KSAT Q&A: UTSA Assistant Archivist Melissa Gohlke talks about legacy of LGBTQ+ pioneer, developer Hap Veltman

Melissa Gohlke, assistant archivist for UTSA Special Collections and a historian of local LGBTQ+ history, talks with Myra Arthur and Tim Gerber about one of the biggest pioneers in the San Antonio LGBTQ+ community.

SAN ANTONIO – UTSA Assistant Archivist Melissa Gohlke discussed the legacy of local LGBTQ+ pioneer and developer Hap Veltman and his vision for the city of San Antonio in the KSAT Q&A.

Here are the three takeaways from today’s KSAT Q&A:

  1. Hap Veltman established San Antonio Country, which was billed as the largest gay disco in Texas and created a safe haven for LGBTQ+ community; later opened The Bonham Exchange.
  2. Veltman, who was an attorney, fought to allow service members to come to San Antonio country following military raids of the club.
  3. Veltman was instrumental in developing the Blue Star Arts Complex, St. Mary’s Strip, and opening one of the first restaurants along the River Walk that faced the river.

About the Authors:

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Myra Arthur is passionate about San Antonio and sharing its stories. She graduated high school in the Alamo City and always wanted to anchor and report in her hometown. Myra anchors KSAT News at 6:00 p.m. and hosts and reports for the streaming show, KSAT Explains. She joined KSAT in 2012 after anchoring and reporting in Waco and Corpus Christi.