Your Guide to San Antonio Pride Week Events

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PRIDE Bigger than Texas 2016 - PHOTO BY JULIAN P. LEDEZMA
  • Photo by Julian P. Ledezma
  • PRIDE Bigger than Texas 2016


Fiesta Youth Teen Meeting
Every Tuesday, nonprofit organization Fiesta Youth invites local LGBT youth and allies between the ages of 12 and 18 into a welcoming atmosphere focused on friendship and support. Meetings for parents and caregivers of LGBT youth are held the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell Ave., (210) 732-9927, fiesta-youth.org.

Beer Bust

Take "Sunday Funday" to the next level and get geared up for the week at Pride San Antonio's Beer Bust. Hosted at Club Essence, the weekly event offers Bud Light drafts for just 50 cents until the keg floats. Sundays, 5 p.m. at Essence, 1010 N. Main, (210) 223-5418.


San Antonio Gender Association Meeting
The San Antonio Gender Association, or SAGA, meets every first and third Thursday of the month. SAGA is a private secular organization dedicated to the exploration of issues involving gender identity and the advocacy of fair and just public policy for the wider LGBTQI community. SAGA offers a welcoming place for conversation and discussion to transgender persons and to those who love and support them. Located in the downstairs social hall. Third and First Thursday of every month, 6:30-9 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church, 611 E. Myrtle, (210) 472-3597, Free. sagneder.net.


Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio
Membership to Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio is open to all Democrats who support LGBTQ+ civil rights. Meetings are every third Monday of each month, with the exception of December, at 6:30PM at Luby's. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and join members for dinner. Third Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20 at Luby's Cafeteria, 911 N. Main Ave., (210) 223-1911, stonewallsanantonio.org.


  • LGBT LULAC Membership Meeting - Orgullo de San Antonio

The purpose of the League of United Latin American Citizens Council #22198, known as “Orgullo de San Antonio,” is to establish open and positive communication between the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Latino communities by promoting social and economic opportunity and full equality for all. Meetings are open to the public and guests do not have to be a member to attend. Third Thursday of every month, 6:45-8 p.m. at Luby's Cafeteria, 911 N. Main Ave., (210) 223-1911, lulac22198.org.
Growing Up Trans, a Frontline PBS documentary, educates viewers on the process, difficulty and overall happiness of eight families’ experiences through the transitioning of the children, specifically. Rather than analyzing and addressing the way adults navigate their way through the transitioning process, the filmmakers go back farther into the formative years of a child’s mind to compile an enriching look at how others perceive trans, or gender non-conforming experiences. Not only do they reflect on the way the friends, classmates, and superiors assess their gender fluidity, they address the parents’ perspectives and feelings of “losing” the child they once knew. Screening in conjunction with the San Antonio Public Library’s Pride Month program, Growing Up Trans explores the complex ways society shapes our gender, particularly the social roles and scripts associated with our sex assigned at birth. Mon., July 17, 6-7:30 p.m. at Brook Hollow Branch Library, 350 Heimer Road, (210) 207-9030 and Wed., July 19, 6-7:30 p.m. at Westfall Branch Library, 6111 Rosedale Court, (210) 207-9220. — Sarah Davis

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Nina Bo'Nina Brown from RuPaul's Drag Race S9

Not that it hasn’t always been there in some way, shape or form, but exaggerated, outlandish costumes and makeup concepts have flourished in recent seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race — exemplified by the likes of deranged living doll Trixie Mattel (season seven), “7-foot-tall, live-action anime character” Kim Chi (season eight) and Atlanta-based transformation specialist Nina Bo’Nina Brown (season nine). Born Pierre Leverne Dease in 1980s-era South Carolina, Brown entered the “reality” competition series on a high note, impressing guest judge Lady Gaga with two dramatic looks: a lace number modeled after an Alexander McQueen bodysuit Gaga wore to the MTV VMAs in 2009 … and a full-on Georgia peach costume built around a comical headpiece. Previously known as Beatta Bitchass and sometimes referred to by her “full name” (Nina Bo’nina Banana Fofana Osama Bin Laden Brown), the self-described “attention whore” went on to embrace her theatrical nature, channeling Minnie Mouse, Skeletor, a frisky feline and an alien queen. Dubbed season nine’s “resident complainer” by Entertainment Weekly, Brown unexpectedly won over fans by being forthcoming about her struggles with depression and self-esteem. “It’s something I’ve been dealing with for a long time,” Brown explained to Vulture in May. “But I do know how to put on a smile and get through it.” In what’s been described as one of the biggest upsets in Drag Race history, Brown sent fan favorite Valentina packing after an epic lip-sync battle … and then annoyed the shit out of her fellow contestants by bemoaning her own victory. Rey Lopez brings the endlessly creative chameleon to San Antonio for two shows at Heat hosted by inimitable camp queen Tencha la Jefa. $10-$25, 10:30pm & midnight Wed, Jun. 28, Heat Nightclub, 1500 N. Main Ave., (210) 386-4537, reylopezentertainment.com. — Bryan Rindfuss

LGBT Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer

The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours Mixer. Non-members are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to take a guest and bring plenty of business cards. Prepare to network with accomplished and emerging business leaders. Thu., June 29, 5-7 p.m. at Luther's Cafe, 1502 N. Main, (210) 223-7727, Free.



2017 San Antonio Pride Kick-Off Party
SA Country Saloon will host a Pride Kick-Off Party with two stages featuring music by Savannah Votion, Stephanie Lynn, Full Circle and several others. A drag show begins at 11 p.m., raffles will go on all night, as well as a silent auction. All Proceeds will go to Mujeres Unidas. Fri., June 30, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., (210) 525,0915, $7, SA Country Saloon, 10127 Coachlight St.

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The Pastie Pops Big Gay Burlesque Show
Camille Toe hosts the PRIDE celebration featuring burlesque, boylesque, drag and comedy performances by the award-winning cast of The Pastie Pops. Fri., June 30, 8 p.m., (210) 487-0371, Sexology Institute, 707 S St. Mary's St., $20. sexologyinstitute.com

PRIDE Bigger than Texas 2016 - PHOTO BY JULIAN P. LEDEZMA
  • Photo by Julian P. Ledezma
  • PRIDE Bigger than Texas 2016

PRIDE Bigger Than Texas 2017

The long, hot days that signal summer’s arrival bring with them the boisterous activities that make up LGBTQ Pride. Although it’s always been a popular month for Pride celebrations across the nation (many commemorating the Stonewall Riots that occurred in June of 1969), June became officially recognized as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in 2000 via Proclamation 7316, signed by President Bill Clinton on June 2. This validation of Pride Month and the festivals themselves represents not only pride in oneself, identity and community, but a push for basic civil rights, like same-sex marriage (a nationwide right since June 26, 2015). Bucking the trend a bit by celebrating in July, Pride San Antonio is set to once again take over Crockett Park and the surrounding area with the annual Pride Bigger Than Texas Parade & Festival. After a full day of music, food, drinks and live entertainment in the park, the party spills out into the streets for the Rainbow Dash (a family-friendly one-mile fun run/walk), Krystal Kelly Running of the Queens High Heel Race (waiver required), the Pride Parade (featuring floats, marching units and local dignitaries) and a block party along the Main Strip.  Sat., July 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave., $10. Join the San Antonio LGBTQ community as we celebrate Pride on the Strip. The parade comes down the street at 9 p.m. followed by a midnight Meet and Greet with Peppermint from RuPaul's Drag Race and a performance after. 5 p.m. Saturday July 1 - 4 a.m.Sunday, July 2. North Main Ave.

PolitiQueers At Pride Vol. II
As a result of transphobic administrations in Washington and Austin, PolitiQueers invites everyone to stand in solidarity at this years PRIDE parade and festival. Stand up for fellow trans sisters, as well as the need for a fully funded Pride Center in San Antonio by marching and occasionally chanting, "We're Here, No Fear, We're PolitiQueers." 11 a.m. Sat., July 1-Sun., July 2. Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave. $10.



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