Culturally rich and beautifully diverse, San Antonio boasts a blossoming LGBTQ community that includes a growing number of small businesses, organizations, and nonprofits.
From SA Pride "Bigger Than Texas" Festival and Parade to Fiesta San Antonio's many queer-centered events, Alamo City's LGBTQ and allied folks energetically celebrate queer identities while advocating for the rights and protections of all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals in the community. Here's a look that the amazing organizations that make it easy to get involved.
Mission: For over 30 years, allgo has worked to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing. Allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond by supporting artists and artistic expression; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation and identity in order to enact change.
Membership: Allgo members pledge either a monthly or annual donation and/or a regular in-kind donation and/or regular volunteer work. Contact allgo to sign up to become a member.
Get involved: Donate or learn how to volunteer here. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big event: Statewide Queer People Of Color Activist Summit
Equality Texas Foundation
Mission: The Equality Texas Foundation works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration.
Get involved: Donate here and volunteer here. You can also pledge to fight back against hate crimes, new laws that grant a license to discriminate, efforts to undermine marriage equality, and blocking access to healthcare here.
Mission: Fiesta Youth serves LGBTQ teens, young adults, and their allies in San Antonio. Their mission is to empower youth to build a future where all people are accepted and loved as they are. In providing these services and support, San Antonio's youth may become successful and contributing members of the community.
Get involved: Learn how to volunteer here or make a donation here.
Big event: LGBTQ Teen Prom
San Antonio AIDS Foundation
Mission: Since 1986, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation has been providing compassionate care to low-income San Antonians living with HIV and AIDS. The organization provides resource and benefit assistance, mental health screening and counseling, medical care, housing, and a year-round hot meal program. SAAF also provides STD and HIV testing, as well as HIV prevention education to area public schools, colleges, and universities.
Get involved: Learn how to volunteer here. Those interested in getting involved are encouraged to meet with SAFF's volunteer coordinator Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9 am-3 pm or by emailing email@example.com. Sign up here give a sustaining monthly donation, or uncover the many ways to give to SAAF including stocks, corporate matching, and more.
Big event: The Webb Party
Thrive Youth Center
Mission: The mission of Thrive Youth Center is to provide a safe and supportive center for homeless LGBTQ youth so they may become productive, skilled, educated, and successful adults with the opportunity to achieve their dreams. In addition to providing safe and secure housing, Thrive Youth Center provides counseling, life skills classes, and other resources to help youth develop self-sufficiency, secure and maintain employment, pursue educational goals, and secure and maintain stable housing.
Get involved: Learn how to volunteer here. For a list of donations items that Thrive is currently accepting, go here.
Big event: Thrive Youth Center's Annual Fundraiser