Just in time to rescue you from the workweek, LGBT events go into overdrive so you can revel in the spring shows, soirees, sports and celebrations. Get in on the fun, friends and fundraising.
Friday, April 10
Houston Dash Girls Night Out with Brittney Griner. Help ensure the long-term success of women’s soccer in Houston with this ladyfest and their out-athlete special guest. The WNBA star (top photo, with the Dash on Thursday) is back in her hometown this weekend. You can also buy the Margarita Girls Night tickets to the game. Get a deal and have a blast @ BBVA Compass Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Gay Houston loves Britnney this much.
Bright Lights Friday Nights. DJ beats and shower boys get you all wet to kick off your weekend @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Latin Ladies Night with DJ Kittie. Get with Houston’s lesbian crowd (and their guy friends up in the Heights @ Pearl Bar, 10 p.m.
Karaoke Fridays. You know what’s up. Happy hour to the wee hours and you belting like a diva @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.
Flex Friday gets your motor running with hot boys, drag and other surprises like half-price happy hour @ F Bar, 8 p.m.
Modern Men 80s Night. Bears, Cubs, Daddy, Chaser, Twink, Leather, Levis and Masculine Men. Do it up to the mix-tape music of the ‘80s @ Ripcord, 9 p.m.
Selfie Millennial Friday puts its weekly spin on drag and dancing with scores of your friends and London A'dour as host @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Ladies & Gents. Whether it’s DJ beats, live music, happy hour until 8 p.m., sports on TV or free food in the house, the lesbians are in the Heights @ Pearl Lounge, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Viernes Noche Latina. It’s always time for two-steppin’ and line-dancin’ in the legendary Esquire Ballroom, and it’s always Latin Night on Fridays @ Neon Boots.
Fantasy Friday. Tanya Hyde leads the drag cast @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Fetish Friday. If it turns your crank, they’re doing it @ Eagle Houston, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Dance Your Booty Off and get moving on the floor @ Blur, 10 p.m.
Beats, beers and boys puts the party in your pocket and the gay in your Friday @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, all day.
Saturday, April 11
HRC Houston Gala (middle photo). The 18th annual event wines and dines the tuxedo and gown crowd with special guests out basketball star Brittney Griner and out Country star Ty Herndon @ Westin Galleria, 5 p.m.
HPD-LGBT Dialogue. The Houston Police Department gathers with gay Houston for an open meeting to discuss ongoing issues with this facet of its constituency @ Montrose Center, 10 a.m. Here’s a rundown of Houston’s hate crime problem.
Miss MSLA Pageant. The jocks of Montrose Softball League drag it up for hilarity and charity. It ain’t pretty, but it’s fun @ Meteor, 6:30 p.m. Don’t worry. There’s still plenty of room for the Shower Boys to leave a wet spot on your Saturday with DJ beats to move your feets @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Bearracuda Houston. The national party train for the pursuit of the hirsuit hits town with DJ Ryan Jones (LA) and all the mirth and girth you can handle @ Ripcord, 9 p.m. Here’s a little taste of what to expect.
Sasha Belle. The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7 Contestant turns on her charms during gay Houston’s biggest dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Ladies & Gents. The lesbians know what’s up for all the gay women and their male friends @ Pearl Bar, 10 p.m.
Shake Up Saturday. Montrose was never the same after the party bar to end all party bars hit the scene. With karaoke and more, you never know what you’re gonna get @ Crocker Bar, 9 p.m.
F Experience. You always wanted to do it with DJ Tad Dvorak. With drag. And go-go boys. Join the crowd @ F Bar, 9 p.m.
Country Dance. Before there was Gilley’s, there was the Esquire Ballroom. Now the legendary space is where your gay-ass boots meet the beat @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.
Leather-Levi Party. Rough and rugged are the men and your fantasies @ Eagle Houston, 12 noon – 2 a.m.
Sound Factory Saturday. One, two, you know what to do @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.
Party time. Excellent. Slip into something that will warm your gay heart @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, all day.
DJ beats get you moving on the dance floor @ Blur, 10 p.m.
Drag divas never really end when it’s cheap drinks and Showgurlz @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Scruffy Saturday. Cruise on over with DJ beats and hot male dancers @ Mining Company, 9 p.m.
Fruit loop. No weekend is complete without a stop in for a few laps around the loop and a drink or five while eyeing the go-go boys @ JR’s, all day.
Sunday, April 12
Montrose Softball League (bottom photo) pits Houston’s gay pitchers and catchers on the diamonds @ Houston Sports Complex, 9 a.m. Catch a shower, then join them for the Sons of Pitches Beer Bust @ South Beach, 6 p.m. Don’t miss our great Opening Day photos.
HRC After-Gala Brunch. More of a good thing with the Human Rights Campaign the morning after its annual dinner. Eat up and equality down @ Triniti, 11 a.m.
Jazz Brunch. The annual event that feeds you the good stuff while raising money for even better stuff – work of Live Consortium. Eat up and drink down @ La Griglia, 11:30 a.m.
Sunday Fundaze. Whether it's sports on TV, DJ beats, or more lesbians than you can handle, get down on it @ Pearl, 5 p.m.
Legends does fierce, fabulous fun with Dina Jacobs, Billie Jean, Tasha Kohl, Lawanda Jackson, and Tisch DeWilliams @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Sunday Lounge. Kick back and do the Sunday do: As little as possible and look good doing it @ Guava Lamp, 10 p.m. Lounge doors for day drinking at 4 p.m.
Sunday Fun Day. Whether you go for the karaoke, the rowdy patrons or what some call the best Sunday in town, get down @ Crocker Bar, 12:30 p.m.
Kickback Sunday. Mosey on over for some afternoon delight. It’s the most C&W Sunday fun you can have with your boots on @ Neon Boots, 12 noon.
Sunday Funday Crawfish parties until you absolutely have to go home and start your workweek. Crawfish and drink specials @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, 12 noon – 9 p.m.
Dangerous Disco. Thumping beats and the Texans on TV. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough @ Eagle Houston, 12 noon – 2 a.m.
Sunday Fun Day Drag Show with Kofi and the girls and all of Houston’s ready-to-party gay boys @ JR’s. All day bar, evening drag.
All Star Sunday. Alexis Nicole Whitney corrals the queens and closes out your weekend with a showstopper that you have to see to believe @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Hot Mess Sunday with Deejay Pollo and Ricky Lee and Houston’s hottest Spanish-English video remix set @ Blur, 10:30 p.m.
Men At Work with trash disco by DJ Danny G and drink specials @ Mining Company, all day.
Bottom photo by John Cox Photography