Best gay things to do in Houston this weekend

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DJs, drag shows and drinks are just the beginning of these local LGBT events. Weekly throwdowns and one-night-only blowouts are sure to make Monday a little sore but totally worth it.

Friday, Aug. 14

Sam Smith (top photo). The out crooner returns with armfuls of Grammys and more of that velvety smooth panty-dropping music you love @ Toyota Center, 8 p.m. Our 19 Steps to Falling in Love with Him still hold true.

“I Am A Camera: LGBTQ Communities Seen from Within.” Exhibition of moving images of LGBT life continues @ Silverstreet Studios, daily. Runs through Aug. 29.

Ripcord Rewind.  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. Hey look, it’s also Bayou City Pups Night.

Flex Friday gets your motor running with hot boys, drag and other surprises like half-price happy hour @ F Bar, 8 p.m. Get there early for Belevedere Happy Hour, 5 p.m.

Stripper Circus. The new weekly club concept hits hard, and yes it’s exactly like it sounds. Hot men, performers and surprises @ South Beach, 9 p.m. 

Ripcord Rewind.  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.

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.

Viernes Noche Latina offers up two-steppin’ and line-dancin’ in the legendary Esquire Ballroom @ Neon Boots, 9 p.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, Aug. 15

Raven and Jujubee (middle photo). The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fellow finalists and BFFs hit town together in a showstopper night of performances amid the dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m.

Houston Hurricanes Recruitment Day. If you like gay jocks, and you do, come sign up for fall games with Houston’s gay flag football league. Meet the people and play a pick-up game too @ American Legion Park, 9:30 a.m.

Protect HERO Day of Acton. The grassroots campaign to get out the vote and keep Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance begins with you. Take action @ Montrose Center, 10 a.m.

OUTreach United Pool Party & Vodka Social. The annual event to beat the heat splashes into your day with open bar, swimsuit fashion show, food and more @ 5134 N. Braeswood, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

GLUE Uniform Party. The Misfits invade as hosts to your Gear Leather Uniform Etcetera attire and take over the dog house on the patio @ Ripcord, 9 p.m.

F Xperience. With DJ Tad Dvorak. And drag. And go-go boys. Join the crowd @ F Bar, 9 p.m.

Sound Factory Saturday. One, two, you know what to do @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.

Shower Boys leave a wet spot on your Saturday with DJ beats to move your feets @ Meteor, 9 p.m.

Dangerous Disco. Thumping beats and men men men. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough @ Eagle Houston, 12 noon – 2 a.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.

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, Aug. 16

Retox Sunday shuts down your weekend. These queens know what you need, and you’re going to get it @ F Bar (bottom photo), 6 p.m. And Sunday night is always F Latin Divas.

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

Sunday Showtunes puts a rough-and-ready, leather-Levis spin on your usual gay musical fascination @ Ripcord, 3 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.

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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