The boxes and packing tape have been put away and The Q (ASA’s Mpowerment Project) is settled into their new home at 2906 Medical Arts, just a few doors down from ASA’s Jack Sansing Dental Clinic! This Friday from 6pm – 9 pm, celebrate the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off The Q Austin’s new home. With a proclamation from Mayor Lee Leffingwell, the entire day will be The Q Austin Day!
With HIV infection rates on the rise among young gay and bi-sexual men, The Q Austin works to mobilize these same young men in the fight against stigma around HIV in Austin. The Q Austin’s Interim Lead Coordinator David Sweeney says, “The Q works by empowering young gay, bi-sexual and curious guys to come together and creatively address the issues facing their own community. It really is a project created by and for young gay men.”
The new Q location is larger, with several offices and spaces for activities, testing, and meetings. The move makes the space more accessible to young gay and bi men in an easy-to-access location near several colleges and bus routes. The Q’s Core Group of volunteers has already been busy at work planning activities and getting the space ready for the grand opening.
This Friday, see firsthand how the Core Group works to mobilize the community and raise awareness for safer sex practices.
- Take a tour to see what the Core Group does in the space and out in the community.
- Get a sample of The Q Austin’s award winning social media strategies as you take The Q’s Social Media Challenge to win awesome prizes.
- Enjoy complimentary food and drinks while being entertained by our guest DJ on the back patio.
- Learn more about our program with videos, interactive activities, and a reading of the Mayor’s Proclamation.
“The space will help ASA more effectively reach the communities most at-risk.” says ASA’s Executive Director, Paul Scott. “We are extremely proud of the The Q and volunteers in creating an inviting and safe space that is open and accessible to the community.”
Each wall of the Q’s new location is a work of art designed and executed by gay and queer staff and volunteers to create an innovative and inviting space for young gay and bi men to be themselves. The Q Austin’s Medical Arts location also features a bi-weekly HIV testing clinic and Gallery Q, a queer art space to support local LGBTQ artists. People are also invited to stock up on safer sex supplies at the Austin Chronicle’s Best Of “Sex Wall at The Q” and borrow books from our Queer Library.
Whether it’s a movie night in our Screening Room, or Queer Yoga in our studio space, there’s definitely something for everyone at Austin’s newest queer space, and we look forward welcoming you to our new home!