,, MUD PUPPIES Whether your pooch needs a day of puppy pampering MIDTOWN INDEPENDENCE TITLE or a room for the night, hook ‘em up This gay-owned and -operated with these muddy buddies. 12233 FM 620 N. Ste. 110-A, 249-2498, company has got you covered – gay, straight, married or not – when you cross the threshold into home owning. 3009 N. Lamar, 459-1110, midtowntitle. com

BREED & CO. Beloved hardware and home goods heaven divided into what we like to call their Butch and Femme sides. 718 W. 29th, 474-6679,

PARRISH & ASSOCIATES Independent real estate representation, AUSTIN HOMES REALTY A “full offering opinions and advice, putting the service real estate brokerage” making needs of the client first. finding realty in Austin a reality. 509 Powell, 442-2000, hugh@ 507-8252,,

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BARTON HARRIS REALTY Gayowned and -operated and ready to help you conquer the complex terrain of buying, leasing, and selling property in Austin. 468-8113

RON REDDER, PRESIDIO His motto is “Reward Yourself with Results.” With over 18 years experience, he might just be on to something. 1701 W. Koenig, 657-8674, ron@,

COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORS Their mottos is “We never TITLEMAX Getting you the most stop moving!” But we bet they’ll hold dolla bill$ for your car title since 1998. still long enough to find you the palace 8505 Springdale, 605-6037, of your dreams., 750-3713,, WESTSTAR PACIFIC MORTGAGE GROUP Office of commercial financial ESG REALTY ADVISORS, LLC Free real estate consultant, Dick Dunbar. your business from the hostage crisis 323-2644, of lease renewal. Let ESG negotiate on your terms and keep your best


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FIAT OF AUSTIN With over 500,000 combinations of options to choose from, the staff of this #1 Fiat dealership in the country can surely put you in one. (No wonder there are so many of those adorable 500s bopping around Central Texas.) 11011 Domain, Ste 124, 228-3428, FORBIDDEN FRUIT Our trusty neighborhood kink shop will fulfill your needs with a rubber helping hand, a hooded wink, and a silicone smile. 108 E. North Loop, 453-8090, FROCK ON VINTAGE Excellent vintage fashions for excellent ladies and gents. 2-for-1 Snap Shirt Tuesdays are




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GAGE FURNITURE - BURNET Family owned and operated furniture store chock-full of traditional and modern pieces perfect for any home. 7725 Burnet Road, 454-3613,

TREASURE CITY THRIFT Volunteerrun and collectively organized thrift mecca. Keep an eye peeled for their crazy 25¢ Saturdays. 2142 E. Seventh, 524-2820,

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TWIN LIQUORS Double the pleasure, double the fun (2-for-1 specials), DINAH HANEY MEDIATION AND but don’t quaff too much or you’ll be seeing double! PARENTING COORDINATION Mom & 519 E. Seventh, 476-9982, Dad, Dad & Dad, Mom & Mom not getting GREAT OUTDOORS Not just a along? Let Dinah Haney sort it out. nursery, but a riot of color and ideas 799-4319,, and foliage for your great outdoors. VENUS ENVY CONSIGNMENTS 2730 S. Congress, 448-2992, An all-gender friendly boutique featuring vintage gowns, costumes, JBL MICRO TRAINING MAISON D’ETOILE The triple threat of and playfull-wear for all the plus-size Communication is key. Let JBL unlock Austin style, all under one roof: Charm ladies in the housey. 1810 W. Anderson, 836-8768, your company’s full potential through their School Vintage, Salon d’Etoile, and wig informative and fun training courses. wigwam, Coco Coquette. 1103 Ridgecrest, 563-3845, 2109 E. Cesar Chavez, 344-9173, jblmicrotraining. com OAT WILLIE’S So much more than just a head shop, Oat Willies has clever THE OUTSOURCE RESOURCE Out toys and novelties, jewelry, clothing, and proud to help your company’s HR gorgeous colored glassware, greeting A-ONE ELECTRIC One-stop needs in any way they can. cards and much more. electrical shop offers the full “circuit” 617 W. 29th, 482-0630 of residential and commercial electrical 539-0264, services. No task too big or too small. PARADIGM CONTRACTING PRIDE SOCKS How better to 8406 Horton Trail, 497-1513, aoneelectric@ Matching the “right people to the right rock one’s inner unicorn than to don, jobs.” Now that’s a paradigm shift. hooves in rainbow tubes of stretchy, 10719 Twilight Vista, 300-3636, jennostalgic comfort? ABP LOGISTICS These “big,, picture” photographers serves the real estate market with landmark ROOM SERVICE VINTAGE It’s like the shots. PADGETT BUSINESS SERVICES attic of your supercool Seventies 2111 Sharon, Cedar Park, 620/877-7800, Small business tax and payroll supermodel auntie’s mansion, packed, specialists, services include tax to the gills with clothes, furniture, art, consultation and preparation, and textiles, jewelery, and flatware from ACE AUCTION COMPANY Going financial reporting. eras gone by. once, going twice, sold! by this 1715 E. Sixth Ste 212, 495-1505 107 E. North Loop, 451-1057, awesome Austin auctioneer firm., PHONE BILL AUDITORS Either SASSY MISS WAXY Hey hirsutites! they reduce your bill (or obtain a Sassy miss Fiona will leave you AVIS BUDGET CAR RENTAL ON refund or credit on your behalf), or carefree and hair-free. 35TH Vvvrrrrrrrroooooom! Affordably! your their service is free. 42 Waller, 506-0262, 1610 W. 35th, 371-1082, 656-8876, info@phonebillauditorstx., com,


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REGISTERED AGENT SOLUTIONS, INC. They’ll serve your process and your business and help keep everything on the up and up. 515 Congress, Ste 2300, 888/705-7274, SAVING AMERICA ENERGY, LLC Go green on your next home remodel. 949-3625, TJ MEDICAL BILLING SERVICES Hey, doc! What’s up? Let these aces of accuracy take over the billing so you can focus on the important stuff – patient care. 866/494.6589,,



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