Best gay things to do in Houston this weekend

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From signature events to one-night-only specials and limited-time-offer shows, local LGBT events roll out the good times that say, “Hey! You need to get up, get out, get busy and get into it.”

Friday, May 1

Uno de Mayo Why Wait. Montrose Center & Legacy benefit from this show with members of ERSICSS to get your weekend started early. Taco and nacho bar round out the fun @ Neon Boots, 7 p.m. Stick around. Every Friday is Viernes Noche Latina with two-steppin’ and line-dancin’ in the legendary Esquire Ballroom, 9 p.m.

Totally Radical 80s Night. Bears, Cubs, Daddy, Chaser, Twink, Leather, Levis and Masculine Men. Do it up to the mix-tape music of the 1980s @ 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.

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.

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. 

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.

Boys and Men. You know you love it @ JR’s and Mining Company’s Cockfight.

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, May 2

Derby Day (middle photo). The long-standing tradition of Kentucky Derby gets its long-standing gay twist in Houston. Put on your spring duds for the Big Hat contest, drag horse race, Mint Juleps and a show to benefit Legacy Community Health @ Meteor, 3 p.m. Don’t worry. There’s plenty of time left for Shower Boys to leave a wet spot on your Saturday with DJ beats to move your feets @ Meteor, 9 p.m.

Ginger Minj. The plus-sized Season 7 glamour toad hits the stage as part of gay Houston’s best dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m.

Out at the Ensemble. The local theater hosts an LGBT night at its currently running show, “Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking” and a mixer event to boot @ Ensemble Theatre, 8 p.m.

Levi-Leather Beats. The music and the guys are pumping @ Ripcord, 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, May 3

Legends does fierce, fabulous fun with Dina Jacobs (bottom photo), Billie Jean, Tasha Kohl, Lawanda Jackson, and Tisch DeWilliams @ Meteor, 9 p.m.

Montrose Softball League pits Houston’s gay pitchers and catchers on the diamonds @ Houston Sports Complex, 9 a.m.

Sunday Showtunes. You’ve never camped it up with showtunes quite like you do at a leather bar. Come get you some @ Ripcord, 3 p.m.

Retox Sunday shuts down the weekend. These queens know what you need, and you’re going to get it @ F Bar, 6 p.m. They are still recovering from this.

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.

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