Tag Archives: LGBT youth

When a Birthday Party is a Fundraiser

When a Birthday Party is a Fundraiser

For the seventh year in a row, activist Ana Alicia Perez is telling her friends to ditch the birthday presents and instead make a donation to some of her favorite charities. Over the years, Perez has invited the community to a party where she’s accepted donations for the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, the Children’s Hospital,

Fiesta Youth’s Halloween Hocus Pocus Marks Third Year

Organizers at Fiesta Youth are busy getting ready for their third annual Halloween Hocus Pocus fundraiser, slated for October 15 in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Hocus Pocus is being held in the garden of the Arbor House Suites, San Antonio’s only gay-owned bed and breakfast. Arbor House recently celebrated the 125th anniversary of

The Nine Most Anti-LGBT Colleges in Texas

Nine Texas colleges have the dubious honor of being on this year’s list of the Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth, which includes 102 schools that discriminate in “policies, programs and practices.” The compilation, dubbed The Shame List, is published by Campus Pride, “a national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to

Reconnect with Nature in an Armadillo Teardrop

The weather outside is perfect, and Emily Pease is sitting in a fold-out chair in Guadalupe State Park with a water bottle in hand. Behind her is a brightly colored teardrop camper trailer she recently finished setting up. Emily is well aware of the benefits the great outdoors offers camping enthusiasts. For her, camping isn’t

It’s LGBT Prom Season in SA

It’s spring and all around San Antonio high school juniors and seniors are preparing to attend their annual proms. However, for LGBT students, prom night can be filled with anxiety and dread over dress codes and rules forbidding same-sex dates. Last year, Samantha Arielle Lopez, an 18-year-old senior, was told by school officials that she

LezRideSA Builds Community Through Fitness

“Our larger mission is to support physical activity and build community through fun outdoor activities among LGBT youth.” In the fall of 2014, a friend of mine’s son locked himself in his room and refused to get out of bed for several weeks. This good friend reached out to trusted family, to doctors, to her

LezRideSA Offers Activity Grants to LGBT Youth Groups

LezRideSA is accepting applications from local LGBT youth organizations for two $500 Fun Activity Grants it will award this summer. The grants will be used by the youth organizations to promote or sponsor healthy activities like dance, sports, hiking, cycling and team building events. Underwriting for the grants is being provided by several organizations including

UT student initiates online network for local LGBT teens

A University of Texas student is in San Antonio promoting a new online network she created which helps local LGBT high school students find a supportive community of like-minded friends. Anna Weingart is the founder and executive director of the non-profit, SanghaLink. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Texas

Pride Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters seek youth mentors

Pride Center San Antonio and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas are seeking mentors for a new, site-based joint mentoring group for LGBT youth. The program is looking for individuals who “live successful ‘out’ and ‘proud’ LGBTQ lives.” In an announcement, Pride Center officials say the joint program with Big Brothers Big Sisters is

Psychotherapist helps school district address needs of LGBT students

A San Antonio psychotherapist is working with counselors at a local school district to help address the needs of its LGBT students. Darrell Garcia Parsons confirmed to Out In SA that he has been retained by the Alamo Heights Independent School District to present a two-hour training on January 6 to the district’s counselors. Among