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.
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
Rain on 4th
Rain Employee Donations: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rain-on-4th-employee-donations
Support individual bar and restaurant staff with Austin’s Virtual Tip Jar.
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 local DJ Tony Castro on Spotify and donate on venmo (tony-castro-3) or paypal.