Celebrating Victory in San Antonio
September 6, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
After months of hard work, there was much to celebrate last night in San Antonio, Texas.
Yesterday the city council voted 8 to 3 in favor of updating the city ordinances that ban discrimination against LGBT San Antonio residents in contracting, housing, public accommodations and city employment.
Despite an ugly smear campaign mounted by anti-LGBT activists, equality prevailed.
HRC is proud to have worked alongside a local coalition of fair-minded Americans to make yesterday’s victory a reality. For months, HRC organizers were on the ground, working alongside The Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) and our allies for equality, including Equality Texas, the Transgender Education Network of Texas, the San Antonio Gender Association and so many hardworking volunteers.
HRC looks forward to working with the San Antonio City Council as we continue to advance nondiscrimination protections for all.
Check out a few photos of HRC Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams celebrating with the many individuals who helped bring forth a more equal future for the residents of America’s seventh most populous city.
Councilman Ray Saldana (D4), U.S. Marine Corps veteran and openly gay man Eric Alva, Councilman Diego Bernal (D1) and HRC Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams
TENT member and SAGA President Lauryn Farris and HRC Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams
CAUSA Co-Chair Dan Graney and HRC Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams
Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D3) and HRC Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams
Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna, her partner Lettie Ozuna and HRC Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams
Congressman Lloyd Doggett and HRC Regional Field Organizer Shelena Williams