OUR PICK: Amy Stone, twitter.com/amylstone1
For Trinity sociology and anthropology associate professor Amy Stone, her research on our favorite LGBTQ+ Fiesta tradition, Cornyation, was a labor of love. Stone writes about LGBTQ+ visibility in civic life, from festivals like Mardi Gras to issues at the ballot box. For her new book, Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition, she painstakingly searched city archives and The Playhouse’s storage closet, tracked down Cornyation participants for interviews and participated as a stage hand and duchess. From 1951’s “Court of the Cracked Salad Bowl” to 1987’s “Court of Broadway Musicals That Never Were” and 1999’s “Court of Everyday Soap Operas,” Stone traces the “duchesses in costumes, witty satire, dancing queens, entertainment, audience hijinks, hot glue burns, and biting humor” of the inimitable San Antonio event that raises funds for theater-arts scholarships and HIV/AIDS organizations, comments on the status quo, and helped make Fiesta the inclusive party it is today.
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