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The founder and face behind one of the largest gay dating apps in the world will be in Austin this week to meet face-to-face with area members and to promote a new free advertising platform for non-profits. Johnny Skandros from SCRUFF, aka Johnny Scruff, will kick off the weekend and host a happy hour, complete with SCRUFF swag, at The Iron Bear on Friday, May 15 starting at 8 PM. The Iron Bear is open to ages 21 and up. Later, the party moves down to 4th Street, as SCRUFF hosts the Super SCRUFFy WOOF dance at Oilcan Harry’s featuring special guest deejays Ben Baker (NYC) and Seth Breezy (Atlanta) starting at 10 PM. Oilcan Harry’s is open to ages 18 and up.

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Two Austin men, Clay White and Kyle Kline, will be special guests at the party. The two were featured in SCRUFF’s controversial Super Bowl ad that was posted on a 48-foot billboard outside of the University of Phoenix Stadium during the Super Bowl this past February. The ads “Play on our team” campaign received global media attention and SCRUFF reported a 20 percent increase in new profiles created in the Phoenix area during the period the ads ran.

The SCRUFF team will also be in town to promote “Benevolads,” a platform that allows Austin non-profits to promote their organizations and upcoming events to SCRUFF users for free.

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Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, 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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#BigGayKickoff Returns for SXSW 2019

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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.

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gAyTX Nights: May 2016

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The countdown to Memorial Day / First Splash Weekend has begun but you won’t need to sit around waiting for the holiday weekend. There is plenty going on to keep you occupied while you wait.

Drag Class at Rain ends; Drag Survivor at Oilcan Harry’s begins. Minors now have a new place to hang out and after hours gets a new addition as Oilcan Harry’s tweaks their programming. Queerbomb is just a month away, but there are still a few ways you can make this year another success. All this and more in this month’s edition of gAyTX Nights.

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BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752 / 512-419-9192 / www.bouttime2.com

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YouTube sensation Bryan Hawn comes to Austin for Memorial Day / First Splash Weekend with a performance out at BT2 BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6 – 9 PM. 21+. $5 cover.

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Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701 / 512-431-2133 / www.cheerupcharlies.com
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Matthew’s Easter Circus hits Cheer Up Charlie’s for Cinco De Mayo for happy hour with $4 margarita sno cones, free chips and salsa, a live mariachi band, performances by Michael Reyna from Esther’s Follies, Shyanne O’Shea and music by DJ Mouthfeel. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6 – 8 PM. FREE. 21+.

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Help prep for Queerbomb with a craft party making the signs, banners and posters that are carried in the procession through downtown Austin. Bring your own crafting supplies: glitter, glue, box cutters, paint, brushes and anything else that gets your creative juices flowing.Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1 – 4 PM. FREE. 21+.

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Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-649-1212 / www.highlandlounge.com

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Gayborhood will be hosting it’s first official #GayborhoodTakeover party in Austin at Highland Lounge with a VIP Reception from 9 – 10 PM. Go Go boys will be sporting Andrew Christian, Addicted and Nasty Pig undies courtesy of Package Menswear, delicious cocktails, tasty bites by Michelle’s Patisserie and Austin Gourmet Popcorn, and A Flower Art Project donated by The Flower Studio. Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, May 6, 9 PM – Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2 AM. 21+.  FREE, no cover.

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The Austin chapter of the Texas Gay Rodeo Association host their annual swimwear auction, hosted by Simone Riviera, to raise money for their local charities. Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9 PM – 12 AM. 21+.  FREE, no cover.

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The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-482-8993 / www.theironbear.com

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The Iron Bear goes pink to help raise money for next month’s Queerbomb. Pink glow necklace and bracelets, pink lemonade Jell-o shots and more. There is no cover, but donations for Queerbomb will be collected all night long. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, May 14, 9 PM – Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2 AM. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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It’s the Memorial Day Weekend AND First Splash and DJ C-Rail is in the mix all night long with this annual Beargasm to kick off lake season. This year the party will benefit the Austin 2016 Gay Softball World Series with local teams selling Jell-o shots to raise money for the games. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, May 28, 9 PM – Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2 AM. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701 / 512-320-8823 / www.oilcanharrys.com

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DJ Macky Ray debuting afterhours at Oilcan Harry’s / photo credit: Chase Martin / gAyTX Nights on Twitter

There’s lots going on at the oldest gay bar in Austin. Besides the giant LED screen that dominates the dance floor, the weekend lineup got a shuffle … the first major one in a very long time. They’ve split up the Friday night dueling deejays — DJ Kavika and DJ Eriq Stylez — and gave Friday nights to DJ Kavika while DJ Eriq Stylez takes over Saturday nights.

The man wrangler Mackey Ray as moved out from behind the bar during happy hour and you can find him in the booth now running the lights and visuals on the weekends. Plus, Mackey will be spinning for afterhours on Fridays after DJ Kavika and Saturdays after DJ Eriq Stylez from 1 to 3 AM each night starting on Friday, May 6, 2016.

The six season of Drag Survivor kicks off on Wednesday, May 4. Contestants compete against one another to outsync, outshine and outshade their way to the $1000 cash prize through weekly challenges. Find out each week who moves on and who gets eliminated starting at 11 PM each Wednesday night.

After nearly a year of being open exclusively to those 21 and up, Oilcan Harry’s will once again welcome minors, 18 and up, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, starting Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

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Oilcan Harry’s kicks off May with a free all-you-can-eat crawfish boil along with the traditional free burgers on the patio. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 4 – 8 PM. 21+. FREE.

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Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-494-1150 / www.rainon4th.com

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Drag Class: 2nd Semester winners: The Jewels of the Orient with Lawhore Vagistan and her mentor Rhonda Jewels / photo credit: Chase Martin / Rain on 4th

The second semester of Drag Class, hosted by Sabel Scitites, wrapped up last month with Lawhore Vagistan and her mentor Rhonda Jewels — The Jewels of The Orient — taking home the top honor, including a $1000 cash prize. Third semester kicks off Tuesday, August 16. Until then Sabel Scities presents Showstopper, an open mic-style drag competition, every Tuesday night. Sign up from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, with the contest starting at 10 PM. $100 in cash prizes with $75 for first place and $25 for second place. Winners selected by audience response.

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Rain on 4th presents this year’s Fetish Ball featuring a costume and masquerade party hosted by Tyriek Taylor and Sabel Scities with performances by Roxy VyxSin from Her Sins Burlesque & Cabaret, Austin singer-songwriter Jonathan Ackley and adult movie actor Shawn Andrews. Silent auction and 50/50 raffle with proceeds benefiting SOS: Survivors Offering Support. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, May 20, 10 PM – Saturday, May 21, 2016, 3 AM. FREE, no cover for 21+. 18+ with $10 cover.

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gAyTX Nights is therepubliq’s monthly nightlife column that takes a look at what’s going on in Austin’s nightlife scene, with a focus on Austin’s gay bars and clubs. Bar owners/managers, email details about upcoming changes or special events to chase@therepubliq.com to be considered for the next edition.
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gAyTX Nights: NYE 2016

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UPDATED – Hard to believe that 2015 is nearly over. A landmark year for the community with marriage equality, it was definitely a good year for the gays and we’ve partied hard to celebrate … and we have one more chance to celebrate this week with New Year’s Eve. Luckily, there are quite a few options for those looking to celebrate — from ballroom to bar.

If you want to do the downtown thing, but don’t necessarily want the bar scene, there’s the city of Austin’s family friendly, alcohol-free Austin’s First Night, with the firework finale at 10 PM and then there is the more formal All Things Positive party at the W Austin.

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If you got the kids in tow or just looking for something a little low-key this year, check out Austin’s annual family friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s celebration featuring art, food trucks, live music on three stages and a fireworks finale at 10 PM. This year’s line-up includes Grupo Fantasma, Golden Dawn Arkestra, KP & the Boom Boom and Carolyn Wonderland. Auditorium Shores & Vic Mathias Shores, 920 W Riverside Dr, Austin TX 78704. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 4-10 PM. All ages. FREE, no cover.

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A celebration of love, community, camaraderie, and diversity at the first annual All Things Positive™ New Year’s Celebration featuring music from Mingo Fishtrap, Omar Phoenix, uLOVEi, DJ Kimmy K and more. Ticket price includes champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres & appetizers, and midnight breakfast taco buffet served up by the incredible W Hotel team. 50% of net proceeds will be shared among these local Austin non-profit organizations: LifeWorks Austin, Survive2Thrive Foundation, and Women’s Alliance for Leadership WAL. W Austin Hotel, 200 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 8 PM – 2 AM. 18+. $150 general admission, $250 couples admission, $265 VPP (Very Positive Person).

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While the nightlife scene isn’t for everyone, for some, it just wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without at trip to one (or more) of the downtown bars and clubs.

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BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752 / 512-419-9192 / www.bouttime2.com

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This north Austin hotspot is an alternative for those that want the bar feel, but without the downtown hassle. No cover. Plenty of free parking. Cash balloon drop at midnight. BT2, 6607 N Interstate 35, Austin TX 78752. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 9 PM. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701 / 512-431-2133 / www.cheerupcharlies.com

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Cheer Up Charlie’s is close enough to the core to get the downtown Austin feel, but far enough away that you’re not drowning in the madness of Dirty 6th Street. This year, No Play Music presents Thelma and the Sleaze, SAILOR POON, Ramesh, The Sour Notes, R O S E S, Basketball Shorts, DJ GirlFriend & DJ John Laird of SIDEONETRACKONE with photos by TheBarBat and 3D visuals by Total Unicorn. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 7 PM. 21+. Online tickets $6.27.

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Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-649-1212 / www.highlandlounge.com

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Austin Pride presents a masquerade ball to ring in the new year with Cirque Noir at Highland Lounge with a silent auction, photo booth, balloon drop, aerial performers and live entertainment featuring performances by Crystal Waters. Highland, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 9 PM. 21+. Online tickets $21.49–$36.87.

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The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-482-8993 / www.theironbear.com

[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]IRON BEAR NEW YEAR’S EVE[/gdlr_heading]

While it’s downtown, the Iron Bear up on 8th and Colorado streets, is far enough away from the mess of 4th & 6th streets to making it almost bear-able. DJ Todd will be spinning all night, so head in and grab a complimentary party hat and get ready for that complimentary champagne toast when the ball drops. Then hang around for a lite buffet of ham, rolls and blackeyed peas right after New Year’s. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 9 PM. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701 / 512-320-8823 / www.oilcanharrys.com

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Ring in the new year down on 4th Street at Austin’s landmark gay bar dancing the night away to two deejays — DJ Kavika and DJ Eriq Stylez. Be sure to get your photo with OCH’s traditional ice sculpture before you celebrate the 2016 with a free champagne toast. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 10 PM. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701 / 512-494-1150 / www.rainon4th.com

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]NEW YEAR’S EVE 2016 FT. DJ TONY CASTRO EDITION[/gdlr_heading]

Rain on 4th rings in the new year with DJ Tony Castro in the booth all night long along with your hostess Sabel Scities and his special “Year In Review” set. Champagne packages and cabana/booth/table rentals available. Ask you favorite bartenders for details. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 10 PM. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]BIG FREEDIA’S NYE PARTY[/gdlr_heading]

The Mohawk and Fun Fun Fun Fest present New Year’s Eve with the Big Diva — Big Freedia, along with BoomBaptist and Sharkweek — for an all ages show, complete with balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.The Mohawk, 912 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 6 PM. All ages. SOLD OUT.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]SABRA JOHNSIN BURLESQUE PRESENTS A NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECTACULAR[/gdlr_heading]

The Sins will provide to you one of the best variety shows in Austin, with a true mesh of classic and neo-burlesque, high-energy group routines and electrifying soloists that are sure to leave you dazzled! The unique and multifaceted talents of our burlesque beauties, cabaret dancers, aerial artists, singers, drag talent, and fire & sideshow acts will surely provide something for everyone! Brass House (in the Ballroom), 115 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 7 PM. $35-75.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h5″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-calendar”]NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH GINGER LEIGH & THE SAINTS OF SECOND CHANCES[/gdlr_heading]

Ring in the New Year at The Townsend, directly across from the Paramount Theatre, with Austin legend Ginger Leigh and special guests The Saints of Second Chances.The Townsend, 718 Congress Ave., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, December 31, 2015. 9 PM. 21+. $30-750.

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[gdlr_heading tag=”h4″ font_weight=”bold” icon=”icon-road”]GETTING AROUND[/gdlr_heading]

The Austin Police Department’s No Refusal Initiative is in effect through January 3, 2016 5 AM. During this time, officers can apply for a search warrant to obtain blood from those drivers that they suspect to be impaired who refuse to provide a breath or blood sample. The Holiday No Refusal initiative which started on December 18 has resulting in 127 DWI arrests as of December 28.

CapMetro will be FREE on New Year’s Eve starting at 6 PM. Special extended MetroRapid and MetroRail service runs until 2:30 AM, and Night Owls run until 3:30 AM. Details are available on the Capital Metro website at www.capmetro.org/specialevents. Please note that there is no UT Shuttle or E-bus service on New Year’s Eve.

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Unfortunately, for those under 21, there aren’t many options this year, since most bars are now 21+ only, and the few that do allow minors are not allowing them on New Year’s Eve. Right now, the only items on our list that is open to those under 21 is the city’s Austin’s New Year party downtown, which ends at 10 PM and the sold out Big Freedia’s NYE Party.

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gAyTX Nights is therepubliq’s monthly nightlife column that takes a look at what’s going on in Austin’s nightlife scene, with a focus on Austin’s gay bars and clubs. Bar owners/managers, email details about upcoming changes or special events to chase@therepubliq.com to be considered for the next edition.

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