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San Antonio Lesbian Gay Assembly Meeting (1993)

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  •  Gerald Alves, outgoing SALGA co-chair, reviews organizational accomplishments from the past year and goals for the next 
  •  Update on the 1993 Gay/Lesbian Conference 
  •  Steve Bailey introduces a new SALGA grant 
  •  Update on the San Antonio Annual Lesbian/Gay Pride Picnic and other events happening during Pride month 
  •  Human Rights Campaign Fund 
  •  Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL), now known as Equality Texas 
  •  National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization 
  •  About hearings on AIDS funding in the Texas Legislature 
  •  About a LGRL fundraiser 
  •  San Antonio Lesbian and Gay Media Project 
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This home video captures a meeting of the San Antonio Lesbian Gay Assembly (SALGA) at the Calico Cat Tea Room on February 24, 1993. After concluding SALGA business, attendees hear from representatives from a variety of organizations, including the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, the San Antonio Lesbian and Gay Media Project, the Human Rights Campaign Fund, and the National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization. Established in 1990, SALGA connected LGBTQ organizations, businesses, and individuals to facilitate a network of mutual support as well as provide public outreach and education. The organization sponsored the Gay/Lesbian Conference from 1992 to 1994 and the San Antonio Annual Lesbian/Gay Pride Picnic from 1990 to 1997. SALGA formally dissolved in 1998.
The Happy Foundation is a non-profit archive dedicated to the preservation of San Antonio’s LGBTQ history. Founder and curator Gene Elder began collecting materials in 1988, ultimately moving the collection to a back room of the downtown gay nightclub Bonham Exchange. The organization is named after Arthur “Happy” Veltman, a San Antonio entrepreneur who died of AIDS in 1988. In addition to owning multiple gay bars, including Bonham Exchange, Veltman was also involved in the development of the San Antonio River Walk and Blue Star Arts Complex.