Even though Austin’s clubs and bars aren’t open right now, there are still plenty of ways to support our queer bars, entertainers, musicians and artists. Read on for a growing list of opportunities to experience and give back to our LGBTQ+ community.
Temporarily Closed Bars & Clubs
The staff at many of Austin’s gay bars and nightclubs work mostly for tips, so donating to a virtual tip jar is one of the best ways to give back to your favorite bartenders, barbacks, security, bussers, DJs and performers.
‘Bout Time II
BT2’s Staff Help GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bt2-staff-help
Cheer Up Charlie’s
Emergency Staff Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cheer-up-charlies-emergency-staff-fund
Support Coconut Club by purchasing this limited edition shirt from Under Pressure Screen Printing: http://underpressuresp.com/coconutclub
Plus, 100% of purchases from Lone Star Queer will be donated to Coconut Club, through April 6, 2020: https://www.lonestarqueer.com/
Highland Family GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/404-highland-family
The Iron Bear GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-employees-of-the-iron-bear
OCH’s GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/oilcan-harrys
Rain on 4th
Rain Employee Donations: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rain-on-4th-employee-donations
Seller’s GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sellers-underground-family
Support individual bar and restaurant staff with Austin’s Virtual Tip Jar and Queerantine.Me’s list of local LGBTQ Bar and Restaurant Staff who are losing out on income while businesses are shuttered.
Virtual Babes Fest
On April 4th, BossBabesATX is launching STAY HOME CLUB with a digital evening event referencing the annual BABES FEST. Come e-hang for recommended film screenings from previous BABES FEST lineups and discussions on creative community-building, and jam out to a curated selection of DJs from around the country and the bbatx residency.
Virtual Kiki is a queer-antine happy hour and virtual dance party. presented by Lesbian Wedding, Thee Gay Agenda, Y2K Technologies, p1nkstar & DJ GirlFriend ATX. The Virtual Kiki will foster queer connection in Central Texas through a digital dance floor and performance show by beloved local and regional acts.
Watch for details: https://www.facebook.com/thee.gay.agenda
Barbarella is throwing a kiki like no other. On Tuesdays, tune in to Glitoris Radio on Spotify for a Tuezgays playlist by acclaimed DJ The Glitoris. Be sure to tip the staff on venmo at barbarella_atx.
Playlist on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/user/theglitoris
The Highland Show: A Digital Variety Show
A compilation of videos showcasing the talents of the Highland staff, including bartenders, security, barbacks, bussers, and entertainers. Enjoy drag, singing, comedy, short films and more. 100% digital. All proceeds go to the collective GoFundMe, which is split 100% evenly between all Staff and performers.
Part One: https://www.facebook.com/210545565736245/videos/586035208701396/
Part Two: https://www.facebook.com/highlandlounge/videos/1114841132203149/
Musicians, Artists & Entertainers
Support local musicians, DJs, comedians, drag performers, artists and more by purchasing merch online. Proceeds from Thee Gay Agenda’s new Alone Together tee go to their Artist Relief Fund - a pool to help queer artists in need. Shop electronic pop artist p1nkstar’s online store. Tune in to Sellers’ resident DJ Tony Castro on Spotify and donate on venmo (tony-castro-3) or paypal.