Celebrate Pride Month with SAPL
The San Antonio Public Library celebrates the great diversity of the Alamo City this summer.
SAPL is commemorating Pride Month during June. This is a time set aside to reflect on the contributions to culture and society of those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex. SAPL is a welcoming community gathering place that believes in the power of information, imagination and ideas and supports equitable access to information for all people interested in the LGBTI community.
This year, the Library is focusing on LGBTI artists who have contributed to the richness of the arts and humanities in San Antonio. Throughout the month, SAPL hosts programs and events that honor the diversity of the local community.
The official Pride Month kick-off event, COME Out will take place on Tuesday, June 2, at 6 p.m. at Central Library. This annual panel discussion features the coming-out stories of local members of the LGBTI community. This year’s panelists include: bassist Jenn Alva (Girl in a Coma), multimedia artist Jade Esteban Estrada, Dino Foxx (S.A. Burlesque Festival), performer Saakred and drag luminary Tencha La Jefa. The panelists will share their stories with the audience in a relaxed and informal setting. SAPL partners with PFLAG San Antonio (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) for this event and other programs throughout the month of June.
Get ready to Rock Out at the Igo Branch Library and at Central Library. The first Rock Out will take place at Igo on Wednesday, June 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. and Central brings back Rock Out on Saturday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. Bring a chair, or a blanket, and your favorite beverage, as LGBTI local performance artists and musicians share their unique perspective and music! Alyson D. Alonzo, Chris Conde, and friends Rock Out for Pride.
Watch Out with the showing of the “Dallas Buyers Club” at the Bazan Branch Library on Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m. Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner star in this R-rated film, released in 2013. The program is free and open to the public.
Westfall Branch Library will host Work Out, a networking event, on Wednesday, June 10, starting at 6 p.m. Is your company serious about initiating a change initiative to recruit a diverse workforce? Recruiting for diversity in the workplace doesn’t just create a more open environment – it offers multiple benefits for a business. When employees feel connected to the culture and community within the workplace, companies report higher productivity rates. Coming together as business leaders, entrepreneurs and community allies for the fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people, is crucial to economic competitiveness. SAPL partners with Equality Texas, LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Competes for this event.
Landa Branch Library will host Break Out on Monday, June 15, at 6 p.m. This program deals with the transgender “coming out” process and other factors that have an effect on that experience. The focus will center on the socioeconomic influence and access to healthcare. The film “The T Is No Longer Silent” will start the program, followed by a panel discussion that will include filmmaker Keith Wichinski , a local-area health provider.
Cry Out will take place at Great Northwest Library on Wednesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. This is a presentation and lecture by Andrez Y’Barbo of Project Embrace. Y’Barbo will discuss the grieving process that some parents experience when their children “come out” to them.
Go to the events calendar on mysapl.org for more information about these events.