2006 QSANANTONIO HONORABLE MENTIONS
City Councilwoman Elena Guajardo
Despite the controversy that emerged after the George Dickerson suicide,
Elena Guajardo has proven her competence as an able representative for
the voters of District 7. During her tenure, she has also provided valuable
leadership for the GLBT community. She has been instrumental in working
with police officials to improve relations with the GLBT community. When
anti-gay protestors were picketing H-E-B, she met with H-E-B executives
and organized a community response. She has been working with the San
Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau to find ways to promote more GLBT
tourism. Guajardo has become the "go to" politician when GLBT
issues arise in San Antonio. We applaud her efforts and wish her the best
of luck in her re-election campaign.
Civil Service: Police
Chief William McManus
Ever since his appointment earlier this year, Police Chief William McManus
has proven his determination to improve the Police Department’s
historically rocky relationship with San Antonio’s GLBT community.
McManus has stated that he does not endorse gay witch-hunts or the entrapment
of gay men by undercover police. He allows the Peace Officer’s Liaison
Committee, a GLBT group, to attend police cadet training sessions and
suggest curriculum. He and his patrol officers attended meetings with
gay bar owners to discuss crime reduction. With his background as the
GLBT liaison to the Washington DC police, McManus brings a much-needed,
fresh perspective to the SAPD.
The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio
Even though it is by definition a group that endorses and promotes the
election of GLBT-friendly Democrats, the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio
are a vital force throughout the community. Their monthly meetings, which
are open to the public, offer unique access not only to politicians seeking
GLBT votes but also to important public officials. This year’s speakers
have included City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Police Chief William McManus
and Capt. Larry Birney, the SAPD’s GLBT Liaison. The Peace Officer’s
Liaison Committee got its start through the Stonewall Democrats and Stonewall
members are active in State politics as well. Whether its marching for
immigrant rights or getting out the vote, the Stonewall Democrats are
to be commended for their contribution to community activism.
2006 QSANANTONIO DISHONORABLE MENTIONS
Homophobe of the Year:
Radio Show Host Adam McManus
No one in San Antonio seems more fixated on condemning the GLBT community
than KSLR-AM Christian talk-show jock Adam McManus. His notoriety index
soared in June when he organized three anti-gay pickets of H-E-B after
the grocer donated $300 to PrideFest. The protests, which started out
with dozens of protestors, eventually fizzled out, as did his planned
boycott of the stores. Earlier in the year McManus and his anti-gay disciples
picketed WOAI-TV to protest the series "The Book of Daniel"
which featured a gay character and a pain-pill-popping Episcopalian minister
who had conversations with Jesus.
Mudslinger Award: Political
Candidate Genie Wright
Using Judge Monica Guerrero’s sexual orientation as a smear tactic
in the race for County Court at Law, No. 7, proved a fruitless campaign
ploy for candidate Genie Wright, a lawyer and former schoolteacher who
manages her husband’s medical practice. Wright’s most onerous
stunt came when she teamed up with Christian radio talk show host Adam
McManus and ambushed Guerrero on-air. Wright would not debate the issues
but rather let McManus and his callers taunt Guerrero with their anti-gay
views. Wright lost to Guerrero by a margin of almost 20,000 votes.
Foot in the Mouth Award:
Television Anchorman Chris Marrou
Those who watch KENS-TV’s evening newscasts are familiar with anchorman
Chris Marrou’s distracting habit of adding his own comments to the
news reports he reads. On one evening last January, after a report about
the People’s Choice Awards, Marrou commented, "Why didn't they
just give one of those guys from 'Brokeback Mountain' best actress?"
He and weatherman Bill Taylor then followed up with some host banter that
included Marrou remarking that actor Heath Ledger "Plays it both
ways." The comments lead to complaints to the KENS’ newsroom
and apologies to viewers from Executive News Director Kurt Davis. Our
suggestion: Chris, stick to the script.
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