Author Archives: Sanford Nowlin

Reversing a Trump policy, the Biden White House is restoring transgender health protections

Reversing a Trump policy, the Biden White House is restoring transgender health protections

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said the policy change aligns with language in the Affordable Care Act. Gay and transgender people will be shielded from sex discrimination in health care, a top White House health official said Monday, reversing a controversial Trump-era policy. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said language in

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

Texas Progressive Leaders Praise U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on LGBTQ+ Civil Rights

The ruling carries special power in the Lone Star State, which is among those that doesn’t extend protections to workers based on their gay or transgender identities. However, some cities, including San Antonio, have enacted anti-discrimination ordinances. Democratic congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones, who’s running to represent a border district that also includes a slice

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

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