in SA magazine ridicules SA Current for gay issue
of S.A. same-sex couples increases 63% over six years
installs Rev. Mick Hinson
nixed after bar owner says they attract gay clientele
exclusive -- Interview with Eric Alva
S.A. welcomes Rev. Mick Hinson
"homosexual" debate was a study in contrasts
County same sex adoption held legal after lesbian couple splits
S.A. businessman receives plaque on Riverwalk
election victory, Guerrero thankful for GLBT support
hyped-up promos, KENS offers balanced gay adoption report
population of metropolitan S.A. estimated to be 46,188
Guajardo cites first year's accomplishments
Left: The cover of the San Antonio Current's gay issue
which was published on October 10, 2007. Right: A critical jab that characterizes
the Current's efforts as "Powerfully Stupid" published in the
January issue of Scene in SA magazine.
Scene in SA magazine ridicules SA
Current for gay issue
QSanAntonio, January 17, 2008
Scene in SA, a magazine that bills itself as the "San Antonio City
Magazine Since 1999" mockingly called the San Antonio Current, a
weekly alternative newspaper, "powerfully stupid" for having
published a GLBT-theme issue last October. The item was published in Scene
in SA’s January edition that features the "best and worst"
of San Antonio. Scene in SA is the same magazine that three years ago
fired a transgendered staff photographer.
The item criticizing the San Antonio Current appears on page 22 of Scene
in SA’s January issue as part of a seven-page feature titled "The
Best & Worst of 2007." It reads as follows:
The Current, for devoting a whole issue to gay, bi, and lesbian "power"--
undermining their cause by being "trendy" and in-your-face,
going so far as putting a Superman with a gay shirt symbol on the cover.
"I had to chuckle, because it's so back ass-wards," Elaine Wolff,
editor of the San Antonio Current, told QSanAntonio in reaction to the
item. "You gotta love ‘journalists’ who refer to civil-rights
issues as ‘trendy.’ It reads more like self-loathing fear
to me --you know, don't make too much of a scene or there will be a backlash
-- that kind of mentality."
The San Antonio Current’s annual gay issue was published on October
10, 2007. The theme was "Up, Up, and Out: A Salute to San Antonio’s
LGBT Superheroes!" Topics covered in the special issue included the
exclusion of transgendered people from the federal Employment Non-Discrimination
Act, the problems of same-sex couples when one person is an immigrant,
a retrospective of the Esperanza lawsuit, and a look at families with
"The item in Scene in SA is disturbing because it seeks to ridicule
a publication that supports our issues," says Sam Sanchez, publisher
of QSanAntonio.com. "The Current’s GLBT issue is an annual
event and not a ‘trendy’ attempt to grab the limelight. Besides
that, civil rights and equality for all of our city's citizens is no laughing
John Ziller, the publisher of Scene in SA, did not respond to an email
from QSanAntonio asking if he would like to clarify why the item was published
in his magazine. However, Cynthia Leal Massey, editor-at-large of Scene
in SA, sent the following email:
"Our former managing editor submitted the entry you are referring
to. She is in her mid-twenties, hip and by no means homophobic. She thought
the Current's treatment of the gay community was demeaning, particularly
their use of the cartoon Superman with the pink triangle on the cover.
Considering your statement, "Civil rights and equality for all of
our city's citizens is no laughing matter," we are surprised you
could not see that that is exactly how the Current treated gays on their
cover as cartoonish characters, rather than real people. In any event,
we apologize for any offense to you or your readers; it was unintentional."
This is not the first time that Scene in SA has come up on San Antonio’s
GLBT radar. In January 2005, Ziller fired photographer Antonia Padilla,
a transgendered woman, shortly after she transitioned from male to female.
Padilla was a staff photographer at the magazine for three years with
her name featured on the masthead.
Padilla, now a freelance photographer who is on the board of directors
of the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio, told QSanAntonio, "John
Ziller said I was fired because I made everyone at the magazine uncomfortable."
Scene in SA is published by Scene Monthly LLC, located at 900 N.E. Loop
410. It’s Web site address is: www.scenepublications.com.
Number of S.A. same-sex couples increases
63% over six years
QSanAntonio, November 5
A new study released on November 5 shows that in the period between 2000
and 2006 the number of same sex couples in San Antonio increased by 63%.
This increase is significant considering that during this same period
the population of San Antonio increased by only 11%.
San Antonio same sex couples registered the second highest increase among
the 50 largest cities in the U.S., outpacing the national average of 31%
and the 24% increase for the state of Texas.
The study, "Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S.
Census and the American Community Survey," was authored by Gary J.
Gates and released by The
Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Much of the analyses
in the study explore the changes in the geographic distribution of same-sex
couples at three points in time: 1990, 2000 and 2006.
The statistics in the study show that in the year 2000 San Antonio recorded
2,278 same sex couples. In 2006, that number increased to 3,717. Last
year, a similar study by the Williams Institute showed that San Antonio
had the largest percentage per capita in the U.S. of same sex couples
Overall, the study concluded that nationally the number of same sex couples
had quadrupled. The study’s author attributes the increase to the
fact that more gays and lesbians are coming out and becoming more comfortable
with being identified as a couple. The largest increases were registered
in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
In ironic twist, the study concluded that some of the greatest increases
were registered in socially conservative areas of the country and in states
barring legal acceptance of same sex couples.
Photos nixed after bar owner says
they attract gay clientele
QSanAntonio, September 14, 2007
Four images by photographer Marc L. Arevalo that were scheduled to be
exhibited at Joe Blue's, 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.
On the afternoon of Friday, September 7, Arevalo and his friend Lili Pena
Dyeer, a curator at Arbor Art House, stopped by Joe Blue’s to put
up the photos, which were to be exhibited as part of Fotoseptiembre month
in San Antonio. "We were about to hang the last photo when Villarreal
came in," says Arevalo. "He took one look at them and told me
he didn’t think they were appropriate."
Arevalo says that Villarreal explained that a few years back he had a
problem when a "bunch of drag queens" started hanging out at
Joey’s, one of his other establishments. Villarreal told Arevalo
that word got around and a lot of gay people started patronizing the bar
and that it took him a while to get them to stop coming.
Arevalo, a 2005 Fine Arts graduate from UTSA, told QSanAntonio that he
had been invited to display the photos by Dayna DeHoyos of the Stella
Haus Art Gallery who curates the artwork displayed at Joe Blue’s.
DeHoyos is one of the models in the photographs along with Ryan Leighton
Whittington, Arevalo’s boyfriend and director of the Red Square
Gallery Project on South St. Mary’s.
The four photographs depict DeHoyos and Whittington dressed in a combination
of modern and Victorian clothing against the backdrop of a concrete wall
in an abandoned warehouse. Both are wearing a white pancake makeup and
a light lip color emulating the style of the Victorian period. None of
the photos contain overt sexual content.
Whittington says that he's puzzled as to why a bar owner in the Blue Star
Arts Complex would vocally object to gays. "Anyone who’s been
to Blue Star knows that 50 percent of the people there are gay, it is
part of the art scene after all. So you can imagine how many gay people
have unknowingly spent thousands of dollars at the Brewery and Joe Blue’s."
In a posting about the incident on the San Antonio Current’s blog,
editor Elaine Wolff reports that Villarreal said, "I don't choose
to do 'sports bar.' I don't choose to do Country & Western bar.' (Arevalo’s
work) might give an impression that we cater mostly to homosexuals."
The posting also quotes Villarreal saying, "If I didn't like that,
I wouldn't be in this area. I want anybody to come in. I don't care what
your sexual preference is, period."
Arevalo says the situation proved very embarrassing to him since Villarreal’s
comments were made in front of Joe Blue’s clientele and staff. "I
was shocked and blown away. My friends and I have spent a lot of money
in Joe Blue’s over the years. I guess we’re just not valued
and respected as customers."
In March 2003, Marine Sgt. Eric Alva of
San Antonio became the first soldier injured in the Iraq War when he stepped
on a landmine resulting in the loss of his right leg part of an index
finger. On Feb. 28, 2007, he joined Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass., in calling
for an end to the government’s "Don’t ask, Don’t
Tell" policy. Last summer, Darrell Parsons, Alva’s partner,
urged him to come out and speak up for gay soldiers who risk their lives
to bring freedom to others. Alva used to be an avid runner but since his
injuries he has taken up scuba diving.
-- Interview with Eric Alva
The first U.S. soldier wounded in the Iraq War
By Toby Johnson, QSanAntonio, March 9, 2007
Eric, in 2003 you were hailed as an American hero. Now you've made
the news again, this time as a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.
I'm sure fellow gay San Antonians are proud of you and are interested
in how you're faring with your injuries.
Eric Alva: I
was a marathon runner back in 1995. But my left leg was broken badly in
the explosion and has never been the same since. So, even though I have
a running prosthesis, I’ve retired from that sport and taken up
swimming. I’m an avid scuba diver now.
Coming home to San Antonio was a blessing. The city welcomed me home with
open arms. And now for a second time, they are doing it again it seems.
TJ: Do you have any memories
of growing up in San Antonio?
EA: I actually grew up out
by 1604 and Hwy 90, and attended Southwest High School. In the 1980's
there was nothing out that way, and look at it now. Every time I came
home to visit there was something new. Amazing how this city has grown.
They were working on the freeways back then too (laughing).
TJ: What inspired you
to join the Marines?
EA: My grandfather was a WWII
veteran and my dad a Vietnam veteran. I always knew I wanted to follow
in their footsteps. After high school though I was told to go to college.
I did and it did not work out. All along I knew I wanted a career in the
Marine Corps. So in 1990, I was the first of my family to join the Corps.
Most of my family had been Army or Navy. Guess I had to be different (grinning).
TJ: I guess you were different!
Did you know you were gay when you joined?
EA: I had an idea, but it
was something I was not acting on at the time because getting into the
military was my priority. It definitely was something I discovered in
the military. I was growing in age and maturity, at the same time I was
lonely, and I realized what was missing was me enjoying the life as a
I started to go to gay clubs in San Diego and I observed all the short
haircuts like mine there. I knew then there were people like me in the
military. I even had the opportunity to form some friendships. You kind
of knew who was gay because they possessed the same traits as you. For
example always going to gatherings alone, never talking about women, just
sending those signals.
TJ: Do you think your
gayness had any influence in your acting heroically?
EA: My being gay was a personal
characteristic of who I was. The decorated service I preformed for 13
years was also a part of who I was. I was like any other person serving
his or her country, and doing the best job possible. It did not matter
if I was gay or straight, I was serving proudly.
TJ: Are gay soldiers problems
in the service? Or good examples of generous, well-behaved, right-minded
EA: Most people have focused
on the idea that gay men and women would affect unit cohesion or disrupt
the discipline of the Armed Forces, but I strongly disagree. People thought
the same thing when black troops were integrated with white troops, but
the military went on to function well.
How ironic it is that the one organization that protects the blanket of
freedom for all the rights and privileges in this country is the first
to discriminate against American men and women just for being gay. Gay
men and women have served this country for hundreds of years, and now
is the time to let them be judged for who they are—strong men and
women who are willing to sacrifice everything. I applaud them everyday.
I want to thank the Human Rights Campaign for giving me this opportunity
to tell my story, and I want to thank the city of San Antonio for welcoming
me home a second time. Coming home from Washington D.C. last week, to
all the positive responses, has made me more grateful and blessed to be
alive. I especially want to thank my partner Darrell. He was the true
foundation of what has started to be a positive journey, not just for
the GLBT community but all people who are oppressed in this world.
(Toby Johnson’s most recent book,
"Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling," which includes
three stories by San Antonio writers, has been nominated for a Lambda
San Antonio gay activist Chris Forbrich (photo left)
debated the pro-gay point of view. Steve Perumalla (left in center photo),
the Director of World Center Campus Ministries, with Jason Matera who
defended the Christian side. A pro-gay activist (photo right) stood outside
of Retama Hall with a sign that read, "Is There a Dark Side to the
Conservative Christian Agenda? Yes."
UTSA "homosexual" debate
was a study in contrasts
QSanAntonio, March 1, 2007
The debate, "Is There a Dark Side to the Homosexual Agenda?"
held on February 28 at the University of Texas at San Antonio offered
a slice-of-life sample of the stark contrasts that separate both sides
of the issue. In substance and in style, the debaters, Jason Matera (the
Christian) and Chris Forbrich (the gay activist), were as different as
day and night.
The event, which was organized and sponsored by World Center Campus Ministries,
a Christian group affiliated with the World Center Christian Ministries
of San Antonio, attracted about 200 people to the Retama Auditorium at
the UTSA University Center. Alpha Lambda Tau, an alternative fraternity
for gay, bisexual and transgendered males and the College Democrats at
UTSA served as co-sponsors for the event. The moderator for the debate
was Jack Ricardi, a talk show host from KTSA Radio.
Matera is a New Yorker who has represented the views of young conservatives
on televisions programs like Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends,
Hardball and Washington Journal. Forbich, a native of San Antonio, is
a UTSA graduate and founder of ALT, the alternative fraternity on UTSA’s
campus. He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee
and is a past student body Treasurer at UTSA.
Both young men held their own throughout the debate but their oratorical
skills belied their inexperience with this type of forum. On a couple
of occasions, each managed to paint themselves into ideological corners.
In terms of personal style, Matera was aggressive and hyperactive, flailing
his arms for emphasis, with his voice often cracking. Forbrich maintained
a calm demeanor and controlled tone of voice. He seemed to remain unshaken
by Matera’s barbs.
The debate broke no new ground in terms of issues and arguments. Matera
employed the standard conservative script that one hears almost daily
on cable news talk shows: marriage is for one man and one woman; there
is no gay gene; heterosexuals are more monogamous; heterosexuals are better
parents. Matera also cited a lot of "statistics" with shaky
Forbich responded to many of Matera’s frequent attacks by using
his life and personal experiences to defend the GLBT point of view. "When
I wake up, I’m gay. It doesn’t go away," he told Matera
in response to his comment that being gay is a behavior that can be changed.
This elicited a long and sustained round of applause from the gay-friendly
members of the audience.
Both speakers are to be congratulated for their efforts. This is the kind
of healthy discussion that should take place on a college campus, especially
one in a socially conservative town like San Antonio. It’s probably
a good thing that no clear winner can be declared in this particular contest.
The winners here are the students, the community and the city at large.
Judge Ken Anderson, Texas Court of Appeals,
Bexar County same sex adoption held
legal after lesbian couple splits
QSanAntonio, January 24, 2007
Judge Ken Anderson of the Texas Court of Appeals Third District ruled
on January 19 that the Bexar County adoption of a child by a lesbian couple
is valid even after one of the partners sought to void it after their
breakup. Judge Anderson’s ruling reinforced the Bexar County Court’s
legal jurisdiction in allowing same sex couples to adopt children. The
opinion may bring a sense of relief to local GLBT families, easing the
fear that an acrimonious split might void the legal status of same sex
In March 2001, Elizabeth Goodson and Adelina Castellanos, a lesbian couple
who lived together since 1997, filed a joint petition to adopt a child
in Bexar County. The child, originally from Kazakhstan and initially adopted
there by Goodson, had lived with the couple as a family since September
2000. A Bexar County district court granted the adoption and the decree
specified that a parent-child relationship existed between the child and
Goodson and the child and Castellanos.
One year after the adoption, in April 2002, Goodson and Castellano’s
relationship ended. Castellanos filed a suit in district court that resulted
in her being appointed sole managing conservator for the child. In addition,
the district court ordered Goodson to make monthly child support payments,
to make health insurance payments on behalf of the child, to pay the legal
fees incurred by the trail and to pay the fees of the court-appointed
attorney who pled Castellanos’ case.
Goodson decided to appeal the judgement of the district court. In her
appeal, Goodson brought up several issues, foremost among them that Bexar
County courts could not legally grant adoptions to same sex couples, thus
denying Castellanos of her legal status as a parent.
Judge Anderson disagreed with the arguments Goodson’s attorney used
to rationalize voiding the adoption. In the opinion Judge Anderson wrote
that "the district court was not deprived of subject matter jurisdiction
over the adoption or deprived of the jurisdiction to enter the adoption
decree at issue in this case." He also indicated that there is no
direct statement of public policy in the family code or the state constitution
prohibiting the adoption of a child by two individuals of the same sex.
Perhaps the Judge’s most telling rationale in ruling on this case
came in some of his final comments on the legality of the adoption:
". . . in arguing that the adoption is void, Goodson would have
us ignore her role in the adoption of (the child) by Castellanos. Goodson
and Castellanos together hired a lawyer for the purpose of making Castellanos
a co-equal legal parent of (the child) and filed a joint petition for
the adoption of (the child). Importantly, (the child) regards both Goodson
and Castellanos as his parents, and the three of them lived as a family
for years. It would be inequitable and unconscionable to allow Goodson
to invoke the jurisdiction of a court for the sole purpose of creating
a parent-child relationship between Castellanos and (the child) and then
subsequently allow her to destroy that same relationship because her relationship
with Castellanos had ended."
In reviewing the details of the opinion, local attorney William F. Goodman
told QSanAntonio that one caution with this case is that this ruling is
the law in the Third District of Texas, and although persuasive, might
not have to be followed in other parts of the state.
"If Goodson appeals this, or if a conflict arises in one of the other
districts and therefore gets appealed, the Texas Supreme Court could take
an entirely different view," Goodman explains. "Also, the Legislature
might take this up as a cause and rewrite the laws altogether. The case
is good news from that particular battleground, but the war is far from
Gay S.A. businessman
receives plaque on Riverwalk
QSanAntonio, December 2, 2006
The San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association unveiled a plaque on December
4 dedicated to the late Arthur P. "Hap" Veltman a gay businessman
who helped develop the Blue Star Arts Complex, owned the Bonham Exchange
and who, in 1988, died of AIDS. In the late 60's, Veltman was one of the
first to open a restaurant, the Kangaroo Court, on the river starting
a trend that made the Riverwalk the entertainment destination it has now
become. The plaque will be located under the Crockett Street Bridge, across
the river from the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel.
Noting Veltman’s significant contributions to San Antonio’s
Riverwalk, the commemorative effort was spearheaded by Texas House Representative
Ruth McLendon Jones and District 1 City Councilman Roger O. Flores. The
proposal for Veltman’s plaque underwent a lengthy process, first
receiving approval by the San Antonio Historic Design and Review Commission.
The San Antonio Department of Parks and Recreation then selected an appropriate
location for the plaque.
The honorary plaque recognizes Veltman’s efforts to transform an
underutilized river into the vibrant district it has become today. In
the late 1960s Veltman cultivated a set of buildings into his personal
vision of a downtown "mecca." With his first restaurant, the
Kangaroo Court, Veltman turned the main entrance around to face the Riverwalk,
an idea that he is credited with proliferating. His river front retail
space featured luscious landscaping and quickly became a vision for other
businessmen and real estate developers to emulate.
After election victory, Guerrero
thankful for GLBT support
QSanAntonio, November 25, 2006
Four years ago, when she first ran for Judge, County Court at Law, No.
7, Monica Guerrero unseated Bill White, an eight-year incumbent, by a
margin of about 6,500 votes. In the November 7 election this year, Guerrero
handily defeated her latest opponent, Genie Wright, by almost 20,000 votes.
However, says Guerrero, this recent victory proved to be a much more difficult
campaign. One reason for this was that Wright played dirty politics, including
using Guerrero’s sexual orientation as a smear tactic.
Guerrero says that having the support of organizations like the Stonewall
Democrats of San Antonio and the local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign
gave her campaign an added boost. Members of both organizations raised
money, manned phone banks, walked neighborhoods and worked the polls.
"I had people with busy and active lives in my campaign headquarters
licking stamps and stuffing envelops," she says. "These are
professionals who never have to do this for their own businesses, and
they were here doing it for me!" She says she’s thankful for
the GLBT community’s participation.
Guerrero is a hometown girl whose achievements have come from hard work
and determination. A graduate of Incarnate Word High School and the University
of Texas at San Antonio, she attended the University of Kansas Law School
on a full scholarship. Once out of law school, she came back to San Antonio
where a succession of career opportunities put her at the top of her game.
Today, as a County Judge, Guerrero presides over one of the busiest courts
in Bexar County handling hundreds of cases dealing exclusively with domestic
violence. Guerrero, a self-avowed workaholic, says she’s like to
sit on the court for another couple of terms – eight more years.
Playing the gay card against Guerrero proved a fruitless campaign tactic
for Wright, a lawyer and former schoolteacher who now manages her husband’s
medical practice. Guerrero says "I’ve always been out"
and for most voters she spoke to, it was not an issue. "They just
want the ‘chisme’ -- the gossip," she recounts lightheartedly.
"Many would say they were going to vote for me but they just had
to ask if I was a lesbian."
One week before the election Guerrero was forced to defend herself against
homophobes on a KSLR-AM Christian radio talk show hosted by Adam McManus,
who earlier this year organized three anti-gay pickets against H-E-B because
of a donation the grocer made to PrideFest. Wright was McManus’
guest that afternoon. They telephoned Guerrero while on-air and challenged
her to defend her positions.
"I decided that I would accept the challenge," says Guerrero.
"So I went on the and gave my sales pitch. When I was finished all
McManus could say was, ‘But aren’t you a lesbian?’"
That was followed by Guerrero having to respond to callers to the show
who only wanted to discuss her sexual orientation. She responded as best
she could given the circumstances and came out of it confident and unshaken.
One week later, the voters of Bexar County spoke out loud and clear and
re-elected her for another 4-year term.
After hyped-up promos,
KENS offers balanced gay adoption report
QSanAntonio.com, November 18, 2006
After two days of anxiety inducing, tabloid-style advertising on its Web
site, in the Express-News and on-air, KENS-TV aired a report on gay adoptions
in San Antonio that surprised many in the GLBT community with its balanced
The story told by KENS reporter Ainsley Earhardt, who narrated from inside
the sanctuary of an unnamed church, details the life of Andy and Mark
Sutherland-Trevino, a San Antonio gay couple who is raising seven children
in their West Side home. The couple is one of thousands of same-sex parents
in San Antonio who are rearing an estimated 2,000 children in the city.
The basis of Earhardt’s story is an item that appeared on the news
wires last October 15 after the publication of The Gay and Lesbian Atlas.
Using data gleaned from U.S. Census data, Gary Gates, the report’s
author, was able to conclude that San Antonio has the largest percentage
per capita (35%) in the nation of same-sex couples raising children. Newspapers
and television stations around the country and the world covered the story
but there was little mention of it by San Antonio’s local media
outlets. QSanAntonio published a link to the story that ran in the Ft.
Worth Star Telegram.
Earhardt’s report included sound bites from Gates, from Equality
Texas board member Rosie Gonzales and from Dr. Irv Loev, a local marriage
and family counselor who offered the only negative comments. According
to Earhardt, "Loev said based on his experience, children need a
traditional family environment. He said he can't imagine it being healthy,
especially for the little girls being raised by two male parents, without
a female influence in the home."
Despite the story’s balanced viewpoint, it was the promotional ads
for it that alarmed many in the GLBT community. Some recalled the "Perverts
in the Park" story aired a few years ago after gay arrests in local
parks. The promos for the gay adoption story went as follows:
"Orphaned or abandoned kids, yearning for a family. Childless
couples, desperate to be parents. What's the controversy in bringing them
together? The would-be parents are both men. So how did San Antonio become
number one in the nation for gay couples raising kids?"
QSanAntonio sent out an alert to its email subscribers on Friday afternoon
voicing its concern over the use of gay families for KENS-TV’s sweeps-week
gain. "We were concerned given the tone of the promotions being aired
prior to the story’s broadcast. The voice-over for the promos had
an air of urgency and homophobic controversy. Luckily these were dispelled
once the story aired" says QSanAntonio publisher Sam Sanchez.
Sanchez reports that some QSanAntonio readers have responded by sending
emails to KENS thanking them for the balanced reportage and encouraging
them to do more gay-positive stories. Readers who wish to do the same
should contact the KENS Newsroom Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay population of metropolitan S.A.
estimated to be 46,188
QSanAntonio, October 15, 2006
A new study has estimated that the gay, lesbian and bisexual population
of the San Antonio metropolitan area is 46,188. The GLB population within
the San Antonio City limits has been estimated at 32,631 which is 3.8%
of the total population.
The report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public
Policy at the UCLA School of Law used estimates from the recently released
2005 American Community Survey, which is conducted by the U.S. Census
The study also gave estimates of the number of same sex couples living
in the metropolitan area and within the city limits, and broke them down
by gender. Statistics for the San Antonio and Bexar County area are shown
For the first time in Census history statistics were also broken down
according to U.S. Congressional Districts. One interesting fact to surface
is that even though the population of the State of Texas is estimated
to be 3.6% gay, the population of Congressional District 21, which includes
northern Bexar County, Comal County, Blanco County, Hays County and Travis
County, is 5.5% gay.
The U.S. Census does not ask sexual orientation on its questionnaire.
But it does ask the relationship between adults in the household. The
categories include roommate, brother or sister, husband or wife or significant
For his research, Williams Institute researcher Gary J. Gates told the
Houston Chronicle that he used adult males who said they were living with
another adult male who was a significant other to identify same-sex couples.
The same criteria were used to note lesbian couples.
The new information produced by the report has proven to be valuable to
gay demographers. Among the many statistics gleaned was the fact that
the number of same-sex couples in the U.S. has increased by 30 percent
– a number that gives gay marriage advocates cause for optimism.
Another new report, "The Gay and Lesbian Atlas" also co-authored
by Gates, used the same U.S. Census data to determine that San Antonio
has the highest percentage of gay couples raising children in the nation.
article in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram.) Houston ranks fourth and
the Fort Worth-Arlington area is fifth. The numbers include children who
are being raised by a biological parent living with a same-sex partner
and those adopted by gay couples.
One explanation is that minority same-sex couples are more likely to have
children than white same-sex couples. Texas has a large Hispanic population,
which might partially explain why its gay couples are more likely to have
children, Gates told the Houston Chronicle.
GLB Statistics for San Antonio & Bexar County
Source: "Same-Sex Couples and the Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual Population: New Estimates from the American Community Survey"
by Gary J. Gates, Senior Research Fellow, the Williams Institute on Sexual
Orientation Law and Public Polity, UCLA School of Law.
San Antonio Metropolitan Area
Same sex couples: 3,831 -- Same sex couples/male: 2,038 -- Same Sex couples/female:
1,793 -- Estimated % GLB: 3.5% -- Estimated GLB population: 46,188
City of San Antonio
Same sex couples: 2,757 -- Same sex couples/male: 1,651 -- Same Sex couples/female:
1,106 -- Estimated % GLB: 3.8% -- Estimated GLB population: 32,631
Congressional District 20
Same sex couples: 1,199 -- Same sex couples/male: 721 -- Same Sex couples/female:
478 -- Estimated % GLB: 3.2% -- Estimated GLB population: 14,209
Congressional District 21
Same sex couples: 2,781 -- Same sex couples/male: 829 -- Same Sex couples/female:
1.952 -- Estimated % GLB: 5.5% -- Estimated GLB population: 31,076
Congressional District 23
Same sex couples: 1,653 -- Same sex couples/male: 1,198 -- Same Sex couples/female:
455 -- Estimated % GLB: 3.9% -- Estimated GLB population: 20,361
Congressional District 28
Same sex couples: 1,029 -- Same sex couples/male: 514 -- Same Sex couples/female:
515 -- Estimated % GLB: 2.7% -- Estimated GLB population: 12,935