Author Archives: Sanford Nowlin

San Antonio ‘American Idol’ drag performer Ada Vox will compete on new ‘Queen of the Universe’ series

San Antonio ‘American Idol’ drag performer Ada Vox will compete on new ‘Queen of the Universe’ series

After slaying her way into the top eight of American Idol a few years back, many predicted big things for San Antonio native Ada Vox, the long-running singing competition’s first drag queen contestant. And they were right. Vox has joined a cast of 14 international drag performers competing for a $250,000 prize on the new

Citing LGBTQ-themed books, Gov. Greg Abbott demands removal of ‘pornography’ from Texas schools

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has fired off a letter asking Texas education agencies remove books from schools he described as “pornography,” specifically citing a pair of memoirs about LGBTQ+ characters that include frank descriptions of sex. Abbott’s letter to the Texas Education Agency, Texas State Library and Archives Commission and State Board of Education comes

Assclown Alert: San Antonio’s Clayton Perry votes ‘no’ on backing families with transgender kids

Assclown Alert is a column of opinion, analysis and snark. It’s tempting to write off Clayton Perry, the sole conservative on San Antonio’s largely progressive city council, as a loveable curmudgeon. After all, he’s more folksy than brash in his contrarian stances, not exactly someone prone to Trumpian tantrums. But Perry’s vote against last week’s

Lauryn Farris, a key advocate for transgender equality in San Antonio, has died

Lauryn Farris, a leading voice for transgender advocacy in San Antonio, has died, according to an San Antonio Express-News report. Farris was remembered for working on the Alamo City’s nondiscrimination ordinance and for fighting the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature’s failed 2017 push to bar transgender people from public restrooms. She died on July 27 following a

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pledges to revive bill banning gender-affirming care for transgender kids

Apparently, Gov. Greg Abbott isn’t done trying to ramrod culture war issues through during the special session he called of the Texas Legislature. Texas’ Republican governor told a radio interviewer Monday that he’ll soon try to stop transgender minors from obtaining transition-related medical services, the Texas Tribune reports. Such a move would revive a push