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Freethought Forum: National Coming Out Day (1992)

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  •  Michael Marinez on the importance of coming out 
  •  Stephen Parker talks about efforts to encourage sensitivity training for San Antonio police and reduce instances of police harassment 
  •  Why October 11 is National Coming Out Day 
  •  Marinez describes his involvement in the upcoming March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, which took place in Washington, DC, on April 25, 1993 
  •  Upcoming fundraisers, including a telethon for AIDS funding 
  •  Marinez previews the Arts for Life’s annual Día de los Muertos fundraiser. He also stresses the growing impact of AIDS on the Latinx community.  
  •  On the local response to a Day Without Art for World AIDS Day 
  •  Project First Monday 
  •  Talk of the Town, a play by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez 
  •  The influence of religion among 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 National Coming Out Day and upcoming AIDS fundraisers. Guests include Arts for Life Co-chair Michael Marinez, former San Antonio City Council candidate Stephen Parker, and AIDS Telethon representative Dan Castor.
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.