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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.


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.