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L A T R O P 'S E L P O E P E TH How do we tell our stories? How do we decide which stories to tell? Who

keeps our secrets, our successes, our faith, our hope, our love? Who sees us in all our smattered glory − a disparate rickety alliance of letters: Ls, Gs, Bs, Ts, Qs, Is, As, and et ceteras colored with cultures and creeds and colors − and then deems our tales worthy of telling? We do. We are our own best witness. Every day we live our lives and exist in a world that still does not fully recognize or validate or accept or even understand our place. We are the holders of our history. Our stories are everywhere, strewn across the flyers for fundraisers and events we throw to take care of each other, broadcast from specialized community-radio programs, treaded between lines and words of obituaries in small town newspapers, printed on pages of specialty magazines marketed to our “interests,” blazing in love letters secreted into lovers’ hot, sweaty palms, and sometimes locked in vaults of choice or survival.

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. The views and opinions expressed in The Agenda and austinagenda.com 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.

Our stories, our truths, like our identities, are our best ambassadors when aired in public. They do us no good in dusty waste bins or musty closets. The Austin History Center is keenly aware of this. Their efforts to beef up, organize, and make accessible a respectable Austin LGBTQ archive is the subject of our cover story. Relatedly, our second feature introduces (to some of you) or reacquaints Austin with the mover/shaker men behind Austin’s Liberty Books, a vital source of gay lib back in the Eighties and Nineties. This is our fourth edition of The Agenda, Austin’s quarterly LGBT magazine focused on the “gay agenda” of economic equality, produced in collaboration between the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce - this month celebrating its Sweet 16 anniversary (Happy Birthday, AGLCC!) - and The Austin Chronicle. Many thanks to our AGLCC member advertisers and to you dear reader, who makes this document – soon to be relegated to the historic stacks of the Austin History Center – come alive. Kate X Messer | The Agenda Editor-in-chief

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GUESS WHO? P HOTOS BY KATE X MESSER INTERVIEWS BY LUCIA MURGUIA

Nobody likes labels, but that doesn’t seem to stop us all from having an endless curiousity about how people identify: What’s in a letter? LGBTQIA or what? We asked these lovelies 1) Who are you? 2) How do you identify in your everyday life? and 3) How do you identify on the continuum of letters? Some could not resist further elaboration. Questions 1 & 2 are answered here. Question 3 is answered in the answer key on page 44.

1. Tressa, matchmaker for H4M 2. Edgar, Care Communities 3. Joe, musician, singer, songwriter, producer

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7. Brody, Blutell Disability; Zephaniah, accountant; Clay, Home Depot 8. Edmo, artist 9. Liz, Doug’s House 10.Xavier, artist; Alana, stylist- fashion icon

11. Steve, All Brite Pool Service 12. Hope, Texas Mamma Jamma Ride 13. Lisa, musician/drummer

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How one volunteer and the dedicated archivists of the Austin History Center are shaping the future of Austin’s LGBT past By Kate X Messer

For the Austin Chronicle’s 2009 Pride Guide, professor and art historian Andy Campbell and I began researching the history of Central Texas gay bars. After hitting a number of dead ends, we noted Austin’s lack of an LGBTQ archive. Our research took us to the Austin History Center (AHC), where gay cupboards may have been bare, but the enthusiasm and support of the staff made us realize that it’s up to the people of Austin to queer this archive up. Since this story emerged, the center has initiated projects to address that lack, including calling for volunteer researchers and donations of personal effects from Austin LGBTQers.

What a difference a few years, the muscle of a few volunteers, and the ongoing encouragement of the AHC make. In the pages of the Chronicle’s 2010 Pride Guide, we reported on the center’s intent to create an LGBTQ index to create easy ways to explore the dynamic and steadily increasing holdings of the archive. I wanted to learn more about the process, so I called my buddy Tim Hamblin, video archivist at AHC (and straight ally and ol’ punk rock club pal from the late-Eighties/early Nineties) who has taken on our community’s cause and gleefully shepherded the LGBTQ project since 2009.

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Enter Scott Hoffman, Purdue grad with an interest in queer community research who teamed up with Tim and spent two years of Sundays digging through our history. In those two years, Hoffman has wrangled the scattered files of our gay lives and sorted them into an unassuming 33-pages of black text on white paper, the “people’s portal,” if you will, the Austin History Center’s first LGBTQ Resource Guide. In early May, one early morning, the three of us met in the friendly back offices of the center to have a chat. Kate X Messer: When Tim and I last spoke, we discussed the challenges of sorting these various holdings and some of the problems faced in acquiring collections for these archives. Austin History Center (AHC) has a different mission than a museum – in that most of what you house is informational media: paper, recordings, film. Let’s catch up with where the project is, three years in. How did each of you become involved?

TH: Scott came along at the right time and had the expertise. He started off going through every file in the history center. We had a few specific LGBTQ files, but we’ve since added more. He was extremely thorough, going through everything, including some of the Cactus yearbooks from UT. He went through every division, through all our photos, and all of the vertical files, books, and recordings. We worked together, but Scott did the majority of the work. KM: This sounds like a fine-tooth comb kind of operation. Tell me about that process and the successes in going

Tim Hamblin, AHC Video Archivist: Your article was brought up in a staff meeting after it came out in the Pride Guide. It was decided that we really need someone to pull together this particular project. I volunteered to be the LGBTQ representative. It’s actually a great diversion… (laughter) addition to my job. Scott Hoffman, AHC LGBTQ Archives Volunteer: I have a doctorate in American Studies at Purdue. I had done some graduate work in LGBTQ history. Knowing my interest in archival work, some friends introduced me to Tim, and we talked about the project. He brought up the need for this resource guide. There really wasn’t much out there. I recognized the value in rooting LGBTQ history out of the existing archive for the community, especially scholars and activists. But I also understood how important it was for us to document, archive, and compile this resource guide and make it available to the public. So I volunteered my time to put it together.

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through the general archive. What did you find? SH: I would check in on Sunday afternoons and start going through files. I would have notes on where I stopped, and I would start at the next section. One thing I found was a dissertation that tracks LGBT history through the Seventies up through the early Eighties. That item was already here at the history center, just waiting for someone to find it. The footnotes for

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it are great. We used that to find a few other things as well. If they referenced some person or event, we tried to find it in the files. I think the story about Liberty Bookstore being picketed by Citizens Against Pornography (CAP) is something that’s probably not remembered in our communal history, but it marks a beginning, here in Austin, of the political turn towards the right of what at that time was called gay liberation. Bookstores have historically been important to the LGBT community. I went through the files on bookstores, and there was a reference to the protest. So we looked up CAP, and that was there. Another revealing item turned out to be a good example of lost voices: an article on transgender prostitutes, written from a presumably straight perspective. The concept of [sexual identity] was barely mentioned in the piece. I thought, these are human beings that have voices, and we’re barely hearing those voices, and maybe down the line someone could

find those voices. So that went into the resource guide. KM: What was your specific day-to-day process? SH: Some of it was just luck. Like finding that article. As a result, I went through the file on prostitution – just because it was there – and found lost voices. It was literally a matter of coming in, putting on my badge, going to my desk, putting my stuff down, firing up the computer, going to a drawer, and just picking through everything. Based on my historical study, I know, for example, as I said, that bookstores are important to the LGBT community, as are restaurants, protests, and political action. I would usually have a plan in mind for my Sunday afternoon. Usually at the end of the previous session, I would email Tim about what I did that day, and what I planned to do, so I could space out my work to fit in with my Sunday

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afternoon. And I would just start going through the files. Near the end, we got to the YMCA and the University Y. That was very exciting to find: It had information on how the University Y – which used to be where the Scientology building is now, on the Drag – had the first gay cultural center in Austin, as far as we could tell. They had a library, and they’d have weekly rap sessions, things like that available for lesbian and gay people at the time. Finding out about that was really exciting. Sometimes in my notes, I’d tell Tim, “Guess what I found today!” YMCA is such a cliché now because of the song (laughter), so I had to look at that file. The YWCA file also has a lot of good stuff including a good historical timeline that they had put together. That’s a real good guide to the history of the community.

KM: Can we talk databasing logic for a moment? There are many ways to approach a collection as spread out as this. You can go A-Z; you can go chronologically. Was there a set logic right in the beginning? TH: We do have a template for creating these resource guides, which is set out in the way we’ve talked about here: Scott would go through the vertical files and collection of books. It’s basically the same template we have for the MexicanAmerican Resource Guide, and AfricanAmerican, and Asian-American guides. SH: We started off going through the archives and manuscript collections and noting the papers of the Austin Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus. We went through Mark Spath’s papers, who was Austin’s first openly gay council member, and the photograph collection of Lisa Davis [local scenester lesbian,

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musician, and photojournalist for the Associated Press who died in 1995]. We made sure all of that went in there. We looked at books and recordings and anything related that would come up in our search that way. Then we tackled the subject files. We started at H for “Homosexuality” – that was the old file: H2030. Now it’s marked “LGBT People.” So then we went back and started at A and went to Z as best we could. That’s why it took about two years of Sunday afternoons. KXM: So it’s not Dewey Decimal? TH: It’s not based on Library of Congress headings. “AF files,” Austin files, vertical files, are files that are part of a system set up in the Austin History Center. So the header “Homosexuality” was the catch-all for everything. It’s a unique set of headings that kind of make sense, but they’re not similar to any other library system. At that time, “Homosexuality” was the general catch-all, so that would make it a little difficult for people to find things. Which is why the resource guide is so useful; we’ve had people coming in and using it already. Our customers come in, and we explain to them the system of how to find things. Obviously, if there’s a particular topic, we offer them the resource guides. All of the staff are pretty well-versed in our collections and can point people in the right direction. The system isn’t that complicated. Of course, issues have come up. One of the issues we had with music, for example, was that the heading for what we now call clubs or venues was “Saloons.” So Threadgill’s, for example, might be found under “Restaurants” or under “Saloons.” KM: Scott, what were some of the most intriguing things you found? SH: Local reactions to national events, like Bowers vs Hardwick [the Georgia “Sodomy Law”], or the Defense of Marriage Act. And then local events like the Lavender Menace Rally of 1987.

You’d see some tantalizing reference to that and then… nothing. The archive did a good job of documenting the very public stories, but it’s those personal stories and lives that need to be told, need to be heard. That’s what the archive really needs, and that’s what we’ve talked about a lot: Getting into the moment. KM: What do you mean, “Getting into the moment?” Do you mean connecting with the content? SH: Many an afternoon, I’d be sitting by those big beautiful windows back behind the stacks, letting in all this beautiful clear Texas light. It’s playing across the desk, and I’m reading a file, and someone is talking about something that happened to them that, for some reason or another, was important to the archiver, and there I was, being in touch with that person for just a moment. Or reading a newspaper account of a rally, and thinking about the people that got up that morning and got dressed and made a sign and yelled until they were hoarse, and then got home and went on with the rest of their lives. Just feeling that connection with these people and feeling part of a larger community. That can be really moving. I’m getting a little misty right now. But yeah, I think we need more of that, and we’re absolutely capable of creating that. So step up, people! KXM: Well, there’s certainly more in the archives now than when Andy and I came in to do our initial research in 2009. Or perhaps there seems to be so much more now because someone has organized in a way that is more specifically visible to someone seeking out LGBTQ culture. But, of course, there’s so much more that could be acquired or donated by the community. Tim, what specific gaps need to be filled? What does the archive need? TH: What we’re looking for is accounts of people who were really involved and

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make the story human. I try to add to it weekly. We have one volunteer here, Danny Camacho, who’s almost a staff member, he’s been volunteering so long. He works with the Mexican-American archive and will pick out articles for me that are relevant to the LGBT archive. He’s dug up lots of things. He’s always looking through the old microfilm and will print out stuff from the early 20th century – like this one account of where some cowboy was busted for wearing women’s clothing on a train. The way it’s written, it sounds so surreal (laughter). SH: It’s so confusing, you don’t know: Was he transgender? Was he trying to sneak away (laughter)? TH: As we go back, these kinds of stories, and with things like obituaries – we learn about the code of how things were written back then for how to politely say, “This person died, and their partner is upset.” It doesn’t say they were a homosexual, but there are these references here and there that show that the community could still exist and be vibrant and care for each other, but it couldn’t really be stated too clearly. Danny’s been great at finding these things that offer perspective. These stories have always been here, but no one’s really acknowledged them. And now is the time to… I was going to say, “Set the record straight,” but that’s the wrong term (laughter). SH: For the truth to come out!

KM: This is so inspiring. So much has happened in just a few years. I understand your difficulty finding volunteers, because I know firsthand how tough it is to hang onto interns over longer-term projects. With your staff size and with the facilities you all have here at the history center, how many numbers of research volunteers can you take? Is now a good time to call for specific types of volunteers? TH: Yes, now is a good time. And yes, if we divide up the tasks. Transcribing an oral history is a long process, for example. But it can also be really easy: A volunteer can take a recording home and transcribe it at their leisure. We even now have digital recorders that people could check out and record oral histories. It’s just time-consuming getting the interviews out. A project like a history of Austin gay clubs is one thing I hope we can pull together. I remember having so much fun at Chances [lesbian bar and vibrant music venue] on Red River and other places back in the Eighties. We have no information on these – or maybe we have one little thing because there was an incident, but no real history of the club. We have the resources here where you can go to the city directories and look and see. City directories can give timeline perspective on a lot of these subjects. That’s the research aspect. But to answer your question, it’s not hard to have two to three people coming in for a few hours a week to do this work in sizable chunks.

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Right now, I have these two oral histories, documentaries on lesbian life in the Seventies - two things that I’m desperate to get transcribed. I’d love for someone to come volunteer to take these on. SH: We’ve mentioned a lot of people and events in this conversation so far, and it may be that someone will see this in print and say, “Hey I know that place,” or know something about this or that, and come forward. Please come forward! KXM: I know, wheels are already turning in my head of items I’d like to amass and people I’d like to poke to donate. I’ll be sure to first have them organized! TH: Clubs and other gay events had almost been kept in a secret file. The standards were different then; they were not trying to expose anyone. But we want to get that history together and bring it out in the open.

KXM: What are the next steps in this project for each of you ? SH: I think this article is a very important step in getting it out to the public. Hopefully people will read this, and it will stick, and they will come in to use the resource guide. Perhaps someone reading this might recommend it to someone else who has items to donate. In terms of what the history center needs to do to get the word out depends on the history center’s resources and what their goals are. But I think this article can go a long way towards letting people know that this exists, and that it’s growing – that with their help it can continue to grow, and that it’s wonderfully useful. It already highlights so much about our community that people have forgotten or never knew. In terms of my own work, I’ve taken a hiatus with this, and I’m working on my book now. I would like to come back to the center and work on transcribing.

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My interest is in making a career of archival work. With my background, I think I could bring a lot to an archive. I’m talking to different archives, but his is my hometown, I grew up here, I went away to get a couple of degrees and then came back in 2004. I’d like to stay in Austin and continue to help with this, just depends on where the work takes me.

this has changed somewhat. I mean, current history is still history. Sometimes it’s tough to determine what’s worth keeping and what goes into the recycle bin.

TH: What I would like to see is for people to come and read this resource guide and say, “Why isn’t the club I went to for 10 years in here?” and then give us a flyer or something so we can start a file. There’s so much missing. People often don’t think that their stuff is worth anything.

TH: Right. It’s about having the resources to sort it once you’ve got it. I’d like people to bring in their boxes of stuff and come donate it – obviously that goes for all of our archives, but especially for the LGBT archive. People often don’t think that their stuff is worth anything. I’m sure there are clippings that they’ve never really shown anyone, but now, by giving those items to the history center, they can basically share them with everyone.

KM: Exactly. I’ve been working for the past year on a massive home purge, and I’m sad to think of what I’ve thrown out. So I’ve been setting aside a few things here and there with the idea of donating to the history center. I noticed that you all have begun to put in recent Chronicle articles in the archives. So my take on

If you are interested in donating collections or items to the Austin History Center or are interested in volunteering your skills and time, please contact archivist Tim Hamblin at Tim.Hamblin@ci.austin.tx.us or 512/974-7480.

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The Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce celebrates 16 years of supporting LGBT business in Austin

By AGLCC President Jimmy Flannigan This year, the AGLCC is celebrating 16 years of history as a chamber of commerce. After a celebration on the Mayor’s Balcony at City Hall on June 20, the organization will forge ahead helping LGBT-owned and friendly businesses grow and prosper. The recent history of the chamber is well documented, especially through social media in the past four years. But even back as far as 1997, there has been a thread of constant leadership and media attention, making sure that the chamber’s piece of the community’s history is not forgotten. However, prior to 1997, records are spotty at best. Sometime in the late 1980s, the Stonewall Business Society was formed, a somewhat underground meeting of LGBT professionals in private homes. While the work was very much the same, with networking and sharing business being the primary goal, it was done often

in secret without the benefit of websites or public marketing and not even a formal business directory. The conversion of the SBS into a chamber of commerce in 1997 symbolized the LGBT business community’s coming out. The timeline of the Chamber’s past 16 years is just a snapshot of the LGBT business community’s past. Even nationally, the LGBT movement began in the business community from the Stonewall Inn to Harvey Milk’s camera shop in San Francisco. In Austin too, gay bars and other LGBT-friendly businesses long predated the AGLCC’s 1997 formation. But it is with a nod to that history, and the recognition that the fight for equality begin with our community’s businesses, that the AGLCC moves forward into 2014 and beyond dedicated to supporting those businesses and the fight for economic equality.

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by Andy Campbell “We were at the top of the gay Austin social ladder without having climbed any of the rungs.” It’s true. Back in 1988, San Antonians Toby Johnson and Kip Dollar were offered the opportunity to buy Austin’s Liberty Books 18 months into its existence from the original owner, Tom Doyle. An attorney for a local teacher’s association and the gay rights lobby, Doyle opened the small upstart gay and lesbian bookstore in the Summer of 1986 in the space on North Lamar at 10th Street, between the current home of Whole Earth Provision Company and Wink – which at that time was the über-trendy Castle Hill Café. Concurrently, Doyle also launched Liberty Press, a small publishing house for gay books. As Dollar

tells it, “He was spread very thin, and he asked us if we’d be interested in buying the store. We saw it as a good Idea.” By that point in its short history, Liberty Books had already made quite a name for itself. The store’s opening might have gone unnoticed had it not been for the ham-fisted protestation of one Mark Weaver, aggressively vocal anti-gay, conservative crusader and then head of the American Family Association of Texas. Weaver’s antics included an infamous court case against AIDS Services of Austin for barring him from a safe-sex workshop (he lost that case, twice) and getting The Austin Chronicle removed from area HEBs (eventually, he lost that cause as well). Weaver, incensed that a gay bookstore was opening in Austin, picketed, thus providing more

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media coverage of the infant store than any meager PR budget an independent business could muster. Although they were not yet the owners of Liberty Books, it’s one of many enchanting stories that Toby Johnson and Kip Dollar tell about the life and times of Austin’s “quality gay and lesbian bookstore.” Liberty was a piece of a groundswell of gay bookstores nationwide (sadly, most have by now closed), places that Johnson notes became “de facto community centers.” While the bars and baths may have been the thumping heart of gay (mostly night) life, bookstores provided the day walkers an opportunity to kibbitz and share information and a pleasant no-pressure space with one another. “There was really only about a month I thought of it as ‘our little bookstore,’” says Dollar. “And then very quickly I discovered it was the community’s bookstore.”

nity crisis. When a prominent visiting porn star, Marco Rossi, broke Texas obscenity law by showing his particular, ahem, gifts with a beer bottle, there were “people in front of the store the next morning, waiting for us to get there.” Says Dollar, “By two o’clock the ‘Free Marco Rossi’ T-shirts had been printed.” While space was at a premium in Liberty, with 1000 sq. feet of packed-out shelves, the bookstore printed shirts for ACT UP and disseminated information for various Austin LGBTQ groups. A bulletin board served as a space for community announcements.

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As a “center of gay culture and consciousness,” Liberty’s role was heightened in times of commu-

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started in the magazine aisle! We were careful not to put titles [in the window] that had graphics on the cover that straight people might find offensive. At the same time we made sure that what was in the display window made it clear we were a gay and lesbian bookstore. It was a balancing act.” Dollar and Johnson cut impressive figures. The affable Johnson has authored nine books and is wellregarded for his books on gay spirituality, where he often insists on shifting the paradigm away from gay inclusion into already well-established (and often homophobic) religious traditions, and towards spiritual systems that honor the specificity of queer lives. Dollar, effuse and smiling, is the logistical mind – a bookkeeper and storyteller by nature. The two have been together since 1984 and enjoy the title of Travis County’s first registered male couple domestic partnership. There’s something deli-

ciously mind-meld-y about this gentlemanly pair, as they bounce off each other’s sentences, each minute reviving what is now perhaps a lost art: spirited conversation. These talents served the couple well when they made the transition from their San Antonio hometown to Austin. When Dollar and Johnson acquired the business in October of 1988, they were placed immediately into a highly visible position, introduced to the bulk of Austin’s gay and lesbian organizations and the town’s A-gays by original owner Doyle. Dollar admits, “We were very public. Everyone knew us, but as new transplants to Austin we didn’t really know anyone.” During their tenure as owners of Liberty, Dollar and Johnson mentored a host of young queer store volunteers, became lynchpins in organizing Austin’s first

pride parade, and staunched at least one buy-out attempt. They eventually sold the store in 1994 to a Houston chain that turned around and closed it. Archives of early internet newsgroups still express the grief felt by a community in flux, as soon-to-be big brother neighbor BookPeople – with square footage per section exceeding most pop & pop shops – cast looming shadows on small independent sellers across central Texas. Liberty has a heady legacy that lives on, in part, through the good works of former employees like Alex Barron, who is now Assistant Professor of University Programs at St. Edwards University, where she teaches, amongst other things, a course entitled “Gay and Lesbian Film and Literature.” Barron remembers Liberty fondly, “In many ways it was my introduction to Austin, I got a job there within two months of moving to the city after college. What I found was a cross-

section of queer Austin – from the married lesbians to the 16-year-old high school kids coming in to buy freedom rings.” She remembers a white cat that lived in situ, conversations about the latest Jeanette Winterson and Edmund White novels, and selling quite a bit of lube. But Barron stands by the function of places like Liberty, and the still-open feminist bookstore, BookWoman (where Barron also worked), “Gay and feminist bookstores pushed the mainstream and independent booksellers to do a better job carrying our texts. But even so, gay and feminist bookstores provide something no other business can: connection to interpersonal support and resources. You can ask where the coming out section is at BookPeople, but you can’t ask for help in coming out.”

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GIVING GOOD BUSINESS When it comes to business supporting community, cash and in-kind donations are lovely calling cards By David Estlund

Austin may have a vibrant and visible LGBTQ community, but for local business owners, playing a vital role in strengthening that community involves more than hanging out a shingle in the local “gayborhood.” Joining the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) is a great start, but there are a few simple ways to become a model citizen and forge connections that can simultaneously grow your business and make Austin a better, safer, more caring place. Let’s take a look at some businesses in Austin that are doing more than just chasing “the gay dollar.” We talked to charity thrift store manager Ben Zimm for the most direct example of practices that benefit the community. Contributing financially to an HIV/AIDS charity is the shop’s entire mission, but Ben has good ad-

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vice for any business that wants to help out. “We’re all hands on deck, all the time. You’ll see when you see us working, whether at the store or at one of the many fundraising events around town. Anyone can and should get as involved by giving money as they can, but they will really reap the benefits and do more good by giving time.” Top Drawer Thrift (4902 Burnet, 512/454-5161) is a community thrift store owned and operated by Project Transitions, which runs Doug’s House, a hospice for HIV/AIDS patients, and Roosevelt Gardens, affordable housing for HIV/AIDS patients and their families. In the service industry, creating a culture of respect and encouragement can bring out the best in team members and patrons. Beth Schindler at Bird’s Barbershop (birdsbarber-

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shop.com) says, “We’ve sponsored a lot of events around town, even provided portapotties at GayBiGayGay for a couple of years. While things like that are important, I think the most important thing we’ve done is that we’ve created a safe space – a judgementfree zone – that may be more common in high-end salon chains, but it’s kind of special in the niche we’re in. Thanks to that, we’ve been able to connect with Austin’s queer community in what I think is a really unique and valuable way. We’ve gotten letters from parents thanking us for the way we welcomed and embraced their quirky queer kids.”

make themselves known and accommodate us. We’re also a very networked community, so whether you’re doing right or wrong by us, everyone knows it.” One of her proudest experiences involved a 19-year-old shopper who was so nervous about his sexual practices that his hands were shaking. “We were able to teach him a little bit about safer sex, even things one might do alone at home,

Every fundraiser loves a good liquor sponsor, and marketing a new spirit can be as easy as a good pitch, no matter how crowded the market, but Frot Vodka (www.frotvodka. com), a locally-produced vodka marketed to Austin’s LGBT scene, is going the extra mile with a public commitment to donate part of its profits to local charities. Founder Noel Arredondo says, “Joining AGLCC really gave us our start. From there we were able to sponsor the SXSW pre-party at Oilcan Harry’s, which gave us the contacts we needed to work with the Octopus Project, Care Communities, Project Transitions, and other local organizations that have helped us launch as we benefited their causes.” John Sutton has a unique opportunity to work closely with local nonprofits. As owner of In Good Taste Catering & Design (www. ingoodtaste-catering.com), he gives back through donations, as well as in-kind services on a cost-recovery basis as often as possible. His industry might be a natural fit for local nonprofit events, but there is room for so much more. His advice: “There are a lot of opportunities – so much going on, so many groups that are involved in good and important things – that all businesses should be involved.” Being openly and honestly supportive of the community is very important to Stephanie Boggs, owner of Q Toys (6800 Burnet, 512/772-1614), who says “I like to make a safe space for the LGBT community to shop for toys they’re most likely buying anyway. I’m especially proud to cater to the trans community, [a consideration] which is very rare in this field. As a community, we are very loyal shoppers, and we gladly support those who

Marketing consultant Melissa Martin and over time he’s become a loyal customer. I think we became a part of his coming out process.” Community building is about more than signaling our identity to one another and counting on that recognition to suffice, especially in a community like ours that transcends differences of race, gender, class, or what it is that we do. It’s about forging connections, building alliances, and making space for everyone. There are plenty of local organizations working every day to make positive changes for us. We can give back to them with our money and especially our time, and by getting involved, we can learn the most important lesson they can teach us: how to embrace the true potential in everyone we meet, no matter how different they may seem. AU STIN GAY & L E SB IAN

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A directory of current AGLCC members THE MARCHESA HALL & THEATRE An ample and convenient venue to host your next party, film screening, or big gay fundraiser. 6406 N. I-35 #3100, 512/454-2000, A*FAB Does your nonprofit need some themarchesa.com big brothers and sisters? This fab MOUTHFEEL DJing, promotion, and group of LGBT event makers gives a event production that goes down hand up to fellow nonprofits. good. Mmm, yeah. afabaustin.com 512/627-1514, facebook.com/ AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The high mouthfeelatx art part of the Live Music Capital of OILCAN HARRY’S OCH made Fourth the Planet. austinsymphony.org Street what it is today. Fag/fag-hag headquarters, where the dancing is AUSTIN THEATRE PROJECT For the love dirty, and so are the martinis, if you of theatre – local, live, community ask real purdy. theatre. Get involved. 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823, austintheatreproject.org oilcanharrys.com

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BRASS HOUSE AUSTIN Jazz and blues lounge on the corner of San Jacinto, near the Convention Center. 115 San Jacinto, 512/649-1253, brasshouseaustin.com CAPITAL CITY MENS CHORUS From booming baritones to tenacious tenors, CCMC is Austin’s beloved full range of gay musical community. 477-SING, info@ccmcaustin.org, ccmcaustin.org CONNECTATX Creative agency that specializes in video production and brand development. connectatx.com DJS FINE & DANDY W/ KATE & ANDY 100% local, 100% loungey, 100% vinyl chill at conversational volumes. 512/217-9223, facebook.com/ djsfinedandywithkateandy

SHOWLISTAUSTIN.COM A list of can’tmiss shows in Central Texas. 512/484-4708, showlistaustin.com

AMERICAN FAMILY PARTNER ASSOCIATION Drop and give us 20 (hugs for partners and spouses of LGBTQ service personnel and vets). Ten hut! 202/695-AMPA (2672), militarypartners.org AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN PRIDE FOUNDATION Austin + Pride You = The LGBTQ community’s biggest party, fest, and parade of the year. 512/468-8113, austinpride.org AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN SENIOR SERVICES To ensure everyone’s golden years are rainbow hued.. 512/628-1694, aglss.org AUSTIN LGBT BAR ASSOCIATION Working to promote and unite the LGBT legal community in the often byzantine realm of law. austinlgbtbar.org

AUSTIN POLICE ASSOCIATION Advocating for the brave men and women of APD, and standing in solidarity with their STEVEN TOMLINSON Primary LGBTers in blue. underwriter for FuseBox Festival and creative community conversationalists. 512/474-6993, austinpolice.com 512/576-2760, steven@abporter.org, AUSTIN ROUNDUP Sobriety in the abporter.org LGBTQIATX. austinroundup.com URBAN BARTENDERS, LLC Hire them for your next affair. AUSTIN WEIRD CITY SISTERS These 512/206-4450, UrbanBartenders.com brides of the Son of Man have a word or two for that Benedict fellow, we bet. And like real nuns, they are all about the service (and the getting down on the knees, and the habits, and the rulers across the knuckles….). weirdcitysisters.wordpress.com

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ACC GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE Raises awareness of LGBT issues through promotion of national campaigns HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE Not your garden and local activism. 254/338-5688, variety event venue. gaystraightallainceacc@gmail.com, 512/614-1953, hhouseaustin.com facebook.com/accgsa

BOBCAT PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP FUND Support for our LGBTQ Texas Staters. Go, Bobcats! bobcatpridescholarship.com

THE IRON BEAR When the teddy bears leave the picnic, they hit up their favorite party spot, The Iron Bear. 121 W. Eighth, roger@theironbear.com, theironbear.com

AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN The grandpappy of HIV/AIDS care in Austin. 7215 Cameron, 512/458-2437 www.asaustin.org

THE CARE COMMUNITIES Caring for those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer through the support of big-hearted volunteers and you, if you care to give. 4315 Guadalupe #303, 512/459-5883, thecarecommunities.org

KAREN BARTENDERS EXTRAORDINAIRE Relax, get your drink on, and let these mobile bartenders take care of your next party. 512/537-1789, bartenders-extraordinaire@austin.rr.com, bartenders-extraordinaire.com

ALLGO Our prime statewide resource for LGBTQ people of color, this Austin Latino/a Lesbian/Gay Organization is all that and a bag of mangos. 512/4722001, allgo.org

EQUALITY TEXAS Equality Texas is ground zero for LGBTQIA politics, Lone Star-style. Our front line at the Texas Lege. 512/474-5475, allison@equalitytexas.org, equalitytexas.org

AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Austin’s colorful rainbow umbrella for gay-owned and gayfriendly businesses. Also home to the Austin LGBT Toastmasters Club. 512/761-LGBT, info@aglcc.org, aglcc.org

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LONE STAR LAMBDAS Grab your 5-gallon, squeeze into your Wranglers, and boot scoot on over for a country lovin’ good time. 5903 Spartan Cove, 512/418-1629, lonestarlambdas.org

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GLBTQA BUSINESS STUDENT ASSOCIATION What do you have in your wallet? A stash of $3 bills, we bet. 1 University Station A6220, SOC # 452. texasgbsa.com

WATERLOO COUNSELING CENTER Austin’s nonprofit hub for LGBTQ support and support groups. 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., #301, 512/444-9922, waterloocounseling.org

HILL COUNTRY RIDE FOR AIDS Late-April charity bike ride. 512/371-7433, hillcountryride.org

YOUTH & FAMILY ALLIANCE Lifeworks’ program focuses on our most precious KEEPHOSTINGWEIRD.COM resources: youth and family. While you are Keeping Austin Weird, these 3700 S. First, 512/735-2400, lifeworksaustin.org folks will be happy to host you. 512/348-6352, keephostingweird.com

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN – AUSTIN The Austin steering committee of the national organization. info@hrcaustin.org, hrc.org/states/texas LIFEWORKS Helping youth and families sidestep crisis and achieve selfsufficiency through individualized support and “strengths-based” service philosophy. 3700 S. First, 512/735-2400, lifeworksaustin.org LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS OF AUSTIN Welcome Austin’s new chapter. 512/428-5475 THE OCTOPUS CLUB Raising the big bucks through fabulous parties for AIDS Services of Austin. www.octopusclub.org OUT YOUTH Oh to be young and gaaaay! Actually, most of us wouldn’t go back to 17 if you paid us, but at least now, there is support for our LGBTQ (or questioning) kids. 909 E. 49 1/2, 512/419-1233, out@ outyouth.org, outyouth.org PROJECT TRANSITIONS Devoted to serving Austin’s HIV/AIDS community through hospice, housing, and loving support. 512/454-8646, projecttransitions.org SAN ANTONIO LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Where LGBT and LGBT-friendly business owners, professionals, and consumers in SA meet to support the LGBT community. sagaychamber.com TEXAS ADVOCACY PROJECT Free legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 800/374-4673, texasadvocacyproject.org TEAM PROHOMO The beasts behind the weekly Queer Ride and other most excellent Austin adventures. www.teamprohomo.org TRANSGENDER EDUCATION NETWORK OF TEXAS Educating the State of Texas about gender diversity one conversation at a time. 877/532-6789, info@transtexas.org, transtexas.org UNIVERSITY BAPTIST CHURCH Come worship with “Austin’s progressive voice of faith.” 2130 Guadalupe, 512/478-8559, doug@dougfugate.com, ubcaustin.org

DESIGN & MEDIA APROPOS PROMO Swaggy promotions from Austin’s own BrandStylists™, suited to your specific needs. 10601 FM 2222 Ste R-163, 512/241-1479, 888/705-2522, susan@apropospromo. com, apropospromo.com THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE Free alternative newsweekly that reflects the heart and soul of Austin, Texas. Home of the “Gay Place” column and blog. Visit us every day online or at one of over 1,800 locations. 512/454-5766, austinchronicle.com MELISSA CHA MEDIA Video, photography, and editing services from an SF-raised, RISD-bred talent. 650/504-6431, melissacha.com CHERICO CREATIVE Would you like a sample of this 15-year veteran’s work in graphic design and concept? You are holding it. jonn@chericocreative.com, chericocreative.com

GINNY’S PRINTING Offset, digital, letterpress… head to this quirky and uniquely Austin company for all your printing needs. 8410-B Tuscany Way, 512/4546874, sales@ginnysprinting.com, ginnysprinting.com

L STYLE G STYLE One side L. One side G. Flip the mag, so you can see. Available at higher-end digs citywide. 512/443-3663, alisa@lstylegstyle.com, lstylegstyle.com OUTCAST, KOOP 91.7FM Tune your FM to 91.7 every Tuesday at 6pm for ATX’s premiere radio program for, by, and about the LGBTQ community. 512/415-5721, info@outcast.com, outcastaustin.com POSTNET - FAR WEST If it’s on paper, you want it on paper, and you need for it to get somewhere, call Postnet. 3571 Far West, 512/231-1321, postnet. com/austin-tx157 RECSPEC Respect for great design is apparent in all of Laurel Barickman’s work. Album covers, websites, clothing, posters, ID/branding, and more. www.recspec.org THEREPUBLIQ Chase Martin is the man about A-town’s gay-town and the fella behind this all-gay news source. 512/200-3040, info@therepubliq.com, therepubliq.com

CONCEPTS OF DESIGN Private or commercial, micro or big picture, these designers have interior flair to spare, from window treatments, to feng shui. 512/785-5510, conceptsofdesignaustin.com

SHWEIKI MEDIA Heavy-duty industry publishers for all your gloss and matte needs: postcards, magazines, newsletters, and anything else you can fold. 512/480-0860, shweiki.com

FUN LOVING PHOTOS Whether it’s for a heavenly headshot or at one of her many party photobooths, count on Devaki Knowles to capture your good side. 512/298-9249, devakiknowles@ gmail.com, funlovingphotos.net

SITE STREET From the ABCs of SEO to crossing the Ts and dotting the Is of your web presence, this full-service web/marketing service boasts a staff dedicated to LGBT Austin. 3009 N. Lamar Ste 3, 832-8383, sitestreet.com

FLYINGDOGDESIGN Top dog David Carroll and FlyingDog boast 140 dog years of experience. 512/914-1270, david@flyingdogdesign. com, flyingdogdesign.com

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STARRT MARKETING Start up your new image. 832/545-4672, jenn@starrtmarketing. com, starrtmarketing.com

GAY PLACE ONLINE Steer here, queers, for all things gay in the gAyTX, online and in print each week in The Austin Chronicle. 512/454-5766, gayplace@ austinchronicle.com, austinchronicle. com/gay

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NAPKIN VENTURE Have you ever scribbled your brilliant business plan down on a napkin? Well, it’s time to show it to more than your barista. This venture group can assist. 611 S Congress Ste 340 , 512/922-2511, JARRED GAMMON, NORTH STAR CONSULTANTS Same-sex couple financial www.napkinventure.com planning and more. 2801 Via Fortuna, Ste.450, 512/610-1803, NEXT PAGE FINANCIAL Your next chapter in financial success. 8836 northstarfinancial.com Tiombe Bend, 512/924-9004, dhhertel@ nextpagefinancial.com, GENWORTH FINANCIAL Protect your nextpagefinancial.com fam with long-term care insurance.

PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL Be prudent with your finances, but proactive with your planning. 8911 Capital of Texas HWY, Ste 4140 , 512/786-5698. STRATEGIC PAYMENT SYSTEMS Fullservice and cost effective solutions for payment needs. 2013 Wells Branch, 512/807-7015, spsinfo.com TROVENA INVESTMENT ADVISORS Retirement planning, tax planning, and investment services are a piece of cake for this award-winning firm. 512/445-2800, kermit.johns@trovena. com, trovena.com

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SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP? Not so long ago, Alistair sold his condo in Travis Heights, part of which he lived in and the other part he rented. He had always prepared his own tax returns (using Turbotax) but soon after filing for the year of the sale, he received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS was demanding quite a bit of money. This type of “audit” is fairly common, the IRS usually has questions about how you filed your tax return because information that they have does not completely match what you reported. TurboTax is a fine software program and can help the average taxpayer with just about every income tax situation an individual can face. But it can’t ask some important questions that are critical to an error-free return. When he came to me with the notice, he was quite upset. Not only did he not have the kind of money they IRS as asking for, he had no idea why this had happened. After all, he’d followed all the instructions, properly reported the rent he received and the correct costs. Though my first thought was that I could prepare a letter for him to respond to the IRS, it became clear that it would be necessary to file an amended tax return to solve the problem. Turns out that all was not lost and together we were able to reduce the amount the government wanted by providing them with more information, but this was clearly a time when Alistair should have asked for some help. Not only would he have avoided some angst, he would have saved a bit on money on penalty and interest.

Not everyone needs a professional tax preparer and in fact, most people don’t. But when you think you might, you probably do. You may want some peace of mind, not have the time or perhaps just don’t know where to start. Find someone who is caring and willing to advise you, if just to hold your hand through the process and set your mind at ease. And here’s some timely advice… Soon, the Supreme Court will release their decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. While it is unlikely their decision will be easy to interpret, if a part of the Act is repealed there could be considerable effect on our community. Even though a couple got married in a state that allows same-sex marriage, the couple is still barred from filing joint federal tax returns. Let’s say you married in New York in 2011. Married filing jointly tax rates are lower than single, and a re-computation of your taxes on a joint return could get you a nice refund. You may want to amend your 2011 and 2012 tax returns and maybe even file a Protective Refund Claim. Some tax professionals are advocating filing these claims. If you think this might apply to you, consider it, and talk to a professional! Still haven’t filed your tax returns for this year? We can help. Kermit Johns, RFC®, RTRP Johns & Wilkinson LLC 512-445-2800

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BODY BRITE One price per zone; a variety of treatments to make your skin shimmer. 3701 Guadalupe, Ste.105, 512/454-2639 bodybriteusa.com

TEAM PROHOMO The hunks behind the weekly Queer Ride bike ride and other excellent Austin adventures. teamprohomo.org

RUSS BOYD, MA, NCC, LPC INTERN Psychotherapist working with the Gay Community. 2004 Williams Dr, Ste 101, 512/632-4731, russboydcounseling.com

TEXAS GAY RODEO ASSOCIATION This is Texas, darlin’. Of course there is a gay rodeo. 214/346-2107, tgra.org

CAPITOL DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES Provides comprehensive dermatologic care for patients of all ages. 11410 Jollyville Rd #2101, 512/345-8688, capderm.com

TEXAS MAMMA JAMMA RIDE A non-profit organization which began in 2009 to raise awareness and much needed funds for our central Texas neighbors coping with breast cancer. mammajammaride.org

CHIROPRACTIC LIFESTYLES CENTRE Let Dr. Kenneth White and staff align you right. 3410 Far West, Ste.100, 512/346-5735, chirolifestyles.com

VOLLEYBALL AUSTIN Inspired by the recent Summer Olympics? Come out to set and spike the night away with these volley-lovin’ Q-ballers. facebook.com/volleyballaustin

COMMUNITY CARE Healthcare nonprofit that has your neck, your back, and anything out of wack in an array of convenient locations. 15 Waller, 512/978-8800, communitycaretx.org FAMILY TREE DENTAL GROUP Keep your choppers in tip-top ship-shape. 5310 Burnet, Ste. 108, 512/458-5999, familytreedentalgroup.com FAMILY TREE DENTAL GROUP Pediatric, family, and cosmetic dentistry as well as orthodontics. 200 N. Red Bud , Round Rock, 512/4585999, familytreedentalgroup.com HAWTHORNE CHIROPRACTIC Amelioration, mollification, and consolation from subluxation. 3300 Bee Caves Rd, #390, 512/448-2225 drglenndc.com

WORK IT PERSONAL TRAINING Get off your butt, and get fit with Work It! One-on-one and group sessions available. 7817 Rockwood Ste 102, 512/426-2336, info@workittraining.com, workittraining.com

INSURANCE ALLSTATE INSURANCE Home, Auto, Commercial, and Life Insurance 512/345-0005 CLAIR BOOTH, CLCT INSURANCE AGENT Make all those tough life decisions that much easier by putting your cares in the hands of this long-term care and insurance consultant. 830/257-5344, info@glbt-ltc-ins.com, glbt-ltc-ins.com

LEGAL JULIE ALEXANDER LAW, P.C. Legal solutions for your business and real estate operations. 1700 E. Second, 512/478-9770, aalawaustin.com CHRISTINE HENRY ANDRESEN, ATTORNEYAT-LAW Any family lawyer who puts a portrait of the Addams Family on her website is A-OK with us. 905 W. Oltorf, Ste. C, 512/394-4230, cha@ chalaw.com, chalaw.com BARNETT & GARCIA, PLLC This firm of legal eagles is experienced in all aspects of business litigation and specializes in debt collection. Caw! 821 Juniper, Ste 108, 512/266-8830, barnettgarcia.com ELIZABETH BRENNER, ATTORNEY AT LAW Estate and family legal services for the Austin LGBT community. You want Brenner on your side. 512/217-8289, ebrenner@bajb.com, brennerattorney.com BUTCHER & CALLAGHAN, P.C. Business law, family law, and estate planning. 1504 West Av, 512/861-2294, www.butchercallaghan.com CAPPS LAW FIRM It’s all about family. And keeping it legal. Collaborative family law and thensome. 7718 Wood Hollow, Ste. 205, 512/3389800, jmoore@cappslawfirm.com, cappslawfirm.com

JENNIFER R. COCHRAN Family law for all kinds of families. LIFE-TREK, LLC Chocolatey delights that 3355 Bee Caves Rd Ste 103, 512/537BRITTON & BRITTON These local allies may just help you live longer. 4326, 870-8187, jencochranlaw@gmail. 800/844-2685, LifeTrekLLC@gmail.com, can service all your insurance needs at com, cochran-law.com the best possible rate. johndabbs.youthfulchocolate.com 700 Lavaca #1400, 512/334-6330, CYPERT LAW FIRM Cypert Law Firm is 512insurance.com dedicated to assisting the Texas LGBT DEREK LEIGHTON, LMFT, LPC, NCC, CGP community with their estate planning, Counseling services and psychotherapy NATIONWIDE INSURANCE SAM LAMELLE probate, guardianship, and business that promotes “healthy sexuality” and a Sam Lamelle is on your side. It has a law needs. 1016 MoPac, 512/535-5008, better outlook on life. 3534 Bee Caves Rd #114, 512/658-2960, ring to it... nationwide.com texasdomesticpartnership.com leightontherapy.com NATIONWIDE INSURANCE LAW OFFICE OF KELLEY J. DWYER It’s your Full range of personalized insurance RODAN+FIELDS DERMATOLOGISTS estate. It’s your business. Make sure The creators of Proactiv. 512/844-6514, and financial services. they are protected, legally. 10900 Lakeline Mall Dr, Ste 600B, suzyjuncker.myrandf.biz 9442 Capital of Texas, Ste 500-159, 512/360-8497, www.nationwide.com 512/343-3630, dwyerlawaustin.com SOUTH AUSTIN MEDICAL CLINIC Family medicine clinic, we see all ages LYNN OSLER, STATE FARM AGENT Like a LAW OFFICE OF DAX GARVIN, P.C. 2555 Western Trails Blvd, 512/892-6600, good GAY-bor, Lynn O. is there. southaustinmed.com 1114 Lost Creek Ste G-30, 512/327-4298, Specialists in criminal defense and family law. lynn@mlynnosler.com, mlynnosler.com 401 Congress, Ste 1540, 512/482-0900, SOFTBALL AUSTIN Nothing soft about these balls. At Softball Austin, players STATE FARM Member and advocate of dax@daxlegal.com, daxlegal.com of all expertise levels wait on-deck the LGBT community. at their turn to bat more than just 127 E Riverside, Ste 109, 512/441-1082, THE LAW OFFICE OF VIRGINIA W. GREENWAY I defend people accused eyelids. softballaustin.org saxtoninsurance.com of crimes – from simple traffic up to first degree felonies – in Travis and THE SPRING This Center for Natural surrounding counties. Medicine guides patients toward 811 Nueces, 512/573-3221, vwglaw@ healthful living, naturally. austin.rr.com, virginiagreenway.com 512/445-7373, thespringatx.com

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LEE, GOBER & REYNA - LAW FIRM “Family” lawyers who handle family, personal injury, and criminal matters. 11940 Jollyville Rd, Ste 220, 512/4788080, rwleelaw.com

LODGING HILTON HOTEL DOWNTOWN Put your family up in style, and out of your house, right in the heart of ATX. 500 E. Fourth, 512/482-8000 HOLIDAY INN AUSTIN MIDTOWN Convenient, comfortable, and affordable gateway to North Austin. 6000 Middle Fiskville, 512/451-5757, ichotelsgroup.com

PETS CHILL CANINE MASSAGE THERAPY Give your buddy a “paws” that refreshes. 512/914-1270, david@chillcanine.com, chillcanine.com

THE GAFFORD GROUP AT KELLER WILLIAMS Specializing in Round Rock, Cedar Park and surrounding areas. 512/439-3768, TheGaffordGroup.com

DOGBOY’S DOG RANCH Has your pup had it ruff? Spa day! Good dog! 2615 Crystal Bend, Pflugerville, 512/251-7600, dogboys.com

TROY HANNA, PRESIDIO Representing the realty interests of Austin’s LGBT community for over a decade. 1701 W. Koenig, 512/659-7093, Austin78723.com

PAWS & MORE Sit! Humans sit with your pups and kits and more. While you’re away, your mice and gerbils and sugargliders will play. 512/695-3131, pawsandmore.com

JAN HILL MORTGAGE This founder of the benefit Mamma Jamma Ride can help you with your financial homeownership needs. 512/431-5223, jhill@janhillmortgage.com, janhillmortgage.com

TRAINING BY TARA LLC Specializes in “misunderstood” dogs. HOWARD JOHNSON INN Hey, Austin! We’ve got our HoJo working’ at this newly 512/402-4229, trainingbytara.com renovated conference hotel in convenient North Austin. 7800 N. I-35, 512/837-5800, drichman@peakhotels.com, hojo.com RENAISSANCE HOTEL Conveniently located at the Arboretum, where you can shop ‘til you drop, wine and dine, and live in the lap of luxury. 9721 Arboretum Blvd, 512/343-2626 ROCKPORT FISHCAMP LLC Get out of town and into the cozy comfort of this adorable guest cottage situated on a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Rustic. Not “rough it.” 361/230-2078, fishcamp.rockport@gmail. com, fishcamprockport.com

ESG REALTY ADVISORS, LLC Free your business from the hostage crisis of lease renewal. 512/705-2119, eric@ esgrealty.com

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AUSTIN HOMES REALTY A “full service real estate brokerage” making finding realty in Austin a reality. 512/507-8252, austinhomesrealty.com CASTLE & COOKE MORTGAGE, LLC Using the latest technology, we’ve taken the mortgage process paperless and cut weeks off the wait time - application to funding takes only 8 days castlecookemortgage.com

WESTIN AUSTIN AT THE DOMAIN Hip and just a hop through the elegant Domain shopping haven, The Westin brings chill Austin luxury to another level. 11301 Domain Dr , 512/832-4197, www.starwoodhotels.com

CHICAGO TITLE OF TEXAS For over 160 years, their expertise in Title Insurance has run deep in the heart of Texas. 4310 Spicewood Springs Rd, Ste 100 , 512/345-6525, chicagotitleaustin.com

WILDFLOWERS BED & BREAKFAST Elegant scenic country getaway located 80 miles southeast of Austin. 8482 Bermuda, Industry, TX, 979/9923993, mpowell@industryinet.com, wildflowersbedandbreakfast.com

COLDWELL BANKER UNITED REALTORS Their mottos is “We never stop moving!” But they’ll hold still long enough to find you the palace of your dreams. 512/750-3713, bdodd@cbunited.com, cbunited.com

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THE HUDDLESTON TEAM AT REALTY AUSTIN Gay-owned and -operated and ready to help navigate buying, selling, and leasing in Austin. 512/468-8113, thehuddlestonteam.com

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MIDTOWN INDEPENDENCE TITLE This gay-owned and -operated company has got you covered – gay, straight, married or not – when you cross the threshold into home owning. 512/459-1110, midtowntitle.com HOMES BY MATTHEW MORGAN Keller Williams-affiliated and LGBT-friendly. 2300 Greenhill, Round Rock, 512/5228196, morganmatthewe@gmail.com, homesbymatthewmorgan.kwrealty.com

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RIVER & OAKS REALTY LLC Realtor Stacy Bass specializes in Austin’s desirable outlying areas, like Driftwood, Lakeway, Wimberley, Dripping Springs, and more. 512/413-7893, www.stacybassrealtor.com

COCO COQUETTE Allyson Garro can curate the top of your head to look as divine as Divine. The higher the hair, the closer to Gawd! 2109 E. Cesar Chavez, coco-coquette.com

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, 512/657-8674, ron@ presidiogroup.com, presidiogroup.com

GREAT OUTDOORS All things outdoors. 2730 S Congress Ave, 512/448-2992, GreatOutdoorsNursery.com

SKY REALTY AUSTIN Offering professional services for buyers, sellers, and leases in both residential and commercial real estate transactions. 4501 Spicewood Springs Rd., Ste 1029, 512/522-8196, SkyRealtyAustin.com THE STAGING GUY A make-ready on steroids, this guy gussies up your home to make it irresistable to prospective buyers. 7310 Manchaca Rd #152936 , 512/5374489, thestagingguy.com

JOLLY PENNY Everyone’s jolly at the dollar store. Curios and necessities, $1 and up. 9505 Burnet Rd Ste C, 512/900-3883, facebook.com/JollyPenny

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ACE AUCTION COMPANY Going once, going twice, sold! by this awesome Austin auctioneer firm. kevin@aceauctioncompany.com, aceauctioncompany.com ALL BRITE POOL SERVICE All Brite :Pool Service has been proudly serving Central Texas for over 20 years. 512/567-1596, allbritepoolservice.com ARRANGING IT ALL Professional organizer services. info@arrangingitall.com

MAISON D’ETOILE The triple threat of Austin style, all under one roof: Charm School Vintage, Salon d’Etoile, and wig ATX NOTARY SERVICES Wherever and wigwam, Coco Coquette. whenever you need that seal of approval. 2109 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/344-9173 512/650-8534, austinnotaryservices.com PRIDE SOCKS How better to rock one’s inner unicorn than to don yours hooves in rainbow tubes of stretchy, nostalgic comfort? pridesocks@gmail.com, pridesocks.com

AUSTIN QUEER WEDDINGS Erica Nix wedding photography. Over a decade experience working with “family.” austinqueerweddings.com

TEXAS LAND & LIFESTYLE LLC First time home buyers/sellers all the way up to seniors looking to rightsize their homes/lifestyles. 512/639-8838

AVIS BUDGET CAR RENTAL ON 35TH Q TOYS Phthalate-free, artisanal, and high Vvvrrrrrrrroooooom! Affordably! quality sex toys are coming. And you will 1610 W. 35th, 512/371-1082, be too! 512/772-1614, qtoysaustin.com avisbudgetgroup.com

TITLEMAX Getting you the most dolla bill$ for your car title since 1998. 8505 Springdale, 512/605-6037, ricky.guerrero@titlemax.biz, titlemax.biz

REGALÉ FINE JEWELRY Appointment only jewelry retail, repair, and service concierge. 611 S. Congress Ave, Ste 515, 512/442-2500, RegaleJewelry.com

WESTSTAR PACIFIC MORTGAGE GROUP Office of commercial financial real estate consultant, Dick Dunbar. 512/323-2644, dick@dickdunbar.com

RETAIL & FASHION ANNA LANI MAKEUP UT Technical Theatre grad Anna lives for collaboration to see creative theatre, film, and print projects manifest. Also available for private tutorials. 361/442-3206, facebook.com/ AnnaLaniMakeup

VENUS ENVY CONSIGNMENTS An allgender-friendly boutique featuring vintage gowns, costumes, and playful-wear for all the plus-sizeda ladies in the housey. 1810 W. Anderson, 512/836-8768, venusenvyconsignments.com

BOB SALON Upon entering the salon, our clients are sure to feel the welcoming, positive energy and approachable luxury that BOB Salon exudes. 3703-A Jefferson St, 512/914-7078 BLUE DRAGON PLUMBING Available for all your plumbing needs and emergencies. No extra charge for 24/7 service. No word on fire-breathing. 512/947-2491, gilbert@bluedragonplumbing.com, bluedragonplumbing.com

C. BARTON INVESTIGATIONS, LCC Specializing in ethically and confidentially tracking down and uncovering the information you require. 5401 S FM 1626 Ste 170-114, Kyle, A-ONE ELECTRIC One-stop electrical shop offers the full “circuit” of residential 512/271-1630, facebook.com/ CBartonInvestigations and commercial electrical services. No task too big or too small. 8406 Horton Trail, 512/497-1513,

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EASY TOURS OF INDIA Call to book your personal passage to India today. And once you get there, their 10 offices can assist your journey. 12885 Research, Ste. 208, 512/345-1122, antoine@ easytoursofindia.com, easytoursofindia.com FRIENDLY CAR CARE Earth-friendly, community-friendly, and people (LGBT)friendly. 9110 Burnet Rd, 512/821-3300, friendlycarcare.com GREEN ISLAND CAR WASH & DETAIL Full service wash and detail shop. 512/257-1799, greenislandcarwash.com DINAH HANEY MEDIATION AND PARENTING COORDINATION Mom & Dad, Dad & Dad, Mom & Mom not getting along? Let Dinah Haney sort it out. 512/799-4319, dinahtexas@gmail.com, dinahhaney.com HE’S FOR ME Find me a find a match, catch me a catch! This pro matchmaker makes you a match, you busy gay professional, you. 300 Guadalupe Ste. 200, 855/443-7463 www.H4M-Austin.com

JBL MICRO TRAINING Communication is key. Let JBL unlock your company’s full CROWN TROPHY – NORTH AUSTIN If you potential through their informative and can imagine the trophy, they can create fun training courses. 1103 Ridgecrest, it – except the living kind. You’re on your 512/563-3845, bartnaustin@aol.com, jblmicrotraining.com own for that. 12233 RR 620 N. Ste.112, 512/506-9790, crowntrophy.com KINGDOM CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINE ETCH OF CLASS Awards in most media: SERVICE Luxurious fleet of late-model glass, metal, wood, acrylic, stone. Sedans, SUVs, and 9 passenger Lincoln 512/785-4435, etchofclass.com Town Car Limousines. 512/416-5466, kingdomcls.com

NOETIC OUTCOMES CONSULTING Think of Bill Gardner and crew as your business management doctor as they diagnose and prescribe ways to assist. 5501-A Balcones #136, 512/386-1402, noeticoutcomes.com THE OUTSOURCE RESOURCE Out and proud to help your company’s HR needs in any way they can. 512/539-0264, outres.net RAINBOW SPECTRUM MEDIA Screen printing and embroidery. terry@rainbowspectrummedia.com 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, rasi.com SAVING AMERICA ENERGY, LLC Go green on your next home remodel. 512/949-3625, savingamericaenergy.com SEND OUT CARDS You’ve got mail! Custom greeting cards to get your business noticed. 1908 Justin #200, 512/789-0267 www.socphotostore.com BUD TWILLEY LANDSCAPES Landscape Design and Installation 512/708-1640, budtwilleylandscapes.com

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