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Fronteras: Gay-Related Stigma Among Latino Men & Exhibit Celebrates LGBTQ Community

Jun 22, 2018

On Fronteras:

  • We mark Pride Month with a conversation about the medication taken daily to reduce the chances of HIV transmission and the cultural barriers that stand in the way of gay Latino men attaining the drug (0:17).
  • LGBTQI+ artists in San Antonio celebrate diversity and individuality in the exhibit, “We Are” (11:10).


Phillip Schnarrs
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Cultural Barriers & The Health Of Gay Latino Men

June is Pride Month. It honors the Manhattan Stonewall Riots of 1969, which marked a tipping point for the gay liberation movement in the U.S. Despite great strides made by the LGBT community in recent years, including the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision which struck down same-sex marriage bans, a culture of shame still exists, which is preventing gay and bisexual Latino men from receiving medication that could prevent them from contracting HIV.

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Phillip Schnarrs, assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development, and co-director of the South Texas Consortium for HIV and STI Research, conducted research that showed Latinos are less likely to take PrEP, a drug which dramatically reduces the chances of HIV infection.

Schnarrs, who is a member of the LGBTQ community, says acceptance of PrEP by the medical community and activists alike has been an uphill climb in Texas.


Ribbons in the colors of the rainbow flag hang from the ceiling of San Antonio's Culture Commons Gallery.
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Exhibit ‘We Are’ Celebrates San Antonio LGBTQIA+ Community

The LGBTQ community is embracing a few more letters: LGBTQIA+ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Allies, the supporters of the LBGTQ community.

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An exhibit in San Antonio is celebrating individuality, as 12 artists weave their identities, narratives, and history into the exhibit ‘We Are.’ The exhibit is on display at San Antonio’s Culture Commons Gallery through July 13. Fronteras spoke with artists Jose Villalobos and Antonia Padilla, and special project manager Sebastián Guajardo, with San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture.

June 29, 2018, noon-1 p.m. A lunch and learn panel discussion with LGBTQI+ military service members sharing their personal stories and experiences.

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