Author Archives: Sanford Nowlin

Texas bill restricting transgender students’ participation in school sports headed to governor’s desk

Texas bill restricting transgender students’ participation in school sports headed to governor’s desk

A bill that marks the Texas GOP’s fourth attempt to pass legislation targeting the participation of transgender student athletes is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. The bill, which would bar transgender youths from playing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity, cleared a final hurdle as the Texas House

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

Ron Nirenberg slides to easy win in San Antonio mayoral race

Mayor Ron Nirenberg won a third term Saturday night, handing a resounding defeat to former District 6 councilman Greg Brockhouse, who just two years ago forced a narrow runoff with the incumbent mayor. As of 9:45 p.m., Nirenberg had 63.5% of the vote to Brockhouse’s 30.8%. Brockhouse conceded roughly an hour after polls closed. Things

Advocates take aim at Texas board’s decision to let social workers turn away LGBTQ clients

LGBTQ+ advocates and state lawmakers are mobilizing against the Texas State Board of Social Workers’ removal last week of protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and disability status from its code of conduct. During a Friday news conference organized by the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, advocates said they will pressure