The Advocate’s 13th Gayest City: Austin, Texas

Austin Gay Real EstateNo amount of backwoodsiness from previous and current statehouse residents George W. Bush or Rick Perry can taint the cosmopolitan, countercultural, and friendly nature of this capital city.

Bands, barhopping, and barbecue feature prominently here, for queers and others. The lesbian-owned Hotel San Jose ( is a minimalist oasis; no fewer than 16 bars offer libations for LGBTs; and Splash Days (au naturel sunbathing and parties over Labor Day), the Austin City Limits Music Festival (late September), and March’s South by Southwest (SXSW) film and music festival keep Austin suitably weird — and gay.

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