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PRIDE!

AGLCC MEMBERS SHOW THEIR PRIDE IN AS MANY WAYS AS THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW IN LIVING COLOR Challenges and joys for people of color in the LGBT community

PASSIONS OUTSIDE THE DAILY GRIND Members and their “pet” causes

AUSTIN TAKES BROADWAY! Broadway in Austin’s biggest season yet!

AUSTIN: EPICENTER OF INTERNATIONAL DRAG Supporting the artistry behind the glamour

GAY GETAWAY Beat the Texas heat with a trip to the Mile High City A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T HE

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Contents 12 CEO’S WELCOME Inclusiveness is good for economic growth

18 ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR BROADWAY IN AUSTIN For almost two decades, Broadway in Austin has been bringing high-quality productions to local theaters

23 SOLIDIFYING THE FOUNDATION OF THE AUSTIN DRAG COMMUNITY The Austin International Drag Foundation showcases the artistry of these shady ladies and gents

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GIVING TO THE CAUSE

SNAPS!

Volunteering is its own reward, say these AGLCC members

PROUD! Awards Gala, Corporate Responsibility Summit, honoring the memory of local activist Stephen Rice, and more

32 DIGGING DENVER With its natural and urban delights, a rich LGBT history makes Denver a great travel destination

62 AUSTIN’S FITTEST aGLIFF’s Ashley Marshall can row, row, row our boats anytime!

37 AGLCC MARKETPLACE Our directory of members you should support!

On the Cover IN LIVING COLOR Priscilla Hale at the helm of allgo, Austin’s community organization by and for queer people of color

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CEO's Welcome

EVOLUTION IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY

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cience states that evolution is a theory that continues to be supported by a growing body of evidence. Our planet is constantly changing and reforming itself. Recent studies in human biology have examined evidence of small-scale genetic changes between modern and historic human populations.

On a local scale, our LGBT community must continue to evolve. Our current political climate has allowed hatred and infighting to dominate public discourse, and allowed anti-LGBT legislation to flourish. This legislation is not only discriminatory to the LGBT community, it is simply bad for business. As a community, we must learn to evolve the way we approach political advocacy and fundraising – and each other. We must not marginalize members of our own rainbow family. Our progress regarding marriage equality and HIV care has lulled some of us into thinking the fight is over, when the fight for the rights of our transgender community, our queer people of color community and our community of women needs attention. Some people have used their bully pulpits to push their own agendas that ignore the larger picture of a community already at work on an array of social issues. And we know all about bullies. We must take great care that we are not pushing our own brothers and sisters to the sidelines, but instead lifting all of our family members. Fighting discrimination begins with ourselves – in our workplaces, our social settings and our communities. Some of the profiles in this issue underscore the hard work that the LGBT community undertakes every day to make our evolving planet that much better, but there is still much work to be done.

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Austin’s allgo goes all in for queer people of color BY LAUREN GRIBBLE

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all over austin, there are many ways to get involved with the city’s LBGT community — the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation, AIDS Services of Austin, the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a gay-straight alliance at a school… the list seems endless. One of the groups that belongs on that list but may not be as familiar as the ones we’ve already mentioned is an Austinbased group called allgo, which focuses on queer people of color (QPOC). Previously known as the Austin Latina/ Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization, allgo was founded in 1985 by LGBT Austinites who were motivated to address issues within the Latino and Latina community such as police brutality, racism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. Throughout its history, allgo also has promoted an overall sense of safety.

Although it’s based in Austin, allgo serves the whole state. In 2005, the organization changed its name to allgo — as a standalone name, not as an acronym — to embrace the organization’s updated mission of being a supportive place for QPOC. According to the organization’s executive director, Priscilla Hale, allgo is “a statewide queer people of color organization, and our work is centered around social justice, cultural arts and health and wellness, with a vision that creates a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities.” That can take the form of workshops, performances, and artist and community dialogue, as well as the organization’s artistin-residence program. Alongside fostering creativity, allgo focuses on health and wellness by

Priscilla Hale (director), Jae Lin (health and wellness Advocate), and Israel Badillo (health and wellness coordinator)

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“Many queer people of color move to Austin, and they quickly find it hard to build community, and allgo has played a critical role for folks to meet people.” Top: artist-in-residence Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs conducting workshop; Center: allgo Cabaret MC Foxxy Blue with one of allgo’s founders, Saul Gonzales; Right: artist-inresidence Tonya Lyles peforming at Drumtalk.

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Tim Eubanks of the City of Austin (Austin Healthy Adolescent Program) talking with Council Member Delia Garza at the allgo Health and Wellness Fair.

promoting breast care for women by offering free mammograms and breast exams, and information on HIV and AIDS prevention by providing safer-sex education and supplies. Lastly, allgo concentrates on social justice by holding a statewide People of Color Activist Summit that brings together 25 queer people of color activists from across Texas to develop social justice strategies. Hale says her organization “has been a critical space for folks to build community. Many QPOC folks move to Austin, and they quickly find it hard to build community, and allgo has played a critical role for folks to meet people and build community.” She goes on to describe allgo as a place where “queer and trans people of color can bring their entire selves and not have to compartmentalize their race and ethnicity from their sexuality and sexual orientation. Because our work is by, for and about QPOC folks, our work centers around these people, and that means that our programs focus on issues that are from the perspective of this community.” Ayana Flewellen, who attended a recent allgo event titled “An Evening of QPOC Self Care,” part of allgo’s “Let Talk!” series, says

she appreciated being in an environment with “such an amazing and healing dialogue.” That venue for dialogue, and the overall QPOC mission of allgo, is especially critical for transgender people who also are QPOC. “Trans people of color, particularly black trans women, face one of the most highly disproportionate rates of violent crime committed against them,” says Jae Lin, health and wellness advocate at allgo. “Another issue is that gender and transgender issues are still too binary and that many conversations still frame gender as a two-gender system, even though it exists on a spectrum.” Hale says allgo strives to be inclusive when it comes to those who are both transgender and queer people of color. “We work to ensure that trans folks are involved in the organization throughout, meaning we have folks who were born as trans — folks who are on our staff and [who are involved] in our programing. For example, if we have a program that is centered around trans folks, we make sure that their voice and leadership is at the forefront of that,” Hale says. For more information about allgo, visit allgo.org. FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR BROADWAY IN AUSTIN BY JOHN EGAN

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ou’d have to travel about 1,700 miles from Austin to New York City to catch a theatrical production on the one and only Broadway. Fortunately, you’d don’t have to hop on a plane or train to take in a Broadway show. Right here in Austin, you can see a number of Broadway productions every year. The 2017-18 season of Lexus Broadway in Austin takes a bow October 13. In advance of the upcoming season, The Agenda talked with Kathy Panoff, director and associate dean of Texas Performing Arts, who offered a sneak peek of what we can expect during the 2017-18 season.

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The Agenda (TA): Tell us briefly about the Lexus Broadway in Austin 201718 season and the shows you are most excited to have in the season lineup. Kathy Panoff (KP): The 2017-18 season is wonderful, and I am particularly looking forward to “The King and I,” and “School of Rock, the Musical” with 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The season also includes the “Rent” 20th Anniversary Tour and the Tony Award-winning production of George and Ira Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. TA: How many years have Texas Performing Arts and Bass Concert Hall been bringing Broadway to Austin? KP: For nearly two decades, beginning in 2000 with a production of “Sunset Boulevard.”

Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward and Kristen Hahn as Phoebe D’Ysquith in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”

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Jeremy Daniel, Tristam Kenton, Joan Marcus

Left: Christine Dwyer as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland; Top right: School of Rock Original London Cast; Bottom right: Candace Quarrels and Cody Jamison Strand in The Book of Mormon.

TA: If I have never attended a Broadway in Austin national tour production, what can I expect? KP: I’ve been in some version of show business for more than 30 years and I can say, without hesitation, the Broadway in Austin titles that Texas Performing Arts presents are the most current and have the highest-quality production values. TA: Briefly provide your background and why Texas Performing Arts is a perfect match for you. KP: As I mentioned, I’ve been in the arts on way or another for more than 30 years, and what attracted me to the field was the incredible scope and diversity of the responsibilities the field offers. No two days are alike, which is something I enjoy! I want to leave the arts landscape better than I found it; that keeps me motivated every day. TA: Is there anything else you would like to share about the 2017-18 Lexus Broadway in Austin season? KP: Since 1994, when “Lion King” premiered on Broadway, we are living in a new Golden Age of Broadway. Texas Performing Arts is honored to be a part of it and delighted to share it with our Austin audiences.

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SOLIDIFYING THE FOUNDATION OF THE DRAG COMMUNITY A Chat with the Austin International Drag Foundation’s Jamie Bancroft

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you Google “drag foundation,” you’ll find, among other things, a sub-Reddit on drag makeup essentials, drag makeup hacks and the history of drag racing – but only one drag foundation. The Austin International Drag Foundation, founded in 2014 by Jamie Bancroft, is the only organization in the world dedicated to the education, support and advancement of drag artists everywhere. With the third annual Austin International Drag Festival set for November 9-12, we wanted to catch up with Bancroft to chat about the organization and the significance of drag in Austin.

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2017 Austin International Drag Festival Headliners include (L-R): Sasha Velour, Spikey Van Dykey, Karen from Finance, Latrice Royale, Erika Klash. For full lineup, visit austindragfest.org.

The Agenda (TA): How did you start the foundation and festival? Jamie Bancroft (JB): The foundation really started out of the festival. I have a theater background and worked as a volunteer stage manager at South by Southwest for four years. I learned a lot about how to run a show, and I wanted to create a show that was big in scale and important for the community. TA: Why drag? JB: I thought, Who deserves a festival? I have so many friends that do drag. Drag artists give so much of themselves to the community – it’s time that we gave back to them as well. I wanted them to be seen by a lot of people, to get booked outside of the city or at a venue that’s more than just any night at a gay bar. But the foundation is more than a festival. I want to see drag performers seen as true artists, to be respected, to get more pay and better gigs. I want to see the art of drag elevated to the place it deserves. TA: Where do you see the foundation in 10 years? JB: We want to take what we’re learning with the festival and figure out how to get artists seen even more. I envision a worldwide clearinghouse where people can access tutorials, resources, scholarships, networking and more. It’s not just about drag, it’s about art and performance. I’d

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like to see a scholarship fund for drag artists that provides a way to [finance] productions. Eventually, I’d love to see agents and managers working under the foundation and supporting the work of local artists. No one is really doing this right now, and there is a definite need. TA: What projects are you currently working on? JB: Right now, we’re trying to develop the Drag Army. It’s basically a global database of volunteers to support the community and local artists. There will be stage managers, dancers, set designers, ticket takers and really any type of role that someone might need. We’re also being approached a lot by parents. We’d like to bring “Storytime with Drag Queens” to Austin. We’re working with The Thinkery and would like to work with public libraries as well. I’ve heard nothing but good things [about similar programs elsewhere]. TA: Do you have any personal heroes or people who had a significant influence on your current work? JB: There are so many incredible, creative people that I’ve met throughout the years. Certainly the entire drag community, my teachers in high school, and my theatre professors at St. Edward’s University – they encouraged us to think outside of box and


David Ayllon, Virgina Hughes, Rachel Mia, The Drag Photographer, Alex Ponce

follow our own ideas. meet each other in person and perform TA: So you’ve talked about grassroots and then book each other, and it’s so cool efforts and ways to support local artists, to see that actually happening. and it sounds like you’re really talking TA: What keeps you going? about building power among a group JB: Working on the festival is incredibly that historically hasn’t had stressful. The first year, it much. Can you talk a little was all me. There were “Drag artists have about this? always been there in times when I wasn’t sure JB: Yeah, it’s almost like solidarity with the if I would make it. Now, unionizing in a way. Can we’re not alone anymore LGBT community. you imagine a union of – we have a board, active At Stonewall, local drag artists? I don’t volunteers, and nearly know if that could happen. 200 artists and 2,000 they stood up and But if it did, they could go really helped spark people involved in the into a club and demand a festival at some level. We a revolution.” price versus a club loware the world’s first and balling them. Artists spend only 501(c)(3) nonprofit so much more than they organization dedicated to make. the advancement of drag The drag community artists. can also be a little I’m also always looking splintered at times, and ahead. I can see where we we want to use the festival are and where we could be. as a way to bring people Despite all the obstacles, together. People leave the I absolutely refuse to festival happy and inspired, fail. There a lot of people and they take that energy invested in this – looking Jamie Bancroft, founder, Austin with them – ready to take up to me and wanting this International Drag Foundation on the world when they get to happen. I’m motivated home. I get a lot of emails by them. saying, “Thank you for doing this. I was I work 40 hours per week in my day job, ready to give up, and this festival lit a fire and then 40-plus hours on the festival. I’m under me.” I really wanted to see people not getting paid for this. I’ve invested a lot FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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of my own money, actually. I’ve taken out two loans from my family, cashed out on my life insurance and retirement plans. I’m not going anywhere. TA: What would the world be like without drag? JB: We’d be missing an incredibly important part of the arts community. What other group of artists is so multifaceted? They are actors, performers, designers, makeup artists and so much more. We’d also be missing important pillars of activism. Drag artists have always been there in solidarity with the LGBT community. They were at Stonewall, and they stood up against the tyranny of police in New York City and really helped spark a revolution. I can’t possibly imagine a community without drag artists. TA: What would you say to someone who has never seen a drag performance? JB: I would say to take the risk because it’s gonna be worth it. You’re gonna have your mind blown. You’re gonna come out of it with an open mind with regard to drag, LGBT and transgender issues. Through the appreciation of drag, you’re appreciating the art, but you’re also appreciating the human being behind the art. Nobody has been disappointed.

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We want people to leave appreciating the art form of drag in general. People don’t realize how much effort goes into the art form, or they don’t realize the diversity within the community. A lot of people have never seen a drag king, for example. A lot of eyes are opened at the festival. It’s not like seeing a show while you happen to be at a bar. This is the main event. TA: How can people support the work of the foundation? JB: We would love to see more committed volunteers, especially on the back end. We need people with expertise in marketing, public relations, sponsorships, etcetera. We’d love to get students more involved, and I’d love to see more people turn up for our fundraisers. More importantly, we want people to support their local drag artists. Don’t just sit at home and watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Go to the bar and tip your local artist. If you can’t tip, then give them a hug and tell them you appreciate their work. We can’t forget about the arts community. It’s easy to donate to a million other causes, but without the arts, the entire community suffers, especially now, when public funding for the arts is being threatened.

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Festivalgoers attending the 2015 Austin International Drag Festival at The North Door.


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Giving to the Cause Member Passions Beyond the 9-to-5 BY JAMIN BICKEL

outside their work lives, many LBGT and LGBT-allied leaders in the Austin area are passionate about a rainbow of causes and interests. The Agenda chatted with four of them to find out what makes them tick. Jamin Bickel (JB): Tell me about your passion outside your day job. What organization or cause do you support either financially or through volunteerism, or both? Amy E. Ford, New York Life Insurance agent: My passion outside my day job is children — specifically children in, or who were in, the foster system. As an adoptive mother of three, my children are mine by the luck of the draw. I want to do as much as I can for those who still wait for a forever family. I am also organizing a hair-a-thon in August for kids in foster care before they go back to school. Children can have their hair cut or styled for free by a licensed stylist or barber. Since there are a disproportionate number of African American children in the foster system, kiddos are often placed in the homes of people of a different race. A Caucasian or Hispanic foster or adoptive parent might not know how to care for

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or style a child’s hair or where to even go for help. By bringing African American stylists and barbers together with children of color in need, we provide a life-changing experience to families. Kids who look good feel good. And when we feel good, we do good things! Many thanks to the owner of T & J Hair Designs in Pflugerville for donating the space and time of six stylists and two barbers. Our goal is to impact 100 children. Also thanks to Adoption Advocates Inc. for coordinating with me. Kelly Dwyer, attorney specializing in business law and estate planning: I am a longtime volunteer with the Austin Animal Center [operated by the City of Austin], and I am the current chair and co-founder of the Austin Bar Association Animal Law Section. Dylan Paschall, who does business development for we.moxie: My passion outside of my regular 9-to-5 is to support those living with HIV/AIDS in our community. I am honored that I get to live my passion through my service as a volunteer head committee member for the Octopus Club, and the fundraising I have done for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS and AIDS Walk Austin.


Michael Crumrine, detective with the Austin Police Department: I am president of the Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association in Austin, the first and only fraternal police association in Texas for people who identify as LGBTQ+. JB: How has your involvement helped your chosen cause or organization? What positive outcomes have they experienced because of your involvement? Amy E. Ford: I work with Partnerships for Children to provide children in the foster system with the things that make childhood seem normal when it hasn’t really been thus far, such as backpacks, shoes, hair products and school supplies. Kelly Dwyer: At the Austin Animal Center, I do everything from community outreach, to walking small and large dogs and working with onetime dog walking groups from the public, to fostering dogs and cats in need. I have also adopted several dogs and cats from the Austin Animal Center. My work there helps educate the community about the many resources the Austin Animal Center has to offer them and their companion animals, and my direct work with the animals allows me to give them comfort, love, exercise and socialization,

“WE ARE A VOICE FOR MEMBERS WHO IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ+. WE HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT CHANGE IN OUR DEPARTMENT AND IN THE COMMUNITY.” –Michael Crumrine, Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association

“AT THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER, I DO EVERYTHING FROM COMMUNITY OUTREACH, TO WALKING DOGS, TO FOSTERING DOGS AND CATS IN NEED.” –Kelly Dwyer, attorney

“MY PASSION OUTSIDE OF MY REGULAR 9-TO-5 IS TO SUPPORT THOSE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY.” –Dylan Paschall, we.moxie

as well as getting them out of their kennels to do their “business.” I also help match pets with their forever homes, which not only is great for the pets and adopters, but also for the shelter and other homeless animals entering the shelter system who can then move into the kennel the adopted animal was in. I also am co-founder of the Austin Bar Association’s Animal Law Section. The Animal Law Section was organized so Austin Bar Association members who are interested in animal law — which is part of nearly every legal practice — can work together to provide educational and community service opportunities. The Animal Law Section also serves as a vehicle for providing information with the Austin legal community on legislation, regulations and case law affecting animals. Dylan Paschall: The Octopus Club has benefited from my involvement through increased awareness of assistance for those living with HIV/ AIDS. I have assisted in founding INK, which is a fundraising branch of the Octopus Club that is geared toward a younger audience. In addition, I have helped organize events for the Octopus Club that bolster our fundraising efforts. Michael Crumrine: The Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association has FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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been a voice for our members who identify as LGBTQ+ and our members who are our allies. In that capacity, we have brought about change in our department and in the community. We created an “It Gets Better Video” that has gone viral and touched lives all over the world, showing everyone that even in Texas it does get better and bullying will not be tolerated. We are fighting for and getting changes made to our city health care benefits so all transgender employees of the city have inclusive benefits. We hosted the Matthew Shepard Foundation Hate Crimes Summit, which helped inspire the city’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission. We march every year in uniform in the Pride Parade. JB: Who have you involved in your quest to make a positive impact? Amy E. Ford: Everybody. For the hair-athon, I have enlisted the help of not only my daughters, but their Girl Scout troops as well. For Partnerships for Children, I have my colleagues from New York Life Insurance volunteer their time with me to unpack and sort donations. I am on the planning committee for the Girls & Giving, a fundraiser for partnerships where New York Life will host a table. So I bring along my work and my family. Kelly Dwyer: Anyone who will listen to me and loves animals! Dylan Paschall: I try to involve anyone I come into contact with — friends, family and my professional network have all

assisted either financially or through their volunteerism. Lew Aldridge, founder of the Octopus Club, deserves a great deal of recognition, though, because he has served as a mentor for me in our efforts to make a positive impact. JB: What would you want people to know about your cause or organization and how to help you support your efforts in helping them achieve their goals? Amy E. Ford: There are 500,000 children in the foster system waiting for a family. The State of Texas, or any state, makes a horrible parent. You don’t have to adopt or even foster a child to make an impact on their life. These kiddos deserve to know Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, have their hair styled or go back-toschool shopping. Please remember them. Volunteer to collect or sort clothes, shoes, toys, prom dresses, hair products and so on with Partnerships for Children. Come to the Girls & Giving event in September. Donate a toy. Just do it! Kelly Dwyer: If you volunteer at a local animal shelter, you will not take all of the animals’ home. If you foster animals for a local shelter, you will not want to keep them all. If you volunteer at an animal shelter, you will not be too sad to help. I hear these excuses every day and, frankly, those are BS excuses to exempt yourself from helping and caring. Volunteering at the Austin Animal Center is one of the most fulfilling roles “YOU DON’T HAVE TO ADOPT OR EVEN FOSTER A CHILD TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THEIR LIFE. I HAVE ENLISTED THE HELP NOT ONLY OF MY DAUGHTERS, BUT THEIR GIRL SCOUT TROOPS AS WELL.” –Amy Ford, New York Life Insurance Amy Ford (second from right) with wife Kim and daughters (L-R) Morgan, Madison, and McKenzie.

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Michael Crumrine (far right) and The Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association hosted the Matthew Shepard Foundation Hate Crimes Summit in 2016, which helped inspire Austin’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission. The LGPOA getting ready to march in the Pride Parade.

I have in my life. I get dirty, sweaty and stinky every time I volunteer there, but I never leave without making a difference in the lives of several animals in the midst of perhaps the most traumatic period of their lives. For example, yesterday I worked with small dogs at the Austin Animal Center and got most of the small dogs in our care out of their kennels for their first bathroom and exercise break of the day. I also had time to spend with a few of those dogs who were very shy or struggling with their transition to shelter life. For me, there is no greater fulfillment than making a difference in the lives of animals in need. Every animal lover should spend some time helping homeless animals — they do way more for me than I can ever do for them! For the Austin Bar Association’s Animal Law Section, I would want people to know that we exist and that local lawyers have a resource for education on animal law issues

as well as opportunities to do some serious good and volunteer with the animal welfare community. Lawyers in our community do a tremendous amount of volunteer work, but most folks aren’t aware of that. Dylan Paschall: This year more than ever, we need support. The federal government has cut millions of dollars from HIV/ AIDS research and awareness campaigns. In addition, we are continuing to see reductions in the amount of funding available to sustain the lives of HIV/ AIDS patients. If someone is not able to financially assist us, we warmly welcome assistance in promoting our organizations events or in volunteering. Michael Crumrine: I sincerely hope that our work will help bring people together so they treat each and every member of the LGBTQ+ community with dignity, respect and compassion. I hope we can get to a place where we don’t look at humans any differently or deny them any liberty and their pursuit of happiness. FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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DIGGING DENVER Feeling the High of the Mile High City BY JOHN EGAN

denver, the mile high city, enjoys a rich and rainbow-hued LGBT history. Back in 1975, Denver hosted its first official Pride parade. That came two years after the Gay Coalition of Denver worked with the Denver City Council to abolish anti-gay laws. Later, in 1990, Denver became one of the first cities in the country to adopt an anti-discrimination policy for gays and lesbians. This decade has seen even greater strides: In 2013, Colorado recognized

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same-sex unions, followed by legalization of same-sex marriage a year later. Against that backdrop, Denver is not only an LGBT-friendly place to live and work, but an LGBT-friendly place to visit. Denver gets overshadowed as a gay travel mecca by destinations like New York and San Francisco, but the Mile High City deserves a hard look by LGBT tourists. Here are just eight reasons why you should consider putting Denver on your LGBT travel itinerary.


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Transportation is a breeze with the free shuttle along the 16th Street Mall, a pleasant stretch of bars, restaurants and shopping in the heart of downtown.

VISIT DENVER, VISIT DENVER

1. THE WEATHER Certainly, Denver can fluctuate from one seasonal extreme to another, with snowstorms in the winter and scorching heat in the summer. Yet many of the other days are pleasant, although the “300 days of sunshine a year” slogan has been debunked as a myth. 2. THE MOUNTAINS No matter whether you’re an L, G, B or T, a visit to Denver enables you to transform into a snow bunny. A number of LGBT-welcoming ski resorts are within a reasonable drive of Denver. Most notably, Aspen -- about 3½ hours southwest of Denver by car -- hosts Gay Ski Week every January. 3. THE MARIJUANA If you’re a pot aficionado, Denver is the place for you.

Since late 2012, it’s been legal in Colorado for adults – even if you don’t live in Colorado – to buy and possess up to 1 ounce or retail marijuana at a time. Fun fact: Denver has more marijuana shops than Starbucks shops. Keep in mind that it’s illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase marijuana at licensed stores and illegal for anyone to smoke pot in public. And don’t even think about trying to bring Colorado weed home with you; it’s against the law to transport it to other states. FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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gay getaway Beautiful day at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Wellknown, geologically formed amphitheater in Red Rocks Park showcasing celebrated music artists.

A hiking trail in the mountains of Colorado.

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gay getaway 4. THE SELF-GUIDED TOUR The free GeoTourist app – available for Apple and Android devices – allows visitors to take a self-guided audio tour about Denver’s LGBT history. Created by AARP Colorado and the GLBT Community Center, the GPS-led app guides you through Denver’s wellknown LGBT spots in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and along Colfax Avenue. Among stops on the tour are Cheesman Park; Charlie’s, home of the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association; and Smiley’s Laundromat, a community landmark. 5. THE TRANSPORTATION The Denver area’s bus and rail system makes getting around much easier for tourists. Particularly noteworthy is the free shuttle service throughout Denver’s bustling 16th Street pedestrian mall, lined with shops, bars and restaurants.

Denver’s 303 magazine declares these are the city’s 11 “essential” gay bars: Denver Wrangler, X Bar, Tracks, Charlie’s, Compound Basix, Trade, Blush & Blu, Hamburger Mary’s, Li’l Devils Lounge, Boyztown and R&R Lounge.

Facing page: VISIT DENVER, VISIT DENVER; Chad Chisholm and VISIT DENVER

6. THE AMPHITHEATRE Red Rocks Amphitheatre, about 15 miles west of Denver, is billed as the world’s only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre. Among the performers who’ve graced the stage are the Beatles, Sting and U2. The 9,525-seat amphitheatre is situated within the stunning, vibrant setting of the 738-acre Red Rocks Park. 7. THE SPORTS Denver offers a rock-solid lineup of professionals sports. The city is home to the Denver Broncos (football), Denver Nuggets (basketball), Colorado Rockies (baseball), Colorado Avalanche (hockey), Colorado Rapids (soccer), Denver Outlaws (lacrosse), Denver Barbarians (rugby) and Colorado Mammoth (lacrosse). 8. THE NIGHTLIFE As noted by the Urbanist website, the gay bar scene in Denver appeals to drag queens, cowboys, bears and fetishists. In other words, there’s something for pretty much everyone.

512.222.1267 /amy@acookcpa.com www.acookcpa.com 7908 Cameron Rd. Austin, TX 78754

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AUSTI N G AY & LESBI AN

M EM BE RSH IP DIR E C T O RY

MARKETPLACE

Let’s Get Business Transacted

The AGLCC Marketplace is your handy guide to supporting LBGT-owned and allied Austin area businesses. HOW TO JOIN Visit aglcc.org and click the Become A Member button to learn more about membership levels and sign up online. CATEGORIE S Civic......................37 Design/Media ........41 Entertainment........41 Financial ...............42 Food/Dining...........43 Health/Fitness .......44 Insurance ..............47 K EY = Titanium Sponsor = Platinum Sponsor

Legal ....................47 Lodging.................48 Pets ......................49 Real Estate ............49 Retail/Fashion........49 Services ................50 Travel ....................50 = Gold Sponsor = Silver Sponsor = Bronze Sponsor

CIVIC

A*FAB All-volunteer non-profit on a mission to assist fellow nonprofits. afabaustin.com. ACC GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE Making the entire

Austin Community College district safe and welcoming for all students regardless of orientation or identity. 254-338-5688, fb.com/accgsa. AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN Enhancing the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS. 7215 Cameron, 512458-2437, asaustin.org. AISD COMMUNICATIONS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Austin Independent School

District department links employees, parents, families, and the community. 512-414-9832, austinisd.org. ALLGO Statewide resource for LGBTQ people of color and allies, working toward collective liberation. 512-472-2001, allgo.org. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Nationwide,

community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer. 11000 N. MoPac, 512-919-1872, cancer.org. AMERICAN MILITARY PARTNER ASSOCIATION

Drop and give us 20 (hugs for partners and spouses of LGBTQ service personnel and vets). Ten hut! 202-695-AMPA, militarypartners.org. THE ARC OF TEXAS The Arc of Texas promotes, protects and advocates for the human rights and self-determination of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 512-454-6694, www.thearcoftexas.org.

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MARKETPLACE AUSTIN ART IN PUBLIC PLACES Local and

AUSTIN ROUNDUP Presents an annual conference

national artists imbue Austin into cultural landmarks. austintexas.gov/department/art-inpublic-places.

to promote sobriety and fellowship in the LGBTQIATX. austinroundup.com. BIGAUSTIN Non-profit organization dedicated to

AUSTIN BLACK PRIDE Creating multicultural

opportunities that educate, inspire, improve and celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ people of color through social service programs, advocacy, supportive partnerships and relationship building. www.austinblackpride.com. AUSTIN/CENTRAL TEXAS ANNUAL AIDS CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL SERVICE

providing comprehensive training services, oneon-one assistance, and loans to individuals who want to achieve self-sufficiency by starting their own small business. 512-928-8010, bigaustin.org. BOBCAT PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP FUND Support and community for LGBTQ Texas Staters. Go, Bobcats! bobcatpridescholarship.com.

Oldest & continuous AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service Event in Texas. ozparade@aol.com.

CAPITAL METRO Get around with Austin’s public

AUSTIN GAMBLERS BOWLING LEAGUE Austin’s

CARE COMMUNITIES Caring for those living

GLBT bowling league. fb.com/austin.g.league. AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Austin’s colorful rainbow umbrella

for gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses. 512761-LGBT, info@aglcc.org, aglcc.org. AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL Founded

in 1987 and still going strong, celebrating the best in LGBTQ cinema. 512-302-9889, agliff.org.

transportation hub. 512-474-1200, capmetro.org. with HIV/AIDS and cancer. 512-459-5883, thecarecommunities.org. CLASSIC CHASSIS CAR CLUB AUSTIN Classic car enthusiasts show off their classy chassis. classicchassis.org/austin. EQUALITY TEXAS The front lobbying line looking out for LGBTQ rights at the Texas Lege. 512-4745475, equalitytexas.org.

Austin + Pride You = The LGBTQ community’s biggest party, fest, and parade of the year. 512468-8113, austinpride.org.

FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Dedicated to an ever more inclusive and relevant Church via reform and reconciliation. 1314 E. Oltorf, 512444-1314 faithpresaustin.org.

AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN SENIOR SERVICES

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AUSTIN

AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN PRIDE FOUNDATION

Working to ensure everyone’s golden years are rainbow hued. 512-628-1694, aglss.org. AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL DRAG FOUNDATION, INC. A diverse group of artists and advocates

offering exposure and support for the drag artist community. 512-850-6707, fb.com/ austindragfest 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 Standing in solidarity with the thin LGBT blue line. 512-474-6993, austinpolice.com. AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT To be respected

and trusted by all segments of Austin’s diverse communities. austintexas.gov/department/police.

Because we believe that every human being is a beloved child of God, on a journey to God, with God, we welcome ALL persons, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, to attend, join, and participate fully in the life of this church! 1201 Lavaca St., 512478-5684, fumcaustin.org. FREEDHEARTS Support and encouragement for Christian parents, family and friends of LGBTQ, and to Christian LGBTQ. 602-418-9088, freedhearts@gmail.com, freedhearts.com. GATHERING PLACE WORSHIP CENTER Biblebelieving, Christ-centered, spirit-filled church. 7801 N Lamar, 512-323-9501, gpwcaustin.org. GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE WARRIORS Promoting

education, equality, and acceptance, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, at Texas A&M University - Central Texas and within the community. gsawtamuct.weebly.com. GIRLS ROCK AUSTIN Nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls and women of all backgrounds and abilities through musical education and performance. girlsrock@girlsrockaustin.org, girlsrockaustin.org.

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AGLCC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY UT AUSTIN - GBSA THE GLBTQA BUSINESS STUDENT ASSOCIATION Professional

organization providing GLBTQA students with networking opportunities through corporate interaction and community-building events. utexas.collegiatelink.net/organization/texasgbsa. GLSEN AUSTIN We believe that all students

deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow. glsen.org. THE HANDSOME FATHER A community for gay dads and gay dads-to-be. 512-565-0506, brian.stephens@thehandsomefather.org, thehandsomefather.org. HILL COUNTRY RIDE FOR AIDS Ride your bike; help fight AIDS. Raise funds in this late-April charity ride for non-profits fighting the good fight. 512-371-7433, hillcountryride.org. HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN A High Performing Housing Authority that assists more than 18,000 Austinites. hacaapply.org. HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN – AUSTIN Steering

committee of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. hrc.org/states/texas. GREATER AUSTIN BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Greater Austin Black Chamber

LEGALIZE HUMAN Envisioning a society where people are equal in all aspects of life. 512-659-6617, legalize.human@gmail.com, fb.com/legalize.human. LESBIAN & GAY PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

Supporting LGBT sworn, civilian, and retired members of the Austin Police Department by providing a voice for equality and breaking negative stereotypes through education. LGPOAaustin@gmail.com, lgpoa-austin.org. LESBIANS WHO TECH Community of Queer women in and around tech (and the people who love them). lesbianswhotech.org. LIFE IN THE CITY SERVICE AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH The lights, the singing, the

dancing: the music of Broadway fills us up when we didn’t even know we were empty. There is something deeply spiritual about how Broadway makes us feel. 512-478-5684, contact@ fumcaustin.org. THE MANKIND PROJECT Personal growth and

transformation non-profit that helps all men break through barriers that may be preventing them from reaching their goals (whether personal, relationship, or career). 512-374-9688, mankindpride.org.

of Commerce (GABC) inspires, develops, and promotes Black economic success in the Greater Austin area. 512-459-1181, austinbcc.org.

THE OCTOPUS CLUB Raising the big bucks through fab parties for AIDS Services of Austin. octopusclub.org.

GREATER AUSTIN HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Established in 1973, the GAHCC’s

OUT YOUTH Support, programming, and drop-in

primary goal is to continue the advancement and progression of a strong and stable economic culture for Hispanic Businesses. 512-476-7502, gahcc.org. JEWISH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION OF AUSTIN

Enhancing Jewish life in Austin and around the world through community, philanthropy, education, social service, culture, spirituality, and total wellness. 7300 Hart Lane, shalomaustin.org. KESHET AUSTIN Keshet Austin is a social

group for LGBTQ Jews, their allies and families that organizes programs to integrate Jewish life, learning and spirituality into our unique community. shalomaustin.org/keshet.

center for LGBTQ (or questioning) kids. 909 E. 49 1/2, 512-419-1233, out@outyouth.org, outyouth.org. OUTSIDER FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL A multi-arts LGBTQIA festival championing provocative, overlooked, and out-of-the-box film, performances, music, writing, and visual art. 831-332-0878, OUTsiderfest.org PFLAG AUSTIN Support, advocacy, acceptance, and

love in the form of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (in other words: Angels). 512-302-3524, PFLAGAustin.org.

KNOW WHERE THE LOVE IS LGBTQ FAMILY PLANNING DIRECTORY List your business or find

PRIME TIMERS AUSTIN Social organization providing mature gay and bisexual men opportunities to enrich their lives and build friendships in a safe and supportive environment. info@austinptww.org, austinptww.org.

LGBT friendly family planning providers in our online directory. KnowWhereTheLoveIs.com.

PROJECT TRANSITIONS Serving Austin’s

LEAP TO SUCCESS Provides pro bono project

work for Austin area non-profit organizations from the members of Launch Pad Job Club, professionals seeking employment. 512-7390214, shannon.mantrom@leaptosuccessatx.org, leaptosuccessatx.org.

HIV/AIDS community through hospice, housing, compassion, and care. 512-454-8646, projecttransitions.org. RECOVERY ALLIANCE OF AUSTIN Unifying the

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MARKETPLACE SAN ANTONIO LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR LEADERSHIP Positively

Where LGBT and LGBT-friendly biz concerns in SA meet. sagaychamber.com.

influencing and empowering women of the LGBTQ community and their allies through community education, career development, advancing leadership skills, and providing networking opportunities in a professional environment. waltexas.org.

SAN MARCOS PRIDE FESTIVAL San Marcos gay

pride parade and festival. fb.com/SMTX.PRIDE. SANGHALINK Online connection and support for

LGBTQ high school students. sanghalink.org. START OUT Dedicated to creating great business

leaders through supporting LGBT entrepreneurs. startout.org. STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF AUSTIN The Austin affiliate of the National Stonewall Democratic Federation. stonewallaustin.org. TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF TEXAS

TRS is the largest public retirement system in Texas, serving more than 1.4 million people. 1000 Red River St, ashley.inman@trs.texas.gov. TEAM PROHOMO The beasts behind the weekly

Queer Ride and other most excellent Austin adventures. teamprohomo.org. TEXAS ADVOCACY PROJECT Free legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 800-374-4673, texasadvocacyproject.org. TEXAS EXES LGBT ALUMNI NETWORK The

Texas Exes LGBT Alumni Network facilitates community between LGBT University of Texas students, alumni, and friends. 512-471-8839, lgbtnetwork@texasexes.org. TRANSGENDER EDUCATION NETWORK OF TEXAS

Educating the State of Texas about gender diversity. 877-532-6789, info@transtexas.org, transtexas.org. THE UNITED COURT OF AUSTIN, INC. Providing

support to LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, and other service groups. Affiliated with the International Imperial Court System of drag divinity. unitedcourtofaustin.org.

97.5 PRIDE RADIO The pulse of LGBT Austin. 512-684-7300, 975pride.iheart.com. ALLIED PRINTING & MAILING/KELLY GRAPHICS

We are a full service print shop with in-house bindery and mailing. 512-970-6908, kellygr.com. ART DIVA CREATIVE Specializing in print and web graphic design for small businesses, non-profits, and special events. 512-934-8088, artdivacreative. com. BARTON WILDER CUSTOM IMAGES, INC. A happy marriage of talent. We are life AND business partners who will cover all of your media requirements: photography, videography and writing. 512-288-7711, bartonwilder.com. BLACKBUCK MARKETING We create positive

change through the design of print materials, digital media and strategic planning for our clients. 512-888-3634, blackbuckmarketing.com. CELEBRATE AUSTIN Produces quality publications that provide useful information to our readers and benefit our advertisers by helping them grow their businesses. judy@ celebrateaustin.com. COLLIER STREET CREATIVE Freelance writer

and editor Paige Schilt thrives on helping people and organizations tell their stories. collierstreetcreative.com. COMPLETE WEB RESOURCES Digital

UNIVERSITY BAPTIST CHURCH Come worship

marketing consultancy and web design firm. completewebresources.com.

with “Austin’s progressive voice of faith.” 2130 Guadalupe, 512-478-8559, ubcaustin.org.

ENVIROMEDIA Headquartered in Austin,

all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. 512-232-1831, gsc@austin.utexas.edu, UTGSC.org.

EnviroMedia provides sustainability and health communications. Areas of focus include air, water, energy, waste, health, and alternative transportation. Certifications include: NGLCC Business Enterprise, B Corp, 1% for the Planet, GSA Contract Holder, CDC BPA. 2021 E. Fifth, enviromedia.com.

WEIRD CITY SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE Austin mission of the Sisters

INKSANITY Crazy good printing at crazy good prices, with a personal touch. inksanity.net.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN GENDER AND SEXUALITY CENTER Provides opportunities for

of Perpetual Indulgence, revolutionary nuns dedicated to the promulgation of omniversal joy and expiation of stigmatic guilt. weirdcitysisters.org.

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AGLCC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY JANA BIRCHUM PHOTO & VIDEO Professional photographer and video producer specializing in visual storytelling for the web. 512-297-7821, janab@janabirchum.com.

THEREPUBLIQ Your complete resource for

JEVIN STUDIOS LLC has a proven history of

TRIAZ DIGITAL PRINTING Your one-stop shop for printing, design, and direct mail marketing needs. 512-491-7000, triazprinting.com.

providing fresh, contemporary graphic design and video production packages for all media. Award-winning design and video production. trey@jevinstudios.com, jevinstudios.com. OUTCAST, KOOP 91.7 FM Tune your FM to

91.7 every Tuesday at 6pm. info@outcast.com, outcastaustin.com. PIXELFORGE A group of creative people joins

here for making their ideas come to life. ksanten@pixelforge.us. POSTNET – FAR WEST Accessible and friendly

shop for all your printing needs. 3571 Far West, 512-231-1321, postnet.com/austin-tx157. POWER OF TWO PROMOTIONS Your promotional

product concierge, putting YOUR logo on stuff: business gifts, printing, screen printing, embroidered apparel, and promotional products (swag). 512-872-5000, Buy.PTwoPromo.com. RAINBOW SPECTRUM MEDIA Screen printing

and embroidery of t-shirts, polo shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, bags, and accessories. 512-762-3794, rsm-apparel.com. RAZZBERRY MARKETING A full-service

marketing and PR agency dedicated to supporting the growth of Austin businesses. Marketing solutions. Delivered. 512-829-8415, razzberrymarketing.com. SITE STREET From the ABCs of SEO to crossing the Ts and dotting the Is of your web presence. 3009 N. Lamar Ste. 3, 512-832-8383, sitestreet.com. SOUND QUALITY INC. Full service audio

recording and design studio. 512-924-2037. SPEEDPRO IMAGING NORTH AUSTIN Your partner for quality and extreme-resolution printed media. 512-990-1400, speedproaustin. com. STANDARD BEAGLE STUDIO Digital agency

that specializes in the design and development of user-focused websites, apps, and software. 100% of our work is done in the USA. info@ standardbeagle.com, standardbeagle.com. STATESMAN MEDIA With over a century of

experience, Statesman Media knows local. We’ll take your business to the next level with traditional and digital marketing solutions. 512-445-3507, steven.collins@coxinc.com, statesmanmedia.com.

LGBTQ life in Austin, because we are much more than pride parades and rainbow flags. therepubliq.com.

ENTERTAINMENT AUSTIN CHAMBER MUSIC CENTER Expanding appreciation of chamber music one intimate performance at a time. 3814 Medical Pkwy, 512454-0026, austinchambermusic.org. AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The high art part of the Live Music Capital of the Planet and its oldest performing group (since 1911). austinsymphony.org. BOUT TIME 2 Gay Bar in Austin, Texas. We are a dance club that happens to have a great happy hour following. Our diverse crowd loves a good party and we give it to them. 6607 N. IH-35, bouttime2.com. BROADWAY IN AUSTIN Presented by the University of Texas at Austin Texas Performing Arts. austin.broadway.com. CAPITAL CITY MENS CHORUS Austin Texas’ premier men’s chorus for over a quarter century. 512-477-SING, ccmcaustin.org. CHEER UP CHARLIES LGBTQIA & friends

hangout space featuring live music, queer comedy, talent shows, karaoke, drag shows, happy hours and DJ dance parties! Local kombucha, artisan poptails and fresh-pressed juice cocktails. Queer/female-owned. 900 Red River, cheerupcharlies.com. CORAZÓN TANGUERO Tango classes, workshops,

events, milonga (social dance parties), and performance. argentinetangoaustin@gmail.com, corazontanguero.com. DRINK SLINGERS TABC certified event bartenders for hire in Austin, Texas. drinkslingersatx.com. HIGHLAND Austin’s premier gay lounge and nightclub located in the heart of downtown. 404 Colorado, highlandlounge.com. THE IRON BEAR When the teddy bears leave the picnic, they hit up this favorite party spot. 121 W. Eighth, theironbear.com. LESBUTANTE AND THE BOSS Social events

for women. lesbutanteandtheboss@gmail.com, lesbutanteandtheboss.blogspot.com. FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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MARKETPLACE THE LONG CENTER The capital city’s performance art hub and home of Austin’s creative community. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

CRUNCH TAX SERVICES Bookkeeping, consulting, tax preparation and planning for individuals and businesses. 512-937-2776, service@crunchtax. com, crunchtax.com.

OILCAN HARRY’S Made Fourth Street what it is today– the beating heart of Austin’s gay district. 211 W. Fourth, 512-320-8823, oilcanharrys.com.

DELMAR FINANCIAL COMPANY We specialize in a variety of home mortgages, including conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, jumbo and other special loan options. smuncy@delmarfinancial. com, delmarfinancial.com.

RANCH AUSTIN WEDDING VENUE Premier wedding and events venue located in southwest Austin. 10313 Circle Dr., info@ranchaustin.com, ranchaustin.com. RAIN ON 4TH One of the mighty cornerstones of Austin’s gay warehouse district. 217 W. Fourth, 512-494-1150, rainon4th.com. SELLERS UNDERGROUND An underground

cocktail lounge in the Warehouse District. 213 W. Fourth, 512-215-9491. SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE The deeply

EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS – STEPHANIE EMORY A personal approach to investing and

financial planning to help you reach your longterm financial goals. 512-442-5321, stephanie. emory@edwardjones.com. MASSMUTUAL SOUTHWEST Chase Kincannon is a Chartered Financial Consultant as well as a Certified Life Underwriter offering a wide variety of insurance and financial services. Member and advocate of the GLBT community. 512-527-0671, ckincannon@financialguide.com.

highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member. 617-315-8942, shit-facedshakespeare. com.

NRL MORTGAGE Nations Reliable Lending

SPLASH DAYS Music and dance event benefiting the LGBT community. splashdays.com.

OVATION FINANCIAL SERVICES OFS manages loan origination, servicing, and default mitigation of tax lien assets owned by affiliated LP investment funds. ovationservicing.com.

FINANCIAL ACTION PAWN Cash loans on anything of value!

Great values on jewelry, tools, electronics and more! 1005-A S. Mays in Round Rock and 805 E. Rundberg Ln., actionpawnshops.com. AMY COOK, CPA LGBT certified financial, accounting and tax practice working with individuals and businesses. amy@acookcpa.com, acookcpa.com. BB&T WEALTH DIVISION Specializing in a holistic, objective approach to wealth management. 512-676-5564, lleaverton@bbandt. com, achavira@bbandt.com. BITTEL BOOKS & TAXES From small business accounting to individual tax and everything in between. 816-301-4538, hello@bittelbooks.com, bittelbooks.com.

is a national residential mortgage company headquartered out of Houston. terri.martin@ nrlmortgage.

ELLEN R. SHAFFER, CPA, LLC Ellen R Shaffer, MBA, CPA, CISA specializes in Internal Auditing for Small and Medium Sized Businesses. She is also knowledgeable in Taxation and Accounting/ Bookkeeping and practices in these venues. ellen. internal.auditor@gmail.com, ellensauditservices. com. WELLS FARGO ADVISORS, LLC A study in 2013 found that 86% of LGBT consumers feel they need financial education. Help me lower that statistic!! I earned my Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor certification to better serve our unique community with our unique challenges. 9442 N. Capital of Tx Hwy. Plaza One Ste. 700, 512-338-8038. WORTHPOINTE LLC – KERMIT JOHNS RFC

Financial planning and wealth management. 512-934-7001, kermit.johns@wpwm.com, worthpointeinvest.com.

CFO SERVICES GROUP We are a boutique

managerial accounting firm, relieving the burdens of small businesses. We provide a onestop full-service accounting department for your small business. cfoservicesgroup.com, mcosme@ cfoservicesgroup.com.

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FOOD/DINING ABUELO’S The Abuelo’s story is simple.

Extraordinary flavor, impeccable service and memorable experiences – plus every day value. 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512-306-0857.


AGLCC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ALCOMAR Mexican Seafood by Chef Alma

Alcocer-Thomas & Chef Jeff Martinez. 1816 S. First, 512-404-3161. ALFRED’S CATERING A team of seasoned professionals start by asking the right questions and listening carefully to your responses to anticipate your unique needs and desires for your occasion so YOU can be a guest. alfredscatering.com.

CELESTE’S NATURAL KITCHEN Boutique catering and in-home meal preparation with a focus on fresh, natural and organic foods, and special diets. 512-686-8442, celeste@celestesnaturalkitchen.com, celestesnaturalkitchen.com. CILANTRO LIME Austin’s best resource for fresh

ingredients and curated recipes prepared and delivered directly to you. 2028 E. Ben White, cilantrolime.com.

ANTONELLI’S CHEESE SHOP We offer free

EL ALMA Vibrant, homespun take on the

tastings daily in our Cheese Shop. Looking for a more in-depth tasting experience? Attend one of our cheese classes in our Cheese House or consider renting the venue for a private tasting of your own! 4220 Duval, antonellischeese.com.

contemporary flavors of Mexico. 1025 Barton Springs Rd., 512-609-8923.

BENNU COFFEE Two locations and both open 24 hours to get your coffee fix or find your study/ work spot. 2001 E. MLK Jr. Blvd & S. Congress Ave., bennucoffee.com. CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN Casual dining

restaurant specializing in California style pizza at Barton Creek Square Mall. 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512-327-6905.

EL CHILE CAFÉ Offering an eclectic selection of

modern Mexican fare, attributing original bold recipes from Mexico’s interiors along with fresh flavors familiar to Texas natives. 1809 Manor Rd., 512-457-9900. EL CHILITO Born as a casual approach to El Chile,

a contemporary take on modern Tex-Mex dining located just a few blocks west on Manor Rd. 6425 Burnet Rd, 512-334-9660. EL SAPO Full-service cantina and burger bar sampling the regional flavors of Central Texas, Mexico and everywhere in between. 900 W. Tenth, 512-366-5154.

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EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD

The AGLCC is proud to have received the 2015 Excellence in Community Impact Award at the August 2015 National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Convention Special thanks to our sponsors that continue making 2017 a success! City of Austin Titanium Sponsor: 97.5 PRIDE Radio The AGLCC is a proud contractor of the City of Austin’s Economic Platinum Sponsor: Broadway in Austin • Excel Global Partners Development Department. 0VUTNBSU0GmDF4PMVUJPOT Gold Sponsors: BB&T Wealth • Fowler Law Firm .BTT.VUVBM4PVUIXFTUt0JMDBO)BSSZT Silver Sponsors: Bittel Books & Taxes • Amy R. Cook, CPA* ,FFQ"VTUJO8FJSE)PNFTt0WBUJPO'JOBODJBM4FSWJDFT t5IF4UBHJOH(VZ Bronze Sponsors:"*4%$PNNVOJDBUJPOTBOE$PNNVOJUZ&OHBHFNFOU "EPQUJPO"EWPDBUFTt#JMM%VOIBN 3FBMUPS!1SFTJEJP(SPVQ3FBMUPSTt#PVU5JNF 'SPU7PELBt.BOPS1IBSNBDZt.VTDMF.BLFS4NPPUIJF#BSBOE$BGÏ 3BJOPOUIt3FTUPSB"VTUJO1MBTUJD4VSHFSZ$FOUSFt5FYBT3FUJSFNFOU4ZTUFNPG Texas • Thrash Law Firm %FOPUFT-(#5#&DFSUJmFE

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MARKETPLACE EQUALITY VODKA We are EQUALITY vodka. We donate a portion of sales from every bottle to LGBT organizations championing equality. equalityvodka.com.

AUSTIN PrEP ACCESS PROJECT Educates the

community on HIV prevention strategies, provides medical care, and conducts public health research and advocacy. austinprepaccessproject.org.

FRED GUERRA PHOTOGRAPHY & CATERING

Wedding and event photography and catering. fredguerra.com. from only the best ingredients. Also serving Negroni, Amari and other fine spirits and espresso drinks. 1009 E. Sixth, 512-318-1321.

group of LGBTQIA+ yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and wellness practitioners located in the Central Texas area. Committed to providing yoga and wellness services at affordable rates to those in our community who are in need. austinqueeryoga.org.

MARY’S CAFE ATX Mary’s is a locally and gay

AUSTIN REGIONAL CLINIC Central Texas

owned cafe north west of campus on 32nd and Red River across the street from St. David’s Hospital. Open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. 512-334-9460, maryscafeatx.com.

multispecialty medical group with 21 locations and 200+ physicians. AccessibleReliable-Convenient: the ARC Advantage. ARCAppointments.com, austinregionalclinic.com.

GELATERIA GEMELLI Small batch gelato sourced

HEALTH/FITN ESS ABSOLUTE DERMATOLOGY & MEDI-SPA

AUSTIN TENNIS CLUB For LGBT people who “love” to make a “racquet.” austintennisclub.com. MARCY BELL, MA, LPC Licensed Professional

Comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and dermatologic surgery treatments. 1103 Cypress Creek # 100, Cedar Park, 512-257-7600, absolutedermatology.com.

Counselor providing guidance and clinical expertise as you begin to understand yourself better in terms of emotional experiences, your thoughts and behaviors. marcybell.lpc@gmail. com, marcybell.net.

ACTIVATE AUSTIN The epicenter for holistic

BLACKBIRD FITNESS & NUTRITION Guides, directs, and mentors clients by providing complete nutrition and fitness assistance. blackbirdfitnessandnutrition.com.

energy healing and advanced spiritual training in the state of Texas and beyond. Backed by 3000+ years of healing tradition, our lineage yields the finest energy healing and empowerment modalities available in the world today. 5555 N. Lamar, activateaustin.com. ADAM MAURER, LMFT, LPC Psychotherapist

offering services to LGBTQA+ relationships, individuals, and families. adam@ moontowercounseling.com, moontowercounseling. com.

THE BODY BALANCER Utilizing gentle integrated therapeutic techniques such as cranial-sacral, myofascial release, and energy therapies. 3000 Joe DiMaggio #3A, 602-505-0039, lindabecker. abmp.com. CIGNA CORPORATION Cigna supplemental

benefits. 512-531-1407.

APRIL O. OWEN, PSY.D., PSYCHOLOGIST Licensed

CITY OF AUSTIN HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

clinical psychologist providing individual, couples, and family therapy to adolescents and adults in South Austin. Specializing in working with the LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families. owenpsychology.com.

COMPLETE FITNESS DESIGN Founded over 21

AMERICA’S FINEST KICKBALL LEAGUE LGBTQ

Kickball League. gaykickball.com. AUSTIN GAY BASKETBALL LEAGUE Bounce balls.

Shoot hoops. Sign up to play, or come out and support. 512-814-6495, info@atxgbl.com, atxgbl.com. AUSTIN GOLDSTARS SOCCER CLUB

Predominantly gay social organization that provides people an opportunity to play and learn soccer in a positive and friendly environment. austingoldstars.com.

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HIV counseling, testing, and outreach. 15 Waller, 512-972-5580, omar.lopez@austintexas.gov, austinhiv.com. years ago as an alternative to the stereotypical, impersonal training services we so often see at gyms. andy@completefitnessdesign.com, completefitnessdesign.com. CYNTHIA NETTING COUNSELING Offering

psychotherapy to individuals and couples for depression, anxiety, and relationship issues (including polyamory). 3705 Medical Parkway, Suite 520, 512-658-5452, cynthianettingcounseling.com.


AGLCC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY DAVID BUTLER, MD Dr. Butler practices

RESTORA AUSTIN PLASTIC SURGERY CENTRE

medicine with time-honored methods of family doctors by carefully listening to patient history and performing thorough examination. 11940 Jollyville, Ste. 115 South, 512-258-5800, drdavidbutlermd.com.

Our goals are to provide you with honest information about plastic surgery to help you determine if Restora Austin is the right choice for your plastic surgery journey. 512-371-8817, restoraaustin.com.

DEREK LEIGHTON, LMFT, LPC, NCC, CGP

RUSS BOYD, MA, NCC, LPC Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy for healthy sexuality and great relationships. 3534 Bee Caves #114, 512-6582960, leightontherapy.com. HAND & STONE MASSAGE & FACIAL SPA

Professional massage, facial and hair removal services 10526 W. Parmer Ln. and 4301 W. Wm. Cannon Bldg E, #230. HAUSMAN CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE

Your body can heal without the use of traditional medication. 8015 Shoal Creek, #110, 512-419-1000, drrobhausman@gmail.com, hausmanchiropractic.com. LONE STAR LAMBDAS SQUARE DANCE CLUB

Austin’s LGBT square dance club welcomes new and experienced square dancers to join us. 512418-1629, lonestarlambdas.org. LUMINARY COUNSELING Jennifer Williams,

MA, LPC, LMFT. NCC provides qualified and affordable mental health services to Individuals, couples and families. Specializing in supporting LGBTQQIA individuals and relationships. 512677-5366, luminarycounseling.com. MANOR PHARMACY Specialty compound

pharmacy serving Austin Texas, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Manor, Texas, offering delivery and personalized medication management. 512-642-8000, mymanorpharmacy.com. MASSAGE THERAPY BY GINA Licensed

Massage Therapist, Medical Massage Therapist, Bodyworker, Fascial Stretch Therapist and Canine Massage Therapist. Specialized in Medical Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. A graduate of The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic in Austin. massagetherapybygina@yahoo.com, 512-6625678. MUSCLE MAKER SMOOTHIE BAR AND CAFÉ

Providing guests with information and better lifestyle choices. Hand-crafted foods and drinks are complete products using the most natural and organic ingredients. 2020 W. Anderson Ln., mymusclemaker.com NORTHWEST COUNSELING & WELLNESS CENTER

Mental health counseling and programming for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and combinations of these concerns. 512-236-5370, ncwcaustin.com.

working with the gay community. 512-632-4731, russboydcounseling.com. ASHLEY SMITHERMAN, DDS Always keeping up

with current trends and innovations in dentistry. Member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Texas Dental Association. 4631 Airport, 512-337-1962. SOCO WELLNESS CENTER, PLLC Offers affordable, high quality, GLBTQAI counseling services for young adult and adult individuals, couples, and families. 512-621-5337, sococounseling.com. SOFTBALL AUSTIN Players of all expertise levels wait on-deck at their turn to bat more than just eyelids. softballaustin.org. SYNERGY PLASTIC SURGERY Mahlon Kerr,

MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Austin and Round Rock specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. 512-244-1439, synergyplasticsurgery.com. TATONKA FITNESS In-home personal training and wellness service. Our goal is to help people be happier, healthier individuals! 512-582-9199, tatonkafitness.com. TEXAS GAY RODEO ASSOCIATION This is Texas,

darlin’. Of course there is a gay rodeo association. 214-346-2107, tgra.org. TEXAS MAMMA JAMMA RIDE Awareness and

much needed funds for folks coping with breast cancer. mammajammaride.org. US HEALTH ADVISORS Customizing health insurance plans that offer three-year premium lock, zero deductible at an affordable rate. 512450-2054, ushadvisors.com. VOLLEYBALL AUSTIN Come out to set and spike the night away with these volley-lovin’ Q-ballers. volleyballaustin.com. WATERLOO COUNSELING CENTER Austin’s

nonprofit hub for LGBTQ support and support groups. 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., #301, 512444-9922, waterloocounseling.org. THE WRIGHT HOUSE WELLNESS CENTER

Working to improve the lives of those living with, affected by, or at-risk for HIV and Hep C. 512-467-0088, thewrighthouse.org. FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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MARKETPLACE ZYGMONT CHIROPRACTIC CENTER ...because EVERYONE should feel their best! 4036 S. Lamar, Ste. 600, 512-442-7400.

INSURANCE BRETT CLAYTON ALLSTATE You’re in good hands

with agent Sheena Simmons. 512-243-6621, sheenasimmons@allstate.com. BROOKS WATSON BENEFIT ADVISORS Employee Benefits - Individual Health & Life Insurance. 512-320-0123, brooks@bwatsonbenefits.com. THE BROWN INSURANCE GROUP Caring

about you as a person, not a policy number. Home/Renters, Auto, Life & Retirement, and Commercial/Business Insurances. Ask about our special HRC discounts! Are you satisfied enough with your current agent to get a second opinion? 512-523-4002 x101, milnea1@nationwide.com.

LEGAL AMERICAN GATEWAYS Free and low-cost legal

services and education to promote justice for immigrants and refugees in Central Texas . 512478-0546, americangateways.org.

DE LEON & WASHBURN, PC Austin law firm providing an array of legal services including commercial litigation, insurance law, administrative law, business transaction law, and more. 512-478-5308, dwlawtx.com. LAW OFFICE OF KELLEY J. DWYER It’s your

estate. It’s your business. Make sure they are protected, legally. 9442 Capital of Texas, Ste 500159, 512-343-3630, dwyerlawaustin.com. EVANS LAW GROUP Family law practice

providing thorough and comprehensive family law services in the most simple to the most complex family law matters. 512-736-8308, jimmy@evansflg.com, evansfamilylawgroup.com. THE FOWLER LAW FIRM PC “Law is a ministry if you come in with a pure heart and a good attitude,” according to founder, owner, ex-Navy JAG, and law firm matriarch Laura Fowler. 919 Congress, Ste. 900, 512-441-1411, thefowlerlawfirm.com. LAW OFFICE OF FRANCÉS JONES From

criminal defense law practice serving Austin and surrounding areas. 404 W. 13th, atxcrimdefense. com.

Wall Street to Hollywood to Texas, practice areas include Business Law, Trademarks, Entertainment & Arts, Advertising, Media, Marketing, Digital Media, and more. 512-4768999, linkedin.com/in/francesjoneslaw.

BRENNER ATTORNEY AT LAW, PLLC Law practice providing services to Austin’s LGBT community. Practice areas include adoption, estate planning, wills, powers of attorney, trusts, guardianship, probate, and appeals. brennerattorney.com.

THRASH LAW FIRM Probate and estate planning with an emphasis on trusts. 512-2635400, jan@thrashlawfirm.com.

LAW OFFICE OF JESSICA BERNSTEIN Full-service

OFFICE OF SUZANNE BRYANT Helping Texas

LGBT families’ secure legal protection since 1995. 512-476-4760, suzannebryantlaw.com. CAPPS LAW FIRM It’s all about family – and keeping it legal. 7718 Wood Hollow, Ste. 205, 512-338-9800, cappslawfirm.com. CARROLL LAW GROUP Estate and elder law planning law firm whose mission is to provide families with quality estate and Medicaid planning resources. 512-347-7526, carrollestateplanning.com. CAVANAUGH QUINTANILLA, PLLC Forwardthinking law firm with a human touch. Focuses include property law, business law, wills and estate planning, and probate. 512-888-9495, info@cqaustin.com, cqaustin.com.

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CHA LAW GROUP, PC Helping people make babies! Family lawyers experienced in LGBT legal issues including reproductive law, adoption, divorce, wills and estate planning. 2003 S. Lamar, 512-394-4230.

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LYNCH LAW FIRM Working with small

companies to take care of business while minimizing expense. 4408 Spicewood Springs Rd., 512-298-2346, nlynch@lynchlf.com, lynchlf.com. JORGESON PITTMAN, LLP A law firm that understands the unique challenges that members of the LGBT community face on a daily basis. 512-320-0999, jptexaslaw.com. PRO-LIT Texas-based business providing quality

professional litigation support, from record retrieval, to process service, to court reporting. 512-960-4522, pro-lit.com. TEXAS LEGAL SERVICES CENTER Offering a variety of free legal services and hotlines throughout the state of Texas including Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault, and a hotline answered directly by trained attorneys. 512-4776000, TLSC.org.


AGLCC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERIC M. WILLIE, P.C. Providing comprehensive services when you need a family law attorney, child custody lawyer, divorce attorney and more. ewillie@williedasherlaw.com. JAMES WOOD, ATTORNEY AT LAW Car wreck and serious injury attorney. 512-692-9266.

LODGING HILTON AUSTIN Dedicated to delivering signature service along with high tech conveniences and local charm. With 800 guest rooms, 25 suites, 80,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, two on-site restaurants, coffee shop featuring grab-and-go snacks and pastries, and full service health club and spa, this is the ideal place for business and leisure travelers alike. 500 E. Fourth, 512-6822826. HYATT PLACE AUSTIN NORTH CENTRAL

Contemporary hotel located just 4.7 miles from the University of Texas at Austin and 5.6 miles from the Texas State Capitol. 7522 N. IH-35, 512-323-2121. THE LINE ATX A place for community, culture

and exploration. Opening in Austin the spring of 2018 downtown on the lake. thelinehotel.com. RENAISSANCE AUSTIN HOTEL Nestled in the

picturesque hills of Texas Hill Country, this luxury hotel provides tranquil environment surrounded by nature trails and 95 breathtaking acres. Convenient proximity to downtown Austin and the metro area. 9721 Arboretum Blvd., 512-343-2626, marriott.com/aussh. W AUSTIN Setting the stage for contemporary luxury and cool stylings, W Austin headlines the vibrant Second Street District. whotelaustin.com.

PETS PAWS AND MORE Bonded and insured professional dog walking, pet, and house sitting service. Providing peace of mind when you are on vacation or working late, our services are designed to make your time away from home as easy on your pet as possible, staying in their own environment while you are away! PO Box 92082, info@pawsandmoresitters.com.

REAL ESTATE JEFF ARNOLD – PRIVATE LABEL REALTY Full-time

realtor working in the Austin metro area, happy to help with your real estate needs – first time home buyers/sellers all the way up to helping seniors right-size their lifestyle. 512-639-8838, jeffarnold.realtor@gmail.com. BLAIRFIELD REALTY Locally-owned boutique

agency located in the heart of South Austin, offering services for residential sales, home staging, leasing, investment properties and property management. 512-912-1910, blairfieldrealty.com. CENTEX REMODEL & REPAIR A house truly

becomes your own not when you sign the deed, but after you customize it to your unique lifestyle. At Centex Remodel & Repair our expertise can help bring your dreams to reality. 512-312-4900, centexremodelrepair.com. DOMAIN REALTY 512-872-4211

domainrealtyaustin.com. JOHN DOUCETTE, REALTOR - DOUCETTE PROPERTIES Real estate agent in Austin, with a

focus from Eastside & downtown to Westlake. Although I focus in these specific areas, I work in all areas of Austin. Feel free to reach out, even if it’s just to ask questions about real estate. 512.828.2604, DoucetteProperties.com

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MARKETPLACE GIVE REALTY Real real estate services with

MIDTOWN INDEPENDENCE TITLE When you

real heart. The “give” in their name highlights their goal to enable clients to give back to the community. 512-299-6916, giverealty.com.

cross the threshold into home owning this LGBT-owned company has got you covered. 3009 N. Lamar, 512-459-1110, midtowntitle.com.

JAK KESTERSON Residential Interior Design Jak Kesterson is an interior designer serving Austin, Houston and the Washington DC metro areas. 703-655-5044, jak1948@msn.com.

ROBERT M. PROSSER – MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a

BLAKE KINCAID – REALTOR Sell, purchase, or lease property with a modern technology driven brokerage service. Specializing in hill country, ranch and farm, land, and river properties. 817919-1627, jkincaid@joinreal.com.

full service home design company offering complimentary design service to its purchasing clients. Sound design assistance including space planning, fabric and finish selection, window treatments, area rug/wall-to-wall flooring solutions. 310-902-0836, robert.prosser@ mgbwhome.com. DARIAN RAUSCH, REALTOR From “Urban

CHRISTINE LUSCOMBE, KELLER WILLIAMS AUSTIN NW Your Pet-Friendly Agent. 512-470-

8911, ChristinesMyAgent.com. JAMES MATTHEW DESIGN Residential and commercial interior design services in the Austin area. 512-900-5507, jamesmatthewdesign.com. ADRIANNE MCEWEN, BROKER ASSOCIATE, KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY 512-300-7647,

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to Suburban,” Darian Rausch of Keller Williams Realty is your Williamson County residential specialist. 512-6630-5826, darian@ urbantosuburban.com. REALTY AUSTIN With his innate ability to understand client needs, extensive knowledge of real estate, market knowledge, and his network of contacts come together to help Rick add value to each transaction with a full range of range of services that compliment and enrich the buying and/or selling experience. 512-902-0883, rickwhittemore.com.


AGLCC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY SKY REALTY Full-time Austin Realtor assisting

buyers, sellers, and renters. 724-321-0741, skyrealty.com. TED SMITH – WEST AUSTIN 512-766-4484, ted@

westaustin.com.

GAGE FURNITURE Family owned and operated by the Gage family since 1941. Offering a large selection of quality living room designs and fabric selections as well as dining, bedroom, home office, accessories, lamps, and recliners. 512-454-3613, furnish123austin.com.

THE STAGING GUY Consultations include detailed, written assessments, interior and exterior, room by room. Services for occupied and vacant home staging, design for living, and organization. Special affinity for working with the senior market. 7310 Manchaca Rd. #152936, 512-537-4489, thestagingguy.com.

GREAT OUTDOORS All things outdoors. 2730 S.

TYCHE PROPERTY GROUP A concierge real estate service firm serving Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas. 512-788-6991, nicholaslandis. yourkwagent.com.

LEAGUE OF REBELS MENSWEAR Independent menswear brand specializing in tailored suits, shirts, and accessories. 411 W. 2nd St., leagueofrebels.com.

WILL VILLARREAL 804-605-5330.

LUXURY AUTO WORKS Experienced shop

KATE WARD – TEAM PRICE REAL ESTATE Your

smart, helpful partner for buying or selling a home. 512-771-4931, kateward@kw.com, katewardrealty.com.

RETAIL/FASHION BOXDROP MATTRESS Name Brand Mattresses

50-80% Off. 512-431-7056, jkoford1@gmail.com. CAPRA & CAVELLI Premier Austin clothing

for men and women, helping customers look fantastic since 1995. capracavelli.com. CASTNER COATINGS High-end wallpapering

and custom interior painting company, in business since 2003. Owned by Emma Castner, a Transgender woman who has been working in the industry for 30 years. 619-335-3117, castnercoatings.blogspot.com. COSTCO WHOLESALE Since day one we have

had an unwavering commitment to doing the right thing for our members, our employees, our suppliers and our communities. 4301 W. Wm. Cannon, w641mk06@costco.com, 512-382-3178. END OF AN EAR RECORDS Independent record

store established in 2005 carrying a large selection of vinyl, CDs, DVDs, VHS, and audio equipment. 4304 Clawson Rd., 512-462-6008, endofear.com. ENERGY BEES, LLC Committed to the continual training and progression toward energy efficiency and efficient use of our resources. Including, time, money, and energy resources while also providing a diversity spend for our partners. 941-544-2399, jilmyersblack@ energybees.com.

Congress, 512-448-2992, greatoutdoorsnursery.com. HOPS & HEROES COMICS Comics. Community.

Charity. 501(c)3 Non-profit comic book store. 512-220-9582, 1108 E. Cesar Chavez, hopsandheroes.org.

designed to help fulfill all of your luxury car repair and service needs in the Austin area. luxuryautoworks.com, info@luxuryautoworks.com. MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS Our collection

is designed to create the perfect bend of classic and contemporary for a look that’s versatile and lasting in every home. 11701 Domain Blvd., mgbwhome.com. PRIDE SOCKS Rainbow striped tube, athletic, casual/business socks, shirts and hats. 832-4289860, pridesocks.com. SOUTH CONGRESS BOOKS Used, collectible, vintage, and unique books and paper. 1608 S. Congress, 512-916-8882, southcongressbooks.com. TEXAS STEEL WORKS 512-284-6726.

SERVICES A-TEX SHREDDING INC. Secure paper shredding

for businesses and individuals. Check us out on Yelp. 9705 Burnet Rd #604, atexshredding.com. ADOPTION ADVOCATES, INC. 5511 Parkcrest, Ste. 210, 512-477-1122, rory@adoptionadvocates. net, adoptionadvocates.net. AGLCC TOASTMASTERS Build confidence and improve your public speaking/communication skills. aglcc.org/toastmasters. ASAKURA ROBINSON COMPANY Enhances

environments and positively impacts communities through innovation, engagement, stewardship, and an integrated planning and design process. 512-351-9601, asakurarobinson.net.

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MARKETPLACE AUSTIN ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION Local, family owned, community-minded roofing company. 1% of total job cost is donated to the local charity of client’s choice. 512-629-4949, austinroofingandconstruction.com. CITY OF AUSTIN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Assistance and

business solutions to emerging small businesses. 512-974-7800, austintexas.gov/department/ small-business-development-program. CITY OF AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT Cultural arts, music, international

and emerging technology programs. 512-9747819, austintexas.gov/department/economicgrowth. CLEMENT’S PAINT & DECORATING INC. Locally owned and operated paint store serving the Austin community since 1986. 1211 W. 6th #900, clementspaint.com. DARREN BATES, LLC Darren Bates, LLC is a

boutique consulting firm that helps public and private organizations build accessible and inclusive environments where all people feel valued, respected and inspired. 512-289-3636, DLB@darrenbatesllc.com, darrenbatesllc.com. EMERGENT GROUP Offering solutions to

companies dealing with recycling electronic assets. 512-832-6959, emergentdeals.com. EXCEL GLOBAL PARTNERS Solutions to

accelerate your business, help it grow, and navigate through change. 512-501-1155, excelglobalpartners.com. FORWORD CONNECTIONS Your outsourced

Human Resources expert. Reduce risk and streamline processes to poise your company for smart growth. 512-923-2962, forwordconnections.com. GARBO A SALON AND SPA Eclectic, colorful,

urban salon ready to serve you with professional, cutting edge art-work that expresses you, not a clone. Garbo is an eco-friendly, Austin Green Salon open seven days a week. 7739 Northcross Dr. #K-L and 1330 Shore District Dr. # 300, garboasalon.com. GAYBORHOOD App to find gay friendly

businesses nationwide. gayborhood.com. LOVE WINS TEXAS WEDDINGS Comprehensive and beautiful as the finest bridal/wedding titles, yet focused exclusively on the 500,000-plus LGBT residents who call the Lone Star State home. info@lovewinstexas.com, lovewinstexas.com.

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OUTSMART OFFICE SOLUTIONS, INC. Over 15 years of experience helping companies find smart solutions to start, move and grow! 888-688-8154, outsmartofficesolutions.com. PAOLA ESSENTIALWellness consultant and essential oils specialist. Empowering individuals to reach for the greatest version of themselves through proven and compassionate methods. paolaessential.com. THE REUSE PEOPLE Saving the planet one building at a time. Through deconstruction and salvage, TRP channels building materials back into the marketplace at its network of retail outlets. 512-378-0100, kathyrobinson@ thereusepeople.org. SEEDLINGS GARDENING Full service landscaping

and gardening company born and raised in Austin. 512-294-0064, seedlingsgardining@gmail. com, seedlingsgardening.com. SEND OUT CARDS Custom greeting cards to

get your business noticed. 512-789-0267, getcardedonline.com. SOUGHT + FOUND MERCANTILE Residential

and commercial property staging service. Also provides residential staging decor/artwork items for rent to local stagers and interior designers. SOLARCITY America’s #1 full-service solar provider. We make clean energy available to homeowners, businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations at a lower cost than they pay for energy generated by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. gkrizin@ solarcity.com, solarcity.com. TAILORED TEAM Training seminars and

professional coaching in business skill sets: Communication, Team-Building, Leadership, Supervision, Emotional Intelligence, Attitude Enhancement, Motivation, Productivity Enhancement, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, Decision Making. 512-563-3845, jblmicrotraining.com. TEXAS BEST FOOD SERVICES TRAINING Texas Food Handler Cards. $7.95 TABC Certifications. Texas Food Manager Training and Exams. Totally LGBT owned and operated. 469-3530696, texas-food-handler.com. TKO HEATING & AIR Sales, service, repair, installation, and maintainenance all major brands of residential and light commercial heating and air conditioning equipment. 512-219-0289, tkoheatingandairaustin.com.


AGLCC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY TOTAL LAWN AND SPRINKLER Full service commercial landscaping company that specializes in landscape and irrigation maintenance contracts. We also perform irrigation repairs for residential customers. 2119 S. Lamar #210, totallawnandsprinkler.com. U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Range

of services to small businesses including training, certification and funding. sba.gov. THE ZENITH BUSINESS Business coaching to

entrepreneurs and executives who want to increase their power, productivity and profit. 512-553-2927, janet@thezenithbusiness.com.

TRAVEL BALBOA TRAVEL, INC Ranked among the nation’s

top 1% of travel companies and are IATA, CLIA, Virtuoso, and a founding ASTA member. 512732-9400, balboavacations.com. COMPASS GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF PALM BEACH COUNTY LGBTQ community

center for the Palm Beaches. 201 N. Dixie, Lake Worth, Florida, 561-533-9699, compassglcc.com. iTRIP VACATIONS, AUSTIN 888-304-2668. KEY WEST BUSINESS GUILD & THE GAY KEY WEST VISITOR CENTER Promoting Gay Key West

to LGBTQA travelers. 305-294-4603, 800-5357797, events@gaykeywestfl.com, gaykeywestfl. com, kwbgonline.org.

TECH CÉBÉ IT & KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT LLC

Information and knowledge management. 7118 Las Ventanas, 281/460-3595, cebe-itkm.com. THE HAROLD ORGANIZATION, LLC Information technology consultants. 512-345-9605, harold.org.

STARWOOD CUSTOMER CONTACT CENTER

Starwood’s Austin Customer Contact Center offers exciting culture, both in the many diverse associates who work there and in its variety of career opportunities. starwoodhotelsccc.com/ austin/.

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE We help customers use technology to slash the time it takes to turn ideas into value. In turn, they transform industries, markets and lives. hpe.com.

Helping members of the local LGBT community gain knowledge and skills by distributing education grants to deserving LGBT individuals of any age residing in the Austin metro area. FO R M O R E I N FO R M AT I O N , V I S I T

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Project Transitions’ Peace, Love & Happiness Cocktail Fundraiser June 1 was the “Age of Aquarius” at the second annual retro cocktail party fundraiser for Project Transitions, a hospice organization dedicated to comfort and care for those affected by HIV and AIDS. Held at the Galvanize office space downtown, the event was a celebration of life, love and all things groovy. The DJs of Feelthy Good People had the room grooving to the hits and funk of the late ’60s while guests sipped cocktails by Revolution Spirits, Deep Eddy Vodka and Cat Tequila. One of the silent auction gems was an oversized, vintage Peter Max poster book.

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1. Ben Zimm and Esteban Olave feelin’ the love. 2. Shannon Mantrom, AGLCC board member, with Blythe Plunkett, facilities and volunteer manager, Project Transitions. 3. The groovy DJs of Feelthy Good People: (L-R) Michael Morin, Pelagio Halaba Jr., Jessica Cutillas. 4. (L-R) Rich MacKinnon, Tony West, Mark Erwin, Douglas Plummer, Frank J. Garrahan. 5. (L-R) Pamela Nevarez-Fisher, Cathy Negrel, Cindy Goldman. 7. Vintage Peter Max poster book. 6. Sara Krueger and Patrick McVeety-Mill, from hipsters to hippies. FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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PHOTOS BY JANA BIRCHUM

Two decades fighting for equality and promoting LGBTQ businesses in Austin deserves a big celebration. The team at the AGLCC did not disappoint! The chamber’s second annual gala celebration and fundraiser, PROUD!, at The W was a festive affair replete with a stand-up comic, awards to members for their chamber involvement and support, and thousands in donations to the AGLCC Foundation for education scholarships for members and students. Next year, the AGLCC turns 21. Just imagine how much we can do for the community when we’re legal! 56

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1. Sheena Simmons, comic entertainer for event, with Gunner Gardner (AGLCC staff) and Cullen Kremmer. 2. Paola Aguillon and Stephen Shortnacy of Corazón Tanguero, Chip and Shannon Mantrom (AGLCC board member). 3. Becky Clark presents Stephanie Emory (Edward Jones) the “Ambassador of the Year” award. 4. Laura Fowler (Fowler Law Firm) presenting Rachelle Diaz (Art Diva Creative) the “Partner of the Year Award.” 5. Murrah Noble, fittingly, sings her song “Proud.” 6. Edgar Gierbolini, AGLCC president and CEO, with Ceci Gratias, the chamber’s first president and CEO. 7. Jeff Arnold, Chair of the AGLCC Foundation. 8. Tom Tinguely (The Great Outdoors) presenting “Business of the Year” award to Richard Kline of The Staging Guy. 9. Jimmy Flannigan, former AGLCC Board Chair and current District 6 councilman, presenting the “Jimmy Flannigan Award” to current AGLCC board chair, Amy Cook, for her many years of service to the chamber. FA L L 2 0 1 7 | A G L C C . O R G

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Corporate Social Responsibility Summit 2017 On July 27, the LGBT and allied business community gathered for an EnviroMediaand AGLCC-hosted event, “Is Texas Still A Good Place To Do Business?” With a panel made up mostly of major LGBT and allied business movers and shakers, the topics ranged from bathroom bills to strategies for making the community’s voice heard at the state Capitol. Regardless of your political stance, a “blue” Texas is a major goal for a community under siege by state legislators. To borrow a meme of recent social media, “It was never about bathrooms. Just like it was never about water fountains.” In other words, Hate + Ignorance = Bad for Texas Business.

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July 20 was another scorcher in Austin. But if you attended the happy hour and Rainbow Ribbon Cutting of new AGLCC member Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams at The Domain, you were immersed in coolness on every level. Fingers crossed for another chic event (with discount shopping!) at the 13,000-square-foot showroom later this fall.

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Stephen Rice Memorial Stephen Rice was a seminal voice for the LGBT community in Austin as a host of KOOP radio’s weekly show “Outcast” and as a reporter and on-air host for NPR affiliate KUT radio. He and his husband, Mark Erwin, were longtime volunteers for and supporters of AIDS Services of Austin, the Octopus Club and the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. Stephen also sat on the board of Equality Texas. Stephen’s memorial service on July 20 was a fitting tribute for all the lives he touched in his 46 years. The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection was overflowing into the entry foyer with leaders of the Austin LGBT community from the media, politics and the nonprofit community. Family and friends shared their stories about Stephen. His sister Dede Conner had those gathered laughing through the tears with her story about Stephen returning from college to conservative East Texas to share his big announcement with the entire family: “I’m a Democrat.” (Howls of laughter.) To which she added, “Bless his heart.” Heath Riddles, a longtime neighbor and friend of Stephen and Mark, said: “They say a burden shared is a burden lightened. The outpouring of love and support from Austin has lightened that burden for all who knew and loved him.” Then, pivoting to humor, Riddles said: “Stephen saw the best in all of us. When I was around Stephen I felt smarter, funnier and good-looking. ...It’s not that far from the truth." We greatly hope the community here pledges to continue to build upon the work of Stephen Rice. The AGLCC Foundation plans to honor the legacy of Stephen by creating a scholarship in his name for LGBT students pursuing a degree in radio, television and film. A fitting way to ensure his voice continues to resonate in Austin and beyond.

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Austin's fittest

BY SHANNON MANTROM PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANA BIRCHUM

Ashley Marshall, vice president, aGLIFF board of directors

How do you fit sculling* in between work and your role as vice president of the board of aGLIFF? Between being a parent, working my full-time job directing operations for a marketing company, and balancing my roles as co-founder of Plezzure Island and vice president of aGLIFF, it’s difficult but absolutely essential for me to find time to row. When I row in the mornings, my stress level is noticeably lower for the rest of the day – something that my coworkers and my children can definitely appreciate.

I squeeze in sessions early in the morning as often as I can – sometimes several times in a week, sometimes only once, depending on my workload. Rowing in the morning is amazing because the rest of the city seems asleep, you can hear the birds waking up and see the sky change colors. There’s nothing better. *Sculling: each of a pair of small oars used by a single rower. agliff.org | See listing on p. 38

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