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

KSAT Q&A: Local LGBTQ+ historian remembers local LGBTQ+ pioneer
KSAT Q&A: Local LGBTQ+ historian remembers local LGBTQ+ pioneer

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.

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