Police arrest three men for public lewdness in one week
QSanAntonio, September 25, 2014
Last week was a busy one for San Antonio's Park Police if news reports
are any indication. Three men were arrested in local parks for lewdness
and soliciting sex from undercover cops
and ally for equality in sports to speak in S.A.
QSanAntonio, September 19, 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.
named LGBT liaison to mayor's office
QSanAntonio, September 16, 2014
Longtime San Antonio activist Marsha Warren has been named the LGBT liaison
to Mayor Ivy R. Taylor's office and will serve on a committee that will
advise the mayor on topics related to the nondiscrimination ordinance
and the LGBT community at large.
Valentine to perform concert in San Antonio
QSanAntonio, September 10, 2014
Gay singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine will perform a one-man concert
in San Antonio on Thursday, September 18 at the Lutheran Church of the
Marriage Plaintiffs: Abbott’s Appeal ‘Defies Logic’
San Antonio Current, September 9, 2014
On behalf of same-sex couples Nicole Dimetman and Cleopatra De Leon and
Mike Phariss and Victor Holmes, lawyers filed a response to Texas Attorney
General Greg Abbott’s appeal of this year’s same-sex marriage
ruling, which found the state’s 2005 ban unconstitutional.
Walk for AIDS marks third year at Blue Star
QSanAntonio, September 9, 2013
The 24th annual San Antonio AIDS Foundation's Run & Walk for AIDS
will once again be held on the banks of the San Antonio River at the Blue
Star Arts Complex in the city's Southtown neighborhood. The event is one
of SAAF's largest fundraisers of the year.
offers no resolution in arbitration with NDO complainant
QSanAntonio, September 5, 2014
One year after the City of San Antonio passed a nondiscrimination ordinance,
the first complainant, a transgender man, met with AT&T in hopes of
settling his claim that the telecommunications company had fired him unjustly.
The result of that meeting proved fruitless.
Do You Get A 1-Year-Old NDO? Enforcement
San Antonio Current, September 3, 2014
This week marks a year since the San Antonio City Council amended its
20-year-old non-discrimination ordinance to include gender identity, gender
orientation and veteran status. And to be sure, that ordinance didn’t
Out in College, A Survival Guide
By Richard Farias, San Antonio Current, September 3, 2014
Ah, college! Whether you’re new to a local campus this semester
or you’ve been before, there’s something about the teeming
possibilities in a university or college atmosphere.
Vickie Shaw to headline Stonewall fundraiser
QSanAntonio, August 28, 2014
Texas-born comedian Vickie Shaw will bring her act to San Antonio on September
20 to headline the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio's annual awards
presentation and fundraiser at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.
treasure 'La Perla Tapatia' dies at 83
MySA.com, August 26, 2014
Golden age ranchera singer Janet Cortez, known to her fans as La Perla
Tapatia and a member of the beloved singing group Las Tesoros, died Sunday
evening after a brief illness. She was 83. She also was a role model for
the LGBT community. Cortez lived with her partner, Marie A. Torres, for
more than 34 years.
AT&T reach a settlement with NDO complainant?
San Antonio Current, August 25, 2014
AT&T and the first person to file a complaint under San Antonio’s
nearly year-old amended Non-Discrimination Ordinance will sit down for
mediation at the end of the week.
seeks to prevent public release of files in NDO case
QSanAntonio, August 23, 2014
AT&T has petitioned state Attorney General Greg Abbot to prevent the
release of audio files pertaining to an employment discrimination claim
made by a San Antonio transgender man who says he was unfairly fired by
Gay and bisexual
men account for almost half of all syphilis cases in Bexar County
QSanAntonio, August 22, 2014
Statistics released by the Texas Department of State Health Services reveal
that gay and bisexual men in Bexar County account for almost half of all
cases of syphilis reported in 2013.
Antonio officer raising money for gay and lesbian military memorial
WOAI.com, August 18, 2014
A retired San Antonio Army officer is leading an effort to build a national
monument in Washington DC to honor Gay and Lesbian military veterans,
Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports.
editorial: The issue is liberty, not procreation
Editorial, MySA.com, August 13, 2014
The state's argument on banning same-sex marriage amounts to this: Texas
need not prove benefit or harm in gay marriage one way or the other. The
state argues that it is enough that there's societal good in opposite-sex
marriage — children. This is puerile sophistry in defense of discrimination.
seeks temporary council appointment for District 7 vacancy
QSanAntonio, August 9, 2014
On Thursday, August 7, former City Councilwoman Elena Guajardo filed the
necessary paperwork needed to be considered for the temporary appointment
to replace City Councilman Cris Medina who is attending Air Force Reserve
Training for the next two months
the LGBT label in politics and beyond
By Richard Farias, San Antonio Current, August 6, 2014
During a special session on July 22, San Antonio City Council voted Ivy
Taylor into office as interim mayor. This was a vote that many saw coming,
and several prominent LGBT people and organizations voiced their dissatisfaction
with such a result long before it became a reality.
hires Robert Salcido as San Antonio field organizer
QSanAntonio, August 5, 2014
Equality Texas executive director Chuck Smith confirmed on August 5 that
the organization had hired a field organizer who will be based in San
in same-sex marriage suits learn of deeper roots
Express-News.com, July 29, 2014
Being among a small group of plaintiffs nationwide who are challenging
state bans on same-sex marriage united a Kentucky man and a Texas woman,
but a look at their ancestry has led them to believe their bond extends
deeper than that.
UTSA to add
Gene Elders' journals to LGBT archives
QSanAntonio, August 1, 2014
The University of Texas at San Antonio will soon add the journals of artist
and activist Gene Elder to its UTSA Libraries Special Collections which
has a section dedicated to local gay history.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
-- City Council selects new mayor
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, July 22, 2014
Photos from the July 22 City Council meeting at which the interim mayor
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?"|
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to adopt appointment procedure as concern builds over potential interim
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Wilson, Kirby’s ‘medium’ Republican and ‘Die Hard’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
you hear me now?
San Antonio Current, March 27, 2014
Leticia Van de Putte’s lite guv bid assures one outcome: She will
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
-- 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.
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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.