The Museum of South Texas History will host Gabriel Sanchez in the next Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation titled “A History of the Valley’s LGBTQ+ Community” at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 on Facebook Live.

In the last three years, Sanchez has conducted research and interviews on the history of the Rio Grande Valley’s LGBTQ+ communities and its activism, social spaces, stories and art. The presentation will cover the indigenous traditions of gender and sexual diversity, and the historical documentation of a somewhat visible—if still mostly underground—gay community on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sanchez, a native of the Rio Grande Valley, grew up in Starr and Hidalgo counties. Sanchez has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Sociology from Marlboro College in Vermont. Sanchez is currently collaborating with One Scene Studios to create Pansy Pachanga, a documentary film on the history of the Valley’s LGBTQ+ community.

The presentation will be streamed at Guests are encouraged to interact with the presenter by posting questions and comments on the live chat. The video will also be recorded and posted for public access on the Museum’s website at

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.

About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003, following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit, like us on Facebook and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call +1-956-383-6911.