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It’s Not Just a Phase, Mom!

It's Not Just a Phase, Mom!

April 8, 2020

LGBT+ Mental Health According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website “[LGBTQ+] adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition…[and are]…at a higher risk than the general population for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts…High...

An open letter to Eighmy

An open letter to Eighmy

Mabel Diaz, Contributing Writer

February 25, 2020

UTSA is severely lacking mental health resources for LGTBQ+ students. This dearth of adequate care juxtaposed with the increasingly severe symptoms of students seeking services is not conducive to the university’s success. These statements aren’t news. However, it is more crucial than ever to bring...

Conversion therapy: still legal, still evil

Conversion therapy: still legal, still evil

Kennedy Caskey, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Throughout history, the legitimacy of conversion therapy — the injurious attempt to change an individual’s sexual orientation — has been thoroughly debated. Many believe conversion therapy to be an act of the past. After all, conversion therapy was discredited by the American Psychological Association i...

Out, loud, and speaking out

Psychologist Adam Sauceda assists LGBTQ+ members immerse in so-ciety and helps cisgender individuals become allies.

Julia Maenius

April 2, 2019

The UTSA organizations Active Minds, Spectrum and Psi Chi hosted a lecture with Adam Sauceda, a cisgender queer male psychologist who specializes in gender-affirmative care for all ages. On March 28, Sauceda lectured on the work he does with the LGBTQ+ community and those who are trying to integrate...

Decolonizing Punk

Audrey Campbell, Pleasure Venom, commands attention.

Kimiya Factory

April 2, 2019

On March 30, La Botanica hosted Afropunk in The Pit, presented by Xingonas in The Pit!; leaders of the San Antonio-based decolonial feminist punk collective. After Xingonas in The Pit! organized Texas’ first “Black and Brown Punk Fest TX” in October 2018, the Afropunk in the Pit event provided...

Rising Artist of San Antonio: Dominique Beltran

Beltran enjoys a moment on the other side of the lens.

Kimiya Factory

February 13, 2019

Dominique Beltran, 23, is a native to Brownsville, Texas. After moving to San Antonio at the age of 10, the culture of the city inspired the work Beltran does by capturing everything from Latinx culture to edgy street fashion. Rise and Shine Photography, Beltran’s photography business, are means through wh...

The rainbow isn’t perfect

People hugging over a rainbow

Alejandro Lopez

September 19, 2018

How labels within the LGBTQ+ community can discriminate and create barriers. “No blacks, asians, fatties and fems,” “looking for ‘straight-acting,’ masculine men only–it’s just a preference.” This is just one of the many “About Me’s” I have encountered while using gay dating apps ...

Profile: Meet Professor Sarah Montoya

Photo courtesy of Chase Otero/The Paisano

Isaac Serna

March 30, 2018

Practicality or design brought Professor Sarah Montoya back to UTSA, with one significant difference—she is behind the lectern. Her research ranges from feminism, cyber studies, and the LGBTQ community to colonialism. Montoya was UTSA’s first student to earn a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies....

Satire: Hail to the chief

Cade Brashear

September 13, 2017

Hail to the chief! Our great leader Donald has checked off one of the most important issues threatening our country today, the LGBT agenda trying to get their kind into our powerful military. On Aug. 25, Trump issued a presidential memorandum directing Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the acting Se...

San Antonio Four visit UTSA for Women’s History Month

Three of the group members participated in a Q&A after the documentary screening. Ethan Pham, The Paisano

Ethan Pham

April 5, 2017

The San Antonio Four is a group of four Latina lesbians who were falsely accused of gang raping two young girls in the height of the satanic ritual panic in the early 90s. Anna Vasquez, Cassandra “Cassie” Rivera, Kristie “Kris” Mayhugh and Elizabeth “Liz” Ramirez were wrongfully convicted of ...

Bruising for Besos depicts spectrum of Xicana relationships

Art for the screening of the film. Graphic courtesy of Bruising for Besos Facebook page.

Raquel Zuniga

March 8, 2017

On March 2, Adelina Anthony made an appearance at UTSA for a screening of her newest film “Bruising for Besos.” Anthony is the screenwriter, co-producer, director and one of the starring actors in the feature film. Anthony left the film industry at 26 years old, but decided to return to the indus...

Coming in & coming out: Chris Conde talks hip-hop, SA’s LGBTQ music scene & having a gay time

Photo Courtesy Julián P. Ledezma

Casey Luna

December 17, 2016

Around ten years ago, our city’s music scene was widely considered lackluster in comparison to other thriving Texan musical hubs like Austin or Houston; but today, San Antonio is in the midst of its own musical renaissance. The city has taken great strides in creating a competitive scene to rival the ...