Pride Center San Antonio was born with the purpose to promote the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally community in Bexar County.
Our goal: to establish a center for the local LGBTQ+ community as a clearinghouse that would work in alliance, rather than in competition, with existing programs and services within our community.
In the summer of 2009, a small group of concerned citizens from the San Antonio area began a dialogue about creating a center to serve the local LGBT community. The group met frequently at the house of founding member Joseph Garrett to strategize and present ideas on moving forward. It became abundantly clear to the group that such a center should be established.
In February 2011, thirteen individuals from the San Antonio area formed a board. Eight of these founding board members had been involved in the project since its inception in 2009.
In September 2011, the Pride Center hosted a Leadership Summit for the purpose of seeking input from established community organizations. At the summit, several breakout sessions helped us to assess the needs and interests of the community. This input helped to determine the Pride Center’s direction.
In the spring of 2012, a group of Trinity University students led by sociology professor Amy Stone released the results of a Pride Center community survey designed to assess the needs of the LGBT community in San Antonio. The survey’s most important findings were that:
In July 2012, Pride Center San Antonio became a Federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Texas.
In fall 2012, the Pride Center began accelerating awareness and fundraising efforts and formalizing programs and community activities in anticipation of garnering the support and donations necessary to open our doors to the public. News about the Pride Center has been featured on Texas Public Radio, QSanAntonio.com, and the San Antonio Current.
In June 2014, the Pride Center opened its doors at 147 E. Mistletoe Ave. Ste. 106. The small office was opened to serve as the administrative offices. The Center will still hold programming offsite, in partnership with other community groups, through online resources and by appointment in the office.
In November 2014, the board of the Pride Center San Antonio committed to undergo a strategic planning process. With just a handful of active board members at the time, the Pride Center expanded its reach in the community and added nine new board members over a multi-month planning period.
In 2015, The Center’s Board of Directors adopted the 2015 – 2020 strategic plan, outlining goals aimed at increasing programming, generating funding, and acquiring a permanent home.
In 2017 through strategic conversations, community meetings, and collaborative efforts of then-councilman Roberto Treviño, Methodist Healthcare, and Pride Center San Antonio that a lease was signed to occupy space at the Metropolitan Professional Building in the heart of San Antonio’s gayborhood
The opening of The Center’s drop-in space in 2017, allowed for the expansion of our peer-to-peer support groups, meeting and training space, and cyber center.
Under the leadership of the board chair and acting Executive Director, Robert Salcido, he and The Center acquired a 3-year fellowship with the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program led by the University of Minnesota and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This fellowship along with it’s grant funding laid the foundation for The Center’s continued growth by creating the Strengthening Colors of Pride (SCoP) Project in collaboration with Dr. Amy Stone at Trinity University, and the hiring of The Center’s first-ever paid staff member in 2018.
In the Summer of 2020, the SCoP team, led by Dr. Amy Stone and Robert Salcido, released the results of the 1800+ respondent survey, “State of Our Community: San Antonio LGBTQ+ 2020 Survey.” Some of the survey’s top findings were that:
The primary focus of The Center continues to be the primary one-stop-shop organization in south Texas to promote health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy for the local LGBTQ+ community. Between 2020 - 2021, The Center began offering free case management services and has since added group therapy and individual and family counseling. To-date, The Center has 4 paid staff members, 6 interns, and many volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure that we are positioned to empower San Antonio and the surrounding area’s LGBTQ+ community.
Pride Center San Antonio serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by connecting them and their families to community resources and organizations related to health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy.
Pride Center San Antonio aims to be the premier resource center in South Texas for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
The Center respects the diversity of its members while promoting the well-being of the overall community through advocacy, education, and outreach.
In order to achieve its vision, The Center will:
The Center operates by the following core values as a way of ensuring that top quality and support are provided to our membership and the community at large:
Meet the dedicated team working hard to make sure that the Pride Center operates as an inclusive safe space for necessary resources.