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MySA.com: Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chanting "DOMA is Dead," supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers and some wept openly upon hearing word of the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday striking down a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

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Stonewall Democrat of San Antonio's Michelle Myers Passed Away

 

QSanAntonio, June 18, 2013


Michelle Myers was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 7, 1942. She died in San Antonio on June 17, 2013 at her home near Olmos Park. 

In 1964, Michelle received her degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, a private Roman Catholic college in New York, NY.

She went to work for Exxon Research and Engineering Company in 1965 as a chemical engineer until the end of her career. She traveled around the world and was tasked with building oil refineries from the ground up in places as disparate as Italy and Saudi Arabia.

She moved to Houston in 1994. 

In early 1995, she decided she wanted to become the woman she had known she was since she was 5 years of age. She lost weight, made friends on the internet and started to dress at home. She transitioned from male to female on May 12, 1997 while still working for Exxon and continued to work there until she retired in November of 1998.

She became involved with numerous organizations in Houston’s LGBT community. She went on the air at KPFT Pacifica Radio once a week. She was the vice president and patrol coordinator for Q-Patrol which patrolled the bar area to prevent anti-gay bashing. She was president of Texas Association for Transsexual Support and the treasurer of the Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. 

In 2000, she moved to San Antonio to be near her family. She suffered a stroke in early 2002. Luckily, the stroke only affected her recall of names and places and a few other concepts and she never got them all back. She slowly recovered and in 2007, she decided to get involved with the LGBT community in San Antonio.

In 2007, she joined Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio and became very involved in voter registration drives as a deputy voter registrar. She briefly served on the Stonewall board of directors and was a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. She participated in numerous community marches and parades and volunteered her time staffing the Stonewall booth at numerous community events. She was a long-time Democrat and a Hillary Clinton delegate to the Senate District 19 convention in March of 2008. 

She was a member the San Antonio Gender Association and was the treasurer of that group. She also joined the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the Free Speech Coalition, Human Rights Campaign, the University Health System FFACTS Clinic, the UT Health Science Center South Texas Family AIDS Network, PFLAG San Antonio, PRO San Antonio, National Latino/a AIDS Awareness Day Committee, CAUSA, GetEqual Texas and other groups. 

She was a long-time member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Equality Texas and the International Foundation For Gender Education. She contributed generously of her resources to the Stonewall Democrats and other organizations.

n 2009, she received the Stonewall Democrats' Volunteer Appreciation Award. In 2010, she accepted the the Human Rights Campaign's Community Service Award on behalf of the San Antonio Gender Association.

She married her wife Diane in 1964. They had two daughters from that marriage. The couple decided to separate in 1984 and divorced in 1986 under amicable terms. She has several grandchildren and two sisters who live in Pearsall, Texas.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, Texas, 78212. The community is invited.

Funeral Arrangements are available via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/169095286597446/

 

Happy Veterans' Day!

Happy Veterans' Day

to our LGBT and

straight veterans!

Pictures from Come OUT and Vote (COAV) Rally at Crockett Park

It was a bit chilly this morning, but the crowd and candidates were fired up.  Some pictures are below (click on small picture to get a bigger one).  You can also find pictures on QSanAntonio.com and probably on Univision 41 (http://univision41.univision.com/).

Congressman Doggett and CrisJoaquin Castro

Picture 1: Congressman Lloyd Doggett, candidate for U.S. Congress, District 35, with SDSA member Cris.

Picture 2: State Rep. Joaquin Castro, candidate for U.S. Congress, District 20.

Linda and Sen Van de PutteDavid Towler

Picture 3: SDSA Member Linda with State Senator Leticia Van de Putte.

Picture 4: David Towler, candidate for Justice, 4th Court of Appeals, Place 5.

Elena Guajardo

Picture 5: Elena Guajardo, SDSA Co-Chair, at the microphone.

Univision 41

Picture 6: Univision 41 was there for some rally footage.

Come Out & Vote, 27 Oct 2012

Come OUT and VOTE

 

RALLY AND MARCH TO THE POLLS

San Antonio, Texas

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

11:00 AM Rally at Crockett Park (intersection of N. Main and Cypress)

11:30 AM March 6 short blocks to VIA Metro on San Pedro to VOTE EARLY as a group

 

SHOW THE POWER OF THE LGBT VOTE - JOIN US!

 

Read more: Come Out & Vote, 27 Oct 2012

SAPD Policy Changes

SAPD Chief of Police William McManus and Asst Chief Jose Banales came to our February monthly meeting to discuss SAPD Policy Changes.


Chief McManus and Asst Chief Banales

SAPD Chief McManus & Asst Chief Banales

Elena Guajardo, Asst Chief Banales, and Eduardo Juarez

SDSA Co-Chair Elena Guajardo, SAPD Asst Chief Jose Banales,

and SDSA Co-Chair Eduardo Juarez

LGBT Oral History Project

Professor Amy StoneAmy Stone, a professor of sociology at Trinity University, spoke at the February monthly meeting.  From Professor Stone:

 

"One of my passions is LGBT history, and I believe that we all have an important story to tell. My students and I at Trinity University are trying to piece together the history of the LGBT community through interviews and historical research. We hope to create academic research on the history of San Antonio, along with putting more of San Antonio history on  OutHistory.org and putting more LGBT oral histories in the UTSA archives. We feel strongly about including the oral histories of heterosexual allies in this project as well.

 

The interview itself is very simple. Two interviewers—students and/or faculty—will come to interview you about your life and experiences in San Antonio. The interview lasts from around one hour to an hour and a half, although some people want to finish the interview at a second sitting. You can answer any questions you want or decide not to talk about certain issues. We can conduct it in a quiet, comfortable place of your choosing. Many people choose their own living room due to privacy concerns. We record interviews in order to get the best factual information, but those recordings can be kept confidential. You can opt to have your interview included in the UTSA archives; some people decide to have their interview “held” for a period of time—such as 20 years— before it’s accessible, and other people give a pseudonym for their interview to protect their identity. Some people don’t want their interview included in the UTSA archives at all, and that’s also fine.  We appreciate any time and energy you spend helping us preserve LGBT history here in San Antonio!"

8 November 2011 General Election

Early voting for the 8 November election is 24 October through 4 November.  The ballot will contain ten proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution plus the following local issues: 

  • San Antonio River Authority Election, Board of Directors At Large
  • City of Von Ormy Alderman Place 1, Place 3, and Place 5
  • Bexar Metropolitan Water District Election
  • City of Alamo Heights Special Election
  • City of Leon Valley Special Election
  • North East Independent School District Bond Election

You can find information about the election at http://elections.bexar.org/, including sample ballots, voting locations, and a detailed analysis of the proposed constitutional amendments.

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