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Resources of interest of and about the LGBTI community
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Under the tabs for each year is a recommended reading list of books called "Check OUT" and a list of movies called "Watch OUT". These books and materials are of interest to the LGBTI community and may be available for lending.

Look at what we are doing in 2014!

 

Go OUT

The events listed in each year are free and open to the public.  Often they are intended for a mature audience. Celebrate Diversity plans several yearly events for Pride that are relevant to and informative about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) members of the San Antonio community.

Come OUT - At this anticipated event, local LGBTI community leaders and personalities are invited to tell their coming out stories.

Work OUT - The LGBTI community discusses work place and business related issues and concerns.

Watch OUT - Enjoy a free movie at the library. Call your branch for the specific selection and details.

Stand OUT - Open a dialogue and dicuss the issues of civic engagement pertinent to the LGBTI community.

Act OUT - Enjoy performance art generated by the creative spirit of LGBTI artist, writers, actors, and performers.

Upcoming events are listed below. Click here for all Pride 2014 events. 

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In June, the library observes and highlights the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex Americans.

The library’s mission states, “The San Antonio Public Library changes lives through the transformative power of information, imagination and ideas”.  Part of that transformative power is embracing the city’s diversity and including other points of view.  

The diversity of San Antonio goes beyond ethnic and racial lines, and twenty-first century libraries plan programs that appeal to a variety of people. Because of the variety, there is something for everyone. The Pride events planned in June are a part of the Library’s initiative to be relevant to a dynamic community and appeal to the many segments of a diverse city.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community of San Antonio is vibrant, vital, and visible. The San Antonio Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Chamber of Commerce estimates that this community controls about 4 billion dollars in economic power. According to the Advocate San Antonio was determined to be the “city with the highest percentage of gay and lesbian parents in the US”. (Advocate.com, 2011). Elaine Wolff quoted Mayor Julián Castro when he served as Grand Marshall of the 2009 Pride Parade:

 

San Antonio is America’s seventh-largest city. We’re a city that includes folks, that values our diversity – that doesn’t just tolerate diversity.” (SACurrent.com, 2009).

 

The San Antonio Public Library provides inclusive information in a respectful way.  In keeping with our own mission, the events and information shared through the library's material, programs, and web sites demonstrate the value that the City places on diversity. 

 

June is Pride Month

The month of June has been set aside to celebrate the contrbutions to culture and society of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex. June marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Find OUT

Interesting facts about San Antonio's LGBTI community

  • Gay Parents Rule in San Antonio
    More than a third of cohabiting same-sex couples in San Antonio
    are raising children, making it the city with the highest percentage of gay and lesbian parents in the U.S.
  • San Antonio's LGBT Scene
    Romantic, historic, and culturally rich San Antonio abounds with gay-friendly and in many instances—LGBT-owned-businesses, from charming Victorian B&Bs to hip coffee houses to high-energy nightspots. Affordable, welcoming San Antonio has plenty going for it year-round, from Fiesta in April to the lively Pride SA-Pride Bigger Than Texas Block Party and Parade each summer to colorful holiday celebrations along the River Walk in December. The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce gives San Antonio's LGBT community an important voice.
  • San Antonio: Flourishing and Artsy Gay Scene
    The most-visited city in the state, San Antonio in many ways embodies the quintessential Texas spirit that outsiders seek but never seem to find in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. There's also a flourishing arts scene, a sizable if somewhat inconspicuous gay community, and plenty of sophisticated restaurants and elegant hotels. Granted, this generally conservative city has no shortage of schmaltzy family attractions, raucous theme parks, touristy dance halls, and rowdy bars and chain restaurants. But with its rich history and engaging cultural attractions, San Antonio makes for a delightful long-weekend getaway.

  • Can SA’s “Gay Dollar” Make Policy Impact?

    By Jeffrey Wright

    Published: June 26, 2013


    Money talks, but does it make a sound if no one is listening? San Antonio LGBT consumers pack enough buying power to bankroll the entire city budget for a year and a half. Yet in many cases here, they’re still fighting for full citizenship in both the workplace and public policy.
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