Houston School Board Member Manuel Rodriguez Distributes Anti-Gay Campaign Materials—It Would Be Great To See Houston GLBT Caucus Backing The Progressives Who So Often Support Them
Houston Independent School Board Member Manuel Rodriguez has distributed campaign materials that by any reading appear anti-gay.
The Houston Chronicle has rescinded their endorsement of Mr. Rodriguez. Mr. Rodriguez up for election on November 8. He holds position 3 on the board.
From The Chronicle—
A last-minute campaign flier for Rodriguez displays appalling homophobia. The flier urges recipients not just to vote for Rodriguez, but to vote against his opponent,Ramiro Fonseca, because he has been endorsed by the Houston GLBT Caucus, “the South’s oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.” The flier further states that Fonseca has “spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not kids,” and winds up with a pair of bullet points noting that he’s 54 years old with no children and has a male partner. That’s obvious gay-bashing, of the kind that HISD rightly prohibits on the playground. It has no place on HISD’s board.
Mr. Rodriquez’s opponent is Ramiro Fonseca. Here is Mr. Fonseca’s website.
Perry Dorrell at Brains & Eggs has blogged on thisissue. Art Pronin from the Meyerland Dems is on the case as well as reported in Perry’s post.
I’ve been involved in these issues since opposing anti-gay Cincinnati Issue 3 as a City Council staffer in 1993, and as a Stonewall Cincinnati endorsed candidate for the Cincinnati Board of Education in 1997.
It would be great to see our Houston GLBT Political Caucus come to an Occupy Houston event, and to see them ask more of Mayor Parker as she writes a $40K check to the Texas Conservative Review for a campaign ad.
It seems so often a wide range of progressives and liberals advocate strongly for the cause of gay rights and equal rights for all, but that GLBT political organizations are always not to be found on issues of social and economic justice that impact all people.
The rights of all people are connected.
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