Gay Pride San Antonio Parade, July 1, 2007
Pride Parade attracts thousands
QSanAntonio, July 2
The Gay Pride San Antonio Parade, the final event of Pride month in the
city, attracted a crowd of about 3,500 spectators who lined the six-block
route along North Main Street on July 1. This year’s big attraction
was the participation by San Antonio Police Chief William McManus as Grand
Marshal. The Chief and his wife received loud cheers and applause as they
walked the Parade route, retreating into their silver sedan for the last
block or so of the route.
This year’s event was much bigger and better organized than last
year. There were more floats, more marchers and a higher level of enthusiasm.
There is no doubt that Chief McManus’ participation energized the
community. Politicians riding in the Parade included State Senator Leticia
Van de Putte, Judge Monica Guerrero and former City Councilwoman Elena
Some of the Parade participants included the San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s
Wizard of Oz float, the Classic Chassis Car Club, the Stonewall Democrats
"Building Bridges" float, the Bears of San Antonio, a group
of cheer leaders from San Antonio College and a group of Barak Obama supporters
in blue t-shirts who call themselves "Alamobama."
"Que Queer!" chronicles
S.A.’s unique perspective on gay life
QSanAntonio, June 15
Over 40 years of community history went on display June 14 at the Esperanza
Peace & Justice Center’s "Que Queer! San Antonio!"
exhibit. Articles on display chronicle the events, organizations and individuals
that shaped San Antonio’s queer community over the course of the
last four decades. The exhibit includes paintings, vintage posters, photos,
video, and other memorabilia brought together for this special event.
"Que Queer" is on view through July 27.
Photos top and center row by Antonia Padilla for QSanAntonio
Photos -- Men's Choral offers final
concert of 20th Anniversary season
QSanAntonio, June 24
The June 23rd Alamo City Men’s Chorale concert, "HIStory:
The Quest for Human Rights," featured the San Antonio premier of
Robert Seely’s "Naked Man." The evening marked the final
presentation of the ACMC’s 20th Anniversary Season. The Capital
City Men’s Chorale of Austin and a 13-member orchestra joined the
Chorale for the stirring performance at the Travis Park United Methodist
PrideFest 2007, June 16 2007
Community comes out for PrideFest
QSanAntonio, June 17
Thousands of GLBT San Antonians came to celebrate equality for all at
the 26th annual PrideFest held on June 16 at Hemisfair Park. Highlights
this year included the Color Guard from the Bexar County Sheriff’s
department (top row, first photo), the acceptance of a Community Service
Award by the mother of gay Marine Eric Alva (top row, second photo from
left), and a pet parade which was mostly for the dogs. Three protestors
arrived early to yell rants at PrideFest attendees (top row, third and
fourth photos from left), but by late afternoon they had left. Hating
in the hot sun can be hard work. A thunder storm at around 9 p.m. sent
the crowd scurrying for cover but the rain never damped the spirit of
Pride that prevailed.