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#BigGayKickoff Returns for SXSW 2019



Austin’s LGBTQ community kicks off the festivities for South by Southwest 2019 with the biggest and gayest party in town, the 7th annual #BigGayKickoff Party on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6-10 PM. The #BigGayKickoff is produced jointly by therepubliq and the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Austin’s longest running gay bar, Oilcan Harry’s. It’s an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attendees of SXSW to get a taste of LGBTQ+ Austin.

03/09/18: 2018 #BigGayKickoff Party

In its seventh year, the #BigGay Kickoff Party has turned in to the largest single LGBTQ+ event during SXSW as SX vets and virgins alike head on over to 4th Street to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Attendees can pick up one (or a couple) of the chamber’s always popular Big Gay bags. So get there early. First-time visitors to Austin have the opportunity to talk to ALGBTCC board members and staff from therepubliq for tips and recommendations to make the most out of their stay in Austin as gay as possible.

As an unofficial SXSW event, no badges or wristbands are required and Oilcan Harry’s is open to attendees 21 years old and up.

Chase is the founder and Creative Director of, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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