Does HISD Trusteee Manuel Rodriguez Deserve To Be Re-Elected?
November 6, 2011

What is being called an Offensive Flyer is being circulated in the race for the Houston Independent School board of trustees position III and some are wondering if the controversy could impact the election.

In a new campaign flyer that was mailed to voters days before Tuesday’s election, incumbent Manuel Rodriguez  appears to attack his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, for receiving the endorsement of the Houston gay and lesbian community.

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus issued a statement condemning Rodriguez and the flyer. (the entire statement is posted below) In a rare move, the Houston Chronicle retracted its endorsement of  Rodriguez.

As of Sunday night Rodriguez had not issued a statement.

Do you think the controversial campaign flyer will impact Tuesday’s election results?

 STATEMENT ON MANUEL RODRIGUEZ ANTI-GLBT HATE MAIL

(HOUSTON, TX) The Houston GLBT Political Caucus strongly condemns the recent anti-GLBT campaign mailpiece sent to voters by incumbent HISD Trustee Manuel “Manny” Rodriguez. The mailpiece attacks his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca for supporting equal rights for the GLBT community and for receiving the endorsement of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC.

“GLBT youth are twelve times more likely to be bullied in schools, five times more likely to commit suicide, and eight times more likely to be homeless.” said Caucus president Noel Freeman. “A bigoted homophobe like Rodriguez has no business making decisions that affect our children.”

HISD recently adopted a non-discrimination policy that protects the rights of GLBT students, staff an d faculty. Rodriguez’ anti-GLBT attitude runs strongly against that policy and promotes an environment of intolerance and hatred. Our schools should be an environment where our children feel safe and welcome.

“Manuel Rodriguez is assuming the voters of District III share the same bigoted, hateful views he holds.” Freeman said. “Houstonians have proven time and time again that such views are not welcome in our City, and have consistently rejected candidates who espouse such hateful views. We urge the voters of District III to reject Manuel Rodriguez on election day.”

Houston GLBT Political Caucus Elects Freeman President
January 6, 2011

Noel Freeman, a former candidate for Houston City Council, was recently elected to serve as President of the Houston Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Political Caucus.

In addition to leading the group, Freeman now becomes the go-to-person for members of the media who are looking for reaction on issues like the recent repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy  and other important causes for his community.

According to a news release, The Houston G LBT Political Caucus is the South’s Oldest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights Organization. Founded in 1975, the Houston GLBT Political Caucus is dedicated to eliminating prejudice, violence, and injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people through education, activism, and political advocacy.

Freeman had previously served as Caucus vice president and was unopposed in the election.

He replaces Kris Banks, former president of the caucus.

“I am tremendously honored by the generous support and confidence of the community and our members in electing me to lead this organization.” Freeman said. “I am motivated to work hard and take the organization to a higher level in 2011.”

GLBT Political Caucus Announces Endorsements
February 4, 2010

CAUCUS PAC ENDORSES IN MARCH PRIMARIES

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC endorsed in contested races for the March 2010 primaries this week in two membership meetings.

“We are very excited about these candidates,” said Kris Banks, Caucus president. “Government officials have a profound effect on the lives of our community. The people who hold these judicial offices will decide whether we can adopt children or whether we can change our names to the gender with which we identify. Our screening committee worked hard to identify which candidates to recommend, and our members put much thought into whom they trust with these important decisions.”

All endorsed candidates went through a rigorous screening process. First, the candidates filled out questionnaires.

Some judicial candidates compared the questionnaire to taking the bar exam again. Then, the candidates met with a panel of members. Finally, the membership as a whole voted on the endorsements.

The Caucus is a bipartisan organization and opened its endorsement process to both parties, however, only Democratic candidates opted to screen. The Caucus will endorse again for the general election.

The endorsements follow:

United States Representative, District 18: Sheila Jackson Lee United States Representative, District 22: Doug Blatt

Governor: Bill White

Lieutenant Governor: Ronnie Earle

Commissioner of the General Land Office: Hector Uribe Commissioner of Agriculture: Hank Gilbert State Representative, District 146: Borris L. Miles District Judge, 113th Judicial District: Christina Bryan District Judge, 157th Judicial District: Chuck Silverman District Judge, 180th Judicial District: Lori Gooch District Judge, 189th Judicial District: Andy Pereira District Judge, 190th Judicial District: Jim Wrotenbery District Judge, 234th Judicial District: Tanner Garth District Judge, 245th Judicial District: Janiece Horn District Judge, 247th Judicial District: Clinton “Chip” Wells District Judge, 248th Judicial District: Trent Gaither District Judge, 270th Judicial District: Charles Spain District Judge, 281st Judicial District: Donna Roth District Judge, 295th Judicial District: Paul Simon Family District Judge, 308th Judicial District: Bruce Kessler Family District Judge, 310th Judicial District: Judy Dougherty Family District Judge, 311th Judicial District: Steve Herskowitz Family District Judge, 313th Judicial District: Natalie Oakes Family District Judge, 314th Judicial District: David Longoria Family District Judge, 315th Judicial District: Bill Thursland County Judge: Gordon Quan Judge, County Court at Law No. 1: Steve Reilley Judge, County Court at Law No. 2: Damian E. LaCroix Judge, County Court at Law No. 3: Damon Crenshaw Judge, County Criminal Court No. 1: Beverly D. Melontree Judge, County Criminal Court No. 2: Mary Connealy Acosta Judge, County Criminal Court No. 3: Judith Snively Judge, County Criminal Court No. 9: Silvia Pubchara-Munoz Judge, County Criminal Court No. 12: Robert “Bob” Cardenas Judge, County Criminal Court No. 13: Dennis Slate Judge, County Probate Court No. 2: Joellen Snow Judge, County Probate Court No. 3: Mary Galligan County Clerk: Sue Smith Schechter Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2: Denise Graves The Houston GLBT Political Caucus, founded in 1975, is the South’s oldest civil rights organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

 

Kristopher Banks

President

Houston GLBT Political Caucus