Author Archives: Sanford Nowlin

Critics Say Trump’s Ban on Trans People in the Armed Forces Doesn’t Reflect Reality of Military Life

Critics Say Trump’s Ban on Trans People in the Armed Forces Doesn’t Reflect Reality of Military Life

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Until Donald Trump tweeted out his plans to ban transgender troops from entering the military, Tech Sgt. Jamie Hash never felt unwelcome during her eight years in the U.S. Air Force. Indeed, when she informed her supervisor in June 2016 of her pending transition, the response was supportive

Study Finds TV Newscasters Ignored Trump Administration Attacks on LGBTQ Community

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Last month, a flurry of reports from online and print media revealed potential Trump administration rule changes that would permit discrimination in housing, health care and adoption assistance against LGBTQ people. But television news largely ignored those apparent reversals of federal policy, according to recent analysis by the

Nirenberg and Brockhouse Headed to Runoff in Mayoral Race

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Even though the progressive majority on San Antonio’s city council appears to have survived Saturday’s municipal election, Mayor Ron Nirenberg — who steered much of its agenda — is headed to a June runoff to keep his job. At press time, and with most precincts counted, Nirenberg led

City Council Gives Thumbs Down to Another Vote on Chick-Fil-A

San Antonio City Council on April 18 denied mayoral candidate Greg Brockhouse’s request to vote again on whether to allow Chick-fil-A to participate in an airport concessions contract. City Councilman Brockhouse, who represents District 6, proposed a new debate over the issue but was denied in Thursday’s 6-5 vote. Shortly after, his campaign sent out

Religious Refusal Bill SB 17 Moves Forward in Texas Senate

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Remember when Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told the world there would be “no bathroom bill” this legislative session? Senate Bill 17, which advanced to the full Texas Senate earlier this week, may not ban transgender people from using public bathrooms, but its outcome is just as worrisome

Equality Texas Calls on Legislature to Enact Laws to Protect LGBTQ Texans

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Citing a new report detailing barriers to equality in the state, Equality Texas, the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the state, is demanding the legislature pass comprehensive nondiscrimination laws this session. At a February 27 press conference, activists, parents and members of the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus joined

Judge Expunges Record of Wrongly Convicted ‘San Antonio Four’

A Bexar County judge on Monday signed papers erasing the criminal histories of four women wrongly convicted in 1994 of sexually assaulting two girls, according to a WOAI-TV report. Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera, and Anna Vasquez — known as the “San Antonio Four” during coverage of their high-profile case — were wrongly convicted

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