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LGBT Pride Month: San Antonio Lesbian Gay Alliance

June 5, 2009
Gay Pride Month is celebrated each year for the month of June. The month was likely chosen to remember the “Stonewall riots,” an uprising that is generally considered to be the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in the US. This month is meant to recognize the impact Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender individuals have had on the world.In 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” and just 4 days ago President Obama issued a proclamation honoring “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Month 2009.” Each week throughout the month of June we will highlight one of our LGBT collections.
This week we would like to focus on the San Antonio Lesbian and Gay Assembly (SALGA) Records. SALGA was “organized to bring together lesbian and gay organizations, businesses, and individuals to network for mutual support, share and disperse information, educate and serve the community as a whole and to promote the social welfare of, eliminate discrimination and prejudice against and defend the human and civil rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people” (SALGA mission statement, Box 1, Folder 9).
SALGA organized 1-day conferences from 1992-1994, which included workshops on community organizing, legal issues, HIV/AIDS, religious concerns, literature, relationships and more. SALGA was the sponsor of the San Antonio Annual Lesbian/Gay Pride Picnic from 1990 until 1997. The organization worked in conjunction with the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center to bring LGBT films to the Other American Film Festival, which ran from 1992-1997.
The collection documents the San Antonio Lesbian and Gay Assembly from 1990-1998. The collection consists of board agendas and minutes, by-laws and membership information, correspondence, conference documents, pride picnic planning materials, magazines, news clippings and newsletters. The collection also includes materials on the Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization.
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