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One of the most asked questions of therepubliq by visitors: Where are the lesbian bars?

Unfortunately, since Lipstick24 closed back in March 2013, Austin has been without a dedicated lesbian bar. This isn’t a new problem. Lesbian bars here in Austin just don’t seems to last very long. Fortunately, there are several groups and promoters in Austin who are filling the gap, creating events curated specifically for queer women.

I started this list several years ago, in response to travelers coming to Austin who messaged therepubliq wanting to know where the ladies when went to party. I’ve kept it updated over the years, because, like everything else in Austin, things change.

This shouldn’t be considered a comprehensive guide to lesbian Austin, by any means; but, it’s a start and it’s been helpful to several people in planning their travels to Austin. If you have anything you’d like to contribute to the guide (tips, resources, promoters, events), email me at chase@therepubliq.com and I’ll include it in the next round of edits.


SHOPPING

BookWoman

5501 N Lamar Blvd, Ste A105, Austin TX 78751
512-472-2785
bookwomanaustin@gmail.com
ebookwoman.com
facebook.com/bookwomanaustin

BookWoman has been an Austin institution since it started out as a collective in an upstairs space down on The Drag back in 1975. Today, it sits in its current location on North Lamar, one of the few remaining feminist bookstores in the country.

Not just limited to books, you can find plenty of gift ideas at BookWoman, including jewelry, t-shirts, totes, knick-knacks and more. Plus, they host events year-round — readings, book clubs, live music and more.


SOCIAL

Austin Lesbian Coffee House

meetup.com/AustinLesbianCoffeeHouse

Austin Lesbian Coffee House is a MeetUp group for women (transgender women included) who identify as lesbians. It is also one of the few MeetUp groups in Austin that still relatively active.

According to the group’s ‘What we’re about’ section on MeetUp, “If you are at present an active bisexual, we wish you every happiness, but this group is not for you” …. “Because this group is intended to serve the needs of lesbian women, no men or straight women are allowed at any of our events.”

Austin Lesbian Game Night

facebook.com/Austin-Lesbian-Game-Night-117457598904993/

If you’re up for board games, the Facebook Group Austin Lesbian Game Night hosts a monthly game night, typically the last Saturday of the month, at Emerald Tavern Games and Cafe in North Austin, near Research Blvd (Hwy 183) and Burnet.

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies

lesbianswhotech.org
facebook.com/lesbianswhotech

Lesbians Who Tech is a global community of queer women in or around tech and the people who love them. The Austin chapter hosts networking events throughout the year.

SpeedAustin GayDate

866-WE-SPEED
info@speedaustingaydate.com
speedaustingaydate.com

Relatively new to Austin, SpeedAustin GayDate is part of a 50-city global network of speed dating events. They host a semi-monthly lesbian speed dating event at Academia, down on 4th Street.



PROMOTERS

Faye Fearless

events@fayefearless.com
fayefearless.com
facebook.com/fayefearless

Faye Fearless hosts several events, covering a wide range of subjects, throughout the year; but two are dedicated to queer self identified women & non-binary folks in Austin.

First is the annual Lez Prom, typically held in February, around Valentine’s Day. Second is Nautickle, a “Naughty Lesbian Boat Party” that is open to queer identified, women loving folks. Faye also hosts a queer version of Nautickle that is open to all queer folks.

Lesbutante and the Boss

lesbutanteandtheboss@gmail.com
lesbutanteandtheboss.com
facebook.com/thelesbutanteandtheboss

Kelly Frances West and Michelle Solorzano Daly aka Mitch, respectively Lesbutante & the Boss, host several events curated for gay womxn. The events are trans-inclusive and all LGBTQIA+ and allies are welcome at the events.

Currently, they host a monthly ladies night down on 4th Street at Sellers Underground on the second Friday of each month starting at 9 PM. They also hosts several events throughout the year, including the official women’s party during Austin PRIDE in August as well as events during South By Southwest (SXSW) in March.

QueerGirl Austin

queergirlevents.com
facebook.com/queergirlevents

QueerGirl, a nationwide events company that hosts high-energy parties that “embody the style and feel of the next generation of queer women,” recently launched in Austin with Andrea Hinojosa heading up operations in the Texas region.


Where The Girls Go/ATX

facebook.com/wherethegirlsgoatx

Led by Sarah Marloff from the Austin Chronicle‘s Qmmunity (formerly The Gay Place), Where The Girls Go/ATX creates “new queer (grrrl) dance parties & trans-positive, all-gender-inclusive, anti-isms/ists, pro-makeout spaces”.

In August 2015, the Austin outpost of the monthly Guerrilla Queer Bar led by local founder Richard MacKinnon, held it’s final ‘invasion’ — #179. Since then, Where The Girls Go/ATX has hosted several events under the “Guerrilla Queer Bar” banner, albeit intermittently..



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Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, 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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HOTLINES

Trans Lifeline Hotline

877-565-8860 U.S.
877-330-6366 Canada
translifeline.org/hotline
contact@translifeline.org

Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call. The hotline is open 24/7. Operators are guaranteed to be on call 9 AM – 3 AM Central Time. Operators are also frequently available during off-hours.

TrevorLifeline

TrevorLifeline: 866-488-7386
TrevorChat: www.thetrevorproject.org
TrevorText: Text START to 678678
www.thetrevorproject.org

The Trevor Project has trained counselors available 24/7/365. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, you can speak to someone by phone, chat or text.

MEDICAL

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

The Kind Clinic

1101 W 40th St Ste 102, Austin TX 78756
512-853-95474
www.kindclinic.org

A program of Texas Health Action, the Kind Clinic provides sexual health services including PrEP and PEP access, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, and gender affirming care to Central Texans in need. 
Insured and uninsured patients accepted.

Planned Parenthood

North Austin Health Center
9041 Research Blvd #250, Austin TX 78758
512-331-1288
www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/texas/austin/78758/north-austin-health-center-2398-91620

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas serves transgender people and patients on the spectrum of gender identity and expression for their sexual healthcare needs. Planned Parenthood is committed to improving the way transgender Texans receive health care in our community, including eliminating barriers to that care. Since Spring 2017, they expand healthcare services for transgender patients to include Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy services.

GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY

Crane Center for Transgender Surgery

Curtis Crane, MD
5656 Bee Cave Rd Ste J201, Austin TX 78746
512-446-9486
www.cranects.com

The Crane Center offers the full spectrum gender affirming surgery procedures for trans and non-binary individuals, including MTF surgery and FTM surgery.

Elysian Plastic Surgery

David Dellinger, DO, FACOS
11623 Angus Rd, Suite C15 Austin TX 78759
512-229-1978
www.elysianplasticsurgery.com

Dr. Dellinger offers the full spectrum of aesthetic, plastic and cosmetic services, including Gender Affirming Surgery such as facial feminization and male-to-female (MTF) breast augmentation.

Hall Plastic Surgery Center

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
300 Beardsley Ln, Bldg C Ste 101, Austin TX 78746
512-327-5337
301 Denali Pass Dr, Cedar Park TX 78613
512-770-1777
www.hallplasticsurgery.com

Hall Plastic Surgery offers several services to assist transgender, transsexual, and the gender nonconforming through their transition including laser hair removal and hair restoration, facial reshaping, and top surgery

Restora Austin Plastic Surgery Centre

Dustin Reid, MD
901 W 38th St #401, Austin TX 78705
512-371-8817
www.restoraaustin.com

Dr. Reid, a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition, has extensive experience with transgender top surgery — both FTM and MTF. He is a leader in this field and frequently lectures on the subject.


MENTAL HEALTH

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY – ADULTS

Waterloo Counseling Center

314 E Highland Mall Blvd. Ste 301, Austin TX 78752
512-444-9922
www.waterloocounseling.org

The Waterloo Counseling Center offers individual therapy for those individuals exploring gender identity or transitioning as well as group psychotherapy for transitioning men and women. Waterloo can also help with letters for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), gender marker and/or name changes. Fees are based on a sliding scale for people who are uninsured. Waterloo accepts many major forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare.

Paula Buls, MSSW, LCSW

223 W Anderson Ln Ste A115, Austin TX 78752
512-228-8199
paula@paulabuls.com
www.paulabuls.com

The first openly trans woman to graduate from The School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, Paula’s practices focuses on gender and sexual minorities who often have a difficult time finding a therapist that does not pathologize their identities. As a trans and queer identified therapist, she works from a place of affirming and celebrating who we are. Fees for individual thereapy are $135 for a 50-minute session, with a limited number of sliding scale spots. Does not accept insurance but can provide receipts to facilitate insurance reimbursement as an out-of-network provider.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY – YOUTH

Waterloo Counseling Center

314 E Highland Mall Blvd. Ste 301, Austin TX 78752
512-444-9922
www.waterloocounseling.org

The Waterloo Counseling Center offers individual therapy for those individuals exploring gender identity or transitioning as well as group psychotherapy for transitioning men and women. Waterloo can also help with letters for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), gender marker and/or name changes. Fees are based on a sliding scale for people who are uninsured. Waterloo accepts many major forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare.

GROUP THERAPY – ADULTS

Trans Wellness Gender Affirmation Support Group

Out Youth, 909 E 49th 1/2 St, Austin TX 78751
512-419-1233
www.outyouth.org/transwell

A free weekly support group for adult members of the trans and non-binary community, facilitated by Out Youth’s Trans Wellness Lead Clinician Anemone Schlotterbeck, LMSW and Staff Therapist Cassidy Laminack, LMFT-Associate. This is a closed space for trans, non-binary and gender-questioning people only. Meets every Tuesday from 7 – 8:15 PM at Out Youth.

Trans* Men’s Psychotherapy Group

Waterloo Counseling Center, 314 E Highland Mall Blvd. Ste 301, Austin TX 78752
512-444-9922
www.waterloocounseling.org

Sarah Gonzales, LPC facilitates this ongoing psychotherapy group for trans (FtM) men. The group welcomes trans men at any stage of transition and offers a safe and affirming place to explore your trans journey. Cost is assessed on a sliding scale according to income; insurance accepted (including Medicaid).

Trans* Women’s Psychotherapy Group

Waterloo Counseling Center, 314 E Highland Mall Blvd. Ste 301, Austin TX 78752
512-444-9922
www.waterloocounseling.org

Sarah Gremillion, LCSW facilitates this ongoing psychotherapy group for trans (MtF) women. The group welcomes trans women at any stage of transition and offers a safe and affirming place to explore your trans journey. Cost is assessed on a sliding scale according to income; insurance accepted (including Medicaid and Medicare).

GROUP THERAPY – YOUTH

Out Youth Gender Identity Group

Out Youth, 909 E 49th 1/2 St, Austin TX 78751
512-419-1233
www.outyouth.org/

A peer support group on the topic of gender identity, facilitated by a member of Out Youth’s clinical staff, for youth ages 12 – 18. This is an opportunity for young peers to come together to share their experiences. Meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 5-6 PM at Out Youth.

Transgender & Gender Non-Binary Teen Group

Trinity Church, 4001 Speedway, Austin TX 78751
512-593-2287
ryan@pridecounselingatx.com
www.pridecounselingatx.com/teen-group.html

This group, facilitated by Ryan Dillon, LPC from Pride Counseling Austin, provides transgender & gender non-binary teenagers, 13 to 17 years old, a place to feel safe and comfortable to process their thoughts and feelings while getting support from others. The group integrates therapeutic expressive arts — paint, clay, music, movement, and more — throughout counseling, allowing participants to process their thoughts and feelings in ways beyond talking. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7:30 PM. Cost is $30 per session.


ORGANIZATIONS

Transgender Education Network of Texas

PO Box 41363, Austin TX 78704
info@transtexas.org
www.transtexas.org
www.facebook.com/TransTexas/

Transgender Education Network of Texas is an organization dedicated to furthering gender diverse equality in Texas. TENT works to accomplish this through education and networking in both public and private forums. Through its efforts TENT strives to halt discrimination through social, legislative, and corporate education.

LEGAL

NAME & GENDER MARKER CHANGES

Travis County Law Library

Ned Granger Building, 314 W 11th St, Ste 140, First Floor, Austin TX 78701
512-854–8677
lawlibrary.traviscountytx.gov

The Travis County Law Library has info sheets and forms for Gender Identifier and/or Name Change. The info sheets provide step-by-step instructions on how to change your sex/gender identifier on Texas state records. A Law Library Reference Attorney can review your forms at the morning case review clinic (weekdays from 10 AM – 12 NOON) and can assist with understanding the forms and explaining what information goes in which blanks. They will also notarize reviewed forms for free.

If you need additional assistance with the paperwork, check out the University of Texas School of Law‘s Gender Affirmation Project (see below). They host a couple clinics each semester to help individuals through the name and gender marker change legal process.

If you cannot afford to pay the filing fee, you can file a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs form to ask the court to waive the fee. Also, Trans Relief Project and Trans Lifeline Microgrants offer financial assistance with to help with administrative costs associated with name and/or gender changes.

Gender Affirmation Project

GenderIntegrity@law.utexas.edu
law.utexas.edu/probono/projects/special-projects/trans-legal-name-gender-marker-project/
facebook.com/TexasLawTNGMP

The Gender Affirmation Project, a student-run initiative of the Mithoff Pro Bono Program at the University of Texas School of Law, (formerly the Trans Name & Gender Marker Project) provides free legal assistance obtaining court-ordered name and/or gender-marker changes on basic forms of identification for residents of Travis County.

They host about two clinics during the fall and spring semesters. Complete the online survey to be notified when the next clinic is scheduled.

Texas Name and Gender Marker Change Wiki

texasnameandgendermarkerchange.com
facebook.com/groups/239080616277407/

An online public repository of information on how to change one’s name and gender marker in Texas.

Trans Relief Project

transrelief.com

Trans Relief Project, a part of the Trans United network, provides information and financial assistance to US-based trans and GNC people looking for help with the administrative fees associated with obtaining US passports, name changes, and updating ID documents.

Trans Lifeline Microgrants

translifeline.org/microgrants
microgrants@translifeline.org

The Trans Lifeline Microgrants program helps with changing your legal name and updating government identification documents. Their advocates will guide you through the process and paperwork, and then cut a check for the entire cost.

FITNESS

Spectrum Yoga Therapy & Massage

2801 Hancock Dr, Ste B, Austin TX 78731
512-923-2370
kellyvert@gmail.com
www.spectrumyogatherapyaustin.com
facebook.com/spectrumyogatherapy

Run by trans-identified Certified Yoga Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher Kelly Marshall, Spectrum Yoga Therapy & Massage offers massages at their studio on Hancock Drive

SOCIAL

Trans & Genderqueer Social

facebook.com/TGQSocial

TGQ Social meets monthly at The Butterfly Bar at The Vortex on Manor Road to enjoy each other’s community and to find friends and get advice from people who see you for who you really are. Always new and old people there, so feel welcome to come if you are new! Always a great time catching up on all of life’s twists and turns.

EVENTS

Transgender Day of Remembrance

20nov6:00 PM9:00 PMTransgender Day of Remembrance6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TownLake YMCACategories:LGBTQ+Ages:All Ages

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. Austin hosted its first TDoR back in 2002 at Republic Square and for more than the past decade has held the event if front of Austin City Hall. Previous vigils had a more somber feel, honoring those lost to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice with speakers.

Gender Unbound Trans & Intersex Art Fest

www.genderunbound.org
facebook.com/GenderUnboundFest

Gender Unbound is a multi-discipline art festival exclusively featuring trans and intersex artists, musicians, performers, and filmmakers. The fourth annual festival was held September 22-23, 2019 in Austin at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Gender Unbound Art Fest is created and hosted by Gender Portraits, a sponsored nonprofit project of Austin Creative Alliance, and is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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Austin Sports

Austin is full of healthy, active people and the LGBTQ community is no different. Whether you’re an athlete looking to play in an organized league or just want to hang out with like-minded individuals, there’s a place for you in one of Austin’s growing list of LGBTQ sports leagues, groups or clubs.

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Austin is full of healthy, active people and the LGBTQ community is no different. Whether you’re an athlete looking to play in an organized league or just want to hang out with like-minded individuals, there’s a place for you in one of Austin’s growing list of LGBTQ sports leagues, groups or clubs.

If you’d prefer to join a group to run or cycle with rather than alone, there’s a group for you. Looking for team sports? There are plenty of those, too. Austin has no shortage of groups to join and the list continues to grow as these like-minded individuals come together and discover more shared interests.


BASKETBALL

Austin Gay Basketball League marching in the Austin Pride Parade September 2015. Photo credit: Josh Martinez

Austin Gay Basketball League

PO Box 40252, Austin TX 78704
info@agbl.org
agbl.org

The Austin Gay Basketball League was created to provide a welcoming environment to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are interested in playing basketball, building friendships, and giving back to Austin’s community. AGBL promotes an athletic environment free of discrimination. LGBT-friendly basketball players are encouraged to come out and join as well. Beginners are always welcome!

The AGBL hosts both a winter season, with games on Friday nights, starting in January and a summer season, with games on Thursday nights, starting in June. Both seasons run between 6 to 8 weeks. Each season features three divisions based on player skill level — recreational, competitive and advanced. All divisions are co-ed. All new players are required to attend a rating session to assess their skills and get assigned to the appropriate division. Cost to register is $60-$65, depending on when you sign up. 

The league hosts open play of pick up games between seasons at the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center. The gymnasium is located upstairs. Check out the league’s Facebook events page for upcoming open play nights, which are typically divisions specific. Cost for open play is $2 which is donated back to the church for the use of their space. Additionally, the league also hosts skills sessions throughout the year.

The league also hosts several social events throughout the year, including a uniform social before the seasons start where players pick up their t-shirts and meet their teams as well as post-game social after each seasons’ games. 

The AGBL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and welcome any volunteers or donations. Volunteers can help with game night operations and assisting in social events.

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BOWLING

The Austin Pride Bowling League meets Tuesday nights at the Dart Bowl in northern Central Austin.
The Austin Pride Bowling League meets Tuesday nights at the Dart Bowl in northern Central Austin. Photo credit: Austin Pride Bowling League / Facebook

Austin Pride Bowling League

pridebowlingATX@gmail.com
facebook.com/groups/AustinGayBowlingLeague/

Formerly known as the Austin Gamblers, the Austin Pride Bowling League has been the city’s LGBTQ bowling league for over thirty years. Since 1986, the league has worked to promote a sence of community while providing a great social and sporty outlet for those that particpate.

The league starts in the fall with games played at the Dart Bowl in north Austin on Tuesday nights from 8:30-10:30 PM. The league lasts for 30 weeks. Costs include a one-time fee of $23 for USBC membership (paid on the league’s first week) and then $16 weekly for bowling fees.

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CYCLING

Queer Ride hits the road every Wednesday night.
Queer Ride hits the road every Wednesday night. Photo credit: Queer Ride / Facebook

Queer Ride

queerride@gmail.com
queerride.org

facebook.com/queerride/
facebook.com/groups/QRATX/

Started in Austin in 2011, Queer Ride is a weekly inclusive social ride that aims to be the most fun, inclusive, care-free, no-drop social ride for queer folks and allies.

Meet up every Wednesday at 7 PM at the South gates of the Texas State Capitol on 11th St facing Congress. Wheels down at 7:30 PM for a 10-15 mile ride.

Queer Ride rides AS traffic and NOT AGAINST it. Riders avoid sidewalks as much as possible, stop at red lights, yield the right of way, and don’t block extra lanes at intersections. Riders share the road with all vehicles.