The Octopus Club is proud to partner with Guerrilla Queer Bar for their very last homo happy hour!  For 15 years, GQB has hosted nearly 200 invasions of unsuspecting straight bars to spread queer cheer.  For their last hurrah, GQB has decided to take over Cheer Up Charlies, the queer-inclusive refuge at 900 Red River Street.  And they’re donating a percentage of the evening’s proceeds to the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at AIDS Services of Austin!image001

“When I started the Austin Outpost of the Guerrilla Queer Bar on July 25, 2000, I had no idea that we’d embark upon a 15-year journey together.  So much has changed in Austin’s gay community over the years,” said GQB founder Richard MacKinnon, who described the group as part tour group, part missionary, part diplomacy, and a lot of camaraderie.

Attendees are invited to wear a white t-shirt and bring markers to decorate it with, and commemorate GQB’s legacy with a custom souvenir. Friday will feature cool vibes from DJ Daddie Dearest. Come prepared to vibrate with us! MacKinnon and several others have pledged to contribute to ASA’s emergency fund a “DJ Match” equal to five percent of the evening’s proceeds.  

It’s not too late join the DJ Match!  Just contact The Octopus Club!  The Octopus Club will also be available to accept donations.

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Octopus_Club_Logo_2011The Octopus Club is a grassroots all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at ASA through events and parties.  Since its founding in 1989, the Octopus Club has raised more than $2.1 million for the fund, assisting more than 800 ASA clients.

The Paul Kirby Emergency Fund provides emergency financial assistance to individuals infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS.  These funds are distributed to individuals for basic living needs on a case-by-case basis.  Services paid for by the fund include assistance with emergency food, housing and utilities, medical care, medication, and transportation.  When they have nowhere else to turn, the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund is a helping hand of last resort.

For more information on The Octopus Club and the emergency fund, visit www.octopusclub.org, and join the email list.