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Opinion: The LGBT community should reconsider Ivy Taylor
By Marsha Warren, QSanAntonio, July 21, 2014

In the next few days, the San Antonio City Council will elect an interim mayor. From the body of council, they will select from amongst themselves the person who would become the one person who will represent all people of San Antonio, regardless of their beliefs, ethnicity, cultural background, or sexual orientation and gender identity. The person will serve as interim until the next election in May 2015.

Of the four council members who have stated they would seek the interim post, one – Ivy Taylor (District 2) – voted against the non-discrimination ordinance in September 2013. Many in the LGBT community have voiced their concerns about Ms. Taylor and stated their opinion that the interim mayor should not be someone who opposed the NDO.

It is their right to favor someone who voted for the NDO as interim mayor. It is my right to ask the members of the LGBT community to look more inwardly at their motivations. Should we want the Interim Mayor to be someone who will support the NDO and finish what has been started? If that is the case, Ms. Taylor’s “nay” vote last year has nothing to do with it. But her open commitment to following the law does.

Are we punishing those who disagree with us when we point fingers and say, “Not you?” Are we acting like the oppressor by saying, “You are not like the rest of us who supported the NDO, so you can’t be Mayor?” Do we not want to build bridges of alliances in San Antonio with all communities, even those who disagree with us? Are we willing to sacrifice one community for our own desires?

I hope not. CAUSA’s mission statement pledges a commitment to “relationship building,” and I pray that those aren’t just pretty words. I pray that it means everyone is welcome at our table to make San Antonio a better place. When we speak of fairness and equality, is it only for our community and its declared allies and no-one else?

San Antonio is poised to make history if council elects from within its ranks the city’s first African American mayor. Many of us who identify as both African American and LGBT are hoping this will become a reality.

Given her education and urban planning experience, Ivy Taylor is more than qualified to lead San Antonio. She has already stated she would honor the NDO and protect the rights for those whom it covers. She has pledged to honor the law, even though she did not vote for it to come into being. Just as the NDO broke a barrier for San Antonio, let us break another one: select Ivy Taylor as interim mayor.

Marsha Warren is a community activist and a leader at the Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio

It's thumbs down for Ivy Taylor from CAUSA
QSanAntonio, July 19, 2014
In a statement issued on Friday, July 18 CAUSA (Community Alliance for a United San Antonio) did not endorse any of the four city council members who are seeking the position of interim mayor. However, one sentence in the statement made clear who they did not want to get the job.

CAUSA issues statement on selection of interim mayor
QSanAntonio, July 18, 2014
CAUSA (Community Alliance for a United San Antonio) issued a statement on Friday, July 18 regarding the selection of the interim mayor. Here is the text of that statement.

CAUSA to weigh in on interim mayor selection
QSanAntonio, June 25, 2014
Members of the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) met on June 24 to discuss, among other things, the selection of the interim mayor and who might best fill the position.

LGBT opposition to Ivy Taylor persists as interim mayor selection nears
QSanAntonio, July 11, 2014
In just a few days, the City Council will begin the process of selecting the interim mayor. Within the LGBT community, there appears to be a consensus as to who should get the post: Anyone but Ivy Taylor.

Don’t deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’
By Frederick Williams, San Antonio Current, July 2, 2014
Some residents from the LBGT community have publicly made it known that they oppose Ivy Taylor’s consideration by the council to serve as mayor in the interim before May’s general election.

In defense of Ivy Taylor
By Charles Kuffner, OffTheKuff.com, July 6, 2014
Ivy Taylor is a San Antonio City Council member. She’s currently considered a frontrunner to succeed outgoing Mayor Julian Castro once he leaves to become Housing Secretary. Her elevation to Mayor would be historic, as she would be the first African-American Mayor of San Antonio, but it has also generated some controversy because in 2013 she voted against expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

A Look To The Future, Not the Past
By Randy Bear, Bexar Left and Right, June 17, 2014
It seems that some within our city’s LGBT community don’t seem to be able to move past a vote taken almost a year ago with regards to the non-discrimination ordinance. One of the potential candidates for interim mayor, Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, is being rejected, not because of her work on council, but because of her vote on the ordinance, as if that one vote completely defined her council career.

LGBT activists balk at idea of Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
QSanAntonio, June 16, 2014
Political activists in the LGBT community say they are concerned by the news that City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor may be the frontrunner for the post of interim mayor after Mayor Julian Castro leaves San Antonio to take a position in President Obama's cabinet.

Commentary: The next mayor of San Antonio must support equality for all
By Dan Graney, QSanAntonio, June 17, 2014
I was recently quoted in the San Antonio Express-News as opposing the appointment of District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor as interim mayor after Mayor Castro is confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. I just wanted to issue a statement that elaborates on why I think she does not deserve to be the mayor of this great city, not even for one minute.