The Silicon Hills/Live Music Capital of the World Heart of Texas
Austin hosts an eclectic array of entertainment hotspots for its alternative community. Austin is also home to GLBT organizations like the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Aids Services of Austin (ASA), The United Court of Austin, the Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA), The Capital City Queens, the Heart of Texas Bears, the Central Texas Transgender Society, Team and Row Team Austin and Circuit Party Austin. Each of these organizations, along with many others, comprises the heart of the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and BI Community. Additional information on each organization may be found below.
Over 1,003,100 people live today in the metropolitan hill country area of Austin - the capital of Texas and the hub of the state. From the internationally Famous 6th Street, to Hippie Hollow at Lake Travis to the famed and honored University of Texas, to the Congress Ave St. Bridge and the Mexican Free-Tailed Urban Bat Colony, Austin is the place. Founded by the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, the capital city was developed in 1839 for the Republic of Texas. Austin has grown tremendously with the expansion of computer hardware and software manufacturers and is known as the Silicon Hills of the Southwest. In addition, Austin also bills itself as the Live Music Capital of the World by hosting South by Southwest (SXSW) yearly and broadcasting the Austin City Limits show nationally. Live music performances are found throughout the year from blues, country/western, reggae, jazz, Tejano, swing and rock.
Austin, Texas entered the Ambush family on December 12, 1997 with Volume 15/Issue 25 with its first column, Steers & Queers/Austin. Grown from a limited edition paper test-marketed in Texas to a growing 2000-plus issues distributed bi-weekly in Austin, Ambush has become very popular with Austinites as its entertainment flamboyant publication covering the Gulf South. Local media and picture coverage of GLBT Austin has featured everything from community profiles to what's hot and what's not, Quick Tea of Queers to Diva Crowning and Circuit Parties. Ambush continues to feature more on GLBT Austin than does its local competitors as Austin's # 1 source for news, entertainment, events and pictures. Check out all past Austin columns & pictures as well as additional links on Austin and its community
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