Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013

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A Small Slice of San Anto’s Spooky Haunts

A Small Slice of San Anto’s Spooky Haunts

Arts & Culture: San Antonio is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and its history stretches long before the people behind the American or Texas Revolutions... By Mark Reagan 10/15/2014
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
A Look Back at SA\'s Homebrew History

A Look Back at SA's Homebrew History

The Beer Issue: Homebrewing is a foundational American virtue. Not just Sam Adams smiling back from the bottle that bears his name—virtually all the... By Lance Higdon 10/15/2014

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The Pride Issue

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



Pride parade marshals past and present: SAPD chief McManus, Mayor Castro, Miss Fiesta 2013 Victoria Flores

In U.S. cities with prominent LGBT communities, the oldest LGBT-related parades, business chambers, and community centers date back for decades and have become woven into a diverse urban fabric.

Here, in contrast, as recently as 2007 hostile homophobes stormed City Hall to protest Police Chief William McManus’ decision to serve as grand marshal of the Pride Parade. “It has been a struggle,” says Pride San Antonio Board Secretary James Poindexter. “San Antonio is a very, very conservative city, with a long-time military presence, a strong religious presence. We’ve had to work within that type of social environment for many years.”

The good news is that the San Antonio LGBT community has been increasingly visible and active in the proximate past, raising pocketbook power potential. The community organization Pride Center, founded in 2010, expects to find a home before year-end. Pride San Antonio officially incorporated in 2011 and has seen parade entrants skyrocket; for the June 29 Pride Parade, Miss Fiesta 2013 Victoria Flores will serve as grand marshal. The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, celebrating five years since its foundation, has evolved from a modest networking association to a fast-growing organization with 140 members and outreach goals threading across the city.

The Chamber is also working with Greenup to organize the first Main Street Music Festival in October. The festival forms part of the chamber’s longer-range vision for recasting the North Main Street gay bar strip as part of a more integral identity neighborhood in Tobin Hill. With the city’s pledged logistical support, organizers hope to draw out-of-town visitors to the festival and swell crowds to as many as 6,000 attendees. The goal of attracting LGBT tourism dollars on top of local LGBT-spending attests to the community’s comprehensive vision of economic relevance.

“If you go on Google and search for ‘LGBT travel’ I doubt that San Antonio is going to be high ranking,” says Robert Salcido, vice president of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “That is something that we are striving to change.”

The Pride Issue 2013
  • Review of the Revamped Luther’s Cafe Luther’s Café has been around since 1949. I came upon it much later, thank you very much, when it was still the kind of greasy burger joint where you... | 6/26/2013
  • A Story and a Study of Queer Realities Lester Briggs has just finished a five-year prison sentence for stealing, of all things, a church, and travels to Rockport, Tex., to find the love... | 6/26/2013
  • Can SA’s “Gay Dollar” Make Policy Impact? 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... | 6/26/2013
  • San Antonio's Glacial Progress on LGBT Rights One by one, activists, family members, and allies of LGBT San Antonians stood before their councilmembers, demanding the gay community be treated as more... | 6/26/2013
  • Drag's New Dawn in SA At first, it’s the bone structure that tips me off. Then, the thick, full lips. But ultimately, it’s the way he walks with unmistakable precision through... | 6/26/2013
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