Lit... Out Of The Closet:Fiesta Youth's New Initiative With The San Antonio Public Library
The mission of Fiesta Youth has always been to provide social, cultural, and educational programming to San Antonio-area LGBTQ teens. After months of careful discussion and planning, our founder and president Emily Leeper, youth facilitator Marcos de R. Antuna, and community activists and supervolunteers Sloan Martin and Keryna Stutts are making this dream even more of a reality than ever before. Fiesta Youth announces its innovative pro-LGBTQ collaboration with the San Antonio Public Library.
Our city's library system is the first major library system in Texas to cooperate long-term with an LGBTQ youth organization - and we believe that this is a powerful sign of San Antonio's growing love for its LGBTQ citizens. Leeper reveals: "I'm so pleased that all our hard work in developing 'Lit... Out Of The Closet' has resulted in a successful partnership with SAPL. I'm excited to begin sharing our programming with youth throughout the city at their local library. I know that many great things will come from this partnership." On certain Mondays and Wednesdays, we will take the fun, affirming activities we have become known for to various locations across the Alamo City.
Between now and the end of the year, we will be visiting five public libraries. (This programming is in addition to our meetings that already take place every Tuesday night at the University Presbyterian Church on 300 Bushnell.) Our first two visits in September will be at libraries on the West Side of our great city. Please follow our new companion account on Instagram @litoutofthecloset, and stay tuned for e-mails from us requesting volunteer assistance for our various visits; our ability to reach every LGBTQ youth who can benefit from our services depends on you!
The 2017 San Antonio Pride Festival and Parade!
Fiesta Youth had a blast at the 2017 San Antonio Pride Festival and Parade! Dozens of youth and volunteers worked at our two booths and marched to remind San Antonio just how important its LGBTQ teens are. 379th District Court Judge Ron Rangel and District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño stopped by our happy family to express their appreciation for what we do. A lot of our hard work was repaid when Pride San Antonio awarded our homage to progress - and the bright pro-LGBTQ future to come - with the 'Best Expression of Theme' Award. Thanks to our many wonderful supporters for helping to empower our youth at this event!
Fiesta Youth Visits Deutschland!
Our youth facilitator visited Berlin's LGBTQ major organization, Schwulenberatung. He talked with Schwulenberatung director Marcel de Groot about opportunities for us to collaborate, and presented the organization with two Fiesta Youth medals. Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit once said, "Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so" ("I am gay, and that's a good thing"). We definitely agree! Thanks to our friends at Schwulenberatung for sending us love and support from across the Atlantic; LGBTQ family is family no matter where you go!
Check out these August, September, and October events!
Mondays and Wednesdays: Lit Out Of The Closet
Stay tuned for an e-mail requesting volunteers! Our first two visits will be to libraries on the West Side.
Saturday, August 26th: Son Tus Niños Tambien: Trans Kids Back To School
Location: 922 San Pedro Ave.
Time: 11 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Our friends at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center are hosting an awesome event to inform the community about developments on trans youth rights! We will have a resource table there. Also, three of our very own Fiesta Youth will be performing during the cultural component - it will be a wonderful showcase of queer talent that you do not want to miss!
Saturday, September 9th: Winter Planning Session / Volunteer Appreciation Event
Help San Antonio's premier LGBTQ youth program plan for the months of October, November, and December! After we plan out those 12 University Presbyterian Church location meetings, come along with us to the Texas Panic Room, where our ability to solve fun puzzles as a team will determine if we escape captivity or simply hear the buzzer of doom. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending the planning session and panic room outing. We love our volunteers, and wish to show our appreciation of all their hard work!
Saturday, October 14th: 2nd Annual Latino PRIDE Festival
Location: 514 W. Commerce St.
Time: 11 A.M. - 6 P.M.
We will need to fill at least nine slots (3 from 10:30 to 1:00, 3 from 1:00 to 4:00, and 3 from 4:00 to 6:30) to help set up, run, and then dismantle our booth at this great event. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in supporting us there.
Saturday, October 21st: 4th Annual Halloween Hocus Pocus
Location: 109 Arciniega St. (Arbor House Suites)
Time: 7:30 - 11:59 P.M.
This is one of our two annual signature fundraising events - and with all the new programming and outreach that we are doing, we will greatly appreciate your support! Visit https://www.hocuspocussa.com/ to buy a ticket - and join in on the fun!
1st - "Board Game Night"
8th - "Alamo Drafthouse Night: Moonrise Kingdom"
15th - "Shaving Cream Serigraphs with Ernesto Olivo"
23rd - "Back To School With Style"
30th - "Open Mic Night"
5th - "Queer Cooking"
12th - "The LGBTQ Legacy of Telenovelas"
19th - "Alphabet Soup: Identity Work"
26th - "Lavender Linguistics II"
Our next Parent Meeting will be September 12th at 6:30 P.M. (300 Bushnell Ave.). We encourage all parents to attend for support, as well as to have some fun with other Fiesta Youth parents.