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.
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.
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.