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Freethought Forum: Stonewall Riots and LGBTQ Pride (1992)

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  •  The guests share their impressions of the Stonewall riots 
  •  Gerald Alves explains the role of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. The group is now known as Equality Texas.  
  •  Kay Ford comments on the case of Mica England, who a court ruled was wrongfully denied a job with the Dallas Police Department after saying she was a lesbian 
  •  Ford describes the origin and function of the San Antonio Lesbian Gay Assembly, or SALGA 
  •  Steve Bailey details efforts to impose conservative ideology in the granting of NEA funding  
  •  The panel discusses the controversial action of publicly outing a person as LGBTQ without their consent 
  •  Gene Elder talks with Ford about the military’s policy of discharging LGBTQ service members. On December 21, 1993, 18 months after this conversation, the Department of Defense issued Directive 1304.26. Instituted by the Clinton Administration on February 28, 1994, the official US policy prohibited discrimination against closeted LGBTQ service members and applicants but barred openly LGBTQ persons from military service. “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” as it was commonly known, remained in effect until September 20, 2011.  
  •  Bailey describes how the San Antonio Lesbian and Gay Media Project has monitored local newspaper coverage of the LGBTQ community 
 
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In this 1992 episode of Freethought Forum, a public-access television program, Happy Foundation Director Gene Elder sits down with three guests to discuss matters impacting the LGBTQ community. Guests include San Antonio Lesbian Gay Assembly (SALGA) Co-chair Gerald Alves, former SALGA co-chair Kay Ford, and Steve Bailey of the San Antonio Lesbian and Gay Media Project. Broadcast on June 28, 1992, the panel first marks the 23rd anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ rights movement. Alves and Ford next explain the function of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas and the SALGA. Elder concludes the program with a discussion about the military policy of discharging LGBTQ service members.
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.