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In 1998, the "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) policy was still in effect. This Clinton administration policy was the United States’ official stance on military service by gays, bisexuals, and lesbians, and was not repealed until September 20, 2011. This policy did not deter LGBT activist ­­­­­Joseph "Joedy" Yglesias from enlisting.

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When I first looked through the 2018 San Antonio Film Festival program, I immediately knew I was going to see the “Hometown Heroes Short Films Block.” Partly because I am a native San Antonian and partly because I saw the film “Cornyation” listed in that time block.  The 20-minute short features beautiful cinematography, archive footage, thoughtful narration, and clever editing. It strikes the perfect balance of being entertaining while providing an accurate history of the annual event.

From Texas Standard.

Keeping a secret can be hard, especially within some corners of small-town Texas. Lou Anne Smoot of Tyler, Texas kept a secret for most of her life. But she’s now the author of a book sharing her story. The memoir, “Out: A Courageous Woman’s Journey,” is about Smoot’s experience coming out as gay as a 60-year-old Southern Baptist, and what that meant for her faith and family.

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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).


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Phillip Schnarrs is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the College of Education and Human Development, and a co-director at the South Texas Consortium for HIV and STI Research.