From ex-gay to self acceptance
QSanAntonio.com, April 30, 2010
Marc Adams, the founder of HeartStrong, grew up as the gay son of a fundamentalist
minister and was an ex-gay student at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University
before he finally came out. Today he is an author and a speaker and, through
HeartStrong, works to give moral support to GLBT students who attend religious
Adams will be in New Braunfels on May 5 to tell his story at the Unitarian
"Growing up the son of a fundamentalist Baptist minister is tough
enough. Growing up gay in an environment where your parents, teachers
and peers deem evangelical Christians like Jerry Falwell as leftwing liberals
is an entirely different experience," Adams writes on his web site.
"Marc Adams grew up in such a home. In an effort to save his own
life, he decided at age 16 to rebel against his parents and attend Liberty
University where he thought he could find a way to change his behavior
from homosexual to heterosexual. His experience there changed his life
and jump-started his journey to self-acceptance and personal freedom.
Adams became a UU in 1999."
Adams is a widely respected for the ground breaking work he’s initiated
with his nonprofit, HeartStrong, a social justice organization that provides
guidance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students who are persecuted
in religious educational institutions and educates the public about the
persecution of GLBT’s in these institutions.
Adams has authored nine books including "The Preacher‘s Son"
and "Do’s & Don‘ts of Dealing with the Religious
Right." His newest book, "Understanding Coming Out & Self-Acceptance,"
deals compassionately with the issue of disclosure reaction.
A description of Adams’ presentation is offered on his web site:
"Marc Adams’ presentation covers an often dark side of life.
He bridges the serious and dark discussion with humor and all-encompassing
human compassion. People from all walks of life who have heard Marc Adams
speak find themselves enlightened, uplifted and inspired."
Marc Adams of the Heartstrong Foundation presents "Hope
Needs Only Hands and Hearts." Sponsored by Unitarian Universalists
of Comal County. Wednesday, May 5, 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Center,
135 Alves Lane, New Braunfels, TX 78130. For more information on HeartStrong:
S.A. free speech advocates will appear
before U.S. Court of Appeals
QSanAntonio.com, April 23, 2010
On Tuesday, April 27, the International Woman’s Day March &
Rally Planning Committee, and the S.A. Free Speech Coalition will present
an oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The two groups brought a federal lawsuit against the city, alleging that
its policy that requires some marching permit applicants to pay thousands
of dollars for traffic control while waiving all costs for other select
permit holders is unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments
of the U.S. Constitution.
Judge Xavier Rodriguez initially enjoined the city from enforcing this
policy, but in March 2009, Judge Fred Biery dissolved the injunction and
in June, entered Summary Judgment for the city, without addressing or
deciding any of the legal issues raised by the lawsuit.
The two groups have appealed the Summary Judgment to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The oral argument on this appeal will be
heard by the Court of Appeals on April 27, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in New Orleans.
"It is good news that the Court set the case for oral argument, because
the city opposed our oral argument request, and a case is set for oral
argument only when the Court determines that it presents substantial legal
issues," writes attorney Amy Kastely in a recent issue of La Voz
"Less than 20 percent of the cases filed with the Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals are set for oral argument," writes Kastely.
Fire damages Hope Action Care facility
QSanAntonio.com, January 14, 2010
The Hope Action care facility on West Grayson Street experienced severe
damage on January 10 after a fire started by a homeless person in an abandoned
building next door spread out of control.
Robert Herrera, HAC’s CEO, says that the insurance company estimated
the damages between $100, 000 and $200,000. "My office, the Doris
Neal Conference Room and an upstairs workroom were heavily damaged along
with the contents."
Herrera says that HAC will rebuild. In the meantime, the agency is open
for business as usual.
"Programmatically none of our projects are affected and we continue
to offer free HIV and syphilis testing, substance and mental health services,
and programs for homeless women and their children at our office at 1711
Photos -- Classic Chassis Car Club
Photos by Ron Clarke, QSanAntonio.com, October 12, 2009
The San Antonio chapter of the Classic Chassis Car Club hosted the 21st
Annual Golden Girls Texas Car Show in the parking lot of Luther’s
Cafe on October 10. The show was part of a weekend of socializing for
car owners who came from all over the state. According to organizers,
it was one of the largest shows in terms of entries with 42 members participating.
here for more photos.
Bexar County Sheriff appoints GLBT
QSanAntonio.com, April 2, 2009
Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz has appointed Deputy Ino Badillo as
the agency’s liaison to the GLBT community. Badillo will work with
activists in improving relations with the department and assist GLBT citizens
with issues and complaints.
Sheriff Ortiz’ appointment of Badillo is the result of meetings
he’s had with Lynne Armstrong and Roberto Flores of the Stonewall
Democrats’ Peace Officers Liaison Committee. In addition to appointing
Badillo, Ortiz OK’d GLBT sensitivity training which is planned to
begin later this year at the Sheriff’s Academy.
Deputy Badillo is a 25-year veteran of the Sheriff’s department
where he currently serves as Public Information Officer. His experience
includes assisting with Child Protective Services case files, working
as a hostage negotiator and instructing cadets at the Sheriff’s
Academy. He is the recipient of the Hidalgo Award, Bexar County’s
highest award issued by County Commissioners. He is also active in the
Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County Union.
In his community, Badillo volunteers in various capacities at St. Luke’s
Catholic Church and School. He is a past Vice President of the school’s
PTA and a Catholic Youth Organization coach who’s worked with student
soccer, basketball, baseball and track teams. He is an active board member
of St. Luke’s Capital Campaign Committee and serves as a Eucharistic
Minister at the church.
Badillo told QSanAntonio that when Sheriff Ortiz first considered appointing
him liaison to the GLBT community, he asked him if he had any objections
to the assignment. Badillo says he replied, "I have absolutely no
problem with this."
Deputy Badillo can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Side church backs off on name
change for Gay Boulevard
QSanAntonio, August 8
The Second Baptist Church in San Antonio backed off on its request to
the City Council to change the name of Gay Boulevard, a street which runs
adjacent to the church’s property at 3310 E. Commerce, to Second
Speaking at the City Council meeting on August 7, District 2 Councilwoman
Shiela D. McNeil said that the church had decided "not to do this
now." McNeil said the request had received a lot of publicity and
media attention. She added that she had met with the church and the community
and the consensus was not to go ahead.
Since the item was already on the City Council’s agenda, Councilwoman
McNeil asked her fellow Council members to deny the request. It was voted
down without further discussion.
The news of the church’s attempt to change the name of the street
spread quickly through the Internet. Locally, KENS-TV carried the story
and on Thursday afternoon, WOAI-TV was looking for gay community leaders
who might want to comment on the record for their newscast. Scores of
gay blogs across the country were carrying the story.
According to reports, church officials said the change had nothing to
do with sexual preference. However, the news story by KENS-TV quoted a
neighborhood resident as saying, "First of all, Gay Street, that’s
not a proper name because I’m, anti-gay."
Public hearings on the name change were held on June 3 and June 16 and
attended by members of the neighborhood association and other at-large
community members. Most who attended those hearings were in favor of the
change. There are 15 residential and two commercial properties along the
six blocks of Gay Boulevard, although none of those properties has an
address on that street.
The church was planning to pay a $500 application fee to the city to change
the name and pay for about $800 worth of new street signs.
The Second Baptist Church has been located on East Commerce for over 127
years. Its current pastor is Rev. Robert L. Jemerson. According to supporting
documents provided to the City Council, the church wanted the name change
to "provide immediate identification for the church's location to
all who may be seeking its services."
In it’s petition to the City Council the church argued, "Changing
the street's name to Second Baptist Way would honor the Church's forefather's,
including, Reverend Doctor S.H. James, who once served on the City Council
as a District 2 representative."
Councilwoman McNeil said that the church was going to try to come up with
another way to bolster its visibility and name recognition within the
East Side community.