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Entertainers Announced for Pride Center’s Icon Awards Brunch

Entertainers Announced for Pride Center’s Icon Awards Brunch

Pride Center San Antonio this week announced two local performers who will grace the stage for the first annual Icon Awards Brunch, which is slated for June 2 at the Pearl Stable. Vocalist and Dj Alyson Alonzo will spin a DJ set throughout the event and give a live performance that will feature songs from

Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Killed in Texas House Revived in Senate

Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Killed in Texas House Revived in Senate

A so-called “religious liberty” bill that was killed in the Texas House last week has been revived in the Texas Senate where it appears to be on a fast track. Last Thursday, state Rep. Julie Johnson (D-Carrollton), along with her colleagues on the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus defeated the bill, HB 3172, using a couple

Just One Night Fundraiser for Homeless LGBT Teens Set for May 18

Just One Night Fundraiser for Homeless LGBT Teens Set for May 18

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

Ilene Brenner Dunn, LGBTQ Ally and Former Pastor of Madison Square Presbyterian, has Died

Ilene Brenner Dunn, LGBTQ Ally and Former Pastor of Madison Square Presbyterian, has Died

Rev. Ilene Brenner Dunn, former pastor of Madison Square Presbyterian Church in San Antonio and an ally of the LGBTQ community died on Sunday, May 4 surrounded by friends and family. Most recently, Dunn was a ministerial assistant at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and a pastoral counselor at the Samaritan Counseling Center, both in Austin.

Pride Center Readies Emerald Ball and Icon Awards Brunch Events

Pride Center Readies Emerald Ball and Icon Awards Brunch Events

Organizers at Pride Center San Antonio are busy readying two fundraising events, the Emerald Ball on May 25 and the Icon Awards Brunch on June 2. The eighth annual Emerald Ball will be held this year at Woodlawn Pointe. The variety show, which is organized by photographer Julián P. Ledezma, who is on the Pride

With Business Groups’ Backing, House Panel Adds Non-Discrimination Protection to Senate Bill

With Business Groups’ Backing, House Panel Adds Non-Discrimination Protection to Senate Bill

State Rep. Dade Phelan added the provision to a Senate bill that would bar cities from enacting rules on how businesses schedule their employees’ shifts. LGBTQ groups worried that without the language, businesses could pick which employees get certain benefits. By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune Republicans’ legislative efforts to ban cities from mandating benefits

San Antonio Research Facility to Collaborate on Developing HIV Vaccine

San Antonio Research Facility to Collaborate on Developing HIV Vaccine

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $8.67 million to Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio and Mymetics Corporation of Switzerland to collaborate on the development of an HIV vaccine. Mymetics, a Swiss-based biotechnology company which has a research lab in the Netherlands, focuses on the development of next-generation preventative vaccines for infectious and

San Antonio Opera Impressario Mark Richter has Died

San Antonio Opera Impressario Mark Richter has Died

Mark Richter, the founding artistic director of the Alamo City Opera, died on April 28 at the age of 51. Over the course of his career, Richter produced over 100 operatic productions in San Antonio. During his life he led the Pocket Opera, the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, the Opera Piccola and the Alamo

Rep. Garnet Coleman Seeks to Add Gender Identity to Texas Hate Crimes Law

Rep. Garnet Coleman Seeks to Add Gender Identity to Texas Hate Crimes Law

State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) held a press conference at the State Capitol on April 29 to announce he is introducing a bill to add gender identity to the list of protected classes in the state’s hate crimes law. The James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act was passed by the State Legislature in 2001. The

Gene Elder, San Antonio Artist, Writer and Activist, is Dead at 69

Gene Elder, San Antonio Artist, Writer and Activist, is Dead at 69

San Antonio artist Gene Elder who had a long career as an artist, writer, activist and most recently as the archivist at the Happy Foundation, died on April 28 at the age of 69 after a months-long battle with cancer. Elder revealed his cancer diagnosis to his friends in an email last September and kept

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