2018-2019 Beneficiaries

To qualify, an organization must able to commit to some volunteer efforts on behalf of Pride San Antonio and the organization must be recognized by the U.S. Government as a 501 c(3). 

​​​​​American Veterans for Equal Rights - AVER

American Veterans for Equal Rights is the nation’s LGBT Veterans Service Organization, and the only LGBT VSO recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For over 25 years AVER has worked to secure the right of LGBT people to serve in the United States military. With the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law in 2010 we achieved a major victory, and in the final months of 2016 Transgender patriots too can now serve openly with honor and dignity. As a chapter based organization AVER works to help veterans access benefits from the VA and provides a safe, respectful, and supportive space where the trauma of military service can find understanding and healing. With changing political landscapes, we acknowledge how precious and vulnerable are the rights we fought so long to secure, and AVER will remain ever vigilant to safeguard our freedom for future generations of LGBT Americans and all the men and women who wish to defend our nation’s sacred liberty in the United States armed forces. 


B.E.A.T. AIDS
B.E.A.T. AIDS (Black Effort Against the Threat of Aids), we are located on 1017 N Main Ave. Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78212. Our mission is to provide the highest quality HIV/AIDS prevention, education and services, reaching out to the community. Our vision is to promote community wide understanding of the impact of HIV/AIDS. BEAT was founded in 1987 and provides culturally relevant services to persons infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS in San Antonio metro area. From the beginning, we have focused on serving and working with minority communities, underserved persons, and disproportionately affected groups (i.e. homeless, illiterate, substance abusers, the incarcerated, the poor, mentally ill persons, sex workers and others) who perceive barriers to care and accessing solutions to their medical needs. Among the services provided are: free HIV-1 & HIV-2 (rapid)/Syphilis/ Hep C testing; case management; mental health counseling (individual and group); support groups; emergency financial assistance (rent and utilities); food vouchers, bus passes; taxis; gas vouchers; transportation services (by appointment); prevention counseling; prevention case management; peer outreach; prevention with HIV positive individuals; educational seminars, health insurance continuation; co-pay assistance; computer access; substance abuse counseling (individual and group).

FIESTA YOUTH
​Fiesta Youth is San Antonio's Premier LGBTQ Youth Program in the San Antonio Texas area for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer teens and their allies. The mission of Fiesta Youth is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, affirming place for LBGTQ teens to express and explore who they are through education, peer-support, advocacy and friendship. Our programming serves LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) teens, young adults, and their allies. Our hope is to empower youth to build a future where ALL people are accepted and loved as they are. In this way, our youth may become successful and contributing members of the community. We have also partnered with our city's library system, the first major library system in Texas to cooperate long-term with an LGBTQ youth organization - and we believe that this is a powerful sign of San Antonio's growing love for its LGBTQ citizens. On certain Mondays and Wednesdays, we will take the fun, affirming activities we have become known for at our University Presbyterian Church location to various libraries across the Alamo City. We also think it's important to meet LGBTQ young adults where they work and play - which is why we are going out to visit them on their campuses. Under the new 4C For LGBT initiative, we are officially partnering on programming and more with four LGBTQ organizations at four San Antonio colleges: GALA at San Antonio College, the Coalition at Texas A&M University - San Antonio, PRIDE at Trinity University, and Spectrum at the University of Texas at San Antonio. For all our programming information and events please visit our page at www.fiesta-youth.organd come and join us at some of our special fundraising events throughout the year. 

MCC -Metropolitan Community Church
An Inclusive, Vibrant & Loving Spiritual Community in San Antonio.  We at Metropolitan Community Church San Antonio are moved by the spirit of God and by the spirit of our wonderful congregation here in San Antonio. Our mission is to hold a space where fellowship, worship, and faith can be practiced and enjoyed by all. We welcome you to join our congregation any Sunday of the year. Give yourself the gift of fellowship and let yourself feel the support and strength of your community!


The Rape Crisis Center

The Rape Crisis Center is the largest stand alone sexual violence service in the state of Texas. The mission of The Rape Crisis Center is to provide help, hope and healing to those impacted by sexual violence and cultivate a safe, nonviolent community. Our vision is a world free from sexual violence. We serve anyone impacted by sexual violence, including men, women and children, and their non-offending friends and family members regardless of how long ago the incident occurred or if it was reported to police. We provide a free and confidential 24-hour crisis hotline at (210) 349-7273 that is answered by real, trained operators 365 days a year. We also provide free counseling for individuals, couples, families, and children’s play therapy. We have an advocate team that works in tandem with the hotline to meet survivors 24 hours a day at local hospitals if they choose to get a forensic exam; they also work with survivors through the legal process and other systems they may need as a result of sexual violence. We provide primary prevention education to the community such as workshops on consent, sexual harassment, and healthy relationships. This year we will be adding a medical aftercare program where survivors can go for their follow up visits after a sexual assault forensic exam.


The Coalition at TAMUSA

The LGBTQA Coalition exists for the purpose of providing peer support for all LGBTQA+ students within Texas A&M University-San Antonio and the surrounding community. Through activities and services that connect, educate and inform students about the greater LGBTQ+ community, we hope to create a welcoming and safe environment that will also act as a referral and network system for all students, faculty and staff.  Membership is open to all who consent with the contents of the constitution and subscribe to the purpose and function of The Coalition.  The LGBTQA Coalition will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, physical ability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity and gender expression.


We Are Alive  

We Are Alive Inc. is dedicated to assisting persons with terminal illnesses and severe chronic illnesses that are ongoing serious disabilities, regardless of the illness. To accomplish this goal We Are Alive Inc. provides limited various services to individuals in the areas of; assistance for medical co-pays, living expenses, referrals to other resources & educational programs, etc. We Are Alive Inc. Take in No Government Moneys, but relies on Community Donations. Donations to We Are Alive Inc. can be made in the following ways;  1) By mailing a check or money order to We Are Alive, Inc., 14546 Brook Hollow # 165, San Antonio, Texas 78232 (please do not send cash),  2) By credit card on this website www.wearealive.org as discussed in the section entitled, "To Make A Donation Now" or with a $25.00 Donation you will receive a "Banding Together For A Cure" Cap, Bandana & Key Ring Set Pictured HERE.  


Living Church at Woodlawn Pointe

The Purpose of LIVING CHURCH at Woodlawn Pointe is to provide a safe, comfortable, and inclusive place of worship for all!  The Mission of Living Church of San Antonio is to grow in the love of Jesus by Celebrating Together, Preparing Ourselves, and Serving Others.