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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

Out, loud, and speaking out

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

Decolonizing Punk

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

Rising Artist of San Antonio: Dominique Beltran

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

The rainbow isn’t perfect

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

Profile: Meet Professor Sarah Montoya

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

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

San Antonio Four visit UTSA for Women’s History Month

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

Bruising for Besos depicts spectrum of Xicana relationships

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

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

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 ...

Perseverance & truth through art: Q&A with Antemia Kavillar

Perseverance & truth through art: Q&A with Antemia Kavillar

Enrique Bonilla

December 16, 2016

“Trans-demon baby, ”Antemia Kavillari is a visual and musical artist from San Antonio. Kavillari represents a very small number of women performing in the metal and arts community in San Antonio: an integral and vital element of the San Antonio art scene that is experiencing a shift in its percep...

Ordinance sparks LGBTQ controversy

August 26, 2013

On Aug. 14 San Antonio City Council held a hearing to discuss the passage of the proposed Nondiscrimination Ordinance (NDO). The NDO would protect members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) community from being fired on the basis of their sexual preference and orient...