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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

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

Transgender Woman Identified as Victim in San Antonio Barbershop Killing

Transgender Woman Identified as Victim in San Antonio Barbershop Killing

San Antonio Police have identified 20-year-old Helle Jae O’Regan as the victim of a fatal attack at the Diesel Barbershop on Bandera Road near Loop 1604 on May 6. O’Regan and two other barbershop employees were inside the business preparing for their reopening on May 8. Police arrested 42-year-old Damion Campbell on May 7 accusing

Organizers Replace Pride Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade With Virtual Celebration

Organizers Replace Pride Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade With Virtual Celebration

Pride San Antonio, organizers of the Pride Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade, announced on May 1 that both events, slated for June 27, will be replaced by a virtual celebration instead. A statement sent to Out In SA from James Poindexter, board secretary of Pride S.A. says, “The Board of Directors of Pride San

Not All Community-Owned Restaurants Will Open Under Governor’s 25% Rule

Not All Community-Owned Restaurants Will Open Under Governor’s 25% Rule

At a news conference earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott said he was letting the state’s stay-at-home order expire on April 30 at 11:59 p.m. and paved the way for the opening of stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls on May 1. The only proviso is that these businesses can only operate at 25 percent

Live Oak City Councilman and Husband Die Two Days Apart from Coronavirus

Live Oak City Councilman and Husband Die Two Days Apart from Coronavirus

Anthony Brooks, a three-term city councilman in the San Antonio suburb of Live Oak, and Phillip Tsai-Brooks, his husband, died two days apart after contracting the coronavirus. The couple had been married since March of 2014. Brooks, 42, died on April 12 and Tsai-Brooks, 52, died on April 14.  Both men were treated at Northeast Methodist

Cornyation to Present Livestream Special to ‘Drive Away the Fiesta Blues’

Cornyation to Present Livestream Special to ‘Drive Away the Fiesta Blues’

With Fiesta San Antonio postponed until November, the organizers of Fiesta Cornyation are cooking up a special livestream fundraiser on April 23 for those who don’t want to wait until the fall to partake of what is billed as “the raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta.” “Ruling as fake royalty means I can throw any damn

Four S.A. LGBTQ Nonprofits Receive Emergency Grants from Texas Pride Impact Funds

Four S.A. LGBTQ Nonprofits Receive Emergency Grants from Texas Pride Impact Funds

The Houston-based nonprofit, Texas Pride Impact Funds, announced on April 20 that it has awarded $120,000 among 26 LGBTQ organizations throughout the state as part of their COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Four San Antonio LGBTQ nonprofits were among the recipients: MCC San Antonio ($5000), Pride Center San Antonio ($7500), UT Health’s Pride Community Clinic ($7500) and

Ada Vox to Headline QueerBFF’s Online Insta-thon Benefitting Thrive Youth Center

Ada Vox to Headline QueerBFF’s Online Insta-thon Benefitting Thrive Youth Center

Ruben Jauregui, Jr., founder and CEO of QueerBFF, announced on March 8 that his company will host an April 11, online Insta-thon to benefit San Antonio’s Thrive Youth Center for homeless LGBTQ young people. The fundraiser, which will be streamed via Instagram Live, will be headlined by San Antonio’s own American Idol semi-finalist Ada Vox.

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