June 19, 2019

25 Vintage Photos of San Antonio's LGBTQ History

With Pride celebrations happening across San Antonio all month long, we decided to look back at the city's LGBTQ history. Older generations lived out and proud, and largely helped make the Alamo City the LGBTQ-friendly city it is today.

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Drag queens of the era were sure to take part in the 1998 Pride Parade, the city's first since 1976.
Drag queens of the era were sure to take part in the 1998 Pride Parade, the city's first since 1976.
But actually, lots of folks showed up for the event.
But actually, lots of folks showed up for the event.
That included lots of talented performers.
That included lots of talented performers.
The Alamo City Men's Chorale was obviously lots of fun.
The Alamo City Men's Chorale was obviously lots of fun.
The ACMC's performances were always super fun.
The ACMC's performances were always super fun.
The late and great Gene Elder looks absolutely handsome in this undated photo.
The late and great Gene Elder looks absolutely handsome in this undated photo.
The Fiesta block party in 1994 had some revealing entertainment.
The Fiesta block party in 1994 had some revealing entertainment.
There were also plenty of fully-clothed people just having a good time.
There were also plenty of fully-clothed people just having a good time.
Lots of folks in the community celebrated Fiesta in 1995, as you can see in this photo.
Lots of folks in the community celebrated Fiesta in 1995, as you can see in this photo.
Fiesta means taking your shirt off and just having a good time.
Fiesta means taking your shirt off and just having a good time.