On Monday, October 11, KLRN will host a special evening of conversation and programming as we recognize National Coming Out Day in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
Join us on Facebook Live for Coming Out: A Conversation. This virtual panel discussion, led by moderator Michael Quintanilla, will explore the coming out experiences of local San Antonians and the differences and similarities that are found across generations.
After the discussion, beginning at 9:00 p.m., KLRN will air three compelling documentaries that focus on identity, visibility, and the American Queer Experience. Watch on-air (channel 9.1) or stream online at klrn.org/live or via the PBS app!
Coming Out: A Conversation (virtual panel discussion)
8:00 p.m. | Facebook Live
KLRN will join forces with members of the region’s LGBTQ+ community to produce an online panel discussion on the topics of these programs and on coming out. Staged by the historical background revealed in Cured, panelists from various generations will discuss their personal experiences and challenges, offering insight and advice to those who may not be as far along on their journey.
(This is a free virtual event. To watch live on KLRN's Facebook page, click HERE. From there, you will see the live discussion happening on the page. Simply click the video and you will be able to watch live with the audience.)
Special Programs following the discussion
9:00 p.m. | Channel 9.1 or streamed online
When Johanna, a 16-year-old transgender Latina, begins her transition and gets kicked out of her home and school, she finds a foster family who loves her and a supportive school principal who helps her graduate and thrive.
This award-winning documentary chronicles the battle waged by a small group of activists who declared war against a formidable institution—and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ+ equality.
Cured takes viewers inside the David-versus-Goliath struggle that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973. While Cured is about science, medicine, and politics, it also explores the power of activism and the process of social change, offering lessons that are profoundly relevant to the present.
"Two-Spirit Powwow" shows how the San Francisco nonprofit Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) has hosted an annual queer-friendly powwow since 2012. This was the first and is the largest LGBTQI-hosted event of its kind in North America.
LGBTQ+ Community Resources in San Antonio
- Esperanza Peace and Justice Center - A grassroots, community-based arts & cultural organization, built around a vision of social justice and cross-cultural understanding.
- Pride Center SA – The premier resource center in South Texas for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
- San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce - Unites LGBT business owners, allies and professionals with consumers for mutual economic benefit.
- Thrive Youth Center – San Antonio’s LGTBQ+ Homeless Youth Center
- Trans Power SA – San Antonio-specific Resource Guide for the local transgender community
- Fiesta Youth – A safe, non-judgmental, affirming place for LGBTQ young people to express and explore who they are through education, peer-support, advocacy, and friendship.
- Strengthening Colors of Pride – The largest survey of LGBTQ+ identified individuals ever conducted in South Texas, providing important insight about the demographics of LGBTQ+ people in the area & their experiences.
- The San Antonio Gender Association - Provides a supportive safe space for San Antonio’s gender diverse community.
- Parents, Families, Friends and Allies of the LGBTQ+ Community (PFLAG) of San Antonio - Promotes the health and well-being of LGBTQ persons, their families, and friends through: support, advocacy and education.
- Out in SA – San Antonio’s LGBTQ+ Magazine
- Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio - A space where fellowship, worship and faith can be practiced and enjoyed by all.
State and National Resources
- Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT)
- Equality Texas
- Glossary of Trans Terminology by GLAAD
- Glossary of LGBTQ+ Terminology by GLAAD
- A Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth by the Trevor Project
- Trans Lifeline – Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers.
- SAGE Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders
Additional resources can be found at Resources – Pride Center San Antonio :: San Antonio, Texas