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Commentary: Wedding Cake Debate Will Create a Backlash

Commentary: Wedding Cake Debate Will Create a Backlash

This commentary was originally published in the San Antonio Express-News. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. “To cake! or not to cake!” that is the question. The judges’ decision is final. And the winner is? Who knew that cake decorating could be so confrontational? And, as I like to say from

PLASTIK Collective Parties Are a Haven for the Alternative Queer

PLASTIK Collective Parties Are a Haven for the Alternative Queer

When some friends invited me to check out this party called Glitter Baby, I thought, “My old gay ass don’t really go to parties anymore.” However, I was curious because of where they were throwing the event – The Gallery, formerly Hardbodies on North St. Mary’s Street. Founder/promoter Oliv Ryan, a local multi-disciplinary artist, explained

Sitting Down with Unerasable Graciela Sanchez

Sitting Down with Unerasable Graciela Sanchez

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. I’m sitting at Sweet Yams Café on the city’s East Side with Graciela Sanchez, director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. The sunlight cascades down the right side of her face through the adjacent window, giving her a resplendent glow. Sanchez, who has devoted her life to

Frida Kahlo Birthday Celebrations Abound in San Antonio

Frida Kahlo Birthday Celebrations Abound in San Antonio

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. You don’t have to look far to see Frida Kahlo’s signature brows stitched across a tote bag, dangling from earrings or painted on a prayer candle like the Virgin De Guadalupe. These days, it seems that there is something pressingly important about the commercial urgency to reproduce her

Raúl Castillo of HBO’s ‘Looking’ is Featured in Three Films at SA’s CineFestival

Raúl Castillo of HBO’s ‘Looking’ is Featured in Three Films at SA’s CineFestival

Raúl Castillo, who rose to prominence with gay audiences after appearing in the Home Box Office series, Looking, will be in San Antonio for the opening of CineFestival where he will be featured in three films. Castillo, who hails from McAllen, Texas, was mostly a stage actor prior to appearing in films and starring in

Photos: Can You Find Your Face in the 2018 Pride SA Crowd Pics?

Photos: Can You Find Your Face in the 2018 Pride SA Crowd Pics?

In what appears to be the most attended Pride festival and parade in San Antonio’s history, Out in SA photographer Julián P. Ledezma encountered crowds wherever he went. Ledezma did what any good photographer would do, he snapped pictures of the gangs of LGBTs and allies that filled the streets and the park where the

Photos: The 2018 Pride SA Parade – Marching for Equality

Photos: The 2018 Pride SA Parade – Marching for Equality

With over 140 entries, the 2018 Pride Bigger Than Texas went into the history books as the biggest Pride parade ever held in San Antonio. North Main Avenue, with it’s newly installed rainbow crosswalk, was lined with crowds who cheered the marchers, floats and drag queens. Another first this year was that a local television

Photos: Out and Proud at the 2018 Pride SA Festival

Photos: Out and Proud at the 2018 Pride SA Festival

Crockett Park was filled to capacity on June 30 when thousands showed up for the Pride Bigger Than Texas Festival. The line to get into the park snaked for several blocks along North Main Avenue. — Photos by JPL PRO – Julián P. Ledezma   Check out these other 2018 Pride slideshows: LGBT Community Cuts

LGBT Community Cuts Ribbon on Rainbow Crosswalk

LGBT Community Cuts Ribbon on Rainbow Crosswalk

San Antonio’s LGBT community came out in force on Friday, June 29 for the ribbon cutting of the rainbow crosswalk in the heart of the city’s gay business district. City Councilman Roberto C. Trevino, who championed the project from the start, was joined by fellow council members Ana Sandoval and Rey Saldana along with Mayor

Central Library Exhibit Showcases a Slice of SA’s LGBTQ History

Central Library Exhibit Showcases a Slice of SA’s LGBTQ History

To celebrate Pride month, UTSA Special Collections was invited to install an exhibit at the San Antonio Public Library Central Branch highlighting San Antonio’s LGBTQ history. Queer Collections: A Portal to San Antonio’s LGBTQ Past showcases materials from the Lollie Johnson Papers. Johnson, a local business entrepreneur, owned and operated several queer clubs from the

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