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Sunday Speaker Series Online: A History of the Valley’s LGBTQ+ Community

August 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.”

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 facebook.com/MOSTHistory/live. 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 www.mosthistory.org.

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.


August 9
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm