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Top Ten GLBT News Stories | Year in the Life of Gay San Antonio

Community Leadership Award-- Gay Pride San Antonio
Gay Pride San Antonio, the organization that stages the annual Gay Pride Parade and Block Party is to be commended. Under the leadership of its president Philip Barcena and his partner James Poindexter, the parade has grown from a ten-minute march to a colorful spectacle lasting more than an hour and attracting thousands of parade watchers. Barcena also reached out to the organizers of PrideFest and patched up the rift that occurred years ago when the parade became an event separate from PrideFest. Together both events effectively anchor Pride Month in the city and San Antonio now has a parade that befits the seventh largest city in the nation.

Civil Service Award -- City Manager Sheryl Sculley
Speaking before the Stonewall Democrats in October 2006, City Manager Sheryl Sculley said, "Change is difficult but we all can change to make a better city." For the gay community this has meant inclusion, for the first time, in community panels that Sculley organized to enhance the quality of life in our city. Last January, Sculley, working with city attorneys and the City-Council-appointed Affirmative Action Committee, helped amend the City of San Antonio’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy to include sexual orientation as a protected classification. City employees can no longer be fired for being gay. Despite efforts by attorney Robert J. Bozelli and a KSLR Christian radio talk show host to chastise Sculley for her actions, the new policy remains intact.

San Antonio Human Rights Campaign Governors George Page, Elizabeth Schleigh and Darrell Parsons.

Community Activism Award -- Human Rights Campaign
The local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign and its Governors are to be congratulated for the level of local community activism shown by its members this year. Emerging from its cocoon of the past few years, HRC has become a higher profile player in local events and politics. HRC members are showing leadership in organizations like the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Stonewall Democrats, and hosting community-wide events like the Election Night watch party. Encouraging too is the enormous growth of HRC’s Ladies on the Loose a monthly event that now has it’s own newsletter and a following of hundreds of women from across the city.

We Can’t Be Bothered with Gays Award -- S.A. City Council
It seems as though that the members of the San Antonio City Council don’t show much interest in the gay community unless of course they need their votes. This year, organizers of the Gay Pride San Antonio Parade invited the ten members of the City Council to participate. Not one single City Council member accepted the invitation including three Council members who asked for an endorsement from the Stonewall Democrats. Most members did not even bother to respond to the invitation. Mary Alice Cisneros, the District 1 City Councilwoman who represents the gayest neighborhoods in the San Antonio, was the most notable absence. The lack of political courage shown by the City Council was partially offset by the participation in the parade by Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, State Representative Leticia Van de Putte, Judge Monica Guerrero and Dr. Fernando A. Guerra, Director of Health at the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

Hate Mongering Award -- Rev. James Hagee
When the Chamber of Commerce talks about making San Antonio a "world class" city it probably doesn’t realize how a "world class" bigot like the Rev. James Hagee can ruin the city’s national profile. Hagee, pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio gained notoriety last year by saying that Hurricane Katrina was caused by the "level of sin" by gays in New Orleans. Hagee has also made disparaging remarks about women, blacks, Muslims and Catholics. This year, Republican presidential candidate John McCain sought Hagee’s endorsement only to reject it when the preacher’s hate speech was revealed in the media. Hagee’s bombastic intolerance is a source of embarrassment for San Antonio and all its citizens.

Foot in Mouth Award -- Chris Marrou
This is the second Foot in Mouth Award for KENS-TV news anchor Chris Marrou who often adds his personal comments to news stories. In 2006, Marrou caused a a stir by saying that the actors in the movie "Brokeback Mountain" should compete for best actress awards. This year, Marrou, after hearing the weather report on a particularly hot and humid spring day, commented that the temperature made his daily run unbearable. "It’s so humid," he said, "its like jogging in Rosie O’Donnell’s armpit." Like we asked in 2006, Chris -- why don’t you just read the news and keep the smarmy comments to yourself?

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Top Ten GLBT News Stories | Year in the Life of Gay San Antonio