The Peace Officer’s Liaison Committee
Organized in 2006 under the aegis of the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio,
the Peace Officer’s Liaison Committee fulfilled their goal this
year by conducting the first GLBT sensitivity training classes at the
SAPD’s Police Academy. Thanks to the efforts of its original chair,
Travis Peterson, the Liaison Committee showed a great deal of fortitude
and perseverance in getting these classes organized. Now chaired by Rev.
Mick Hinson of MCC S.A., the group intends to continue this important
training in 2008.
Civil Service: County
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
The San Antonio HIV/AIDS community has no greater advocate than County
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson. Commissioner Adkisson has worked hard this
year to help raise more funds for local AIDS organizations as federal
funding has increasingly diminished. One example of his efforts came last
September when thanks to his intercession, the Bexar County Commissioners
approved a distribution of $100,000 to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation
to help the agency cover costs for its transportation and hot meals programs.
San Antonio Gender Association
Even though it is a small group, in terms of membership, the San Antonio
Gender Association’s members have taken leadership positions in
the local chapters of the Stonewall Democrats and the Human Rights Campaign,
and have maintained a highly visible presence at GLBT gatherings throughout
the city. During this year, when the Employment Discrimination Act presented
before the House of Representatives excluded them, members of SAGA helped
put a human face on the plight of the transsexual individuals who reside
in San Antonio. They are to be commended for their activism.
Benign Neglect Award:
City Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros
District 1 City Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros, wife of former Mayor
Henry Cisneros, sailed to victory during last spring’s election.
However, she did so without seeking the endorsement of the GLBT community,
even though most of San Antonio's gay-friendly neighborhoods are in her
district. Cisneros submitted a completed questionnaire to the Stonewall
Democrats of San Antonio, which included "uncertain" responses
on several questions and a "no" response to the question of
whether San Antonio should provide city funding for HIV/AIDS treatment
and prevention. She also failed to appear at Stonewall’s April 1
candidate forum despite assurances that she would be present. As a result,
Stonewall decided to endorse her opponent, Green Party candidate Kat Swift.
Hate Mongering in the
Name of Christ Award: KSLR AM Radio
Christofascism. Hate mongering. Homophobia. These are just some of the
behaviors exhibited by the listeners of KSLR-AM, a local "Christian"
radio station that was behind an effort to smear Police Chief William
McManus because he participated as Grand Marshal of the Gay Pride Parade
on July 2. KSLR’s anti-gay "Christians" took their hate-filled
display before the City Council where they called for the Chief’s
dismissal and heckled those who chose to speak in favor of San Antonio’s
top cop. In August, the same group tried unsuccessfully to block Dr. Lynne
Armstrong, the co-chair of the Stonewall Democrats, from being re-appointed
to the city’s Affirmative Action Advisory Committee because she
is a lesbian.
Foot in the Mouth Award:
Joey Villarreal, Tavern Owner
Four images by photographer Marc L. Arevalo that were scheduled to be
exhibited at Joe’s Blues, a bar located in the Blue Star Arts Complex,
were removed after the owner of that establishment said they would attract
a gay clientele. Joey Villarreal, the proprietor of Joe’s Blues,
told Arevalo that the photos had to be taken down because the people in
the pictures looked like drag queens. Villarreal is also owner of the
Blue Star Brewery and Joey’s on North St. Mary’s.
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