San Antonio Celebrates LGBTQ Pride 2017

It’s hard to believe that the first LGBTQ pride event held in San Antonio was only in 2004. Since then, it has evolved to what it is now with over 80 vendors, 100 parade entries, and a three-bar block party on Main Street.

I don’t want to get into an argument as to why Pride exists in the first place. We know why it does. It’s common sense and to those who argue it or see it as being something forced upon you, ignore it. Pride is not meant for you and you have most likely not endured some form of discrimination to know what we go through or have gone through as a community.

With that being said, I’ll keep this blog short and sweet. The following are reasons why I’m celebrating Pride this year. And, I ask you to celebrate with me for these reasons as well.


  • I’m celebrating Pride for the LGBTQ students who get bullied in school.
  • I’m celebrating Pride for the 49 victims who lost their lives in the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida last year.
  • I’m celebrating Pride for the 14 members of the transgender community who have been killed in 2017.
  • I’m celebrating Pride for the married LGBTQ couples who might not be entitled to spousal benefits.


As a community, let’s set some goals for the remainder of the year. Let us be kind to each other. Let us love one another. I believe many members of the LGBTQ need to hear this. If we stand together, we won’t have to face discrimination or homophobia alone.

Have a fun and safe Pride celebration, San Antonio!


He Used to be Mine

“Breakin’ up is hard to do.”

I don’t like writing about my relationships but I think breaking a record for longest relationship after having a series of one and two month flings for the last four years says something positive about my love life.

There is hope. It is possible to love again and again. I can love and I can be loved back.

Albeit only 8 months, my recent relationship has been my longest. My other longest relationship was merely half a year. Along the way, I’ve learned so much about myself: my flaws, my strengths, what makes me happy, and what I do to make my boyfriend happy as well.

I’ve compared how different I am as a single man and a man in a relationship and I realize that even though it wasn’t visible, I’ve put the relationship first many times which places my goals and aspirations second. But what do I want more? A relationship or to be successful in my career and health? Can both be accomplished at the same time?

I can only do my best. I can only take it one day at a time, live in the moment, and not worry what I’m doing right or wrong. If he thinks I’m doing something wrong in the relationship, it shouldn’t be his responsibility to change me. It should be my choice to change or improve and if I can’t do that, then he accepts me or he must move on to someone else who is doing it right. But he has every right to bring it up in the first place for a cordial discussion and not in an argument. Constant arguing isn’t normal in a relationship, no matter who says it is. And, trust should be given freely until broken.

I am not a love doctor or a therapist. Those are just my thoughts. You will love again and you will be loved again. Don’t fret.

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