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Mayor Taylor talks NDO, budget and more
San Antonio Current, July 30, 2014
With all the talk of the streetcar and police and fire union negotiations, Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor has a lot on her hands. But during the open comment period of the July 22 special council session where her colleagues voted her into office, a host of San Antonio LGBT activists voiced their hope that whoever took office would continue to support and also bolster the Non-Discrimination Ordinance.

San Antonio artist creates gay-themed ceramics
MySA.com, July 29, 2014
Being gay is no longer a scarlet letter, says Wesley Harvey, but gay lifestyle is still a ways from receiving the Good Housekeeping seal of approval in mainstream America.

LULAC leader defends Sanchez Ice House
QSanAntonio, July 25, 2014
Henry 'El Zapatista' Rodriguez, president of LULAC Concilio Zapatista 4383 says that Sanchez Ice House did not violate the city's nondiscrimination ordinance when it ejected a lesbian couple for kissing.

Commentary: Reflections on Ivy Taylor's election as interim mayor
By Dan Graney, QSanAntonio, July 24, 2014
At 8:15 am on July 22, 2014, I walked into City Council Chambers hopeful that the City Council would make the right decision by electing an interim mayor who would be representative of ALL the people of San Antonio, including the LGBT community. By noon that day, I walked out in anger and disbelief that the majority of Council members elected the one colleague who voted against including LGBT protections in the Non-Discrimination Ordinance last year – Ivy Taylor.

Viagran key to Taylor's win
By Brian Chasnoff, Express-News.com, July 24, 2014
In a third round of voting, Ivy Taylor won unanimous approval from her nine council colleagues. But she should thank one council colleague in particular: District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran.

Photos -- City Council selects new mayor
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, July 22, 2014
Photos from the July 22 City Council meeting at which the interim mayor was selected.

With Taylor at helm, back to business
Editorial, San Antonio Express-News, July 23, 2014
Castro, who resigned to become secretary of Housing and Urban Development, leaves big shoes to fill, and the job is demanding under any circumstances. Even those who opposed Taylor's selection because of her vote against the city's non-discrimination ordinance should hope she has a productive tenure during the 10-plus months before the city's next elected mayor takes office.

Taylor won't be a passive caretaker
By Gilbert Garcia, Express-News.com, July 22, 2014
From the beginning of Tuesday's three-hour process to appoint an interim mayoral successor to Julián Castro, it was all about Ivy Taylor. Most of the 20 residents who signed up to speak at the special City Council meeting were there to sound off about Taylor, even those who declined to mention any of the four appointee hopefuls by name.

Will new mayor mean new priorities?
The Source, Texas Public Radio, July 22, 2014
District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew his name from being considered for mayor, paving the way for the city's first African American mayor, District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.

City Council selects Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
QSanAntonio, July 22, 2014
The San Antonio City Council selected Councilwoman Ivy Taylor as the interim mayor of San Antonio.

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

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.

Major AT&T Project Could Be In Jeopardy If Company Violated NDO
Texas Public Radio, July 18, 2014
The city is now putting pressure on AT&T to come up with documentation in the case of contract employee Matt Hileman, a transgender man, who found a derogatory note about him at work and overheard co-workers threatening to harm him.

Cornyation and being Queen Anchovy I
By Jody Bailey Newman, Friendly Spot Blog, July 17, 2014
For over the past 10 years, SATX has been where I’ve lived. I always liked San Antonio. I became a strong, empowering female entrepreneur right here. And then…. I became Fiesta Cornyation’s Queen Anchovy I.

Lesbian couple says local bar violated San Antonio's NDO
KENS5.com, July 17, 2014
Two San Antonio women claim they were kicked out of Sanchez Ice House on South San Saba Street after they were seen kissing inside.

Choose wisely when filling mayor's seat
Editorial, San Antonio Express-News, July 17, 2014
The person who fills this interim spot should be someone who commands respect, will consider all sides of arguments and can build consensus, not just on the council, but also in the community. . . And a pledge beforehand not to run for mayor in May shouldn't be a requirement.

City NDO complaint website still in the works
Texas Public Radio, July 15, 2014
For people in the Alamo City waiting for a one-stop place to file a complaint relating to the revised non-discrimination ordinance, the wait will be just a little longer.

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.

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.

U.S. Senate confirms Mayor Julian Castro to head HUD
Houston Chronicle, July 9, 2014
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be President Obama’s next housing and urban affairs secretary, a post that will raise his profile in national politics.

Castro HUD nomination heads to Senate vote
Express-News.com, July 8, 2014
Mayor Julián Castro's nomination to serve in President Barack Obama's Cabinet is scheduled before the full U.S. Senate on Wednesday, where he could see swift confirmation.

The eyes of Gerry Rickhoff are upon you
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, July 9, 2014
When 61-year-old Gerald C. “Gerry” Rickhoff leads me to his office on the first floor of the Paul Elizondo Tower, he doesn’t appear, at first glance, to be a man who’s had a gun pointed at him five times during his almost 20-year administration as Bexar County Clerk.

Lesbian couple say they were escorted out of bar because they kissed
QSanAntonio, July 3, 2014
A lesbian couple in San Antonio say they were asked to leave an ice house in Southtown last month because they had kissed.

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.

Reward increased in murder of San Antonio gay man
QSanAntonio, July 1, 2014
An anonymous donor has helped increase the reward to anyone who can provide information regarding the murder of a gay man who in 2012 was found dead in in his home in the 2700 block of Wilborn on San Antonio's Northeast Side.

Two Grands Marshal for Pride parade
QSanAntonio, June 27, 2014
Pride San Antonio has named two Grand Marshals for this year's Pride Parade, one is a veteran college educator and administrator and the other is a popular drag entertainer.

San Antonio LGBTQ print and online mag coming soon
Rivard Report, June 26, 2014
Euclid Media Group, the privately held media company formed in 2013 to acquire the San Antonio Current as well as three other alternative weekly publications, will debut its first new glossy magazine this November, Out in SA.

Julian Castro approved by committee for HUD post
Houston Chronicle, June 25, 2014
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro won bipartisan support for his nomination as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Wednesday, as the Senate Banking Committee forwarded his nomination to the full Senate by a vote of 16-6.

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.

District Judge candidate John Bustamante, politics is in the blood
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current
In his second bid for public office, John Marcus Bustamante seems to have finally conquered the demons that have kept his name off the ballot, a place he now feels it rightfully belongs.

UT medical students to poll LGBTs on health needs
QSanAntonio, June 24, 2014
Students from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine will have a booth at the Pride San Antonio Festival on July 5 where they will survey participants to assess the healthcare needs of the LGBT community.

Local Catholic Church to host same-sex marriage forum
QSanAntonio, June 20, 2014
Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church on Red Robin Road in far Northwest San Antonio will play host on June 25 to a forum dubbed, "One, Man, One Woman: Is there still a case for traditional marriage?"|

Cornyation raises a record-breaking $168,000
QSanAntonio, June 19, 2014
This year, Fiesta Cornyation, billed as the raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta, raised a record-breaking $168,000 which it disbursed this week to two AIDS charities and in the form of scholarships to four local theater arts students.

Cornyation distributes $168,000 to beneficiaries
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, June 18, 2014
This year, Fiesta Cornyation raised $168,000, its highest total ever, and distributed the funds on Wednesday, June 18 at the Friendly Spot Ice House.

Unexpected consequences
By Randy Bear, Bexar Left and Right, June 18, 2014
The unexpected consequence of kicking Ivy Taylor to the curb, is that if either Ron Nirenberg or Ray Lopez get the interim mayor appointment, that could also push Villarreal to third or fourth place in the results and out of the race.

Wolff rejects plank on homosexuality
By Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, June 19, 2014
In Texas, it seems the most ambitious Republicans are lashed to their party's ideology, even when the rest of the nation gapes in astonishment at it. Against the wisdom of professional organizations, it endorses “reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”

The mayoral horse race: Odds on the interim
San Antonio Current, June 18, 2014
While Josh Baugh at the Express-News may consider District 2’s Ivy Taylor a “front-runner” for the interim appointment as mayor, her colleagues must consider her unpopular vote against last year’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance change to protect LGBT citizens.

'Jotos del Barrio' brings the LGBT Latino experience to life
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, June 13, 2014
Jesús Alonzo’s play Jotos del Barrio, currently in production at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, is a poignant yet playful documentation of the oftentimes untapped experiences of Latino LGBT people who grew up in late 20th-century San Antonio.

 

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.

Council vulnerable to political pressure
By Brian Chasnoff, Express-News.com, June 17, 2014
To Manuel Medina, the chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party, it doesn't matter that the race for San Antonio mayor is typically won by those who appeal to voters across the ideological spectrum. Wielding party resources, including donors and voter data, Medina is promising to reward a candidate who toes his own line.

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.

Council to adopt appointment procedure as concern builds over potential interim selection
Express-News.com, June 15, 2014
City Council is set to approve Thursday a procedure to select a replacement for Mayor Julián Castro as pressure is building against the appointment of Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, the perceived front-runner for the interim seat.

Being gay isn't an affliction
Editorial, San Antonio Express-News, June 13, 2014
Being gay is, according to Gov. Rick Perry, an affliction that can be avoided.

Sports figures advocate LGBT equality
Express-News.com, June 14, 2014
An hour after Friday night's San Antonio Stars basketball game at the AT&T Center, center Jayne Appel spoke out as an advocate for LGBT equality in sports, at a talk sponsored by the nonprofit group Athlete Ally.

Coming Home San Antonio
YouTube.com, April 29, 2014
KLRN-TV, San Antonio's PBS affiliate, recently filmed an interview with retired Marine Sergeant Eric Alva for their "Coming Home San Antonio" series, which shares intimate stories of veterans and their families as they return home from conflicts abroad.

LGBT Chamber to debut online publication
QSanAntonio, June 14, 2014
The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce will soon unveil a new online publication that organizers say will highlight the positive developments in the city's LGBT community.

Eric Alva to address Fiesta Youth
QSanAntonio, June14, 2014
Retired Marine Sergeant Eric Alva will be the guest speaker for the June 24 meeting of Fiesta Youth, a group whose mission is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, affirming place for LGBT teens to express and explore who they are through education, peer-support, advocacy and friendship.

Pride San Antonio gears up for big celebration
QSanAntonio, June 11, 2014
Organizers at Pride San Antonio are busy putting the final touches on plans for the city's annual Pride celebration, which this year falls on July 5. Additionally, Pride S.A. is sponsoring events before and after the big day. The theme of this year's celebration is "Freedom to Live, Freedom to Love."

Gregg Popovich on social issues surrounding NBA
San Antonio Current, June 11, 2014
As the national spotlight returns to San Antonio for the 2014 NBA Finals, the political mag The Progressive took a brief look at the “politics of Pop” in their May issue.

Photos - Pride Center S.A. grand opening
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, June 7, 2014
Mayor Julian Castro and City Councilman Diego Bernal helped members of the board of directors of Pride Center San Antonio cut the ribbon to their new office at Mistletoe and McCollough. Earlier in the day, the community was invited to attend a block party held at the parking lot of the new facility. There was music, food trucks and information booths from community organizations.

Athlete Ally teams up with Stars to promote equality in sports
QSanAntonio, June 6, 2014
Athlete Ally, a non-profit that strives to encourage equality in sports, and the San Antonio Stars are teaming up for a special night on June 13 at the AT&T Center that includes a basketball game against the Seattle Storm and a post-game discussion.

Four fantastic reasons why gay geeks love superheroes
By Richard Farias, San Antonio Current, June 4, 2014
There’s a large LGBT subculture of people who geek out about comic book culture. And there may be some very specific reasons why the world of superheroes and villains appeals to the LGBT demographic.

In heart of Texas, support grows for same-sex marriage
USA Today, June 3, 2014
Photos of Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, plaintiffs in the main Texas lawsuit seeking same-sex marriage rights.

Tommy Adkisson "keeping options open" in race for mayor
QSanAntonio.com, June 4, 2014
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson told QSanAntonio today he's been contacted by "several people" who are encouraging him to run for mayor and that he's keeping his "options open."

Center for LGBT community finally has a new home
Express-News.com, June 3, 2014
After a false start, the Pride Center San Antonio, whose goal is to serve the city's LGBT and HIV communities, has landed in a new home in the Monte Vista neighborhood, where it plans to hold its grand opening Saturday.

Photos - Spirit of Texas Brunch
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, June 1, 2014
Equality Texas hosted its 8th annual Spirit of Texas Brunch at the Pearl Stable on Sunday, June 1at the Pearl Stable.

Judge Nellermoe retains jurisdiction in same-sex divorce case
MySA.com, May 30, 2014
State District Judge Barbara Nellermoe ruled again Friday that a she has jurisdiction to hear a divorce and child custody case involving a local same-sex couple, despite a motion filed by one of the attorneys who argued otherwise.

San Antonio Public Library celebrates Pride Month
Press Release, June 1, 2014
During the month of June, the San Antonio Public Library recognizes the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Mayoral race: Villarreal has name recognition in LGBT community
QSanAntonio, May 30, 2014
When State Representative Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) announced last week that he would be running for mayor, political activists in the LGBT community were surprised and heartened by his decision especially since he's been a strong ally from the time he was first elected.

Marshall High School denies trans student permission to wear dress to prom
QSanAntonio.com, May 28, 2014
In a copy of a letter obtained by QSanAntonio, Katrina Stewart, executive director of the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), tells John Marshall High School's principal that not allowing a trans student to wear a dress to the school's prom fails to provide a "safe space" for students.

Van de Putte, Texas Dems respond to Patrick win
San Antonio Current, May 28, 2014
State Democrats are wasting no time at taking square aim at right-wing Tea Party favorite state Sen. Dan Patrick. Following the runoff results, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte called on Patrick to tone down his harsh language.

Map: Comparing NDOs in Texas Cities
Texas Tribune, May 29, 2014
There are now nine Texas cities with a population of more than 100,000 that have passed some nondiscrimination rules or legislation. This map shows what types of policies major Texas cities have on the books.

Primary runoff election results
San Antonio Current, May 27, 2014
Primary runoff election totals yielded a win for Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 4 Democratic candidate and Eastside organizer Tommy Calvert, who upset SAISD board of trustee member and former council woman Debra Guerrero with a nearly 30 percent lead.

Goodbye, Julián, San Antonio will miss its mayor
By Robert Rivard, Rivard Report, May 27, 2014
oodbye, Julián. Please forgive my informality, which I mean as no sign of disrespect. This city has been on a first name basis with you and your twin brother Joaquín since your days at Jefferson High School.

Castro departure bittersweet for LGBT community
QSanAntonio, May 23, 2014
News that San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will most likely head to Washington, DC to take a cabinet post in President Barack Obama's administration has left many in the LGBT community with mixed feelings about his departure.

Commentary: Gay marriage more than civil issue
By Rabbi Barry Block, QSanAntonio, May 24, 2014
In an op-ed, former San Antonio resident Rabbi Barry Block writes: "The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is correct: Same-sex marriage is, for many, a religious issue. It is for me, a rabbi who officiates Jewish weddings equally for couples of opposite and same sex."

Obituary: Guadalupe "Chris" Nombrana
MySA.com, April 21, 2014
Guadalupe "Chris" Nombrana has left us to be with our Lord. He was born April 17, 1963, and passed away May 19, 2014, at the age of 51 years.

Spirit of Texas honorees on frontline in fight for equality
QSanAntonio.com, May16, 2014
This year, the Equality Texas Spirit of Texas Brunch will honor over a dozen current and former San Antonians who are on the frontline of the equality movement in San Antonio and the state of Texas.

'Jotos del Barrio' returns in new production at Esperanza Center
QSanAntonio, May 14, 2014
Jesus Alonzo's play, "Jotos del Barrio," which explores the lives of gay and transgender Latinos, is getting a new production at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center 19 years after it was first presented there as a staged reading.

S. A. Judge denies state's bid to intervene in gay divorce
Express-News.com, May 15, 2014
A San Antonio judge Wednesday denied a bid from the state of Texas to stop divorce and child-custody proceedings between a same-sex couple. State District Judge Barbara Nellermoe also set a custody hearing for May 29 in which Kristi Lesh and Allison Flood Lesh will fight over custody of their nearly 15-month-old daughter.

Everything has a place in sheriff's purse
ExpressNews.com, May 15, 2014
When I met Sheriff Susan L. Pamerleau, the chief law enforcement officer for Bexar County, I was expecting to see her in uniform. But she was wearing a feminine, classic dark suit embellished with colorfully embroidered butterflies, with matching butterfly buttons.

NDO put through first test in complaint against AT&T
Texas Public Radio, May 15, 2014
AT&T company leaders are dismissing sexual harassment allegations made by a contracted employee late last year against two of its workers. The complaint is the city's first since council members passed the controversial non-discrimination ordinance revision.

First LGBT NDO complaint filed, questions over process arise
San Antonio Current, May 14, 2014
Eight months following the passage of the long-debated LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, the city has received its first complaint, according to an affidavit obtained by Texas Public Radio.

New NBC series, set in S.A., has gay subplot
Instinct Magazine, May 12, 2014
Brendan Fehr, who we admittedly crushed on during his Roswell days when he sported all that 90's boy band hair, has signed on to new NBC series The Night Shift. Fehr will be playing a closeted gay, former Army soldier who served in Afghanistan and now is a doctor at San Antonio Memorial.

Wolff moves swiftly on policy changes to benefit county's LGBT employees
QSanAntonio, May 9, 2014
When Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff spoke in January at the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio's candidate endorsement forum, he talked about policy changes he wanted to make which would be beneficial to the county's LGBT employees. Four months later, his efforts appear to have found widespread acceptance.

Transgender man submits documentation for NDO complaint against AT&T
QSanAntonio, April 10, 2014
Last January, a transgender man, citing guidelines from the city's recently enacted nondiscrimination ordinance, filed a complaint with the city attorney's office claiming that AT&T dismissed him because of his gender identity.

Opera Piccola stages two works by in-demand Ricky Ian Gordon
Express-News.com, May 7, 2014
Composer Ricky Ian Gordon will be in San Antonio this weekend to see Opera Piccola's staging of two of his chamber works, "Orpheus and Euridice" and "Green Sneakers," a personal piece in which Gordon writes about his lover's death of AIDS.

Timothy Wilson, Kirby’s ‘medium’ Republican and ‘Die Hard’ candidate
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, May 7, 2014
When I walk into Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant in Kirby, Bexar County Commissioner (Precinct 4) candidate Timothy Wilson is already seated at our table with a serious look on his face.

Fire in front of downtown bathhouse results in evacuation
KENS5.com, May 4, 2014
A fire at the ACI gay bathhouse at 827 Elmira caused about 50 patrons to be evacuated early Sunday morning.

Fiesta Cornyation: The (not so) dirty underbelly
Rivard Report, May 3, 2014
Imagine a boozy locker room filled with 150 costumed friends; old and new; young and old; gay and straight; sober and (more often) drunk; people of all walks of life celebrating together for three days and nights as they channel Fiesta’s energy and spirit.

Realtor challenges PAC on anti-LGBT endorsements
QSanAntonio, May 1, 2014
A gay realtor from Plano is organizing meetings in San Antonio and around the state to make LGBT realtors aware that the Texas Association of Realtors and its funding arm, the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee (TREPAC), have endorsed and given donations to anti-LGBT candidates.

Glitter Political: County commissioner hopeful Alan Baxter
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, April 30, 2014
Jade Esteban Estrada interviews Alan E. Baxter, Mayor of Windcrest who is running for Bexar County Commissioner (Precinct 4).

Judge in same-sex divorce case well-respected in LGBT community
QSanAntonio, April 29, 2014
When State District Judge Barbara Nellermoe ruled Texas' restrictions on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on April 22, it was the first time many San Antonians had seen her name in the news. However, in the city's LGBT community, the judge is a well-known ally who has long supported equality for all citizens.

Texas appeals court halts ruling in gay-divorce case
Austin American Statesman, April 24, 2014
A state appeals court Thursday halted divorce and child-custody proceedings for two San Antonio women who were legally married out of state. The 4th Court of Appeals ruling came two days after state District Judge Barbara Hanson Nellermoe of San Antonio allowed the divorce case to continue.

Judge: Texas can't bar gay marriage — or divorce
Express-News.com, April 24, 2014
n a move that follows suit with a federal ruling issued in February, State District Judge Barbara Nellermoe has deemed Texas' restrictions on same-sex marriage unconstitutional — paving the way for a San Antonio couple's divorce proceedings and subsequent child custody battle to continue.

Madcap night at Cornyation
By Brian Chasnoff, Express-News.com, April 24, 2014
Contractually, I'm obligated by my employer to write a column today. There is nothing in the fine print about floating supine for hours, mouth open, in a bath of coconut water to hydrate and cleanse myself after the first night of performing in Cornyation; I checked. There's also nothing in the fine print about following traditional rules of grammar, sentence structure or good sense in writing the required column.

Photos: Fiesta Cornyation 2014
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, April 23, 2014
Photos taken on the street before the 10 p.m. performance of Fiesta Cornyation on April 23 are proof positive that the show is on the stage and in the seats.

Pride Center SA finds a new home
San Antonio Current, April 23, 2014
After searching for a brick-and-mortar home since its inception in 2009, Pride Center SA has recently settled into offices in the Monte Vista neighborhood— a temporary stop in the journey to find permanent digs.

Stonewall endorses moderate Democrat in Dist. 9 council race
QSanAntonio, April 23, 2014
At their meeting April 21, The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio endorsed a 26-year-old candidate in the City Council District 9 race who describes himself as a "moderate Democrat" running to represent the city's most conservative district.

At Cornyation, 'why not get crazier?'
By Brian Chasnoff, Express-News.com, April 22, 2014
Beginning Tuesday night, I'm performing in a skit in Cornyation, a three-night, unrestrained skewering of King Antonio's formal Coronation. Without revealing too much, I should mention this is a live stage show with acting and dancing.

A special Glitter Political with King and Queen Anchovy 2014
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, April 22, 2014
As she sits across from me on a backless, metal stool at B & D Icehouse in Southtown, Jody Newman, 38, admits that the adventures of the past five years have taken her way out of her comfort zone. She’s switched careers, bore a second child, started five different businesses and earned a (figurative) Fiesta medal for political activism.

Pride Center leases office in Monte Vista
QSanAntonio, April 18, 2014
With viable real estate options still in short supply, the board of directors of Pride Center San Antonio have decided to rent a small office from where they can plan programs and events which would then be held at other locations.

Bobo No. 57 a clean, fresh scent
MySA.com, April 17, 2014
Michael Bobo of W.D. Deli fame knew what he wanted in a fragrance: a clean, soapy scent. But while there are woodsy, citrusy, evergreeny scents galore for men, he couldn’t find anything on the market like what he wanted.

Vintage boutique shows that progressive doesn’t have to be expensive
Rivard Report, April 17, 2014
It was a cloudy and grey post-Christmas-festivities day as I drove along South Presa Street searching for local DJ, fashion designer, and vintage expert Agosto Cuellar’s new spot in Southtown, Espacio/Space. A pair of colorful metal giraffes gracing the entrance to the location immediately gave me the cue: I had arrived.

Fiesta Frenzy to benefit theater arts students
QSanAntonio, April 17, 2014
Organizers of the 15th Annual Fiesta Frenzy announced that the beneficiary of this year's show will be the Woodlawn Academy for the Performing Arts At-Risk Scholarship Fund. The show, billed as "the most popular unofficial Fiesta event," will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at the Woodlawn Theater.

In immigration debate with Mayor Castro, Patrick sticks to politics
San Antonio Current, April 16, 2014
After weeks of feuding over social media, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and state Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) finally met face-to-face in the Univision television studios to duke it out over immigration.

Man acquitted in hatchet murder of roommate
Express-News.com, April 16, 2014
A man who had been sitting in jail awaiting his murder trial for nearly four years will be set free after jurors on Tuesday seemingly agreed with his defense attorneys, who argued he fatally struck his roommate in the head with a hatchet only after the man tried to rape him.

LGBT Chamber holds board elections
QSanAntonio, April 11, 2014
The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce's recent election added two new members to their board of directors and a new member to their executive team.

How to throw the perfect outdoor party: Tips from ‘Karlos with a K’
MySA.com, April 10, 2013
Karlos Anzoategui (“Karlos with a K” to just about all who know him) is one of San Antonio’s great eccentrics — and you know they throw the best parties.

Stonewall Dems to host candidate forum
QSanAntonio, April 9, 2014
The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio will be hosting a Candidate Endorsement Forum at their regular membership meeting on Monday, April 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Luby's Cafeteria, 911 N. Main Avenue.

Glitter Political: Tommy Calvert’s political rebirth
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, April 9, 2014
Tommy Calvert, candidate for precinct 4 Bexar County commissioner, says his love of reading has dramatically sharpened his skills in the art of debate.

Photos: King & Queen Anchovy's coming out party!
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, April 7, 2014
Former King Anchovies Charlie Gonzalez, Elaine Wolff, Sheryl Sculley and others joined Fiesta Cornyation friends and supporters at a celebration for King Anchovy XLIX Steve Newman and Queen Anchovy I Jody Bailey Newman!

Transgender woman claims cosmetology school discriminated against her
WOAI-TV, April 4, 2014
Lindsey Fahlberg said she went to enroll in Ogle School of San Antonio but she didn't feel welcome. "I cried. I mean it was my second time ever being told something because of my identity," added Fahlberg.

LGBT community to be well-represented at Flambeau Parade
QSanAntonio, April 5, 2014
When the Flambeau Parade steps on on April 26 as the grand finale to Fiesta San Antonio it will include floats from Pride San Antonio and the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.

S.A. transgender pioneer Christie Lee Littleton Van De Putte has died
QSanAntonio, April 3, 2014
Chistie Lee Littleton Van De Putte, a San Antonio transgender woman who in 1999 was denied the status of a surviving spouse after her husband's death because she was born a man, died on March 15.

Glitter Political: Debra Guerrero’s seven-year itch
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, April 2, 2014
In matters political, this is a typical Guerrero sound bite. “Fifty-one percent of that population is female,” she says. “We need to make sure the Commissioners Court reflects—gender-wise—the entire population of this county.”

Two San Antonio congressmen persist in rejection of LGBT issues
QSanAntonio, March 28, 2014
On March 18, nearly every Democratic member of the Senate and 148 Democratic members of the House of Representatives signed a letter urging President Obama to issue an executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination against LGBT federal workers. Missing from the signatories on that letter were two Democratic congressmen who represent San Antonio.

Citi commits to $10,000 sponsorship of Run & Walk for AIDS
QSanAntonio, March 28, 2014
Banking giant Citi on March 27 presented a check for $10,000 to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation in support of the organization's 2014 Run & Walk for AIDS September 27 at the Blue Star Arts Complex.

Can you hear me now?
San Antonio Current, March 27, 2014
Leticia Van de Putte’s lite guv bid assures one outcome: She will be heard.

Man caught in lewd act at city park, hits undercover officer with car
KENS5.com, March 27, 2014
A man allegedly caught performing a lewd act at a San Antonio city park was arrested for assaulting a responding police officer on March 13.

Obituary: Roy Brent Fisher
MySA.com, March 26, 2014
Brent Fisher lived his life in service to others. He was most proud of his work to organize PFLAG in San Antonio, his training in spiritual direction, and his creative writing in poetry, and storytelling.

Honoring one of their own
MySA.com, March 26, 2014
When noted Chicano scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto moved back to San Antonio from New York five years ago, he found a home in the neighborhood where his lifelong love of theater first caught fire. Ybarra-Frausto and his partner moved into a downtown loft not far from the former sites of the Nacional and Zaragoza theaters, which he regularly attended as a kid.

New LULAC chapter focuses on LGBT Latina/os
By Richard Farias, San Antonio Current, March 26, 2014
San Antonio’s newest League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council—one that is distinctly formed to engage and support LGBT Latinos in San Antonio -- just organized formally last month and is in the process of being chartered.

Krier takes hard-line stance in District 9
Express-News, March 20, 2014
At a Monday night forum on the North Side, interim City Councilman Joe Krier responded to a question about the city's non-discrimination ordinance, which extends equal-rights protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and military veterans. Krier said that if he'd been on the council last September, he would have voted against the ordinance, just as Chan did at the time.

Photos: Queen Anchovy I Party at Friendly Spot
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, March 19, 2014
Queen Anchovy the First, Jody Bailey Newman, made her first public appearance at the Friendly Spot Ice House, which she owns with her husband Steve, who by the way is this year's King Anchovy.

Fiesta Youth: We are making changes one child at a time
FiestaYouth.org, March 19, 2014
At 12 years old, Jackson was struggling. She was hospitalized for high blood pressure due to panic attacks and anxiety. She was being bullied, teased, and ostracized at school. When Jackson told her parents that she may be gay, the puzzle pieces began to come together for the Leeper family.

Esperanza’s CineMujer film series spotlights radical women
San Antonio Current, March 19, 2014
If “well-behaved women seldom make history,” then count the ladies featured in an upcoming San Antonio film series anything but obedient.

Same-sex divorce filed in Bexar
Express-News.com, March 17, 2014
The Bexar County divorce petition is titled simply, “In the Matter of the Marriage of A.L.F.L. and K.L.L.,” another in a string of cases filed here where initials were used to hide the parties' identities. But this isn't any ordinary breakup. The case involves two women and could be the first divorce of a same-sex couple ever initiated in Bexar County.

Pinson immersed himself in culinary arts
MySA.com, March 17, 2014
Robert E. Pinson immersed himself in the food business for many years before opening his own restaurant. “He became a chef at Leave It to Us catering for 10 years and he bloomed there,” his life partner, Victor Leal, said.

S.A.'s first Queen Anchovy spoke in favor of NDO last August
QSanAntonio, March 14, 2014
Last August 21, Jody Bailey Newman, who with her husband Steve Newman owns the Friendly Spot Ice House and other businesses, stood on the steps of City Hall with members of CAUSA, and spoke on behalf the then-proposed nondiscrimination ordinance which would go before the City Council in September.

Advocate and ally for equality in sports to speak in S.A.
QSanAntonio, March 15, 2014
Former three-time NCAA All-American wrestler Hudson Taylor got tired of his close friends struggling with the coming out process, often inhibited by the fear they had about disclosing their sexual orientation.

Without a Permit: Marching on International Women’s Day
San Antonio Current, March 11, 2014
We marched without a permit through the streets of San Antonio. The reason we were permit-less was financial: the San Antonio City Council passed a parade ordinance in November 2007 that allows the city to charge organizations if the costs related to their parades or marches exceed $3,000.

Good will Huntzinger and the Democratic divide
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, March 12, 2014
Many would agree that the most dramatic local contest from last week’s mostly lukewarm primary elections was the climactic clash between defense attorneys Nico LaHood and Therese Huntzinger in the Democratic primary for Bexar County District Attorney.

LaHood vs. Reed in Bexar DA race, same as 2010
Express-News.com, March11, 2014
Democrat Nicholas “Nico” LaHood, who declared victory Tuesday after provisional ballots gave him a 47-vote win over Therese Huntzinger, will face Republican District Attorney Susan Reed in the autumn.

MARCH 4 PRIMARY ELECTION ROUNDUP

Three Democratic LGBT candidates fail to win needed primary votes
QSanAntonio, March 5, 2014
Three of the four San Antonio LGBT candidates who were running for office in the March 4 Democratic primary failed to garner enough votes to compete in the May runoff or the November general election.

Garza and Chan made the same political mistake
Express-News.com, March 7, 2014
John Garza and Elisa Chan were partners in futility Tuesday night. Saying that Garza and Chan fell short in their primary races is a bit like saying John Travolta failed to properly pronounce Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars. It doesn't do justice to the magnitude of the wreckage.

Democratic nominee for DA still up in the air
Express-News, March 6, 2014
With a 50-vote lead, Nicholas “Nico” LaHood went to bed Tuesday night believing he'd won a tight primary race to become the Democratic nominee for district attorney. But the fight isn't over. LaHood's slim lead over Therese Huntzinger may not be enough once military and provisional ballots are counted.

Campbell beats Chan, Novak in District 25
San Antonio Express-News, March 5, 2014
State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, captured a majority of votes in a tally slowed by cold weather. Finishing second was former Councilwoman Elisa Chan and third was San Antonio businessman Mike Novak.

Tommy Adkisson concedes County Judge race
San Antonio Current, March 5, 2014
More than 30 longtime supporters, including Lloyd Doggett, showed up at Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson’s humble campaign office in Precinct 4, on Southcross and Clarke, hoping the tide would turn in Adkisson’s favor as he vied for County Judge against Nelson Wolff.

LaHood wins DA's race by a hair
MySA.com, March 5, 2014
By a margin of 50 votes, Nico LaHood edged out Democratic primary competitor Therese Huntzinger late Tuesday evening in the race for district attorney.

Oh, what a night
By Randy Bear, BexarLeftAndRight.com, March 5, 2014
Round One of the 2014 mid-term and statewide election is in the final stages, as of this writing. A few tight races are still being decided, but most have been put in the books and runoff campaigns are starting to ramp up in several key races locally and statewide.

Photos: Webb Kick Off Event at Gallery Nord
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, March 6, 2014
The final Webb Party Kick Off event before Fiesta was held on Thursday, March 6 at Gallery Nord.

New Braunfels graduate, Notre Dame tennis star discloses he's gay
MySA.com, March 7, 2014
Notre Dame tennis player Matt Dooley said the hardest person to tell he was gay was himself. Dooley, a former star at New Braunfels High School, says he has received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback since disclosing publicly on Monday in an article posted on Outsports.com that he was gay.

9 badass lesbians in history
By Richard Farias, San Antonio Current, March 5, 2014
March is Women’s History Month, so it’s time to celebrate the often hard-fought and always valuable contributions of some important women.

NDO opponents finally concede defeat
QSanAntonio, March 5, 2014
Opponents of the city's recently enacted nondiscrimination ordinance have finally raised the white flag admitting defeat in their efforts to overturn the measure and recall the Mayor and City Council members, most notably Diego Bernal, who voted to approve it.

Bernal antagonist calls it quits
ExpressNews.com, March 4, 2014
All right, let's hear it, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal: a big sigh of relief. On Monday, the lead organizer of a months-long effort to recall Bernal said the sustained endeavor at political payback is over.

Touring cast of "Wicked" to perform cabaret benefit for SAAF
QSanAntonio, March 2, 2014
The national touring company of the musical "Wicked" will perform of evening of song and dance at the Bonham Exchange to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.

Dan Graney honored by N.E. Bexar County Dems
QSanAntonio, February 28, 2014
San Antonio LGBT activist Dan Graney was honored on February 22 by the Northeast Bexar County Democrats.

LGBT community jubilant as judge strikes down state's same-sex marriage ban
QSanAntonio, February 27, 2014
Members of San Antonio's LGBT community were jubilant on February 26 when news that Judge Orlando L. Garcia of the United States District Court declared that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Federal judge strikes down Texas' ban on same-sex marriage
New York Times, February 27, 2014
Although significant, the ruling will have no immediate effect, since the judge issued a stay on his decision.

Texas' ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional
MySA.com, February 27, 2014
A federal judge in San Antonio on Wednesday declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The Lone Star state's refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages is also unconstitutional, he ruled.

Activists gather to celebrate in downtown S.A.
Express-News.com, February 27, 2014
San Antonio activists for marriage equality stood together downtown Wednesday night to celebrate and show their support for the court decision that found Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional earlier in the day.

SAMA Contemporary Art Curator David Rubin resigns
Express-News.com, February 26, 2014
David Rubin has resigned, effective immediately, as curator of contemporary art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Katie Luber, director of the museum, said Rubin submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday.

Joaquin Castro backs same-sex marriage advocacy effort
MySA.com, February 25, 2014
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and Mark McKinnon, a GOP media strategist who advised George W. Bush’s and John McCain’s presidential campaigns, have signed on with Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, a $1 million multi-state push to topple same-sex marriage bans in Southern states.

Vagina Monologues' to benefit local non-profits
QSanAntonio, February 21, 2014
The Rape Crisis Center, in partnership with P.E.A.C.E. Initiative and Family Violence Prevention Services, commemorates San Antonio’s 7th Annual V-Day observance with a staged reading of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues."

Pride Center focuses on programming — minus an actual space
Express-News.com, February 18, 2014
It had a space in the Deco District, at least momentarily. But Pride Center San Antonio is back to Square 1, looking for an office that can serve as a resource and referral center for the city's estimated 50,000 to 85,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

Hiding animus behind “religious exemption”
By Randy Bear, Concerned Citizens, February 16, 2014
Realizing the inevitable, opponents are seeking religious exemptions as a means to allow them to continue to deny rights to LGBT individuals once rights are granted, either through legislation or court act.

Photos: LGBT fundraiser for Therese Huntzinger
QSanAntonio Facebook Page, February 16, 2014
A group of LGBT community members played host on February 16 to a fundraiser for Therese Huntzinger, an openly lesbian, Democratic candidate for District Attorney in the upcoming primary.

Megachurch offers welcoming space to gay and lesbian worshippers
Express-News.com, February 15, 2014
When Laura Medina and her partner attended a recent Sunday service at City Church, they blended easily into the evangelical assembly of gray-haired retirees, midcareer parents and single young professionals.

Oh honey no: Castro goes Goldilocks
San Antonio Current, February 15, 2014
San Antonio’s fearless leader, Mayor Julian Castro, boldly went where few Latino men should ever go: the hair-dye aisle.

Challenge to Texas ban on same-sex marriage starts in San Antonio
By Randy Bear, Rivard Report, February 15, 2014
On Wednesday, when Barry Chasnoff of Akin Gump stood to address U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia about same-sex marriage, the state of Texas joined the growing list of federal cases, all eventually headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

SA-bred show 'I-DJ' heads to NY
MySA.com, February 14, 2014
The play follows a gay Chicano DJ named Warren Peace as he looks back on the music and events that helped shape him. The far-reaching piece weaves Warren's personal story with the history of A&M Records; it also touches on the AIDS crisis, identity politics and “Hamlet,” among other things.

Transgender man's attorney responds to city's letter on NDO complaint
QSanAntonio, February 14, 2014
The lawyer for a transgender man who filed a complaint using guidelines from the city's new nondiscrimination ordinance says he's disappointed by the city's response to the claim.

No decision in Texas same-sex marriage case
QSanAntonio, February 11, 2014
Saying that he had listened to both sides of the argument, San Antonio Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia told a crowded courtroom today that he will soon make a decision in the case of two couples who are seeking a preliminary injunction to bar Texas from enforcing its same sex marriage ban.

Glitter Political: Nico LaHood’s fine paintbrush
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, February 12, 2013
With a blind-folded statue of Lady Justice to his left, defense attorney Nico LaHood appears calm and cheerful dressed in a white business shirt, red tie and black suspenders, a look that’s become somewhat of his rock-star signature.

Seeking freedom for everyone
By Julian Castro and Evan Wolfson, MySA.com, February 11, 2014
Two Texas couples rightly argue that all Texans should have the freedom to marry the person they love.

No response from city on transgender man's NDO complaint
QSanAntonio, February 10, 2014
The attorney for a man fired from AT&T in San Antonio says he has not received a response from either the city or AT&T on a complaint, filed under guidelines from the city's nondiscrimination ordinance, that alleges the man was fired because of his gender identity.

Attorney: City won't enforce controversial gay rights law
WOAI Radio, February 10, 2014
Now that the cameras have stopped rolling and the supporters of the gay and lesbian community have all written campaign checks, the lawyer for the first person to file a complaint under the new expanded NDO says the city was a lot more concerned about talking the talk than about walking the walk.

Same-sex marriage headed for a showdown in S.A.
Express-News.com, February 10, 2014
On Wednesday, two same-sex couples will go before U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, who will consider a preliminary injunction, a court order that would bar Texas from enforcing the same-sex marriage ban while the lawsuit continues to be litigated.

CAUSA and NDO make big splash at Creating Change conference
By Dan Graney, QSanAntonio, February 7, 2014
CAUSA and last year's passage of San Antonio's nondiscrimination ordinance featured prominently at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, which took place in Houston from January 29 through February 2.

Salon owner always carries extension cord
MySA.com, February 6, 2014
He is a keeper of secrets. He is a good listener, a sounding board, a confidant. He is an image-maker. Meet Ric Marmolejo, salon owner and hair designer.

LGBT community scores a quiet victory at Commissioners Court
By Randy Bear, Rivard Report, February 5, 2014
The Bexar County Commissioners Court was the scene Tuesday of the latest advance in inclusiveness for LGBT employees. With very little fanfare, the Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution adding a “Plus One Qualifying Adult” option to the county’s benefits package.

Non-married partners of county employees to get benefits
KSAT.com, February 6, 2014
The vote by Bexar County commissioners was unanimous, granting benefits to non-married partners in the county.

Domestic partner benefits approved for Bexar County employees
Texas Public Radio, February 6, 2014
Bexar County Commissioners have unanimously passed a provision that would allow county employee benefits to be extended to domestic partners.

Despite attorney general decision, Bexar Co. employees get same-sex partner benefits
KENS5.com, February 6, 2014
Health care benefits for domestic partners never came up at Tuesday’s Bexar County Commissioner Meeting. Officials didn’t use those words. Instead, a resolution was passed that took effect immediately, with an impact on all Bexar County employees’ medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans.

Domestic partner benefits granted to county employees
San Antonio Current, February 5, 2014
Following a unanimous Commissioners Court vote yesterday, partners of Bexar County employees are now able to receive benefits, including health, vision, dental, and life insurance.

Commissioner's Court adopts "plus-one" insurance plan for county employees
QSanAntonio.com, February 4, 2014
The Bexar County Commissioner's Court on February 4 will vote on a measure to modify the county's benefits program to allow employees to add a "plus-one" qualifying adult to their insurance plans

Confessions of a first-time candidate
By Allen Castro, Rivard Report, February 3, 2014
“My name is Allen Castro and I’m running for County Clerk.” I have said those words a thousand times in the past several months and it never gets old. Every time I say it, I am reminded of how fortunate we all are to have the opportunity to be voters – and candidates.

Therese Huntzinger's passion for justice
SanAntonio-UrbanLiving.com, January 29, 2014
Therese Huntzinger, 55,a seasoned attorney who has worked on both the prosecution and defense side of the criminal justice system, is now running in the Democratic primary to seek the San Antonio District Attorney position.

Stonewall Dems’ endorsements: Rules matter more than candidate records
By Randy Bear, Rivard Report, January 29, 2014
Most candidates will make an effort to win endorsements. They might make a difference. So it’s no surprise that a majority of candidates seeking local office usually fill out mandatory questionnaires and attend the endorsement forum with the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio, an LGBT group affiliated with the Democratic Party.

Meet the SA-tied couples suing Texas for marriage equality
San Antonio Current, January 29, 2014
Challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage, one couple wishes to wed while the other hopes their home state will recognize their lawful Massachusetts union. San Antonio, still reeling from its own city-centered LGBT rights battle, plays an integral role as ground zero for the latest legal battle for marriage equality.

True diversity in SA’s MLK march
By Richard Farias, San Antonio Current, January 29, 2014
I remember asking a few people their opinion as to why we have the largest (MLK) march, especially when our city has—sadly—such a small and often not-very-visible African-American population. The answer I’ve received many times over the years? Basically, it’s about diversity. Not just racial or ethnic diversity, but diversity of literally all kinds of people.

Chan and incumbent Campbell say gays shouldn’t be allowed to adopt
Dallas Voice, January 27, 2014
At a candidate screening by the San Antonio Express-News for state Senate District 25, two candidates, Elisa Chan and incumbent Sen. Donna Campbell, made their anti-gay views apparent.

Why didn’t the San Antonio Stonewall Democrats endorse Wendy Davis?
San Antonio Current, January 27, 2014
In the process of backing their favorite political players, the Stonewall Dems failed to endorse anyone vying for (arguably) the most notable race in the state— a Texas gubernatorial candidate.

No questionnaire, no Stonewall endorsement for Wendy Davis
QSanAntonio, January 27, 2014
The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio stuck to their rules and voted not to endorse Wendy Davis for Governor because she did not fill out a questionnaire prior to the group's candidate forum on January 26.

Photos: Stonewall Democrats Endorsement Forum
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, January 26, 2014
About 50 candidates competing in the Democratic Primary came to the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio Endorsement Forum on January 26.

From NDO to MLK -- Two communities fighting for equality
QSanAntonio, January 25, 2014
Some people were not happy to see the Rainbow flag at the Martin Luther King, Jr. March.

Motion to transfer same-sex marriage case to Austin denied
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, January 23, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbot was seeking to transfer the case of two LGBT couples seeking to overturn the state ban on same sex marriage from a San Antonio court to an Austin venue. Today, Judge Orlando Garcia denied the motion to transfer. Here is a copy of his order. The suit will be heard in San Antonio in February.

Huntzinger merits Demo vote for DA
San Antonio Express-News, January 23, 2014
Therese Huntzinger's long tenure as a prosecutor and 15 years in private practice give her a unique perspective on the criminal justice system, making her the best candidate for district attorney in the Democratic primary.

Democrats to seek Stonewall endorsements at candidate forum
QSanAntonio, January 23, 2014
Approximately 70 statewide and local candidates who are running in the March 4 Democratic primary will be seeking the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio at their candidate forum slated for Sunday, January 26.

Neighbors, friends puzzled by gay couple's murder-suicide
QSanAntonio, January 17, 2014
A gay couple who recently moved to San Antonio from the Rio Grande Valley were found dead in their home on the Northwest side on Saturday, January 11. Police are saying it was a murder-suicide.

Church to host events dealing with transgender issues
QSanAntonio, January 16, 2014
The First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio will be hosting two days of events dealing with transgender issues. The schedule includes a photo exhibit, a film screening and panel discussion.

Men found dead in bed, neighbors report gunshots
ValleyCentral.com, January 16, 2014
In November, Baldemar Hernandez, 25, an up-and-coming realtor at Coldwell Banker- La Mansion Real Estate in McAllen, left the company looking for bigger opportunities out of the Valley. He and his boyfriend and business partner, bought a house and moved to San Antonio. Saturday, the couple was discovered dead inside that very home.

Gay man murdered in hotel by man he met in bar
QSanAntonio, January 15, 2014
A gay man who was in town for the funeral of a relative was murdered in his hotel room last December. His alleged assailant told police he killed the man after the victim admitted to being HIV positive.

Meet Carlton Soules, SA politics’ own honey badger
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, January 15, 2013
Carlton Soules, now 47, recently resigned from his position on the dais in an intrepid move to challenge Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff in the upcoming election.

Florida murder trial set for porn star with S.A. roots
San Antonio Express-News, January 13, 2014
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In this self-proclaimed gay mecca, the twisted tale of a San Antonio-bred porn star accused of stabbing a 60-year-old millionaire to death three years ago after a night of booze and drugs has faded from the public's memory, even though it hasn't gone to trial.

Two found dead in apparent murder-suicide
MySA.com, January 12, 2014
Two men were found dead in a North Side home Saturday in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide. “Nothing ever seemed suspicious,” a neighbor said. “I would never think that this would happen. They seemed so happy together.”

Webb Party kick off event at 1800 Broadway
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, January 9, 2013
The San Antonio AIDS Foundation's Webb Party season kicked off in grand style with a cocktail party on January 9 at the 1800 Broadway lofts. Food was provided by the Liberty Bar and cocktails from Absolut Vodka. The official Webb party will be held on April 11 at the Lambermont Estate.

Fired trans AT&T employee files complaint
Dallas Voice, January 10, 2013
A transgender AT&T employee has filed the first complaint under San Antonio’s new nondiscrimination ordinance, which protects against bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Discrimination charge leveled against company lauded by HRC
Advocate.com, January 9, 2014
A San Antonio transgender man becomes the first to file a complaint under San Antonio's nondiscrimination ordinance.

Transgender man files complaint against AT&T for violation of NDO
QSanAntonio, January 7, 2014
A transgender man who was fired from AT&T in San Antonio is using guidelines from the recently enacted nondiscrimination ordinance to file a complaint with the city attorney's office claiming the company dismissed him because of his gender identity.

Transgender man files first NDO complaint, lawyer says
KENS5.com, January 8, 2014
A transgender man claims he feared for his life and left his job after coworkers threatened him. Now he hopes the city's ordinance to protect the LGBT community that was approved four months ago forces his former employer do what he considers the right thing.

The mystery of the San Antonio Four
Texas Observer, January 8, 2014
For 20 years, Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez have fought to prove their innocence.

Same-sex couples await federal judge's injunction decision on Texas marriage laws
Texas Public Radio, January 8, 2014
Two same-sex couples from Texas are waiting for a decision on a temporary injunction filed in federal court against the Texas laws that ban same-sex marriage.

USAA settles with Massachusetts in same-sex case
MySA.com, January 3, 2014
San Antonio-based USAA agreed to pay Massachusetts $50,000 for a prior company policy that denied membership to the same-sex widow, widower or divorce spouse of a USAA member.

The essence of John: Porn, money, and murder
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, January 3, 2014
During our annual Drink Issue coverage of the gay Strip on North Main Avenue, we republished a 2010 photo of Club Essence’s male dancers. Straight away, our readers not only let us know that none of the featured dancers remained at the club, but more interestingly, leaned in to tell us that that beefcake alum right of center had a story to tell.

Arbor House B&B celebrates 110 year milestone
QSanAntonio.com, January 3, 2013
The Arbor House Suites, San Antonio's only gay-owned bed and breakfast, is celebrating the 110th anniversary of the construction of the four two-story Queen Ann Colonial Revival houses located on its property.

Resolutions for the LGBT community
By Richard Farias, San Antonio Current, January 2, 2014
We know it’s been a great year with SA. Enjoy the Champagne of success now, but don’t let it go to your head. It’s time for the sobering LGBT New Year’s resolutions of 2014.

It's never the same
By Michael Bobo, Mr. Bobo & the Deli Dish, January 2, 2014
For some time now, Mr. Beers and I have gone to New York City at Christmas. New York is the kind of place that you can go to over and over again and never tire of... No matter how much of New York you've done, you've never done it all.

Searching for greater freedom
By Randy Bear, Concerned Citizens, December 21, 2013
On Friday, US District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah’s Amendment 3 banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, violating protections under the Fourteenth Amendment. In his ruling, he focused on several views of the subject, mostly focusing on decisions in Baker v. Nelson and Loving v. Virginia.

Former Club Essence dancer charged in murder of man in Florida
QSanAntonio, December 28, 2013 (Photo via: TheDirty.com)
A male stripper and porn star who in past years performed at Club Essence in San Antonio has been accused in the September 2010 murder of a man in Florida.

10 most newsworthy local stories of 2013
San Antonio Current December 26, 2013
The San Antonio ranks the year's news stories with three of the top 10 having relevance to the city's LGBT community.

Photos -- TGRA hosts Christmas lunch at SAAF
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, December 25, 2013
Members of the San Antonio chapter of the Texas Gay Rodeo Assn. once again hosted Christmas lunch for the clients and residents of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. The meal included turkey, ham and all the trimmings. The dessert table had scores of pies, cakes and all manner of confections.

Woodlawn presents heartwarming musical "A Christmas Story"
By Kelli Maples, QSanAntonio, December 18, 2013
What’s the difference between “A Christmas Story” the movie, and the theatre version? Why, singing, dancing, and an on stage narrator. There also is the thrill of seeing it live on stage.

Local LGBT candidates vie for voter's support
QSanAntonio, December 14, 2013
Now that the filing deadline has passed for the March 2014 primaries, five LGBT candidates, four Democrats and one Libertarian, have thrown their hats into the ring in hopes of garnering the needed votes to go on to the November election.

Photos -- W.D. Deli Open House
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, December 12, 2013
Local artists and artisans displayed their wares at W.D. Deli's annual open house. Guests shopped while they enjoyed special deli treats along with wine and Southern Comfort punch.

Photos -- Pet Night with Santa at Luther's Cafe
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, December 12, 2013
Patrons of Luther's lined up with their pets to take their photos with Santa Claus. Cats and dogs posed with the Jolly Elf to help raise funds for Operation Blue Santa.

Ex-Chan aide subject of investigation into sale of city database
Express-News.com, December 13, 2013
Former District 9 council aide Roger L. Legrand, who handled communications for then-Councilwoman Elisa Chan, is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations he sold a city-owned email database to a Republican activist.

San Antonio AIDS Foundation clients get chef-prepared meals
KSAT.com, December 13, 2013
Clients at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation got a special treat Thursday afternoon at lunch, a chef-prepared meal. It's part of the foundation's "Chef of the Month" project. Through the project, directors invite a different local chef every month to prepare meals for SAAF residents and clients.

S.A. judge sets date for motion to halt Texas’ same-sex marriage ban
Texas Public Radio, December 12, 2013
A federal lawsuit against Texas’ ban of same-sex marriage advanced a step this week as federal judge in San Antonio set a court date to hear why those same laws should be placed on hold while the case awaits a trial.

S.A. companies show room for improvement on HRC Corporate Equality Index
QSanAntonio, December 9, 2013
None of the four San Antonio corporations included in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index achieved a perfect score. In fact, one respected local company scored a zero.

Chief Officer of HRC Foundation to speak at S.A. gala
QSanAntonio, November 27, 2013
Jeff Krehely, vice president and chief foundation officer at the Human Rights Campaign, will be a featured speaker for the San Antonio Gala and Silent Auction scheduled for December 7 at the Westin Riverwalk.

Texas couples file injunction against state's same-sex marriage ban
QSanAntonio.com, November 23, 2013
Two Texas couples, one gay the other lesbian, who last month filed a suit challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage, filed an injunction yesterday asking the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas to stop the state from enforcing it's same-sex marriage ban while their case moves forward.

'San Antonio Four' could factor into district attorney race
By Brian Chasnoff, Express-News.com, November 21, 2013
Local criminal defense attorney Therese Huntzinger (who is openly lesbian) is angling for Bexar County district attorney as a Democrat, likely pitting herself in a primary against defense lawyer Nico LaHood and state District Judge Philip Kazen, who as a Bexar County prosecutor in the 1990s prosecuted Elizabeth Ramirez, one of the recently released San Antonio Four.

'S.A. 4' release just the beginning, lawyers say
MySA.com, November 21, 2013
This week's release of the final three members of the “San Antonio Four” is the first concrete example of how Texas' new “junk science” law might shake up the criminal justice system, lawyers said Wednesday as the women held their first press conference together.

San Antonio Four jubilant following release
QSanAntonio.com, November 20, 2013
Three lesbian women, imprisoned for more than a decade on child sex abuse charges, were released on bail at a hearing in the 175th District Court in San Antonio on November 18. Supporters of the women packed the courtroom and cheered loudly when the judge announced the terms of their release.

Kathy Griffin goes for the gasp at the Majestic
San Antonio Current, November 20, 2013
The idea of a Q&A interview with Kathy Griffin seems kind of disingenuous, because Griffin, former reality star and current reigning queen of celebrity shit-talking, has made a living answering questions you never asked but wished you thought of: what’s Barbara Walters’ favorite brand of lubricant, for example.

San Antonio Scores 86 on HRC Municipal Equality Index
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, November 19, 2013
The Human Rights Campaign has given San Antonio 86 out of 100 points on their 2014 Municipal Equality Index. The score puts San Antonio in third place in the state behind Ft. Worth which scored 91 and Austin which scored 100. Last year San Antonio scored 48. The passage of the nondiscrimination ordinance in September helped raise San Antonio's ranking this year.

World AIDS Day observance planned for Woodlawn Theater
QSanAntonio, November 18, 2013
World AIDS Day, held on 1 December each year, provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. The first one was held in 1988.

After Taco Haven, a reflection
By Michael Cepek, Rivard Report, November 18, 2013
Anyone paying attention to San Antonio’s local media knows an incident occurred at Taco Haven last Friday. Much of the publicity began with a Yelp review I wrote after I went to the restaurant in search of breakfast tacos.

DA drops 'S.A. Four' cases
MySA.com, November 18, 2013
Three of the four San Antonio women fighting to clear their names in a 1994 alleged sexual assault of two girls could be released on bond by a state district judge Monday.

What did Taco Haven really say?
By Randy Bear, Concerned Citizens, November 15, 2013
Reading the statement, it’s really hard to determine if the Torres family really moved from the position I realized earlier this week. Yes, I know they have no problem accepting the dollars of LGBT patrons. They’ve done it for years. After all, they’re located in Southtown. But they tried to mask the fact they also support groups opposed to the LGBT community, including on their business property.

Foes of Bernal cite progress on petitions to force a recall
Express-News.com, November 14, 2013
Activists seeking to oust District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal over his support for the city's nondiscrimination ordinance said Wednesday that they're well on the way to having enough petition signatures to force a recall election next year. Bernal said he has no quarrel with the recall process but claims he's being slandered by critics whose protest signs raise the specter of “men in girl's restrooms.”

Taco Haven caught in the middle of S.A.'s gay-rights debate
By Gilbert Garcia, Express-News.com, November 13, 2013
In this day of social media, we have viral outrage and instant protest. Information spreads faster but not necessarily better. We saw this phenomenon in action last weekend when a Yelp restaurant review of Taco Haven sparked a runaway brush fire of political recriminations.

The destruction of the traditional family
By Sonja Harris, Texas GOP Vote, November 13, 2013
San Antonio passed the non discrimination ordinance on September 5 making San Antonio businesses vulnerable to ‘Freedom of Religion’ and ‘Freedom of Expression’ attacks. On Sunday, November 10, I spoke to the Torres brothers, Reggie and Jerry of Taco Haven.

Attorney for Taco Haven affiliated with anti-NDO groups
QSanAntonio, November 11, 2013
QSanAntonio has confirmed that the attorney for Taco Haven is affiliated with the Justice Foundation, one of the groups that opposed the passage of the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

A taco house divided?
San Antonio Current, November 12, 2013
Over the weekend, controversy erupted at one of Southtown’s most popular restaurants. While grabbing lunch at Taco Haven last Friday, patron Michael Cepek spotted activists outside who were seeking to collect signatures for the ongoing effort to oust council members supportive of the city’s recently passed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

NDO debate reignited at popular Southtown restaurant
Texas Public Radio, November 11, 2013
The debate over city council recalls and San Antonio's non-discrimination ordinance erupted this weekend at a favorite Southtown Mexican food eatery. The ordeal made for a spicier than usual Sunday brunch at Taco Haven, after an online posting about the establishment went viral.

Taco Haven under fire after manager welcomes NDO opponents
QSanAntonio, November 10, 2013
The owners of Taco Haven in Southtown have come under fire after a review by a diner on Yelp.com described how the manager told the diner that he had permitted opponents of the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to set up table in front the restaurant. The protestors were seeking to collect signatures for the recall Mayor Julian Castro and Councilman Diego Bernal.

It's hard to have a conversation with a bull horn
By Randy Bear, Concerned Citizens, November 10, 2013
"A recall group has created an incident involving a small business and the backlash has been strong. After reviewing the issues and chatting with several parties involved, it's apparent Taco Haven became a political football for both sides of the issue, the non-discrimination ordinance. In the end, Taco Haven is open and accepting of all individuals, including LGBT individuals. Now its time to move on and stop the spread of misinformation."

Guajardo to help raise funds for Inner City food bank
QSanAntonio.com, November 9, 2013
Former City Councilwoman Elena Guajardo is joining with former City Councilwoman Patti Radle on a community project that seeks to raise $30,000 for a local food bank before Thanksgiving.

AIDS Awareness Week set for December
QSanAntonio, November 9, 2013
The San Antonio AIDS Foundation is once again spearheading an effort to shed more light on the impact that HIV and AIDS have on the community by organizing a seven-day observance dubbed AIDS Awareness Week.

Dems lining up for county clerk race
By Gilbert Garcia, Express-News.com, November 6, 2013
This election cycle could offer the most competitive slate of Democratic candidates for county clerk since Gerry Rickhoff took control of the seat. Democratic candidates Chris Forbrich, Allen Castro, and Cassandra Littlejohn all say they were motivated by a sense that Rickhoff has been slow to embrace technology, a point he vehemently disputes.

Dr. Delia Bullock to receive HRC award for lifetime advocacy
QSanAntonio, November 6, 2013
The San Antonio chapter of the Human Rights Campaign announced this week that Dr. Delia Bullock, medical director of the University Health System's FFACTS Clinic, will be honored with the Chuck Jordan Award at the HRC Gala and Silent Auction on December 7 at the Westin Riverwalk.