The Happy Foundation

"The HAPPY Foundation is dedicated to
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,
the preservation of our Historic Building at
411 Bonham Street in San Antonio,Texas,
GBLT history, and
encouraging contemporary art."

Operating as usual

[06/18/16]   We at the Happy Foundation are horrified by the events that took place in Orlando. We support our brothers and sisters in Orlando. You are not alone. We stand beside you and mourn with the rest of the world. 06/26/2015

Activist Gene Elder On Preserving SA's LGBT History

We are looking for articles about today's historic Gay Marriage ruling from all over the United States. Named in honor of developer, entrepreneur and arts advocate Arthur "Hap" Veltman and housed in the same historic building as The Bonham Exchange, The Happy... 06/26/2015

Obama, in tweet, lauds high court decision on same-sex marriage

A historic day for all!!!! Congratulations America! President Barack Obama took to Twitter to praise the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision as "a big step in our march toward equality." 04/24/2015

Bonham Exchange Puts a Twist on Chili 'Queens'

Our annual fundraiser which benefits the San Antonio AIDS foundation kitchen! When the legendary Bonham Exchange nightclub does something for Fiesta, you know it’s going to be something a little different – and their Chili Queens event is no exception. Now ... 02/26/2015

Chili Queens Chili Cook-Off

The Happy Foundation presents: The Chili Queens chili cook-off. Benefitting the San Antonio AIDS foundation kitchen. 01/31/2015

British government: Pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted...

Great movie. Terrible way to treat a hero, or anyone else. Each of these 49,000 men deserves the justice and acknowledgment from the British government that this intolerant law brought not only unwarranted shame, but horrific physical and mental damage and lost years of wrongful imprisonment to these men. Alan Turing was pardoned in 2013, but the other estm… 01/14/2015

Thrive Youth Center Will Shelter San Antonio's LGBT Homeless Youth

Bravo!! We need to help San Antonio's LGBT youth! Sandra Whitley has known she was a lesbian since she was 13. Growing up in a small Panhandle town, Whitley remembers being mistreated by her... 12/19/2014

New Philanthropic Supper Club Kicks Off Sunday

Great things are happening here! Try not to judge Robbie Nowlin too harshly when you first meet him. We could call the six-foot four-inch chef (whose kitchen lineage includes The... 11/22/2014

Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay

Way to go!! Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay in a 11/01/2014

LOOK: Neil Patrick Harris And His Family Win Halloween With Their Costumes

Great family costumes!! well done! Neil Patrick, husband David Burtka and their adorable kids are no strangers to stunning Halloween costumes. Over the years, they've gone all out with their looks -- much to the delight of fans -- and this year was no different. Harris tweeted a ph... 10/23/2014

Pat Robertson calls gay rights activists 'terrorists'

Oh Brother! What happened to love thy neighbor? A day after his controversial comments about AIDS were obliterated by Anderson Cooper, the conservative televangelist called gay rights activists “terrorists."


We will miss you Joan Rivers!

Farewell to a legend and pioneer for women in comedy: 09/03/2014

Michael Sam passes physical, signed to Cowboys practice squad

Welcome to Texas, Michael!!! The Dallas Cowboys signed Michael Sam to their practice squad. 08/31/2014

WATCH: Twins Both Come Out To Their Parents And Catch It All On Camera

Courageous kids come out to parents! Rarely do coming out stories involve twins making the big announcement together. Luke and Adam Monastero, 21-year-old fraternal twins from Canada, have known they were gay since they were about 4 years old but didn't tell each other until recently...


RIP sweet Craig Pennel. You were one of the original San Antonio River Rats! We will miss you always!


Congrats Chili Queens on becoming an official Fiesta San Antonio Event!!

Chili Queens Chili Cookoff 03/02/2014

Deion Sanders: Every team I played on had someone gay in the locker room

We always knew it....but thanks for the thumbs up Deion! Former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders is one of the latest former NFL players to show support for Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who revealed earlier this month that he is gay. 02/06/2014

Chili Queens Chili Cook-Off

The Happy Foundation is pleased to present The Chili Queens chili cook-off!!! The Chili Queens Chili Cook-off is a modern and eccentric interpretation of a historical event where competitors came from all over to test their chili against others recipes. While the chili competition has not changed, the word, “Queen” has been expanded to not just the belle of the ball, but the… 07/27/2013

Archbishop Tutu would pick hell over an anti-gay heaven South Africa's legendary churchman Archbishop Desmond Tutu feels so strongly about gay rights, he says that if paradise involves homophobia, he'd rather spend eternity with the devil.


A nice article about Arthur, "Hap" Veltman the creator of the Happy foundation.

REMEMBERING HAP VELTMAN (QSanAntonio, July 20, 2013) This past June 23 would have been Arthur P. (Hap) Veltman, Jr.'s 77th birthday. Veltman, an openly gay man, was a downtown real-estate developer, restaurant and nightlife entrepreneur, an arts advocate, and historical conservationist. Read more:


Video: Obama Affirms Support for Same-Sex Marriage

We at the Happy Foundation believe in equal rights for all! Well done Mr. President!

President says his position on marriage has evolved. 01/27/2012

NBC Politics - NBC: Rep. Barney Frank to be married

Congrats to Barney Frank! Retiring Massachusetts Rep. 03/27/2011

Liz Smith: The Absolute End of an Era — Elizabeth Taylor Dead. - wowowow

We love Liz Smith! Rest in Peace Elizabeth Taylor. Thank you both for standing up for the gay community! Our Gossip Girl mourns a dazzling star with words she thought she’d never have to write “OCTAVIAN, WHEN I am ready to die, I will die.” That was Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra,” moments before she allowed the asp to do

[03/07/11]   What would Happy do??????


March 6, 2011





411 Bonham
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