The fall party season would not be complete without Fiesta Youth’s annual Halloween Hocus Pocus fundraiser, which this year slated for October 21 at the Arbor House Suites in the heart of downtown San Antonio.
The Arbor House Suites, the city’s only gay-owned bed and breakfast, consists of four, 125-year-old two-story Queen Ann Colonial Revival houses with beautifully landscaped gardens.
Partygoers will be treated to finger food, open bar, music, a live DJ, dancing and a raffle. There will be a costume contest with prizes for scariest, funniest, sexiest and most original costumes.
Fiesta Youth was organized in 2013 by founder Emily Leeper, a San Antonio mom with a teenage lesbian daughter. Leeper started the LGBT youth group after finding out there was none in the city.
The mission of Fiesta Youth is to provide “a safe, non-judgmental, affirming place for LBGT teens to express and explore who they are through education, peer-support, advocacy and friendship.” The group meets on Tuesdays at University Presbyterian Church.
Most recently, Fiesta Youth introduced two new programs, Lit Out of the Closet and 4C for LGBT.
Lit Out of the Closet is a collaboration with the San Antonio Public Library which brings Fiesta Youth programming to branch libraries in the hopes of reaching out to LGBT teens who might not otherwise be able to visit the group’s traditional venue on city’s northside. The program donates LGBT young adult books to the library in order to highlight the power of literature to facilitate feelings of acceptance and pride.
4C for LGBT is a partnership with LGBT organizations at four local colleges: GALA at San Antonio College, the Coalition at Texas A&M University at San Antonio, PRIDE at Trinity University, and Spectrum at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Each semester Fiesta Youth co-sponsors at least one major social, cultural, or educational event with these organizations. The program annually honors college LGBT activists with the Fiesta Youth Award in Collegiate Activism.
Fiesta Youth presents the Fourth Annual Halloween Hocus Pocus, Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Arbor House Suites, 109 Arciniega St. Tickets are $35. Purchase online at HocusPocusSA.com. 21 and over only. Use this link to get more information about Fiesta Youth and its programs.