Author Archives: Alex Zielinski

Trans Texans’ Military Dreams on Hold Under Trump Administration

Trans Texans’ Military Dreams on Hold Under Trump Administration

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. In January, Misty Brandon’s 24-year-old son sold his furniture and his truck and moved from San Antonio to Colorado with one goal in mind: To join the military in June. That’s because in June, the U.S. Department of Defense was going to officially let openly transgender people enroll

SAISD Board Hears From Anti-LGBT Protesters, Votes to Protect DACA Students

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. On August 21, the San Antonio Independent School District board updated district policy to include protections for students or teachers discriminated against for their “gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.” But like a failed game of telephone, SAISD parents, anti-LGBT advocates, and conservative lobbyists showed up to

SAISD Adds Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Non-Discrimination Policy

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. The San Antonio Independent School District board voted unanimously Monday evening to add new protections to the district’s non-discrimination ordinance. Now, students and employees will be protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. “SAISD has to advance with the times and lead

Family, Friends of Murdered Trans Woman Hold River Walk Vigil

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. River boat operator Tom Vanzandt was guiding his boat under the Houston St. bridge April 9 when he was flagged down by a River Walk employee. “There was something in the water,” Vanzandt said Tuesday, solemnly thinking back to the spring morning. “A mass of brown hair. I

Ron Nirenberg: LGBT Ally in the Mayor’s Office

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. It’s been three years since San Antonio’s LGBT community has had an ally in the mayor’s office. During her time in office, former Mayor Ivy R. Taylor did little to recognize the existence of her LGBT constituents, let alone support them. She called 2013’s non-discrimination ordinance — a

Ron Nirenberg Wins Mayoral Runoff Election

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Councilman Ron Nirenberg unseated incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor in a heated runoff election for San Antonio mayor Saturday night. “Tonight the voters got it right,” Nirenberg told the crowd gathered at his election headquarters Saturday night. “Tonight the voters rejected the politics of division and false choices. They

Police Say Riverwalk Death of Trans Woman Was Homicide

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. April first met Kenne McFadden when they were eighth graders at Kirby Middle School, some 14 years ago. She described the 12-year-old as “goofy and uplifting.” “[McFadden] always kept us smiling and laughing,” April told the Current. (She asked to only be identified by her first name.) They

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