From the Archives: The Shocking Gray Years (1990-1995)

Long before LGBTQA was an acronym, there was Shocking Gray. Launched right here in the Alamo City circa 1990, this brave enterprise established itself as the nation’s premier gay and lesbian mail-order catalog by providing pre-internet shoppers with niche apparel, accessories, books, art, decor and an array of gifts emblazoned with pink triangles and rainbow flags. To learn more about Shocking Gray’s wild ride, San Antonio-based co-founder Michelle Friesenhahn and her multi-media endeavors under the moniker Wilby Creative (, click here and take a seat on the Chartreuse Couch.


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