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.

Come Out
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.

Rock Out
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
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.

Work Out
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.

Break Out
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
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.

Posted on May 26, 2015, in PR. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. This bothers me that my city taxes go towards being pressed with sexual orientation “Pride” month. Please if you want to live a lifestyle outside of traditional marriage…Please do not use my city taxes to do it.

    • While you’re at the library, definitely check out a book about the history of “marriage.” Sounds like you need a history lesson.

  2. Please do not place materials, posters, etc where kids can view them. Our family trips to the library should not require conversations with my 4 year old about sexuality.

  3. Although difficult to speak about with kids sometimes, you are providing us with amazing, non-offending, G-rated resources and opportunities for education on humanity. All postings I have seen have been perfectly suitable for childrens’ eyes. It has even allowed us to be closer to a once distant family member.

    • I am so glad you posted your message and so happy that you are now closer to that family member. I pray you embrace, love and welcome that family member. My son is only 15 and just came out to me. These kids need love and support from their family and the community.

  4. I agree with Kristi and Sara on this matter.

  5. I have a 15 year old son that just “came out” to me 2 months ago. He is a very kind, smart and extremely handsome young man who has always had the girls chasing him.I never had a clue and was shocked to say the least. Unless you are a parent of a gay/lesbian child, you can’t even begin to fathom the emotions, sadness, fear, pain and grief that goes along with it. It’s been 2 months and the sadness has not subsided in the least bit. Sara, your comment about how they are basically “wanting” to live that lifestyle is the reason I worry about him every second of every day! People like you that think it’s a choice! How can you possibly think this is a choice? Do you really think a child would choose this? My son knew when he was in elementary school and has had to suffer alone for years! I’m proud of him for finally telling me. This is by no means a choice. God made and loves all of his children and YES, that means gay and lesbian children/adults as well!!! Kristi, your comment is ridiculous! A 4 year old has no clue and doesn’t care what PRIDE or LGBT means on a Poster. Of all the things to look at in a library, I seriously doubt a 4 year old is analyzing a poster and wondering what the letters mean on the poster! I NEVER thought I would be in this situation and yes, my dreams have been crushed but they were my dreams for him. They were not his dreams. I love him more than anything and I am so proud of him for finding the courage to tell me. I think it’s fantastic that parents going through this can meet at the library for help and support.

  6. Celebrating Sin! This is disgraceful! If someone wants to violate God’s laws, that is their choice and I hold nothing against them. Love the sinner but hate the sin! Do not subject our children to this corrupt and perverted way of thinking. Judgment is coming, whether you believe or not, you reap what you sow.

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