LGBTQ History Month 2017
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San Antonio College will host several events throughout the months of October, and into early November, to honor LGBTQ History Month. SAC’s events will focus on highlighting LGBTQ History in San Antonio.
Dr. Amy Stone, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University will discuss her latest book, Cornyation: San Antonio's Outrageous Fiesta Tradition and host a workshop on doing research on San Antonio LGBTQ history.
SAC will screen the documentary Southwest of Salem which tells the story of four lesbians accused and convicted of child abuse in San Antonio in the 1990s and their struggle for exoneration.
SAC student volunteers are also working on an exhibition of the history of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement in the United States and San Antonio that will be on display for visitors from the college and local community. In addition, other events will highlight domestic abuse and HIV/AIDs awareness.
LGBT History month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, including gay rights and civil rights movements.
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact the chair of the LGBTQ History Month Committee, Dr. Jon Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 2
Presentation: How to Research the LGBTQ History of San Antonio
with Guest Speaker Dr. Amy Stone, Trinity University
Location: Honors Academy Center, CAC 122
Time: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Dr. Amy Stone from Trinity University will hold a workshop for anyone interested in how to do research on the LGBTQ history of San Antonio. Her goal is to introduce to the novice researcher the types of resources easily available. She will highlight primary and secondary resources she has found useful, several archival collections she has helped develop and some “unexpected tricks” she has used to find information at the San Antonio public library.
An associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Trinity University, she is the author of Gay Rights at the Ballot Box and the coeditor, with Jaime Cantrell, of Out of the Closet, into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories. Stone’s areas of study include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender politics and the incorporation of LGBT individuals into communities and cities, and the law. Her most recent work is Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition.
Thursday, October 5
Performance: The AIDS Lady
Time: 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Craft Room, Loftin Student Center
The AIDS Lady is a truthful/comedic, solo play performed by actor, Anna De Luna and grew from her experience as an HIV Educator/Tester in the San Antonio community.
This piece takes audiences on a personal journey as Ms. De Luna explores her own Chicana sexual upbringing and transforms herself into various characters while engaging us through stories of the courageous youth and HIV positive population she serves. Most importantly, this original piece uses theater as a tool to create awareness on the issue of HIV/AIDS - as Ms. De Luna will perform a rapid HIV test on herself to encourage others who are at risk.
Wednesday, October 11
Event: Drag King Bingo
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Fiesta Room, LSC 1st Floor
Monday, October 16
Film Screening: Southwest of Salem
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: NAHC 218/219
This documentary tells the story of four lesbian women in San Antonio accused and convicted of abusing two girls twenty years ago and their struggle for exoneration.
Thursday, October 26
Presentation: Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: NAHC 218/219
Dr. Amy Stone, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University will discuss her latest book and questions from the audience about the history of this local tradition and LGBTQ history in San Antonio.
From the Trinity University website, “Cornyation traces how the event has changed over time, transforming from an insider event to one of Texas’s iconic and longest-running LGBT events, and one of the first large-scale fundraisers for HIV-AIDS research in the Southwest. Through vintage and contemporary photography and oral histories and stories, the book documents the changes and continuity in the show, highlighting a few important themes in the event's history, including the fact that it has always been a “party with a purpose” that attracts a broad audience, satirizes elites and politics, and creates a place for the public display of campy gay humor.”
Wednesday, November 1
Event: LGBTQ Dia de los Muertos
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Location: NAHC 218/219
El Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead", is a holiday that celebrates and honors those who have died and are no longer with us. Originating in Mexico, participants spend November 1st-2nd celebrating the dead with food, flowers, celebrations, religious ceremonies and ofrendas. Traditional ofrendas are altars that honor the dead - often these altars are decorated with the deceased's favorite flowers, food, drinks, photos and other mementos.
According to a 2017 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), 36 hate violence-related homicides of LGBTQ and HIV-affected people have been recorded just since August 23, 2017. In addition, according to amfAR, in 2015 alone, 37% of all new HIV infections occurred among people aged 20-29. The San Antonio College LGBTQ History Month wishes to educate the campus community about this important cultural and religious holiday as well as these two social issues that impact us locally. In an effort to engage young members of the LGBTQ community, committee members have proposed creating two ofrendas, or altars, devoted to trans women of color and the lives lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For more information or if you'd like to contribute, please contact Marianne Bueno, email@example.com, or Nicholas Sheffield, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 8
Exhibit: LGBTQ History
Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Library Performance Area, MLC 4th Floor
Students at San Antonio College will host an exhibit on the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The exhibit will include poster displays and oral histories highlighting important developments and milestones in the struggle for quality and acceptance in both the nation and San Antonio. Students will provide tours for attendees. Any student wishing to volunteer to work on this project should contact Dr. Jonathan Lee at email@example.com.