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Progressive Group VoteVets Makes $270,000 Ad Buy for Gina Ortiz Jones

Progressive Group VoteVets Makes $270,000 Ad Buy for Gina Ortiz Jones

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. VoteVets PAC has snapped up $270,000 in TV advertising to support Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democrat running to represent a swing congressional district that includes San Antonio and a massive swath of South Texas. The spots, which will run in San Antonio during the first half of September,

Progressive Religious Organizations of San Antonio to Host Virtual Pride Interfaith Service

Progressive Religious Organizations of San Antonio to Host Virtual Pride Interfaith Service

On June 14, Progressive Religious Organizations of San Antonio (PRO SA) will host an interfaith service, Pride: Claiming our Faiths, a virtual celebration where LGBTQ worshipers of different faiths will come together for music, history, reflections, and a virtual social gathering on Zoom afterwards. PRO SA is a network of clergy and lay people concerned

Equality Texas: ‘We dragged our feet in prioritizing the work to become an anti-racist organization’

Equality Texas: ‘We dragged our feet in prioritizing the work to become an anti-racist organization’

Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas, issued the following statement on June 5, 2020. A Promise to Become Anti-Racist As an LGBTQ+ organization we’ve assumed unity among our membership in solidarity of all marginalized groups and have often spoken on behalf of all of our members. But have we stood, fought, and cried loud enough

San Antonio LGBTQIA+ Community Statement for Black Lives

San Antonio LGBTQIA+ Community Statement for Black Lives

The following statement was issued on June 3, 2020 by members, leaders and organizations from San Antonio’s LGBTQIA community. It is the beginning of Pride Month. As a community, we must always stand for what is just. Therefore, the undersigned LGBTQIA+ community members and leaders have come together to stand as a community in solidarity

S.A. LGBT Chamber Issues Statement Condemning Violence During Police Brutality Protest

S.A. LGBT Chamber Issues Statement Condemning Violence During Police Brutality Protest

The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce issued a statement on June 1 condemning the violence and vandalism that broke out during an anti-police brutality protest in downtown San Antonio on May 30. The protest was in reaction to the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a local policeman,

Commentary: Let the Rainbow Flag Fly in Court

Commentary: Let the Rainbow Flag Fly in Court

This commentary was originally published in the San Antonio Express-News. It is being republished here with the permission of the author. Courtrooms are filled with symbols designed to send a message to all who enter. The most common is Lady Justice, blindfolded and holding scales, to signify that justice should be blind and balanced. The

Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton’s Letter to City of Austin Supersedes Local LGBTQ Hiring Law

Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton’s Letter to City of Austin Supersedes Local LGBTQ Hiring Law

On May 12, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote a letter of warning to the mayors and county judges of the Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio metropolitan areas saying that local officials could not impose stricter Covid-19 restrictions than those mandated by Governor Greg Abbott. However, in a letter to the City of Austin and

Texas-Born Playwright Del Shores to Stream Benefit Reading of ‘Sordid Lives’ with Leslie Jordan

Texas-Born Playwright Del Shores to Stream Benefit Reading of ‘Sordid Lives’ with Leslie Jordan

Playwright Del Shores, executive director of the Del Shores Foundation, and the organization’s program director, Emerson Collins, are co-hosting a one-night only benefit reading of Shores’ play, “Sordid Lives” on May 31. The reading will feature much of the original cast including Leslie Jordan. The free live stream reading and an accompanying auction of “Sordid

Pulse Memorial Mural at Orlando’s LGBT+ Center Defaced, Phone Lines Cut

Pulse Memorial Mural at Orlando’s LGBT+ Center Defaced, Phone Lines Cut

Originally published in the Orlando Weekly. Vandals have defaced a Pulse memorial mural on the walls of local LGBTQ+ aid organization The Center on Mills Avenue in Orlando, Florida, likely the work of white supremacists. A poster on Reddit’s r/Orlando forum noticed the sticker had been placed recently right in the center of the mural,

Pete Buttigieg Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones for the Texas 23rd Congressional District Seat

Pete Buttigieg Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones for the Texas 23rd Congressional District Seat

Gina Ortiz Jones, who’s running for the Texas 23rd Congressional District Seat, was among 22 candidates endorsed by former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on May 13. The endorsements were made under the aegis of Buttigieg’s Win the Era PAC which was established “to support candidates who embody and lift up the values that bring Americans

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