A university town and the most left-leaning enclave in Texas, Austin is generally gay-, lesbian-, bisexual-, and transgender-friendly. To find out about clubs (like Oilcan Harry's and Rainbow Cattle Co.), log on to www.austin.gaycities.com. Book Woman, 5501 North Lamar #A-105 (tel. 512/472-2785; www.ebookwoman.com) is the best place to find gay and lesbian books and magazines, as well as the Austin Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages. A good online resource for gay travelers is www.outinaustin.com. It includes feature stories about local events and has a lot of business listings.

Established in 1987, the annual Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, held in September, debuts works by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender filmmakers from throughout the world. Log on to www.agliff.org for additional information, or call tel. 512/302-9889.

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