After reviewing San Antonio’s score on the Human Rights Campaign’s new Municipal Equality Index, Mayor Julian Castro took action in appointing a mayoral LGBT liaison to keep him informed about LGBT issues.
San Antonio scored a 48 out of 100, compared to Austin’s 91 score and Dallas’ 76.
“We weren’t last in Texas, but our score showed room for improvement,” Castro told the San Antonio Express-News.
Castro appointed Adam Greenup last week. He currently serves as senior policy adviser to Castro and will continue in that role in addition to his new duties as LGBT liaison.
Greenup has worked with the LGBT community during his time as chief of staff for Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros.
“My life experiences have provided me a good foundation to connect with members of the LGBT community and groups that feel like they are underrepresented in the community,” he said. “I am a familiar face a lot of members of the community feel comfortable going to.”
HRC reports on its blog that Greenup hasn’t wasted any time getting to know people in his new role as LGBT liaison for the mayor, attending a local HRC Steering Committee after his appointment.
“The local San Antonio LGBT community and HRC are thrilled that Mayor Castro took this important step,” HRC regional field director Karin Quimby writes.
While Dallas officials have pledged to increase the city’s score by 10 percent this year, no specific initiatives have been announced yet.