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Openly Gay Interim County Judge Appointed in El Paso

Openly Gay Interim County Judge Appointed in El Paso

El Paso County Commissioners last week voted to replace County Judge Veronica Escobar, who is leaving to run for Congress, with her openly-gay chief of staff. Ruben John Vogt, who was chosen interim county judge in a 4-1 vote on October 2, becomes the second openly-gay person to hold the title of County Judge in

City of SA Stands Behind Trans Employees After AG Sessions Reverses Federal Job Protections

City of SA Stands Behind Trans Employees After AG Sessions Reverses Federal Job Protections

Officials from the City of San Antonio released statements in support of the city’s transgender employees after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo reversing a Justice Department policy that protected trans workers from discrimination under federal law. “Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass

SA Attorney to Receive Stonewall Award from American Bar Association

SA Attorney to Receive Stonewall Award from American Bar Association

A San Antonio attorney will be one of three LGBT legal activists to be honored by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with a Stonewall Award which will be presented at the group’s mid-year meeting in Vancouver in February. Eduardo Juarez is currently a supervisory trial attorney with the San

Facebook User Threatens Gun Violence Against Main Avenue Strip

Facebook User Threatens Gun Violence Against Main Avenue Strip

In a series of Facebook posts on October 3, an individual said that he was was driving down to the Main Avenue Strip with a gun writing, “its war bitches an no one is safe on the strip.” The Strip is the epicenter of LGBT nightlife and culture in San Antonio. The threats came on

Dignity SA Observes Solidarity Sunday

Dignity SA Observes Solidarity Sunday

On October 8, Dignity San Antonio will mark the 22nd annual Solidarity Sunday, the organization’s faith-based anti-violence initiative. Solidarity Sunday is observed annually across the country on the Sunday before National Coming Out Day which is on October 11. Dignity SA’s service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. DignityUSA started Solidarity Sunday in

Equality PAC Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones in District 23 Congressional Race

Equality PAC Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones in District 23 Congressional Race

Equality PAC, a political action committee formed by members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, is endorsing San Antonian Gina Ortiz Jones in the race for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. “Gina Ortiz Jones is exactly the kind of candidate we need to gain a pro-equality majority in 2018,” Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), the

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

Three From SA Community Chosen for Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program

Three From SA Community Chosen for Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program

Three professionals from San Antonio’s LGBTQ community have been chosen to participate in a leadership development program that is being is led by the University of Minnesota and underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The trio from San Antonio is one of 15 teams from around the country, each with two researchers and one

‘Bareback’ Sex and Drugs Help Spike STD Rates for SA’s Gay and Bi Men

‘Bareback’ Sex and Drugs Help Spike STD Rates for SA’s Gay and Bi Men

The ad on the gay hookup site BarebackRT couldn’t have been more succinct. A man was inviting others on the site to a party in a San Antonio hotel room where he would leave the door unlocked and be lying face down on the bed, blindfolded and ready for anonymous sexual encounters, “bareback” — without

Eric Alva Marries Danny Ingram

Eric Alva Marries Danny Ingram

In a ceremony on September 21 at the Bexar County Courthouse, retired Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Fidelis Alva married David Daniel (Danny) Ingram, an Army veteran and former technical analyst at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The couple was married by Judge Genie Wright with a small group of friends and family present to witness

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