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Stars and Garters Burlesque Ready to ‘Shimmy and Shake’ in New Show

Stars and Garters Burlesque Ready to ‘Shimmy and Shake’ in New Show

Burlesque starlets to team with retro jazz act Ruby Alexander and the Bonafide Playboys. Originally published in the San Antonio Current. A provocative pioneer of the Alamo City’s burlesque revival, the all-female troupe Stars and Garters is in the midst of celebrating a full decade of “putting the bare in Bexar county.” Having scored top

Matthew Shepard’s Parents Coming to San Antonio for ‘Stay Proud, Be Loud’ Event

Matthew Shepard’s Parents Coming to San Antonio for ‘Stay Proud, Be Loud’ Event

Judy and Dennis Shepard, of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, will be in San Antonio on March 20 for an event dubbed “Stay Proud, Be Loud” which will emphasize the importance of reporting hate crimes. In 1998, the Shepard’s 21-year-old gay son, Matthew, was brutally attacked and tied to a fence in a field outside of

Stonewall Dems Schedule Endorsement Forum Ahead of Municipal Election

Stonewall Dems Schedule Endorsement Forum Ahead of Municipal Election

The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio announced their candidate forum and endorsement meeting will take place on Sunday, March 10 in the La Havana Room at the El Tropicano Hotel. The purpose of the forum is to hear from candidates who are running for City Council and to vote on endorsements. The meeting is being

Yara Sofia to Judge San Antonio’s ‘Drag Me to Fame’ Competition

Yara Sofia to Judge San Antonio’s ‘Drag Me to Fame’ Competition

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. With an origin story not unlike that of fellow Puerto Rican drag star Jessica Wild (who performs in San Antonio on March 6), Yara Sofia rose through the ranks of San Juan’s LGBT nightlife scene, perfecting her craft in famed clubs like Krash and eventually landing on RuPaul’s

Just One Night Fundraiser for Homeless LGBT Teens Marks Second Year

Just One Night Fundraiser for Homeless LGBT Teens Marks Second Year

An event to benefit homeless LGBT youth in San Antonio marks the second year where participants are asked to raise funds and sleep in a city park for a night. The fundraiser, dubbed “Just One Night” will benefit the Thrive Youth Center, a San Antonio shelter for homeless LGBT teens. LGBT youth represent a high

Ruby City Show Features Video Installations and Photos by Filmmaker Isaac Julien

Ruby City Show Features Video Installations and Photos by Filmmaker Isaac Julien

Ruby City, the Linda Pace Foundation’s arts complex on Camp Street in Southtown, has mounted an exhibition of works by renowned filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien. The show, Isaac Julien – Looking for Langston opens on February 28. Julien was born in London where he still resides. He came to prominence in the 1980s

Presa House Exhibition “Cicatrices” Focuses on Work by Gay Artist Jose Villalobos

Presa House Exhibition “Cicatrices” Focuses on Work by Gay Artist Jose Villalobos

Work by gay San Antonio artist Jose Villalobos will take center stage at the Presa House Gallery in an exhibit that opens on March 1. The title of the show, Cicatrices, translates into English as “Scars.” Last January, Villalobos was the recipient of a $25,000 Painters and Sculptors grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He

Cornyation’s ‘Cheap and Raunchy Romans’ Prepare for King’s Coming Out Party

Cornyation’s ‘Cheap and Raunchy Romans’ Prepare for King’s Coming Out Party

The folks at Fiesta Cornyation are busy preparing to officially introduce this year’s King Anchovy LIV, Mindy Miller Hill, at a February 22 soiree themed “Cheap and Raunchy Romans.” While the King’s Coming Out Party is the first official appearance by King Anchovy, Hill’s name was leaked last October during the 80th birthday party for

San Antonio Activist Invites Everyone to Her 9th Annual Birthday Party Fundraiser

San Antonio Activist Invites Everyone to Her 9th Annual Birthday Party Fundraiser

For almost a decade now, Ana Alicia Perez has chosen to ask guests at her birthday parties to forget the presents and instead make a donation to some of her favorite charities. This year is no exception. Perez is an activist and LGBT ally who is on the board of directors for Fiesta Youth and

Emmy-Nominated ‘Drag Race’ Star Raven Brings Her Dramatic Act to San Antonio

Emmy-Nominated ‘Drag Race’ Star Raven Brings Her Dramatic Act to San Antonio

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. A California native of Russian descent, David Petruschin is admittedly fond of “winged creatures.” As a go-go boy on the SoCal club scene, he dubbed himself Phoenix before developing the drag persona Raven. Arriving on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race back in 2010, the professional makeup

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